City Briefs for Dec. 17, 2005 |

City Briefs for Dec. 17, 2005

Police alleviate resort traffic at peak hours

Beginning this weekend, Park City Police will begin a new traffic plan to ease congestion during peak weekend and Sundance Film Festival traffic, according to Lt. Phil Kirk.

Sgt. Marty Howard, who designed this year’s new traffic tactics, emphasized that the plan would be in effect only during busy holiday weekends and film festival days and only between the hours of 4 p.m. and 6 or 7 p.m., when resort-goers exit off the mountains.

During those hours, Park City Mountain Resort, there will be a designated lane for buses, and Lowell Avenue from the lower parking lot by the Silver King Hotel exit will be one-way going north, according to Howard. There may also be a new stop sign at Silver King Drive and Empire Avenue, he said.

Additionally, police will help Deer Valley Resort direct traffic at its parking lots, and at the Deer Valley Drive roundabout, he said.

Police will use two to four reserve officers to man the high-traffic intersections and streets, and traffic signals will also be modified during peak hours, Howard said.

"The lights that are going to be affected are mainly on Kearns and Park Avenue," he explained. "All the traffic lights in town will be synchronized to help push traffic out of town."

Howard has been developing the new traffic plan since July. He notes that on July 4, the department tested the plan during Park City’s fireworks show, and it proved to be a success. Park RVs on pavement, says planning department

As part of an on-going review and revision of Park City’s Land Management Code, Park City planners are recommending a new law requiring residents to park recreational vehicles on pavement, not on lawns.

According to Park City planner Kirsten Whetstone, the issue with parking vehicles on dirt or lawns, is environmental. Over time, vehicle tires kick up dust, polluting the air.

"We’re constantly battling people with the idea of parking [their recreational vehicles on lawns], because we really don’t have anything in our code that says trailers have to be in a parking space," she explained.

The planning department would like to add additional criteria to the Land Management Code to ensure that large boats and recreational vehicles are parked on paved surfaces, Whetstone said.

Other changes to the code Whetstone and Park City planning commissioners proposed on Wednesday included putting a limit on the size of guesthouses similar to the calculated limit imposed on accessory apartments, which are required to be a third the size of the main house.

Recommendations by staff will continue at subsequent public meetings, according to Whetstone.

"We don’t want to completely throw [the Land Management Code] out, but there are some things that really bother us," she said. November building figures remain strong The Park City construction industry continues to be ahead of 2004 recorded numbers, according to the city’s Building Department. In the department’s latest report, nearly $112 million in construction was permitted through the end of November, a noteworthy increase from the approximately $93.7 million recorded through the end of November 2004. In November, the Building Department tallied 87 permits worth more than $9.4 million, down significantly from October’s figures, when more than $20 million in construction was permitted. The November numbers were up slightly from November 2004. In November, the department granted permits for three single-family homes valued at a combined $2.1 million. Also permitted were two commercial buildings, valued at approximately $5.5 million. The Building Department reported 42 alterations or additions received permits, with those to dwellings valued at a little more than $1 million and those to commercial buildings put at $286,851.

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