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City Councilor from ’90s seek Planning Commission appointment

Six people are vying for a spot on the Park City Planning Commission, a field of Parkites that includes a 1990s-era Park City Councilman and someone who had recently served on the Planning Commission.

The people who are competing for a seat on the influential panel are:

  • Jack Thomas
  • Douglas Stephens
  • Chuck Klingenstein
  • Leslie Moss
  • Nann Worel
  • Elizabeth Shaffer

    A seventh person, Richard DesVaux, submitted an application but later withdrew his name from the field.

    The applications from Thomas and Klingenstein are notable given their backgrounds at City Hall.

    Thomas served on the Planning Commission from the middle of 2004 until late in 2009, resigning from the panel in order to spend more time at his architectural firm. He said at the time he needed to put in more hours amid the recession. He was the chairman of the Planning Commission when he stepped down.

    Klingenstein, meanwhile, served on the City Council in the 1990s. Voters rejected his 1999 re-election bid in a campaign marked by an anti-incumbent sentiment. Klingenstein served on the Planning Commission prior to winning a City Council seat.

    The City Council must fill two positions on the Planning Commission. Both are rare midterm vacancies on the panel. Dick Peek held one of the spots before he succeeded the late Candy Erickson on the City Council. Richard Luskin held the other one. He resigned after an arrest on a drunken driving charge.

    The position Peek held runs through July 2013. The term Luskin was serving runs through July 2012.

    The City Council will interview the Planning Commission candidates and then make the two selections. The interviews are tentatively scheduled on June 2. Appointments are usually made shortly after the interviews.

    Several of the sitting members of the Planning Commission at a recent meeting indicated they prefer someone with design experience selected.

    Meanwhile, the Planning Commission, down two members, was forced to cancel a meeting that had been scheduled on May 25. Two of the remaining members of the panel will be out of town on the day of the meeting, and there will not be enough Planning Commissioners available for a quorum.

    The Planning Department could recall one other instance in the last five years when a meeting was cancelled based on the lack of a quorum. That meeting had been scheduled during the holidays.

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