City Hall, Boyer Company near vote on Quinn’s Junction development
City Hall and The Boyer Company, the partners in the Park City Heights development, could face a ‘Yea’ or ‘Nay’ vote on the project as early as next week.
The Park City Planning Commission at a recent meeting continued its deliberations about the project but did not cast a vote. The panel appeared to be preparing for a vote, but, as the meeting stretched toward 11 p.m., the Planning Commission backed away from making a decision that night.
The panel has spent months in discussions about Park City Heights, but there has been limited interest from regular Parkites. Its remote location, just off the southwest corner of Quinn’s Junction, is not close to any neighborhoods, likely the reason for the apathy. One person testified during a hearing at the recent meeting, discussing the style of the roofs.
Some Planning Commissioners indicated they needed too much time to discuss Park City Heights to cast a vote at the recent meeting. not casting a vote, however, it is likely ensured that a decision will not be made with a full panel.
The Planning Commission is currently down two of its members as a result of Dick Peek’s ascension to the Park City Council and Richard Luskin’s resignation. The positions will not be filled by the next meeting. Charlie Wintzer, the chairman of the Planning Commission, noted the losses during the recent meeting. The Planning Commission is a seven-person panel, leaving just five for the meeting next week.
City Hall and The Boyer Company are seeking an approval for a project entailing 239 residential units on 239 acres, among the largest projects to be considered inside Park City in years. Of the units, 160 would be sold at market rates while 79 would be dedicated as work force units and be priced below market.
Partnering with a private sector developer like The Boyer Company is an unusual step for City Hall. The municipal government paid $5.5 million for a 50 percent stake in the land. Park City leaders are especially interested in the prospects of putting up the work force units while The Boyer Company, which also is in support of the work force units, is eyeing the market-rate places as well.
Park City leaders, meanwhile, say the partnership puts City Hall in the position of helping guide the design of a large development along the S.R. 248 entryway. There are long-running concerns about the prospects of future development in the vicinity of Quinn’s Junction.
City Hall has long seen itself as one of leading champions of work force housing, sometimes referred to as affordable housing. Park City Heights is perhaps the municipal government’s most aggressive step toward ensuring rank-and-file workers have housing options inside the city.
Park City’s resort-driven real estate market, the most expensive in the state, makes it difficult for the work force to afford to buy housing in the city.
Some of the comments from Planning Commissioners at the recent meeting included concerns about the size of the houses and their potential impact on the environment, worries about worsening traffic along the S.R. 248 entryway, where the project will be situated and questions about how people refer to a road in close proximity to the project site.
The project would feature a list of community benefits, including:
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