Confused, Basin man bids for City Hall panel
A Snyderville Basin man, erroneously believing he lives inside the Park City limits, submitted his name to serve on the city’s Planning Commission, a panel that is only open to people residing in Park City.
James Campbell’s application illustrates the longtime confusion held by some people in the Basin who have similar misunderstandings that they live within the municipal borders of Park City.
It is rare, though, that someone from outside the city limits completes an application for a City Hall panel. Park City officials typically try early on to ensure people with ambitions to serve on boards and commissions are eligible.
The application for the Planning Commission asks people how long they’ve lived in the city limits. Campbell’s response is that he moved to Park City from Los Angeles in December.
"I guess I just assumed I lived in Park City," Campbell said in an interview, adding, "I didn’t actually check to see."
According to his application, he lives on East Foxcrest Drive, a street near Highland Drive in the Silver Summit neighborhood of the Basin. Silver Summit is situated off the U.S. 40-Interstate 80 interchange. The closest Park City neighborhood to Silver Summit is Park Meadows.
He said on Monday he planned to withdraw the application. Had he not, the Park City Council would have been forced to reject his candidacy based on him not meeting the residency requirement.
"I wouldn’t have applied for the position had I known," he said.
Campbell said he wanted to serve on the panel to help City Hall navigate what he considers to be tremendous growth. The Planning Commission remains busy with large development requests and many less significant ones. Campbell said the panel’s role is critical.
"I just can’t see the Planning Commission being more relevant or important than it is today," he said.
In his application Campbell said, "growth for growth’s sake will be disadvantageous in the long run." He said more work force housing is needed, even as there have been some successes in building income restricted housing, and annexations will be critical.
Campbell is in the real estate industry, and he said in the application he works with Mayor Dana Williams and Michael O’Hara, a former Planning Commissioner. O’Hara recently resigned from the panel based on his displeasure with the Park City Heights development proposal. Campbell had wanted to take O’Hara’s vacant spot.
The opening on the seven-person Planning Commission is a partial term, expiring in July. Full terms are for four years. Three Parkites are vying for the position. The candidates are:
Adam Strachan, who lives on Annie Oakley Drive and is an attorney. He said in his application places that are not already densely developed "should not change, or at least not change drastically." He said the Silver Star project on the edge of Thaynes Canyon is a good example of a "well planned development." He said work force housing, which he describes as "low income housing," should be built by developers, and he prefers a series of smaller work force projects instead of a big one.
John Stafsholt, who lives on Woodside Avenue and has a volunteerism background locally. He said he understands City Hall’s development procedures, having twice navigated them as a property owner. He said he wants to "add a voice from an Old Town resident/family." Important issues to Stafsholt include the Sweeney family’s Treasure Hill development proposal on the slopes of Park City Mountain Resort, the idea to annex and build Park City Heights along the S.R. 248 entryway and the design rules in Old Town.
Glenn McConkey, who lives on Pinehurst Court, owns three properties in Park City was part of a Leadership Park City class, a yearlong program to familiarize participants with Park City’s civic mechanics. McConkey said in the application she wants "pristine high altitude (mountain) lands protected from future building." She wonders "how do we catch up?" in work force housing, which she labels "low income housing." She wants City Hall’s development process to support the tourism industry, control growth and protect open space, but she admits the desires "can be very conflicting."
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