Consultant studying growth for City Hall given another $15,000 |

Consultant studying growth for City Hall given another $15,000

by Jay Hamburger THE PARK RECORD

The Park City Council recently agreed to pay a consulting firm studying growth trends an additional $15,000, increasing the overall dollar amount for the work to more than $53,000.

The consulting firm is known as czb and is based in the Washington, D.C., suburb of Alexandria, Va. Charles Buki, the principal of the firm, has been a frequent visitor to Park City during the czb work with City Hall.

In a report issued prior to the City Council meeting, Thomas Eddington, City Hall’s planning director, indicated the work has been complex thus far, necessitating the additional money. City Hall hired czb on an initial $38,582.05 contract.

Eddington’s report said the early work found that "many of the influencing forces to balanced growth are outside" the Park City limits. Buki has told City Hall that regional relations "will be one of the strategies moving forward to ‘keep Park City, Park City,’" the report said.

"Understanding the regional influence and planning a strategy of regional collaboration is beyond the original scope of the contract, but necessary to success of the study and recommendations for implementation," Eddington’s report said.

Some of the topics czb is considering include:

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  • projecting growth trends through 2050
  • projecting growth trends outside the city limits through 2050
  • identifying "growth trends that will impact the city’s core values." City Hall says the work should be thorough and that it should "rate the threat and timing of the trend."
  • looking at trends in home ownership in Park City, particularly the ratio of people who live in their homes on a full-time basis compared to the number of vacation-home owners.

    Park City leaders have long worried about the impact of growth outside the municipal boundaries on the city itself. It is likely not a surprise to officials and City Hall watchers that the consultant prefers a broader review of growth.

    The consultant’s work is ongoing as leaders continue crafting a major rewrite of City Hall’s General Plan, an overarching document that guides growth. The Eddington report indicated a study that is regional in nature is important to the overall discussions about the General Plan.