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Development challenges await top planner

by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF

Tom Eddington Jr., the new Planning director at City Hall, arrives in Park City as developers continue to see the city as a prime place to build.

Under Eddington’s leadership of the Planning Department, the city will consider significant development proposals, with some having started proceedings with City Hall before Eddington was hired.

Some notable projects the Planning Department is involved with already or developers could pursue include:

Treasure Hill: The Sweeney family wants to build the Treasure Hill development on the Town Lift slopes of Park City Mountain Resort near Old Town. A hotel would anchor the project, and the family has planned to build Treasure Hill for years.

The Planning Commission spent considerable time reviewing Treasure Hill earlier, but the Sweeneys recently filed more detailed blueprints. The Planning Commission will likely restart its talks about Treasure Hill in coming months.

The Sweeneys say the project is ideal for the slopeside location. They say Treasure Hill will boost Park City’s tourism-heavy economy. But neighbors on streets like Empire Avenue and Lowell Avenue are worried about the amount of traffic that Treasure Hill will attract and say the development does not fit so close to Old Town. Tense hearings marked earlier meetings.

North of Main: Feuding parties have delayed the redevelopment of a large swath of the North of Main district, centered along Bonanza Drive and Kearns Boulevard, but it seems probable landowners in NoMa will approach City Hall again with ambitious plans for parcels in the district.

Some of the developers envision NoMa someday becoming a hotspot with upscale shopping, loft-style living and entertainment offerings. City Hall would first need to change the development rules in the district. Much work was done before the parties started feuding, but the local government would probably spend considerable time revisiting the previous round of talks.

Lots of attention was paid to the prospects of taller buildings in NoMa and the effects development in the district would have on traffic on streets like Bonanza Drive, which could be redesigned.

Snow Park: Deer Valley Resort has long held rights to build on the parking lots outside of Snow Park Lodge, but the resort has not pursued a development on what is prime land close to the slopes.

Officials at Deer Valley occasionally hint that they are readying plans for what will probably be a resort village with residential properties, some commercial space and a garage to replace the parking that would be lost to development.

City Hall would be especially interested in the architectural designs and Deer Valley’s blueprints for traffic. Meanwhile, people who live in lower Deer Valley and along the Deer Valley Drive entryway to Snow Park would closely monitor the talks about Snow Park. They would likely worry about traffic increases and whether the development would block views of the slopes.


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