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Just one wants Planning Commission spot

by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF

City Hall is seeking someone to serve on the Park City Planning Commission, the panel that holds wide-ranging duties in growth matters inside the city limits.

The deadline to submit an application is Feb. 15, a Monday. Prospective members of the Planning Commission must live within Park City.

The opening comes as a result of the resignation of Evan Russack before his term had ended. Russack took a job in Colorado, Mayor Dana Williams said when the departure was announced.

His term was scheduled to expire in June. The Park City Council, which selects members of the Planning Commission, could decide to appoint someone for the partial term ending in June or the elected officials could put someone on the panel for a full four-year term.

One person, Mick Savage, had submitted an application by early Friday.

Many see the seven-member Planning Commission as ranking second in importance to the City Council of all of the City Hall panels. Planning Commissioners hold the authority to make significant decisions about development, such as approving or rejecting many types of projects, and they have a key role in crafting long-range blueprints for growth.

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The Planning Commission is currently the panel considering the Sweeney family’s Treasure development proposal on the slopes of Park City Mountain Resort overlooking Old Town. Treasure is the most controversial project under review by the Planning Commission. The person put in Russack’s old seat could be one of the Planning Commissioners to cast a vote on Treasure. A vote appears to be some time away, though.

Planning Commissioners earn $100 per meeting and are provided Racquet Club privileges. The panel normally meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, but additional meetings are sometimes scheduled. The meetings are held in the evening.

Questions on the application for the panel include queries about the issues someone sees as being important to the Planning Commission and what someone perceives as being its mission.

For more information about the opening, contact Patricia Abdullah in the Planning Department at 615-5060 or pabdullah@parkcity.org. Information and applications are available on City Hall’s Web site, http://www.parkcity.org. Select the ‘Planning Commission Vacancy’ link in the News section of the site.