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Learn how to act during public hearings

by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF

City Hall is scheduled to hold a workshop on Feb. 3 meant to help people understand public hearings and learn how to better participate in what are some of the most important meetings the local government holds.

Park City Attorney Mark Harrington has organized similar workshops annually since 2003. He says between 10 and 20 people normally attend. The Feb. 3 workshop is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. in Room 205 of the Park City Library and Education Center.

According to a City Hall release announcing the workshop, Harrington will discuss what standards a developer must meet for a project to be approved and explain how to obtain information about meetings and applications. He will also "unscramble the alphabet soup of planning acronyms," the release says.

The release indicates Harrington and other panelists will highlight public hearings regarding development matters, which are usually some of the most controversial hearings in Park City. Others scheduled to present include Nicole Cottle, the deputy city attorney in West Valley City, and Keith Bartholomew, who is a University of Utah professor.

Harrington says attendees will learn "how to best get your point across and be effective" during hearings. People will also receive a copy of a handbook that describes public hearings.

The workshop is scheduled as the Park City Planning Commission is preparing to hold a series of hearings about the Sweeney family’s disputed Treasure development proposal on the slopes of Park City Mountain Resort. The upcoming hearings are expected to draw sizable crowds.

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"We realize there’s a lot of community interest in a number of big projects," Harrington says, also expecting Parkites to closely monitor meetings about work force housing projects.

The workshop is free and open to the public. For more information, call the City Attorney’s Office, 615-5025.