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Letters to the Editor, July 31-August 3, 2010

Editor:

We’re all very disturbed here at Crestview and Powderwood condos. For the past few weeks we’ve been hearing the echoes of the new Research Park bulldozers in-reverse beeping. But as of today, the bulldozers are in our backyard, destroying land which should be a protected Hillside Stewardship Zone.

Summit County has already approved rental affordable housing units on this pristine land, our only semblance of privacy and beauty being located right next to the Tanger Factory Outlet Center. Not only are they taking away crucial viewsheds that our home’s value rests upon but, adding enormous insult to a major injury, they’re saturating the market with similar units to compete with and rival our own. As if the recession hasn’t done enough damage.

The irony is that it is the county that’s forcing it, not any landowners that would profit from it. Why? Because the current county building commission is in a frenzy about every new development building 20 percent of their structures as affordable housing. It’s in their code and they think they’re doing our community a favor.

I am pretty positive that no one on the commission owns a condo here or they wouldn’t be so hasty. After all, their code isn’t even based on research since the recession happened! Never mind the fact that Powderwood and Crestview condos, along with many other condos in the county and the country, are drastically losing their value. The county is effectively stealing away potential quality renters and buyers from their own people. They are disenfranchising the very people they are so desperately claiming to rescue.

These new "Liberty Peak Apartments" fly in the face of so many regulations in Snyderville Basin’s own Development Code and General Plan building philosophy, it is absolutely disgusting. In order to appease their own trigger-happy affordable housing, they are building a bus-access road right through my shared driveway. Where there once was a view of the Olympic ski jump for Crestview and Powderwood homeowners/renters there will be four-story apartments inappropriately placed with inappropriate density, so that Summit County can "hide" or "tuck them away" from their own view, from their own conscience.

As county citizens, we need to call on a moratorium on affordable housing until we have the actual updated report that this affordable housing will not adversely affect the valuable condo owners of Summit County. (There will be many future opportunities for affordable housing, but it must be proved that they won’t compete with individual property owners first, not assumed or rammed down the affected community members’ throats.) We are not second-class citizens because we don’t own million dollar houses here, thankyouverymuch!

Emma Briggs

Park City

Traffic enforcement: bring it on

Editor:

I must take issue with Mr. Dennis’s opinions ("Having a fine time at our expense," Wednesday, July 28 Park Record). If anything, I’d like to see more traffic enforcement on our streets. Whether I’m walking in my neighborhood, riding my bike, or driving into town I’m regularly passed by drivers traveling 10-20 mph (or more) over posted speeds. It seems 70+ is the norm on 224 especially during commute times. And let’s not forget the Autobahn-like speeds Parkite-SLC commuters seem to enjoy up and down I-80. There’s little wonder why we see serious accidents weekly and daily wildlife fatalities on western Summit County roadways.

I do agree with Mr. Dennis’s implication that the "eight speed limit changes" along 224 are a little silly. One set speed, say 45 mph, from Kimball Junction to the city limits would certainly simplify compliance and enforcement along the corridor.

I applaud the increased enforcement by PCPD, Summit County Sheriff, and UHP troopers. Further, I see no reason to treat those from out of town any differently, as Mr. Dennis suggests. I quite often notice those speeding have California, Nevada, and Wyoming plates. If they can’t be bothered to slow down while enjoying our lovely town, then who needs them? I’d rather not see 224 look like an L.A. (or SLC) freeway.

Perhaps it is they and all of us, not law enforcement who should turn down the "Stairway," slow down and "lighten up." Why the big rush?

Mark Saurer

Park City

Hats off to police for speed controls

Editor:

I read with interest Bruce Dennis’s letter concerning traffic enforcement by the Park City Police Department. I agree wholeheartedly when Mr. Dennis says he has no issue with Park City Police enforcing the traffic laws, but my views diverge with his apparently inconsistent analysis after he makes that statement.

As someone who walks, walks my dog and/or bikes on Deer Valley Drive on a nearly daily basis, I am concerned about the number of vehicles clearly speeding along the street, which is a clearly marked 25-mile-per-hour zone. There are always a large number of joggers, mothers pushing baby carriages, bicyclists and others enjoying the beauty of the neighborhood that could be at risk from speeders. From reading reports in your paper over the years, it seems that this is also an issue in other residential neighborhoods in Park City.

I have noticed that the police take interim steps to remind us all of the speed limit by use of techniques such as the speed trailers that we all are used to seeing. However, the only real deterrent to excessive vehicular speed and the safety risks to pedestrians that entails is traffic enforcement to slow us all down.

Having said that, I agree with Mr. Dennis that it might be deemed excessive to get a traffic ticket if I went 28 in a 25-mph speed zone, if that is really happening. However, given my own experience as a police officer many years ago, I know that it is unlikely that there is that kind of zero-tolerance policy. Traffic judges generally don’t like such close cases being brought into their courts. Also, as Mr. Dennis’s letter implies, it would not be good for community relations. I suspect that our officers are exercising their discretion and only citing those vehicles that are exceeding the speed limit by 8-10 mph or more. In fact, in a brief discussion I had with Chief Wade Carpenter on the issue, he advised that in the last 6 months, less than 20% of traffic stops result in citations being written. That would certainly support the thought that most traffic stops result in warnings to pay more attention to our driving habits, certainly not a bad thing.

In closing, I’d like to say that my hat is off to Chief Carpenter and his officers for their efforts to make Park City’s streets safer for those of us who walk or ride them as well as reducing the number of accidents that are frequently the result of excessive speed. I for one support those efforts.

Walt Stowe

Park City


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