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Old Town house sizes could be debated again

by Jay Hamburger THE PARK RECORD

City Hall later this year could revisit in some fashion further limitations on the sizes of houses in Old Town, long a controversial topic in the neighborhood, but it seems highly unlikely that any moves would be as dramatic as those considered in 2011.

The Park City Planning Department is preparing a wide-ranging rewrite of City Hall’s General Plan, which is an overarching document that guides growth in Park City. In the process of the rewrite, City Hall staffers are looking at the community on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood basis.

Thomas Eddington, the planning director, said staffers could analyze both Old Town lot sizes and house sizes through the process of the General Plan rewrite. At that point, perhaps, another set of recommendations, specific in nature, could be drafted dealing with lots and house sizes in the neighborhood, he said. Eddington, though, said it is not certain whether the Planning Department will return with such a set of recommendations.

"It will really be based on the analysis," he said.

Staffers want to complete a draft of the redone General Plan later in 2012. The document could be brought to the Planning Commission in the middle of the fall, Eddington said. Under that timeline, the Park City Council could begin its talks about the document early in 2013.

City Hall in 2011 enacted a stoppage on several sorts of applications in Old Town, a move to allow officials time to consider tighter restrictions on houses in the neighborhood. The stoppage garnered widespread opposition.

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Late last summer, on successive nights, the Planning Commission and the Park City Council addressed the stoppage. The lower panel on one night recommended the stoppage be rescinded. The City Council the next night agreed to do so. The elected officials indicated that the breadth of the discussion about house sizes was wider than they had anticipated.