Old Town open houses planned
City Hall has scheduled two open houses to discuss house designs in Old Town, part of an ambitious effort to rewrite the controversial rules in the neighborhood.
Officials are considering significant changes in the rules, including those that regulate the size of houses in the historic district. Architects and house designers who work in Old Town have been especially interested in the talks. There has been limited interest from regular Parkites, however.
The meetings are scheduled:
July 14 at 6 p.m. in Room 205 of the Park City Library and Education Center, 1255 Park Ave. The meeting is organized for people who live in Old Town.
July 16 at 6 p.m. in the same room. The meeting is for house designers.
Meanwhile, Park City officials are tentatively scheduled to discuss the rules in three upcoming meetings, with the Planning Commission slated to address them on July 23 and Aug . 13. Planning Commissioners and Park City Councilors are scheduled to meet jointly to talk about the topic on Aug. 7.
The architects and house designers have long been frustrated by the strict Old Town rules, saying that they do not allow creativity when drafting blueprints. But Old Town enthusiasts and others counter that it is best for the neighborhood that it retain its historic feel, which they say makes Old Town an attractive place for Parkites and visitors.
The sides have spent time recently debating a new formula to limit the size of additions to historic houses. The critics have decried City Hall’s efforts, claiming property values in the neighborhood could be reduced and homebuyers in Old Town desire larger houses than those traditionally built there.
For more information about the open houses, call the Planning Department at 615-5061.
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