Outgoing Planning Commissioner urges Old Town safeguards
Julia Pettit, the Park City Planning Commissioner who this week stepped down midterm, delivered emotional remarks on Wednesday night as she discussed Old Town while addressing the other members of the panel, City Hall staffers and the public.
Pettit, who lives in Old Town, said she wants to ensure the neighborhood is preserved. She urged people to be careful when making decisions that impact Old Town, describing that a series of smaller intrusions in the neighborhood will collectively have a wider impact.
"It’s important. We need to safeguard it," Pettit said.
She did not discuss individual projects or policies affecting Old Town, however.
Pettit, an attorney, served on the Planning Commission since 2006. She was midway through her second term when she left. The term expires in mid-2014.
She told Mayor Dana Williams in May she was traveling more frequently for work and the travel made it difficult to continue to serve as a Planning Commissioner.
Some of the high-profile projects the panel dealt with during her tenure included the Treasure proposal overlooking Old Town and the Quinn’s Junction movie studio complex. The Planning Commission has not yet voted on Treasure. Pettit cast one of the votes in favor of the movie studio complex when it was endorsed on a 4-2 tally.
Other Planning Commissioners praised Pettit’s service during the Wednesday meeting. Park City Councilman Alex Butwinski, who attends Planning Commission meetings on behalf of the City Council, said the elected officials thanked her for her time on the Planning Commission.
A developer who once served on the Planning Commission, Rory Murphy, also praised her.
"All I can say is my hat’s off. You’ll be sorely missed," Murphy said.
The City Council has not yet appointed someone to succeed Pettit.
Two people indicated in interviews they are considering mounting campaigns for the Park City Council, a signal the City Hall election could attract an intriguing slate of candidates in a year when the majority of the five seats are on the ballot.