Panel applications are due |

Panel applications are due

City Hall is accepting applications for three of its panels through Monday, June 1, with positions on the Planning Commission especially being of significant consequence.

Three spots on the seven-member Planning Commission — now held by Charlie Wintzer, Rory Murphy and Dick Peek — are expiring. Wintzer, Richard Luskin, Steve Joyce and Rich Weinman had submitted applications through early Friday. Terms are for four years.

The Planning Commission holds wide-ranging influence on development inside the city limits, handling both major decisions like changes to overarching zoning rules and lesser ones like permits for small projects.

Of City Hall’s panels, the Planning Commission’s influence on Park City is second only to that of the City Council. Meetings are often contentious between developers and neighbors, and the Planning Commission sometimes draws sizable crowds.

The Planning Commission is amid a long-running discussion about the Sweeney family’s Treasure development proposal on the slopes of Park City Mountain Resort close to streets like Lowell Avenue and Empire Avenue. Treasure is the most contentious project in front of the Planning Commission, and the people who are put into the three seats will join the panel years into the talks.

The Planning Commission meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, with occasional special meetings called. Meetings sometimes extend into the nighttime hours.

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Planning Commissioners are paid $100 per meeting and receive privileges at the Racquet Club.

Meanwhile, four positions on the Historic Preservation Board are expiring. The seven-member panel has some influence on the designs of buildings in Old Town. Members are paid $60 per meeting and receive Racquet Club privileges.

One regular position and one alternate position on the Board of Adjustment are expiring. The panel meets infrequently. Some of its duties include deciding whether to grant variances is some zoning cases and exceptions to City Hall’s development rules.

For more information or applications, visit the Planning Department’s section of City Hall’s Web site, Applications are also available at Miners Hospital and the Planning Department, 1255 Iron Horse Drive. The department’s phone number is 615-5061.

Jay Hamburger