Park City businessman starts City Council campaign
Max Doilney, a businessman and a lifelong Parkite, has started a campaign for the Park City Council, saying the community is amid change that he is prepared to help manage from his unique perspective.
Doilney was the second person to make public intentions to mount a campaign, following incumbent City Councilor Nann Worel. The incumbent is seeking a second term.
Doilney is 41 and lives in Prospector. He owns The Corner Store and Corner Sports, two businesses at the Resort Center. He is the son of Jim Doilney, a 1980s-era member of the City Council who later unsuccessfully challenged for the mayor’s office.
The younger Doilney said Park City has come under the influence of large corporations in recent years. He noted the arrival of Vail Resorts as the owner of Park City Mountain Resort and Alterra Mountain Company, which owns Deer Valley Resort. He also mentioned the plans by a Provo developer, PEG Companies, to acquire the PCMR parking lots for a large project.
“I just feel like Park City is in another transitional period, and I’ve seen many of them in my life,” Doilney said, adding that City Hall’s planned arts and culture district is another part of the community’s transition.
He said most people in Park City have “appreciated” the growth of the community but said the changes “can be good or bad.”
“I think the transition has always been an adjustment,” Doilney said.
Doilney has not finalized a platform but outlined several broad topics he plans to address during the campaign. He said firm plans are needed to address traffic.
He also said he intends to offer ideas about housing. He said The Corner Store and Corner Sports employ a combined 40 to 50 people as he spoke about the need for a housing program. Doilney said he supports City Hall’s current housing efforts, which include significant development by the municipality.
Doilney also said he wants restricted housing developed concurrently with the eventual construction on the parking lots at PCMR as well as alongside other large projects.
Doilney’s business interests at the Resort Center are especially notable at a time when major development of the PCMR parking lots by PEG Companies is envisioned. Some could see a project by PEG Companies as competing against the businesses at the Resort Center while others may anticipate a boost in business that could stretch from the new development to the Resort Center. It is not clear what role the City Council will eventually have as PEG Companies approaches City Hall with the development plans.
The filing window when candidates must submit campaign paperwork does not open until June 3. It runs until June 7. Three City Council seats — those held by Worel, Becca Gerber and Lynn Ware Peek — are on the ballot. Ware Peek is not seeking a full first term while Gerber has not made public her intentions.
Someone must be a U.S. citizen, a registered voter in the Park City limits and have lived in Park City for a minimum of 12 straight months prior to Election Day to be eligible to run for a City Council seat.
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