Park City receives more input about Snow Park, but upcoming testimony expected to be more sweeping

There are private talks continuing between City Hall and Deer Valley about a concept for base development

There are longstanding development rights attached to the Deer Valley Resort land where the parking lots outside Snow Park Lodge are located.
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Park City leaders on Thursday received a limited amount of input about Deer Valley Resort’s efforts to redevelop the Snow Park base, but testimony is expected to be more sweeping when the topic is addressed again in early November.

There are longstanding development rights attached to the land where the vast Snow Park parking lots are located. Deer Valley envisions an ambitious development on the land that would essentially remake the base area. The resort is in talks with Mayor Nann Worel and the Park City Council about Deer Valley’s desire for City Hall to vacate parts of Deer Valley Drive West and Deer Valley Drive South. Deer Valley argues such a move would lead to a better-designed project. Deer Valley would dedicate Doe Pass Road to the municipal government as part of the overall traffic circulation designs.

There is opposition to the concept of City Hall vacating sections of roads from some people who live or own properties in the vicinity of Snow Park. The public input — written and verbal — has tilted against the concept.

Mayor Nann Worel and the Park City Council on Thursday received more input in opposition. The City Council was not expected to cast a vote or provide detailed comments during the meeting and opted to return to the item on Nov. 2. Worel indicated City Hall continues to talk with Deer Valley in private sessions and said the municipal government is still receiving written input from the public. It is not clear what sort of progress is being made in the private talks, but there will likely be some sort of update from City Hall as the materials are released in anticipation of the meeting scheduled for Nov. 2.

A figure in an opposition group called Protect The Loop provided some of the input on Thursday. Allison Keenan said a new, independent study of the traffic impacts is wanted. She also briefly addressed plans for a major Deer Valley expansion into the land widely known as Mayflower on the Wasatch County side of the resort, saying she doesn’t believe a base area there will reduce traffic into Park City.

There will likely be significantly more input at the Nov. 2 meeting should City Hall and Deer Valley make progress on the private discussions by then.

There are development rights attached to the land at Snow Park dating to the 1970s overall approval for Deer Valley. The resort, though, must secure another approval for a project before it can commence. The talks about City Hall potentially vacating sections of roads are crucial to the broader discussions since the design of a development hinges on the decision about the roads.

Deer Valley envisions a Snow Park base with residences, commercial spaces, a hotel and entertainment. Large garages would be built to account for the parking spots lost as the lots are developed. A transit and mobility hub is also planned. The project would essentially turn the Snow Park base from one that offers limited services for skiers to a full-service one.


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