Amid profanities, Park City approves disputed subdivision
The Park City Council on Thursday night unanimously approved a subdivision involving one lot on a small road off Deer Valley Drive, a vote that was cast after a contentious, profanity-laced hearing that highlighted the anxiety that some neighborhood disputes can cause even if the wider community does not appear to take notice.
There has been intense interest in the subject in the Rossie Hill neighborhood, which is situated just east of the Old Town roundabout, and people who live or have interests there appeared at the meeting. The subdivision that the City Council approved is located at 632 Deer Valley Loop.
A corporate entity with Matt and Maren Mullin as members owns the property. The Mullins have appeared on behalf of the corporate entity. The subdivision approval secured on Thursday was needed before the property can be developed. Matt Mullin said afterward there are no current plans to pursue a development. A historic home is located on the land.
During a hearing prior to the City Council vote, the elected officials were told there are concerns about parking in the neighborhood, the potential impact on wildlife and that development could have effects on the historic character of the neighborhood. The elected officials were also told City Hall should acquire the property and preserve the land as a park.
The testimony was weighted against the prospects of development at the site someday, but another speaker, Jack Koson, cautioned the mayor and City Council about what he described as a potential precedent-setting decision regarding future development after someone has made a commitment to a property.
The discussions about 632 Deer Valley Loop have occurred alongside a separate set of talks about rezoning nearby land on Rossie Hill Drive to a more tightly restricted designation.
One of the figures involved in the rezoning talks addressed the mayor and City Council on Thursday. Richard Dennis used a series of profanities as he spoke to the elected officials, noting that others are talking about his property. He said he wanted fair treatment and said he would sell his property if City Hall desires ownership. He apologized for the profanities.
The rezoning was not on the agenda on Thursday.
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