As talks with Vail loom, City Hall, County Courthouse united
Leaders in Park City and Summit County this week are expected to approve an agreement allowing them to cooperate on a range of issues related to Vail Resorts’ acquisition of Park City Mountain Resort and the Colorado firm’s plans to link the resort to Canyons Resort.
The Summit County Council on Wednesday is scheduled to cast a vote on the agreement while a Park City Council vote is slated on Thursday. The County Council meeting starts at 5:10 p.m. at the County Courthouse in Coalville. A public hearing is not scheduled, but the County Council could accept input anyway. Thursday’s City Council meeting is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. at the Marsac Building. A public hearing is scheduled.
The agreement calls for City Hall and the County Courthouse to cooperate on issues like:
"The Parties recognize that resort development issues transcend political jurisdiction boundaries, and intergovernmental coordination is essential for protecting lives and property and for facilitating the efficient use of available assets both public and private," the agreement says.
The agreement follows shortly after Vail Resorts acquired PCMR from Powdr Corp. in a deal that settled a lawsuit that centered on PCMR’s lease of Talisker Land Holdings, LLC acreage that underlies much of the resort’s terrain. Vail Resorts also leases and operates Canyons Resort under a long-term deal with the Talisker corporate family.
Vail Resorts intends to connect PCMR and Canyons Resort in 2015 to create one resort under the PCMR moniker.
PCMR is in the Park City limits while Canyons Resort is in an unincorporated part of Summit County, influencing the decision by Park City and Summit County leaders to enter into an agreement.
A task force will be formed as part of the City Hall-County Courthouse agreement. Members will include the Park City manager, the mayor of Park City, a member of the City Council, the Summit County manager, the chair of the County Council and another member of the County Council.
The agreement notes that City Hall and the County Courthouse previously entered into formal cooperative relationships regarding land-planning issues, the 2002 Winter Olympics and transportation.
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