Growth worries trigger new round of talks in Park City
Park City’s elected officials on Thursday signaled they want to start what will apparently be a broad discussion about growth and its impacts, offering only limited details, though, about what would be addressed.
Mayor Jack Thomas and the Park City Council spoke about the topic at a meeting on Thursday. The discussion was not anticipated. A Tuesday night forum in Park City about the Mountain Accord, a wide-ranging effort to craft long-range plans for the Wasatch Mountain region, seemed to be a trigger.
Several City Councilors said some Parkites are fearful or have expressed anxiety about growth. City Councilor Liza Simpson said there is a current of fear running through segments of the community, adding that there is misinformation being heard. Andy Beerman, another City Councilor, said there is growing anxiety about growth in the city. City Councilor Tim Henney, meanwhile, said people misunderstand growth. He mentioned the idea of a growth moratorium, but he did not provide details.
City Manager Diane Foster said City Hall staffers will provide an update at a March 19 City Council meeting. She said the update would include data and potential discussion points.
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Park City recently detailed the efforts to fill a range of vacant municipal posts in 2018 and 2019 as officials described the challenges City Hall has encountered in its hiring amid a hot economy.