Guest editorial: Thanks for helping defeat PEG’s base area proposal |

Guest editorial: Thanks for helping defeat PEG’s base area proposal

Although PEG’s application has been withdrawn, Vail’s development rights remain

Deb Rentfrow and John Stafsholt, RRAD founders Old Town
Park Record guest editorial

 It was nearly three years ago that a flawed development application for the Park City Mountain resort’s parking lots was submitted by PEG Development. It is with sincere gratitude that we at RRAD (Responsible Resort Area Development Coalition) thank our Park City community for stepping up and helping us contest the proposed base area parking lot development. 

Your support, through your time and contributions, were critical to RRAD’s work improving the PCM resort base area proposal. The negative impacts of the proposed project on Park City’s residents, business owners and visitors were the driving force for our efforts. As we’ve shared many times over the last couple of years, our organization formed not to oppose development at the PCM resort base area, but to point out serious flaws in the developer’s proposed project and encourage our Planning Commission to uphold our Land Management Code.

Fortunately, some members our Planning Commission shared many of our concerns and voiced them during multiple meetings. Our Park City Planning Commission required PEG Development to return with community based improvements which their proposal was lacking. 

Although PEG’s application has been withdrawn, Vail’s development rights remain. There will most likely be a future development proposal brought to our Park City community. It is our hope that through our efforts, any future development application will adhere strictly to Park City’s Land Management Code (LMC) and the remaining unexpired portions of the 1997 Master Planned Development Agreement and the 1998 Development Agreement, which created the rights to develop the Park City Mountain resort’s parking lots.

Our desire is for any future developer to consider the input from both the Park City Planning Commission and the Park City public over the past two-plus years prior to any initial development application submission. In doing so, perhaps a more well designed, LMC-respected and responsible project will be put forth.

Any new development proposal should include some previously undervalued improvements, such as improved pedestrian and vehicular circulation, sufficient drop-off and parking for all resort offerings and better connectivity between resort parcels, ski terrain and the nearby community. A future proposal should also provide increased open space and unobstructed views of our namesake mountain.

The recent proposal replaced our current view of the mountain with a hotel reaching 103 feet in height.

These are some of the important aspects that were discounted while the developer sought profit over our community values and needs. There is no reason why a project design cannot provide a world class experience for visitors while also benefiting our greater Park City community. 

We believe a world class, responsible, local and visitor friendly resort base project is not only achievable, but in the best interest of all concerned in the long run. Our Park City residents deserve a project that we can all be proud of. This is Park City’s namesake and forever part of our identity.

Based on your support, much of the Park City community agrees we must do better and once again, we thank you.

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