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High-ranking planning staffer will depart Marsac Building

by Jay Hamburger THE PARK RECORD
Kayla Sintz, the acting Park City planning director, will depart the Marsac Building in August. Sintz, shown at a Park City Planning Commission meeting on Wednesday, intends to move closer to family in Toronto. Jake Shane/Park Record

A high-ranking figure in the Park City Planning Department will leave the Marsac Building in August, City Hall said on Tuesday, a loss that will be the second high-profile departure from the department since the spring.

Kayla Sintz is currently the acting planning director. She had been the planning manager, the No. 2 position in the department. Sintz was made the acting planning director when Thomas Eddington, then the planning director, left for the private sector in March.

City Hall said in a prepared statement Sintz will move closer to family in Toronto.

Sintz, who is an architect, arrived at the Marsac Building in 2008 amid a polarizing discussion about the design of Old Town buildings. She left City Hall in 2012 for a position in the private sector and then returned to the municipal government.

Sintz, notably, was the planner assigned to the renovation of the Racquet Club into the Park City Municipal Athletic & Recreation Center. She also held an important role in the talks about the Old Town designs. Sintz, meanwhile, had key responsibilities in City Hall’s oversight of activities during the Sundance Film Festival.

"Under Kayla’s leadership, additional resources and regulations for historic preservation were secured. Kayla also enhanced the level of customer service in the Planning Department by personally assisting applicants in the planning process," City Manager Diane Foster said in the prepared statement. "We will miss Kayla’s quick wit and good-heartedness. We wish her great success in this next chapter."

A Planning Commissioner at a meeting on Wednesday praised Sintz’s tenure at City Hall. Adam Strachan, a member of the panel, said her departure is sad news. He told her she is a "joy to work with."

"The city’s been really good to me," Sintz responded.

Sintz’s departure comes as City Hall prepares for the recruitment of a community development director, a position that was returned to the municipal hierarchy in the most recent budget. The planning director position was eliminated from the City Hall ranks in favor of a community development director. It is not clear when the recruitment of a community development director will be completed.

The prepared statement indicated Bruce Erickson, a veteran planner who specializes in mountain resorts, was named the interim planning director. Erickson spent 16 years on the Park City Planning Commission ending in 2005. His tenure on the panel spanned Park City’s 1990s boom years and involved numerous debates about controversial projects as well as broader growth discussions. The prepared statement indicated he spent three terms as the chair of the Planning Commission.

"His local knowledge, municipal planning experience, and accreditation as a certified planner make him well-qualified to provide daily support to our team of planners and guidance to the Planning Commission," the statement says.

Erickson is scheduled to start during the week of July 20.

The statement also says City Hall has hired the West Valley City community and economic development director, Nicole Cottle, on a contract basis. She will act as a consultant on projects along the lower Park Avenue corridor and at Park City Mountain Resort.

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