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Park City, Summit County plan to meet about housing, transportation

Critical topics that stretch between the two jurisdictions will be addressed

Park City and Summit County leaders are scheduled to hold a rare joint meeting on Tuesday as the elected officials and staffers gather to discuss a range of critical topics that extend beyond the borders of the city into county terrain.

Mayor Jack Thomas and the Park City Council plan to meet with the Summit County Council at the Sheldon Richins Building for approximately two hours. The officials are slated to spend 20 minutes talking about transportation and the transit system and the rest of the time discussing zoning, housing and sustainability. They are also scheduled to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony at a transit center at Kimball Junction.

The ceremony is scheduled at 2:30 p.m. at the transit center while the meeting at the Sheldon Richins Building starts at 3:10 p.m. Both are open to the public.

City Hall and the County Courthouse have long enjoyed a solid relationship, and there has been broad cooperation between the two jurisdictions on numerous issues like transportation and recreation. Elected officials in Park City and Summit County regularly discuss matters of interest to both jurisdictions, but it is rare for the full slate of elected officials to hold a meeting like the one planned on Tuesday.

The agenda indicates public works or transportation officials will address the meeting with topics seeming to center on opportunities that will arise as a result of voters approving two ballot measures meant to fund the expansion of the transit system and road improvements. The meeting will touch on the funding timeline and the hierarchy of projects that will be pursued with the monies, according to the agenda.

A lineup of City Hall and County Courthouse community development, planning and housing staffers is scheduled to appear at the meeting as well. The agenda indicates the officials will address regional issues, discuss potential changes to regulations and learn about developments that are progressing as well as future development projections.

Diane Foster, the Park City manager, said it is believed the meeting will be the first between the City Council and the County Council that will involve a discussion about housing. She said the elected officials could address whether City Hall and the County Courthouse should partner on housing projects.

“The idea that the city and county continue to coordinate is important,” Foster said.

Topics like transportation and housing have long been priorities in Park City and Summit County as leaders over the years have attempted to respond to population growth and a resilient economy. There have been calls for broadened cooperation between the two jurisdictions as well.

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