Tour of Treasure development land slated for the fall
July 29, 2016
Anyone can hike the Treasure acreage overlooking Old Town whenever they please.
In September, though, people interested in the Treasure proposal will have an opportunity to hike the land alongside the Park City Planning Commission, City Hall staffers and the development team.
The Planning Commission on Wednesday night briefly discussed scheduling items related to Treasure, including a desire to visit the site. The panel was not scheduled to address the Treasure proposal, however, and did not talk about broader issues related to the project.
A site visit has been anticipated since the Treasure partnership returned to its talks with the Planning Commission early in the summer after a hiatus that stretched since 2010. It seemed likely the visit would be scheduled late in the summer or early in the fall since an early winter would complicate the plans. It is expected that a site visit will involve a quorum of the Planning Commission, meaning that the event would be open to the public.
The panel did not speak extensively about visiting the Treasure acreage. John Phillips, a member of the Planning Commission, mentioned a visit to the site could allow the panel to familiarize itself with the land even if the current round of Treasure discussions is in its early stages.
There was talk about scheduling a site visit on Aug. 10, the next time the Planning Commission is slated to address Treasure. The date, though, was shifted to Sept. 14, another day when the panel is anticipated to review Treasure. A time was not set. The Aug. 10 discussion and hearing about Treasure will be held as planned without a visit to the site.
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Bruce Erickson, the planning director, said in an interview afterward the Planning Department is conducting a detailed analysis of the square footage of Treasure as well as the individual building pads. He said the department wants to complete that work prior to visiting the site with the Planning Commission.
Erickson said stakes will be posted for the visit to the site on Sept. 14 showing the location of certain parts of the Treasure proposal. He said balloons could be flown to illustrate the height of Treasure.
The Treasure partnership envisions the project as just more than 1 million square feet of residences, commercial spaces and conference facilities. The Treasure hillside overlooks Old Town roughly along the route of the Town Lift.
Critics have long worried about the height of the project, which reaches toward 100 feet, and other design issues that could be discussed during a visit to the site or as part of a post-visit talk.
The visit to the site in September would be the first opportunity for the public to walk the Treasure ground as part of an organized tour since 2009. The Treasure side and the Planning Commission at that time were engaged in an earlier round of discussions about the project that yielded only limited progress.
The tours in 2009 drew moderate crowds, up to approximately 60 people, as those interested in the project followed the Treasure team to various vantage points and spots that are slated for development under the project blueprints.
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