Treasure developers, Park City share timelines
Park City officials on Thursday outlined a prospective timeline for the discussions regarding the proposed Treasure development that, at its lengthiest, would stretch for more than a year.
It is a schedule that would extend the Park City Planning Commission talks far longer than the Treasure side desires. The developers in early April, in requesting that the long-dormant talks begin again, offered a proposal for a wildly different timeline that would have started last week and ended with a vote in the fall. Instead, it appears, the discussions will not begin again until June and possibly last well into 2017.
Bruce Erickson, the planning director at City Hall, said he anticipates the Planning Commission will address Treasure at between seven and 15 meetings, at a rate of one meeting per month. The talks are targeted to restart at a meeting on June 8.
The Treasure proposal involves upward of 1 million square feet of development on a hillside overlooking Old Town close to the route of the Town Lift. The Sweeney family, which is the historic owner of the property, secured development rights in the 1980s for the Treasure acreage and nearby parcels of land. The Treasure land is now under the ownership of the Sweeney family and a business partner.
Treasure was last in front of the Planning Commission in 2010. There has been significant turnover on the panel during the intervening years. The application dates to 2004.
Erickson said it appears Treasure will be put on the agenda of the first Planning Commission meeting each month starting in June. The panel meets twice a month. Erickson said it is unlikely as of now that special Planning Commission meetings will be scheduled for Treasure. He said, however, meetings when Treasure is on the agenda will be shifted from the Park City Council chambers at the Marsac Building to the more spacious Santy Auditorium at the Park City Library or another space in the library to accommodate the expected crowds. Public hearings will be held at each meeting regarding Treasure. The earlier Treasure meetings consistently drew crowds to Planning Commission meetings.
The schedule of one Treasure meeting a month will allow City Hall staffers to generate reports centered on various aspects of the proposal. Anne Laurent, the community development director, said the once-a-month schedule is the most condensed timeline that would allow the reports to be drafted. Erickson said the timeline is similar to those of other large projects reviewed by the municipal government.
The City Hall side will involve a cadre of staffers. Francisco Astorga, a Planning Department veteran, will be the lead planner assigned to Treasure. Erickson and Laurent will be heavily involved as well. He said each planner will have at least some role in Treasure. Erickson said the city engineer, the municipal government’s transportation planners and the waterworks team will also have roles in the upcoming talks.
The Treasure meetings are expected to address numerous issues, similar to those discussed prior to the 2010 break off of the talks. During those meetings, the Planning Commission spent extensive time on topics like traffic and the size of the project. Treasure is designed as one building made to appear like 13 separate ones.
A restart of the talks in June would push the timeline back from a schedule that the Treasure partnership identified in an April 8 letter to City Hall requesting that the Planning Commission restart the discussions. The partnership’s timeline requested the first Planning Commission meeting be held last Wednesday to cover topics like the history of Treasure and the Treasure side’s contention that the project is compatible with the surrounding neighborhood.
The Treasure partnership’s timeline called for three meetings with the Planning Commission by City Hall’s targeted June 8 date for the first meeting. The timeline proposed by the partnership extended through the summer and called for a vote on Sept. 28. The Planning Commission is not bound by the partnership’s schedule.
In an interview, Pat Sweeney, who represents his family in Treasure matters, said the City Hall timeline is "significantly longer than we had hoped for." He acknowledged, though, the Planning Department is processing other projects at the same time.
"However long it takes, we’re going to do our part . . . We believe they will do their part, although our pace is different than theirs," Sweeney said.
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