Want to influence growth? there’s a spot for you in Park City
January 10, 2014
City Hall is accepting applications for one spot on the Park City Planning Commission, a panel that has wide duties in growth and development matters.
The person selected will join the Planning Commission midterm as a result of Mick Savage’s decision to leave the panel. The term expires in July. The person appointed would need to reapply for the position if they wanted to serve a full four-year term. Someone must live within the Park City limits to be eligible for appointment.
The Planning Commission meets twice a month, on the second and fourth Wednesdays. Meetings start at 5:30 p.m. and sometimes last into the nighttime hours. Planning Commissioners are paid $100 per meeting and receive privileges at the Park City Municipal Athletic & Recreation Center. They are also eligible to participate in a municipal ski pass-sharing program.
The Planning Commission is seen as being second in influence of City Hall’s panels, trailing only the Park City Council. The Planning Commission holds the authority to approve or deny a wide range of development applications, including both large and small projects.
The City Council selects members of the Planning Commission. The selection process normally includes an interview with the elected officials.
The panel in coming months is expected to be heavily involved in several high-profile discussions, including the long-running redo of City Hall’s General Plan. The Planning Commission will restart its talks about the growth document in the months after leaders opted to spend more time on the General Plan rather than finalizing a redo in late 2013.
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It seems that the Planning Commission in the first half of 2014 could return to its talks about the proposed Treasure development, which would sit on a hillside overlooking Old Town on the slopes of Park City Mountain Resort. Planning Commission discussions about Treasure stalled long ago, but the developer could return with redone blueprints that shift some of the development rights attached to the hillside elsewhere.
The Planning Commission in recent months, meanwhile, has been busy with an uptick in development requests as landowners see a strengthening local economy.
The City Council in late 2012 shook up the Planning Commission by putting three newcomers on the panel instead of retaining two incumbents who had sought reappointment. There will be four new members — a majority on the seven-person panel — once another Planning Commissioner is seated following the current selection process.
Planning Commissioners have a long history of using the position as a springboard to elected office in Park City. Mayor Jack Thomas, who took office earlier in January, won Park City’s highest elected office in 2013 as a member of the Planning Commission. City Councilman Dick Peek also served on the Planning Commission prior to his election.
The deadline for applications for the seat is Jan. 20 by 5 p.m. For more information and an application, visit City Hall’s website, http://www.parkcity.org. Select ‘Planning Commission Vacancy’ in the News section on the front page. More information is also available by contacting the Planning Department at 615-5061 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The application requests biographical information and includes a question about the skills and qualities that someone would add to the Planning Commission. It also asks prospective Planning Commissioners to list three issues they see as being important to Park City as well as their opinion of the mission of the panel.