Planning commission adopts hospital analysis
December 21, 2005
The proposed community hospital and United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) headquarters slated for the northwest corner of State Road 248 and US 40 (Quinn’s Junction), appeared to receive encouragement from last week’s Park City Planning Commissioner meeting. The commission voted to adopt the hospital task force-reviewed fiscal analysis drafted by city staff. According to city Budget, Debt and Grants Department Manager Gary Hill, who helped compile the numbers for the analysis, the commission adopted the original fiscal analysis submitted in November. He said annexing a hospital would likely cost Park City Municipal Corporation $90,000 in annual infrastructure costs and services over the hospital’s 15-year construction period. The annual cost to the city comes from the $1 million one-time cost to the city, plus the recurring cost per year ($54,000), minus the city tax revenue generated by the project. The analysis also projects that, at full build-out, the hospital and USSA facility will bring traffic to local businesses, hotels and restaurants, which could amount to over $2 million in annual economic activity and add 25 new jobs to the local economy. As of Wednesday’s Planning Commission meeting, the task force has officially wrapped up its part in the consideration of the $60 million Intermountain Health Care Hospital for Park City. The group has met regularly since July to discuss traffic impacts, economics and overall feasibility of the project. Summit Community Healthcare Foundation Director JoAnna Charnes attended the meeting, with task force and hospital board members. "This was the first time that there’s been a public hearing about [the hospital] after a very lengthy task force and I thought it was really positive," she said. IHC expects the completed 100,000-square-foot hospital to have 25 inpatient beds and six operating suites, with primary care physicians able to provide a variety of services including internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology and 24-hour emergency care. Every person who approached the commission at the meeting espoused the benefits of a community hospital. A few local clinic representatives, including People’s Health Center board members and orthopedic surgery clinic Rosenberg, Cooley and Metcalf, voiced their support, adding that they are also anticipating potentially moving some of their operations to the hospital, should the city annex the 160 acres at Quinn’s Junction. "It’s important for our clinic," said Park City doctor Michael Metcalf. "Not a day goes by that we don’t send patients to [hospitals in] Heber or Salt Lake." The latest pamphlet from the leaders of the proposed Intermountain Healthcare Summit Community Hospital Project reports 45 local physicians have already applied for hospital privileges. City planner Pat Putt presented the details of the other items processed by the task force, hospital board and staff over the last months, including a primary focus of the group creating a new zone for the complex called the Community Transition (CT) District. "This area creates a buffer between Park City’s urban and suburban land use and rural land uses just outside [city limits,]" he explained. "It would be inappropriate for large box regional retail at the entry corridor so we thought to come up with a new zone." The CT District would be a zone that balances the commercial and medical interests of the project with recreational areas and open space, according to Putt. The zone would permit one unit of density per 20 acres, with bonus units awarded to projects that include, among other things "green building" design principles to protect the environment, trail improvements, transit improvements and the dedication of additional land for public purposes. CT District projects also have a higher affordable housing component, which requires a project to provide five percent more affordable housing than other zones to off set the impacts of the development. Putt asked that along with formally accepting the fiscal analysis, that the planning commission considers amending the Land Management Code to include the new zoning, and take a look at the traffic study.