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Planning Commissioner ‘irate’ with way some growth issues being handled

by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF

A member of the Park City Planning Commission, in pointed comments directed at City Hall staffers on Wednesday night, said he is "irate" with the manner in which some growth issues are being handled, claiming, as an example, the Bonanza Park district could become a hodgepodge of projects without the proper process.

The statement from Mick Savage was unexpected and came during what was an otherwise uneventful meeting. Savage, the Planning Commissioner with the shortest tenure of the sitting panel members, appeared especially displeased with recent movement in the Bonanza Park district.

The Planning Commission has spent significant time attempting to craft a long-range set of ideas for development in Bonanza Park, centered along Bonanza Drive and Kearns Boulevard. A major figure in the district, though, recently filed papers at City Hall to build nearly 1 million square feet of development between three parcels. The project would remake the district and be the largest scale redevelopment inside Park City in decades.

Savage said he wanted more progress to have been made on reworking City Hall’s General Plan, an overarching document that guides growth within the city. Developments are supposed to align with the goals of the General Plan.

Savage and Tom Eddington, the Planning director, engaged in a brief but tense exchange, a rare situation involving a staffer and a panel member in a public setting. Savage questioned whether staffers’ time is best spent by going to a conference instead of working further on the General Plan. Savage also was displeased with a statement that the Planning Department is busy with its day-to-day workload.

"I’m tired of hearing it, Tom," Savage told Eddington.

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Savage said, perhaps, there should be discussions with Park City leaders about dedicating more resources and time to the Planning Department to work on the General Plan.

"The time has come for resolution," he said, adding, "It’s infuriating."

Savage and Eddington spoke privately for a few minutes afterward.