Citizens will be tapped for parking solutions
November 11, 2015
Twelve citizens will help advise Park City Municipal and Summit County staff as they begin exploring parking solutions for the city and the Snyderville Basin.
The city and county are partnering to oversee a citizen’s advisory committee that will work closely with staff to scout locations for remote parking lots.
Caroline Ferris, Summit County regional transportation director, and Alfred Knotts, Park City’s transportation planning manager, will helm the effort, along with County Manager Tom Fisher and Park City Manager Diane Foster. The Summit County Council recently approved a resolution authorizing the effort.
"We want to continue to involve our citizens in our transportation discussions in a meaningful way," Ferris said. "We are hoping the citizens have great ideas that we haven’t thought about."
Remote parking is a top priority for citizens and staff, Ferris said. Few options are available in the city or the county and as both entities continue to craft their short and long-range transportation plans the recommendations of the advisory committee will be included, according to Ferris.
"We are going to be asking for solid recommendations about specific parcels where remote parking would make sense," Ferris said. "We just want to throw everything on the table and let the committee hash it out."
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The city and county councils will appoint six members each. Meetings will be held on a monthly basis and members will serve a one-year term.
Applicants, who must be registered voters, will be required to submit a one-page statement of interest and will need a recommendation from Fisher or Foster for appointment. However, the seats have not been advertised yet. Ferris and Knotts are hoping to have the committee appointed sometime next month to start meetings before the end of the year.
The committee will be considering locations that are easily accessible and attractive to commuters, Knotts said. Although none of the recommendations from the committee will be binding, it will provide a "broad perspective on what the community is seeking," Knotts said.
"We will be asking them to identify sites that people will use and to help us understand if it will be employees coming up for the day or recreaters," Knotts said. "We want to make sure we get the best possible feedback to go into our short and long-range plans.
"We want solid recommendations because the next phase would be allocating financial and human resources to further develop these sites," Knotts said.
Both the city and the county are currently managing several studies and committees that are all focused on addressing transportation issues. While the city and county have unique needs, the two are not mutually exclusive, Knotts said.
"We are making sure that we are being as comprehensive as we possibly can in the realm of regional planning," he said. "We want to make sure this is the comprehensive picture and one piece to that puzzle."
Applicants are advised to submit letters of interest to Caroline Ferris via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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