Longtime developer files for Summit County Council
With more than 35 years worth of experience in land use and resort-based development, Doug Clyde says he wants to begin applying that knowledge community wide.
Clyde, age 64 and an Oakley resident, filed for a seat on the Summit County Council on Monday. He is running on the Democratic ticket for the seat currently held by Claudia McMullin. It will be his first attempt at seeking office.
"I’m a longtime resident with a background in the resort industry," Clyde said of his reasons to run. "I have extensive experience in government and land planning and a broad understanding of the land uses in all corners of the county."
Clyde came to Park City from California in 1978 to work as an operations manager under Nick Badami at Park City Ski Area (now known as Park City Mountain Resort). Several years later he became involved with the new development projects at the resort and eventually took on the role as president of development when resort was run by Powdr Corp.
Since leaving Powdr Corporation he has worked as an independent consultant, while also doing extensive work in California on resort-based development projects and ski-area consulting.
Some of the larger projects that Clyde has spearheaded include Empire Pass and an expansion of the Park City Mountain Resort base-area development. He is currently connected to projects with Bill White Farms and the Park City Day School.
However, Clyde said he does not anticipate any conflicts of interest from his professional work if elected to the County Council.
Clyde emphasized that his professional interests have rarely come up while he has been a member of the Eastern Summit County Planning Commission, where he currently serves as vice chair.
"I see very limited opportunity for conflict," Clyde said. "I see that as being a minor issue. I’ll have to lose some work in the county, but it will not be a major deal."
Clyde said, as a planning commissioner he brings "an understanding of the impacts of land planning on existing residents, our natural resources and the quality of life" to the County Council race.
In the interests of preserving that quality of life for East Side residents, Clyde said he recently chose to vote against forwarding a positive recommendation to the County Council concerning the recent rewrite of zoning guidelines on the East Side.
"The one-acre zoning that is being proposed is just a zone that does nothing but lead to ongoing sprawl," Clyde said. "Sprawl is very burdensome on the county to provide services to and that is way too dense for that sort of development.
"But the East Side is not just a unified block," he added. "The East Side has distinct north and south regions and to some degree the needs and concerns are different in both regions much as the county’s interests are different on each side."
As an example, Clyde pointed out that transportation and traffic are some of the principal concerns among residents in the Snyderville Basin.
"Transportation is only effective if you can target susceptible groups, for example employees," Clyde said. "They are competing for our roadway systems with our residences and with our visitors and so building effective intercept lots and targeting those people is probably our highest priority."
Clyde, who is married with three daughters, said "a confluence of factors" led to his decision to seek a seat on the County Council.
"The first reason is because of the opportunity to run for the seat held by Claudia, who is not running again," Clyde said. "The second reason is because of my background and service in the planning commission, which demonstrates my understanding of the processes.
"That experience gives me broad understanding of all of the issues that county government faces relative to infrastructure, water usage and water quality, traffic, transit, trails and open space," Clyde said. "Those are all issues that I have worked with the government on as a land planner."
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