Park City and Snyderville Basin planning commissions to discuss affordable housing
September 18, 2015
One topic Park City Planning Commission Chair Adam Strachan intends to raise during a joint meeting with the Snyderville Basin Planning Commission this week is affordable housing: who pays for it and where does it go.
Members of the planning commissions are scheduled to meet Tuesday, Sept. 22 from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Sheldon Richins Building. The meeting is described as a special joint work session and it will be open to the public.
The agenda hasn’t been released. However, a legal notice on City Hall’s website lists the following topics of discussion: areas of development pressure in the Basin and around Quinn’s Junction; identification of ongoing transportation and Transportation Demand Management projects; and the potential alignment of employee housing requirements.
"One of the things I will raise will be whether they want to have more employee housing that we should put in and subsidize or whether there should be more that they subsidize or whether it should be both, what we should cooperate on and, of course, where it would be," Strachan said. "We’ve haven’t had that discussion recently, or regionally, about how we want to help with employee housing.
"I would like to see the city and the county do their part and also have the developer step in," Strachan added. "It’s not an either/or situation. Sometimes those things go hand in hand."
The workforce housing shortage is typically a priority topic for officials these days, Strachan said, adding "it makes sense it would be on top of our agenda."
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Mike Franklin, Basin commission chair, said the Snyderville Basin Development Code provides a path toward affordable housing by placing the responsibility on the developer.
"Ours is already codified," Franklin said. "But we can definitely collaborate there."
Neither Franklin nor Strachan provided specific details about the focus of the affordable housing discussion or any other issues that will be raised during the meeting. Both say the meeting is mainly an opportunity for the planning commissioners to discuss a few topics with no specific solutions. A joint meeting hasn’t been held for several years, Strachan said.
"It was a long time coming," he said. "We have similar issues from time to time and it’s just going to be a matter of ‘What are you doing, what can we pick up on?’"
Commissioners are hoping Tuesday’s meeting leads to others on a more regular basis so the two agencies can potentially partner to address common interests.
"We want to make sure we aren’t missing any issues the planning commissioners have and they are probably wanting to know if there are any issues they we’re unaware of," Strachan said. "We have to update each other on what’s happening so we can help each other as much as we can."
Strachan encouraged attendance at the meeting, referring to it as a "unique and rare opportunity" for the public to sit with the two commissions.
"Rarely do you have two sitting commissions there with open ears. You usually have to go to each individually," Strachan said, adding there may be an opportunity for public comment.