Park City, County collaborate to plan for growth
The Summit County Council, Park City Council and Snyderville Basin Planning Commission members are meeting together on Tuesday, April 30 for a regional planning meeting.
Summit County Manager Bob Jasper said the entities are still finalizing the topics of discussion, but they will center around planning for regional growth.
"It started with a report the city got that said they were going to be faced with tremendous growth pressures," Jasper explained. "The report said the growth might not be in the city, but at the borders, and that they need to either annex everything to control that growth or they need to work with the county."
The east side of Interstate 40 in particular is a growth area, Jasper said.
"But what does that mean? What would that look like?" he asked. "There are some that argue that there are viewsheds there, and you don’t know what to fill it up with tacky this and that. But what does the city think? They are pretty close to the east side of I-40. Do they want a hand in defining what that would look like?"
Jasper added that much of the land needs to be remediated before it can be developed.
East of US-40 is an area near Home Depot known as the Triangle Parcel, which is jointly-owned by Park City and the County.
"We had originally bought it with the idea we’d put in some joint public works facilities, and from there it had a whole checkered history," he said.
Construction never happened and the land still stands undeveloped.
While the public is welcome to attend the meeting, Jasper said he doubts they will be allowed to speak.
"In fact, I would encourage that we don’t allow the public to speak," he said.
The meeting will be held Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sheldon D. Richins Building, located at 1885 West Ute Boulevard.
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