The NoMa rules
July 29, 2006
The Park City Planning Commission on Wednesday refused to endorse a series of amendments to the city’s General Plan, a document that outlines how city officials want Park City to grow, addressing the North of Main district.
Some businesspeople in the district, often called NoMa, want lots of upgrades to make it more of a destination for Parkites and visitors but people who live in the neighborhood are worried about issues like the potential for taller buildings.
The Planning Commission will reconsider the General Plan changes at a later meeting.
Some of the potential changes include:
( Buildings would be allowed to be up to five stories tall in the core of the district but the taller buildings would only be approved if the city determines they are designed well. They also would not be allowed to block the sun on plazas and other open areas.
( The city wants a mixture of locally owned businesses and national chains. The biggest businesses would be limited to 20,000 square feet unless the Planning Commission approves an exception for places like grocery stores and theaters.
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( The city does not want Bonanza Drive widened or new stoplights on the street but would consider projects that include roundabouts. The document says that there is not enough space on Bonanza Drive for bicycle riders and says that more space should be provided or another bicycle route should be planned in the neighborhood.
( The city envisions different housing options in the neighborhood but says that the district should not be where all of Park City’s developers build affordable housing required through approvals of projects in other locations.