Trader, longtime Parkite, project critic start campaigns
The Park City Council candidate field doubled in number on Friday, the last day that someone was able to file campaign paperwork.
The three additions to the field thrust the candidates into an Aug. 13 primary election that will eliminate two of them. The top four vote-getters will move to Election Day in November. Two seats are on the ballot.
The three people who filed on Friday were Bill McKenna, Lisa Wilson and Mary Wintzer. Highlights from interviews with the three or statements from them include:
McKenna said he continues to craft a platform. One of the issues he will address, though, is the development process in Park City, which he said could be streamlined. He said he supports a "common sense approach to development" and added the process should be more open.
"I think it’s not as transparent as it could be," he said about the building and development process in Park City.
McKenna did not provide details about what changes he would support to City Hall processes.
McKenna said he supports trails and land conservation, describing that he would like City Hall to continue its efforts to buy land in conservation deals at the municipal borders.
He said his background in the financial industry will be useful should he be elected to the City Council. He said he understands which policies encourage investment.
"Now I have the time and believe that if elected, I might affect more change working from the inside out," she said in the statement.
Wintzer lives in the Rossie Hill neighborhood and has lived in Park City for 41 years. Her age was not known. In a one-page biographical capsule, Wintzer says she has been a general contractor for 25 years and an entrepreneur-small business owner for 30 years. She has served on the Park City Board of Adjustment, a City Hall panel that is sometimes asked to intervene in development matters.
Wintzer is a key figure in Wintzer-Wolfe Properties, which is a major landowner in the Iron Horse district. She is married to Charlie Wintzer, a member of the Park City Planning Commission.
Her statement did not address her campaign platform.
Wilson is best known at City Hall for her challenges to a development in Deer Valley known as North Silver Lake. She has been persistent over the past several years in her argument against the project as it was approved.
"Ultimately I was prompted to seek election to City Council because of the massive condo hotel, slightly smaller than the St. Regis, that has begun on our street in Deer Valley," Wilson said in a biographical statement.
Wilson said she will argue that developers have enjoyed property-tax loopholes in Park City and their impact on the budgets of public entities like City Hall and schools. In an interview, Wilson said she wants a citizen advisory committee seated to study loopholes that "massive condo hotel developers" have enjoyed.
She said they have enjoyed loopholes in the amount of land that is protected from development inside a project site and loopholes in the common space within a project.
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