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Want to keep chickens in your Park City backyard?

City Hall officials have scheduled two open houses for people to learn about the upcoming rewrite of the municipal General Plan, an overarching document that has wide-ranging ramifications for development inside Park City.

The General Plan’s reach stretches to whether someone is able to keep chickens and livestock in a back yard, according to a City Hall release. It is more typically seen, though, as a guide to the sorts of development accepted in Park City’s disparate neighborhoods and commercial districts.

The open houses are scheduled:

Tuesday, July 20 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the Eccles Center lobby

Tuesday, July 27 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the same location

"We need to make sure we know what the residents want on the local level," said Katie Cattan, a City Hall planner who is involved in the discussions about the General Plan.

Cattan, who is helping organize the open houses, said officials will offer a list of City Hall goals for the future, covering issues like open space, housing and transit, and the people in attendance will be asked to give their ratings.

She said people will be split into groups with others from their neighborhood to discuss their wishes for development, such as whether they want additional residential or commercial projects.

A flier advertising the open houses mentions people could discuss house sizes, community gardens, where coffee shops could be situated and the possibility of wind farms.

Planning Department representatives are expected to attend, as are members of City Hall’s Sustainability division. Planning Commissioners are also scheduled to be at the open houses. Cattan hopes approximately 200 people attend each night.

The most recent overhaul of the General Plan occurred in steps over a five-year period between 1997 and 2002. Cattan said City Hall intends to begin work on the rewrite after the upcoming open houses. The revisions will eventually be brought to the Planning Commission and the mayor and Park City Council through a series of hearings.

The General Plan is a broader document than others that City Hall uses to govern, such as the Land Management Code, which details development rules.

Copies of the General Plan are available at the Planning Department at the Marsac Building and on City Hall’s website, http://www.parkcity.org. To access the General Plan’s page on the website, select the ‘Government’ link on the front page and scroll down to ‘Document Central.’ Select the ‘Planning’ folder and then ‘Park City General Plan – 1983.’

For more information about the open houses, contact the Planning Department at 615-5060.

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