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With Treasure vote looming, four want onto City Hall panel

by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF

Four people submitted applications for one opening on the Park City Planning Commission, the most influential of City Hall’s panels and the group that appears to be preparing to cast a landmark vote on the Sweeney family’s Treasure development.

The Park City Council, which selects members of the seven-person Planning Commission, is tentatively scheduled to interview the four at a meeting on March 4. Evan Russack’s recent resignation from the Planning Commission to take a job outside of Utah created the opening.

The unfinished Russack term expires on July 1, but the City Council could appoint someone for a full four-year term. It is not clear whether the appointment will be made public on March 4 should the interviews be held that day.

The four people who applied are:

Nancy Johnson, who lives on Morning Sky Court in Park Meadows

Mick Savage, who lives on Marsac Avenue in Empire Pass

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Amy Roberts, who lives on Little Bessie Avenue in Prospector

Larry Kase, who lives on Paddington Drive in Prospector

The Planning Commission holds wide-ranging authority in growth matters. In many cases the power to approve or deny development applications rests with the panel.

The Planning Commission’s long-running discussions about the Sweeney family’s idea to build Treasure have been watched closely, and it seems likely that the person appointed will hold a vote on Treasure. The person, though, will have only been seated for the final weeks of the discussions about Treasure.

Highlights of the four applications include:

Johnson has lived in Park City for 15 years and has served on the boards of homeowner associations. She said in her application traffic, open space and alternative energy are important issues. She said more steps should be taken to reduce traffic on the entryways and Bonanza Drive. She also said she wants to "limit development" along the S.R. 248 corridor into Park City, saying the land should be preserved for "quality of life."

Savage has lived in Park City for five years and is involved with a church and book clubs. He said in the application he belongs to the Talisker Club and is a member of Promontory. According to the application, Savage founded a company that expanded to having 750 employees. He said he is not involved in the development industry. Savage said in the application a long-range plan for Park City and the preservation of Old Town are important issues.

Roberts has lived in Park City for five years and listed volunteerism as part of her involvement in the community, saying she has planned community events. She said in the application it "seems like 20 years" she has lived in Park City given the growth during her time in the city. She said Treasure, traffic and the prospects of further development at the resorts are important. Roberts is the only one of the four who mentioned Treasure on the application. She briefly addresses Treasure, writing "Treasure Hill & maintaining the historic integrity of Old Town" in response to a question about issues of importance to the Planning Commission.

Kase has lived in Park City for 12 years and said his community involvement has included volunteering for not-for-profit groups. He unsuccessfully campaigned for a City Council spot in 2003. He said in the application an "ordinary objective citizen perspective" on the Planning Commission would be welcome. That, he said, would "contribute toward diffusing perception that commission too collegial with developers." He said in the application important issues include ensuring developers follow city rules. Kase also said an issue is the "failure to properly assess applicant business plans and funding sources."