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Zero applications filed for Planning Commission spots

by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF

City Hall is continuing to accept applications from people who want to serve on the Park City Planning Commission

The Planning Department had not received an application through Friday morning. The deadline is Aug. 27.

The terms of Julia Pettit and Mick Savage expired in July, and both want to retain their seats on the panel.

People interested in one of the positions must live within the Park City limits.

Planning Commissioners are paid $100 per meeting and receive Racquet Club privileges. The panel typically meets twice a month on Wednesday evenings, and some of the meetings extend into the nighttime hours.

The Planning Commission is widely seen as ranking second in influence of all of City Hall’s panels, behind only the Park City Council. There has been a string of Planning Commissioners dating back years who have parlayed their positions into higher offices like the City Council.

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Mayor Dana Williams and the City Council will eventually interview the people vying for the Planning Commission spots and then select two. Interview questions from the elected officials usually are open-ended inquiries that sometimes delve into issues that the Planning Commission hopefuls see as important and the way they handle themselves.

Developers of numerous types of projects must win support from the Planning Commission before they are able to proceed, and in many cases the panel has the authority to approve or deny a project outright, barring an appeal to the City Council.

The Planning Commission, as an example, is the panel that has spent years in talks with the Sweeney family about the family’s Treasure development proposal on the slopes of Park City Mountain Resort on the edge of Old Town. Treasure has consistently drawn the largest crowds to Planning Commission meetings in the past few years.

Planning Commissioners also have a key role as City Hall rewrites its General Plan, a wide-ranging documents that guides growth within the city. The discussions about the General Plan are anticipated to busy the Planning Commission in 2011.

Applications will be available on City Hall’s website, http://www.parkcity.org. They are also available at the Planning Department on the main level of the Marsac Building. For more information, contact the Planning Department at 615-5060.