Record editorial: Take advantage of open house to press officials, learn more about Woodside Park development
Nearly everyone in Park City agrees building affordable housing is a critical component of our effort to remain a vibrant and socioeconomically diverse community. Less consensus, though, has formed regarding an Old Town housing project the municipal government plans as a significant step toward that goal.
Critics of the proposed second phase of City Hall’s Woodside Park development — a 58-unit mix of townhomes and condos stretching along the 1300 block of Empire, Woodside and Norfolk avenues — will soon get a prime chance to make their objections heard.
The critics and others who have a stake in how the development shakes out, as well as those who simply want to learn more about the project, should take advantage of the opportunity when City Hall hosts an open house Monday centered on the second phase of Woodside Park.
There is concern among some, apparently, that City Hall is skirting zoning and other development rules as it plans the project. City Councilor Tim Henney said in a recent public meeting he has received a handful of letters outlining the allegations. He and other Marsac Building officials have roundly rejected the claim, indicating the Woodside Park development will go through the same rigorous process as any other proposal before the Park City Planning Commission.
Monday is the time for residents making the allegations of impropriety to put forth the evidence in an open setting and press city officials for a response. Likewise, if the accusations are indeed “misinformation,” as Henney maintains, it’s important that officials are able to counter with the facts and put the rumors to bed. If that’s the case, the efforts of officials going forward would be better spent addressing legitimate critiques of the project, such as concerns about whether a development of its size is appropriate for the location, than countering hearsay.
This is an important project, both for the city’s aggressive housing initiative and for the neighborhood where it is planned. It’s natural that concerns about the development have arisen. On Monday, hopefully, questions surrounding the proposal will be answered, but it’s incumbent upon residents to show up and ask them.
The open house is scheduled for Monday, May 20, from 6 to 7 p.m. on the third floor of the Park City Library. For more information, contact Linda Jager, City Hall’s community engagement manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 435-615-5189.
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