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Park City Council moves forward with 1,200-acre annexation

Richardson Flat

The Park City Council voted to annex 1,200 acres of property in Richardson Flat during a special meeting this afternoon.

After brief discussion with Mayor Andy Beerman and city staff, council members voted unanimously to move forward.

Park City filed the annexation petition last Friday in the first step of the procedure. According to the petition, the area would be zoned as recreation open space.

Monday’s vote was the second step toward completing the annexation. The city recorder now has 30 days to certify the petition.

Next begins the third and final step, a public review period. After local departments like planning, engineering and fire weigh in, residents can address the city planning commission and council in public hearings.

City Planning Director Gretchen Milliken said the process could take up to a year.

The annexation includes the 344-acre Clark Ranch holdings that Park City Municipal already owns. United Park City Mines is the owner of the rest of the land.

A 1998 development agreement between Park City and the developer of Empire Pass stipulated the Richardson Flat property was to be used primarily for open space and recreation. That tentatively included a golf course and trails.

Park City Manager Matt Dias said the county supported this use of the land.

“Summit County has always been very respectful and aware of our development agreement out there,” Park City Manager Matt Dias said. “At a staff level, this has always been at the forefront, that Park City was going to vigorously defend our development agreement per [the city council’s] policy decision to do that.”

Beerman and city staff said some of the space could be used for affordable housing, unofficially. That includes property adjacent to Park City Heights.

The parcels largely follow the property lines that the town of Hideout had originally sought to annex last year. After Park City filed a lawsuit arguing that Hideout couldn’t annex property that the city already had a development agreement on, Hideout dropped the parcels from its annexation plans. The lawsuits between Hideout and Summit County for other parcels Hideout is looking to annex are continuing.