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Park City Council Schedules Work Session On State And Local Annexation Policies

Park City Community Development Manager Anne Laurent says the work session will bring the Council up to speed on state annexation code as well as the local annexation policy. Laurent says the local policy features a boundary.

"Some of it includes things like part of Clark Ranch and things like Round Valley," Laurent said. "But there's always this question about when we own stuff, do we annex it, and some of the properties are already in the boundary, but then what's the next step?"

The most recent version of Park City’s annexation policy is outlined in the 2014 general plan. The Council has changed since then, and Laurent says she wants to see if they agree with it or if they want to make some changes, particularly to the boundary. City staff is also seeking input from the Council on requests inside the current annexation boundary that aren’t aligned with the current general plan. Laurent anticipates that will turn into a conversation around affordable housing, which the City Council discussed at their spring retreat.

“They asked themselves the question, 'do we want to look outside our boundaries to meet our affordable housing goal,' and so that's one that I anticipate being discussed," Laurent said. "Then, there may be other opportunities for additional open space, or maybe it's just opportunities to jointly plan our corridors like our policy calls for now, so that we’re at the table and having a conversation about what happens at these borders and the intersections.”

The work session, which is open to the public, begins at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Marsac building.

Emily Means hadn’t intended to be a journalist, but after two years of studying chemistry at the University of Utah, she found her fit in the school’s communication program. Diving headfirst into student media opportunities, Means worked as a host, producer and programming director for K-UTE Radio as well as a news writer and copy editor at The Daily Utah Chronicle.