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Local Officials Talk Future Of Kimball Junction, School District Master Plan

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Members from the Park City Council, Summit County Council and Park City School Board met Monday to discuss different projects each entity has been tackling. 

The Summit County Council presented on the recent purchase of the Florence Gillmor property and the Kimball Junction master plan. For Kimball Junction, the Summit County Council envisions a complete community that’s more easily accessible to pedestrians and cyclists.

Park City Councilmember Tim Henney asked if the County had any guardrails, or any specific policy guidelines in place, to forward the County’s aspiration for a development that caters less to cars. County Councilmember Chris Robinson said it’s just begun looking at amendments to the general plan—and the County Council would love input from the City Council and School Board—but no specific language is in place yet.

"There's a lot of guardrails in there," Robinson said. "I don't think we would be specifically saying no new pavement, but the whole tenor of the thing is away from vehicles."

The second half of the meeting focused on the Park City School District’s master planning for its long-term educational and facility goals. District Superintendent Jill Gildea’s presentation included an overview of the district’s community outreach efforts and feedback it’s received on topics such as grade alignment, trade education and early childhood learning. Gildea says the school board wants input from the community on every aspect of the plan, to inform its next steps.

"If we start hearing strong concurrence like we did for 9-12 high school, that helps us," Gildea said.

Park City Mayor Andy Beerman provided highlights on the City Council’s community critical priorities and, at the end of the meeting, presented the idea of all three entities collaborating on a community services facility. The facility could house programs such as daycare, behavioral health and senior services. Both the County Council and School Board expressed interest in being involved in future conversations, though they couldn’t make any financial commitments.

The Park City Council, Summit County Council and Park City School Board hold joint meetings twice per year. The next one is scheduled for October.

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.
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