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Park City Residents Ask Questions, Share Concerns With City Staff On Housing Development

Park City Municipal hosted a community housing open house Monday, where residents could ask City staff questions and provide feedback on the Woodside Park Phase II housing development. 

Park City Community Development Director Anne Laurent says the questions and comments she heard from community members ran the gamut from design details to opposition to the project.

“How high is it? Where does the parking go? Can anything change? What is the City doing that someone else wouldn't be able to do? So, I hear a lot of good questions," Laurent said. "I also hear a lot of interests in what are the sale prices going to be, and then I hear, 'I just don't want this next to me.'"

Laurent says the City has answered questions related to the master planned development and land management code regulations, such as height, open space and parking requirements. As for the question, “can anything change?” Laurent says some of the project details aren’t completely set in stone.

“We got some comments that for the elevation on Empire, 'I want it to look a little bit more like that's the front of the house, not the side,'" Laurent said. "And absolutely, there's things like that we can tweak and address—as long as we have a project where we're delivering what the goals of the City Council are.”

Laurent says she understands it can be difficult to visualize what the final project will look like and how it will fit into the community. She says the City is obligated to try to help the community understand the project and if people still have questions or concerns, they can make their thoughts heard on the record at public hearings.

“At the end of the day, this project is meeting our City Council’s affordable housing goals, as well as a lot of other goals around access, and I'm letting a lot of people know that this project has been in the works for 10 years," Laurent said. "So, we're excited to be at this point in the process.”

The Planning Commission will hear the Woodside Park Phase II master planned development application Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

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.