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Park City Resident Appeals Woodside Park Phase II Housing Development

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A Park City resident filed an appeal of the Park City Planning Commission’s Woodside Park Phase II master planned development approval. 

Empire Ave. resident Douglas Lee filed the appeal earlier this week. Because the City is the applicant on the project, the City Council will consider forwarding the appeal to the Board of Adjustment. The grounds of the appeal haven’t yet been made public, though senior planner Hannah Tyler says it involves the criteria of the land management code being applied to the project.

“I think, at this point, we have not fully reviewed the appeal, and so we’re going to wait until we go to the Board of Adjustment to discuss that,” Tyler said.

Lee has contended throughout the Woodside Park Phase II planning process that the City has been applying the wrong land management code to the project. He argues the City should use the master planned affordable housing development section of the code, rather than the regular master planned development ordinance. Lee says the City hasn’t met requirements for parking, setbacks and open space. City staff disagrees with Lee’s interpretation of the land management code.

Nikki Deforge, Lee's attorney, said in an email to KPCW, "The City’s Woodside housing project does not comply with its own setback, open space, parking, and historic preservation requirements. Although affordable housing is needed, the City cannot shoehorn large housing projects into the middle of historic neighborhoods based on exceptions that do not apply and that harm residents. We simply want the City to follow its own rules and respect the rights of its own residents."

The Planning Commission approved the master planned development and conditional use permit for Woodside Park Phase II on May 23, when they also forwarded a positive recommendation to the City Council for final approval of the project’s plat amendment. Action on the plat amendment is scheduled for Thursday’s Council meeting, but Tyler says the City’s affordable housing staff will request a continuation of that decision, as the project can’t move forward if the appeal is granted. Because the plat amendment is separate from the MPD, though, the Council could still vote on it.

The City has 45 days from the date the appeal is filed to schedule a hearing with the Board of Adjustment.

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