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Park City Could Have Three Simultaneous Development Projects With Deer Valley Parking Redesign

Deer Valley Resort

Deer Valley Resort is in the early stages of applying to Park City to redesign the parking areas at the Snow Park base. If approved, Park City could have three massive development projects happening at the same time.

With Park City Mountain Resort’s base development project slowly making its way through the planning commission and the Arts and Culture District set for thorough discussions this week with city council, a third major project could make its way onto the agenda.

Deer Valley Resort is in the initial stages of planning a redesign of the parking area at the Snow Park Lodge. Depending on the timeline, PCMR’s project, the construction of the Arts and Culture District, and Deer Valley’s redesign could be happening at the same time.

Park City Deputy Manager David Everitt told KPCW that although city staff is nervous about the possibility of all three projects happening simultaneously, there’s still a lot of intrigue into how they would change the city.

“There’s a lot of excitement and, I’d say, a little bit of anxiety about being able to tackle all of this at once, but we’re working through a plan for that,” Everitt said. “These are generational changes that are coming to Park City in the form of these three developments and how they connect to each other and how they interface with each other is an enormous opportunity for the city to think through how that can work.”  

None of these projects have been given final approval yet. 

The PCMR base development is currently in front of the Park City Planning commission and a recommendation is not likely to be forwarded until at least early 202. The Arts and Culture District is scheduled for thorough examination by city council over the next few weeks.

When it comes to the Deer Valley project, Everitt says the process is in the very early stages. He says city staff has met with Deer Valley to talk over what the resort wants to accomplish, but formal designs have yet to be submitted to the city.

“We’ve received an application for some text amendments to their [master plan development], but it is not specific design changes, but we’re still in a very, I’d say fairly preliminary spot in terms of evaluating what it is they want to do,” he said. “We have not seen formally through an application any specific design proposal.”

PCMR’s project is hoping to break ground next spring with a completion date of early 2026. The Arts and Culture District is scheduled to begin construction in the spring as well and is targeted to be complete in late 2023.

Once Deer Valley submits a formal application to the city, the planning commission would review the application and then submit a positive or negative recommendation to city council. City council would then have the final say in whether to approve or deny the project.

Sean Higgins covers all things Park City and is the Saturday Weekend Edition host at KPCW. Sean spent the first five years of his journalism career covering World Cup skiing for Ski Racing Media here in Utah and served as Senior Editor until January 2020. As Senior Editor, he managed the day-to-day news section of skiracing.com, as well as produced and hosted Ski Racing’s weekly podcast. During his tenure with Ski Racing Media, he was also a field reporter for NBC Sports, covering events in Europe.
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