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Public Comments Raise Concern over Accuracy of Plans for Base Development of PCMR

Deb Rentfrow/RRAD

During Wednesday’s Park City Planning Commission meeting, members of the public raised concerns over the accuracy of the developer’s plans for the base area of Park City Mountain Resort.


Public comment at the end of this week’s planning commission meeting on the proposed base development project at Park City Mountain Resort raised concerns about building heights, setbacks, and future parking plans during and after construction.


Some also alleged the developer, Provo-based PEG Companies, was presenting misleading information.


Deb Rentfrow, who lives near the base area and is part of the community group Responsible Resort Area Development, or RRAD, showed powerpoint slides alleging PEG is misrepresenting how much the proposed buildings will obscure views of the surrounding mountains.


“If you take that ridgeline and you copy and paste it onto this picture, they have mountains where there are no mountains,” said Rentfrow. ”I would say that these are very misleading photos. There are mountains where there are no mountains and there are runs where there are no runs.”


Other community members also claimed the scale of the renderings were not accurate.


PEG did not respond directly to the comments on Wednesday but in a written statement, the developer clarified they did not intend for their renderings to be misleading and insisted the building heights and scale are accurate in the images in question.


Planning Commission Chairman John Phillips said developers sometimes do need to alter their renderings in order to provide proper context, but added it would be helpful to the commission if PEG provided accurate renderings of mountain views from the human point of view in the future.   


“A lot of the presentation tonight was about the buildings themselves, so they kind of do need to elevate their views and things to give us the perspective on what it is we’re looking at,” Phillips said. “At some point, I think it would be helpful if we do have a discussion on the actual views in the corridors to get that human perspective. I know we’ve discussed it in earlier meetings, but let’s get that human perspective from maybe a couple locations, especially when you enter into that area.”


As KPCW has reported, PEG has pushed back their timeline for the project by about a year. The developer had originally hoped to break ground on the project this spring, with the project expected to be complete by 2026.


No date has been given by the planning commission for a final decision on the project. The next meeting for the base development project is currently scheduled for May 19th.

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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