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Park City Council to vote on Richardson Flat annexation petition Monday

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Park City hopes to annex 1,200 acres to the East of the city.

After announcing its intent to annex 1,200 acres of land to the East of Park City last week, the city council is scheduled to vote on the annexation petition at a special meeting Monday afternoon.

Park City calls the land it hopes to annex “Southeast Quinn’s Junction,” but the land is also known as Richardson Flat.

The land has been wrapped up in controversy ever since the town of Hideout announced its own plans to annex into the area in the summer of 2020, sparking a legal battle between the town and Summit County that is still ongoing.

Hideout’s original plans included some of the land now being claimed by Park City. Those plans were challenged in court, citing a 1998 development agreement with Park City stipulating the land was to be preserved as recreation and open space in exchange for the ability to develop the Empire Pass area. Hideout then excluded that land from their annexation plans.

The 1,200 acres would increase Park City’s size by approximately 10% if the annexation is approved. The land includes the 344 acre city-owned Clark Ranch property, which was identified as a potential affordable housing location by the council earlier this year. The rest of the land is owned by the United Park City Mines company.

Monday’s meeting is the second step in the process, after last week's annexation notice was sent to Summit County and surrounding property owners.

According to a report by city staff, if the council accepts the annexation petition on Monday, a process would then be triggered where it is reviewed by the city recorder, city attorney, planning director, city engineer, director of public works, fire marshal, and police chief. The planning commission would then consider and review the petition before holding a public hearing and making a recommendation to the council. The council would also hold a public hearing before voting on the annexation.

Monday’s meeting is scheduled to begin at 3:30pm. The full agenda, as well as details on how to participate can be found here.