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Two hour work session set for Wednesday on the Park City Junction project

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The Summit County Council has set aside two hours on Wednesday for a discussion with the developer of the Dakota Pacific project at Kimball Junction – now known as Park City Junction.

The work session will start about 3 p.m. at the Richins Building at Kimball Junction. Deputy County Manager Janna Young says the council will look at a draft of an amended agreement for the 1.7 million square foot development on the 60 acre parcel. But no public input is allowed. That will happen on December 1st  - at a location to be determined - after the public hearing originally set for Wednesday had to be postponed.

“This was because after the Park City School District generously approved use of the Ecker Hill Middle School auditorium for this meeting, [we] heard people were anticipating attending the meeting. The school board,” Young said, “became nervous about all those spots in their facility during a time when we're seeing increased COVID case counts in the community and in our schools. So, we were asked to find another location and unfortunately, with short notice, we were not able to find an alternative space that was large enough for the health and safety of all the participants in the meeting. Obviously, we still have the Richins Building which the county has in the Snyderville Basin. It was important for the council that we host the meeting in the basement because that's where the development is. Unfortunately, we just didn't feel like Richins was a good solution because not everyone who wanted to attend in person would be able to. It would have been hard for our sheriff's deputies to do crowd control. You know, it just didn't make sense to have that many people crammed into a small space.”

Young says by pushing the hearing back for two weeks, they hope to find another location large enough to keep residents safe, which will also give the public more time to review the revised development agreement. The county hopes to announce a location – in the Snyderville Basin or Park City - for that meeting as soon as possible. The comment session will start no earlier than 6 p.m.

There are other issues to be discussed at Wednesday’s council meeting. Young said one of those is sustainability.

“As you know, environmental stewardship is one of the council's strategic priorities,” Young said. “So, they have been pushing for provisions in this development agreement related to energy efficient building standards and support for the 100% renewable energy program that we've been working on with Rocky Mountain Power and our partners at Park City, Salt Lake City, and others. And in addition to that, the council's also been pushing for a 100% electric project whereby all of the building systems within that mixed use development are electric. From what it sounds like, the developer has an alternative proposal that they want to bring before the council.”

There are also unanswered questions about the phasing for the project and what, if any, financing mechanisms will be used.