Emily Means

Reporter
KPCW

Traffic, an affordable housing shortage, crowding on trails—residents along the Wasatch Back have been feeling the effects of growth in different ways. The upcoming Project for Deeper Understanding aims to address how policymakers and stakeholders can collaborate to prepare and mitigate the impacts of growth as a region. 

Summit County Councilmember Glenn Wright guesses the regional population of the Wasatch Back will soon catch up to the metropolitan area on the Wasatch Front.

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After years in the making, the Woodside Park Phase I affordable housing development is ready for occupancy. Interested community members attended a recent open house for the project.

Mallory and Troy Dehm currently rent two basement rooms in a four-bedroom house in Prospector. Mallory says it’s too expensive for what their income allows, and they don’t really want roommates anymore.

“We love living in Park City, so we're interested in finding affordable housing in town, beause we moved here to be in Park City and not be in Heber,” Mallory said.

On the Local News Hour: Summit County Councilmember Roger Armstrong recaps Wednesday's county council meeting; Hideout Town Manager Jan McCosh and Summit County Councilmember Glenn Wright preview the upcoming Project For Deeper Understanding exploring regional growth; and Park City Institute Executive Director Teri Orr has details about Saturday’s event, featuring two of the students involved in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Mountain Mediation Center

Mountain Mediation Center, a nonprofit organization that provides conflict resolution to residents on the Wasatch Back, is expanding its services to include hosting a new community conversation series. 

Mountain Mediation Executive Director Gretchen Lee says the center’s work has mostly focused on resolving conflict, but now the center wants to work on stopping conflict before it happens.

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The Park City Council has made affordable housing a community critical priority and plans to spend some $40 million to reach their goal of building 800 affordable or attainable units within city limits by 2026. The 54 units that have come on the market since 2016 have been for-sale, gearing them toward people who expect to stay in the community long-term. This report explores the city’s role in providing housing for the seasonal workforce that keeps the town running in the winter.

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The Park City Planning Commission again discussed the Woodside Park Phase II housing development, after the Park City Board of Adjustment sent it back to the commission to revisit their approval of one aspect of the development. 

On the Local News Hour: Summit County Manager Tom Fisher discusses the agenda for Wednesday's county council meeting;  Peace House Executive Director Kendra Wyckoff and Board Member Karen Marriott have details about the grand opening of the new Peace House campus; Recycle Utah Communications and Development Director Haley Lebsack has a monthly update and Ecker Hill Middle School students talk about their efforts to get a plastic bag ban in place in Summit County.

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Autumn Aloft brings dozens of hot air balloons over Park City for spectators to enjoy. For one family, it’s not just a spectacle—it’s a job.

Tim Taylor is the pilot. Daren Dee-Taylor is the crew chief. And their daughter, Mari, is basically the first mate. Together, along with a crew of six or more people, they safely send a big, red, white and blue balloon into the air and land it on the ground as the Dee III Balloon Team.

Tim loves flying balloons, in part, because his connection to them started with a celebration of his and Daren’s love.

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Which version of "A Star is Born" is your favorite? This and other pressing movie questions get posed and answered by the panel on this episode of the KPCW Film Roundtable. Hosted by KPCW's own Rick Brough, who's joined by Friday Film Reviewers Mark Harrington and Wendy Gourley, as well as KPCW reporter and token Millenial, Emily Means, the team reviews summer films, remakes and what their sleeper favorites were.

After a year of data collection, analysis and input from stakeholders, experts and community members, the Park City Community Foundation rolls out its social equity strategic plan next week. 

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Park City continues its efforts to address traffic circulation and access in Old Town. The city council will hear an update on the plan Thursday. 

Since the Park City Council instructed city staff to move forward with measures to alleviate traffic congestion in Old Town, a few ideas and projects have risen to the top.

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The Park City Council will receive an update on the city’s special events process as well as a debrief of one of the city’s largest events this year, the FIS World Championship. 

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The Park City Planning Commission will receive an update on Park City’s Visioning 2020 process Wednesday, with another at Thursday’s city council meeting and a visioning workshop at Friday’s Coffee with Council event. 

Park City Planning Director Bruce Erickson says it’s the planning department and planning commission's job to take the community’s vision and put it into policy.

The Utah Legislature’s Tax Restructuring and Equalization Task Force met recently for its second study session. This time, lawmakers focused on education funding. 

Allowing e-bikes on natural trails in Park City seems to be a polarizing issue among trail users. The topic drew an hour of public comment at a recent Park City Council meeting, where the council decided to allow people 65 and older to use pedal-assist, class one e-bikes on any trail in Park City, joining people with mobility disabilities as the exception to the rule. For all other riders, e-bikes are only allowed on paved trails. One former bike shop owner shares his perspective.

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