Emily Means

Reporter
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The Woodside Park Phase II housing development has been appealed for a second time, after the Park City Planning Commission reaffirmed its approval of the project’s master planned development application. 

After approving the Woodside Park Phase II master planned development application in May, Park City Municipal, as applicant for the project, ran into a hurdle when one neighbor appealed the decision.

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The Utah Department of Transportation’s State Route 248 project drew hundreds of public comments from Park City community members, most of which didn’t support the expansion of the road to five lanes. But UDOT’s initial vision for the highway might not come to fruition.

Park City Mayor Andy Beerman announced during his comments to the city council at Tuesday’s meeting that he and Transportation Director Alfred Knotts met with UDOT that day to discuss the S.R. 248 project.

Park City residents who live from 10th Street to Deer Valley Drive may soon require a permit to park on the street there, as the city expands the residential parking zone program.

After the city conducted outreach to residents and hosted an input session in September, interim Park City Manager Matt Dias says many residents who live below the Park City Mountain Resort base had concerns about the impacts of tourism and event-related parking on the neighborhood.

The Park City Council will receive an update Tuesday on the 3Kings Water Treatment Plant, as part of an ongoing effort to keep the council apprised of the years-long project. 

Vail Resorts

Vail Resorts recently released its EpicPromise progress report, showing the company’s headway toward achieving its net zero operating goals. 

Vail Resorts has a goal of having a net-zero operating footprint by 2030. There are three subgoals under the umbrella of that larger one: zero net emissions; zero waste to landfill; and zero net operating impact to forests and habitats.

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The Park City Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau has new numbers on this summer’s visitation as well as predictions for the upcoming winter.  According to Park City Chamber Bureau CEO Bill Malone, Park City still has room to grow. 

Malone says visitor numbers for summer are slightly down–just one percent–compared to the same time last year. But looking ahead to this winter, bookings are up one percent, with February being the most popular month so far.

The Park City Library is hosting a health fair Saturday geared toward supporting the wellbeing of all Park City community members, with a special focus on Latinx residents. 

Park City Library Spanish Services Coordinator Bianca Carrasco worked with the Mexican Consulate of Salt Lake and Latinx advocacy organization Comunidades Unidas to bring Saturday’s Latino Health Fair to all Park City community members.

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After the Park City transportation and transit programs were reorganized during this year’s budgeting process, Park City Transit has hired a new transit manager. 

Transportation Director Alfred Knotts—who was formerly the transportation planning manager before the department restructure—says the transportation department is more streamlined now, with staff from parking, active transportation, transit and capital transportation projects all working together.

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Park City Transit plans to remove one frequently mentioned barrier to riding the bus in pet-friendly Park City. 

After much feedback from the public, Park City Transportation Director Alfred Knotts says Park City community members and their dogs will be able to hop on the bus together—on the spookiest day of the year.

The Park City Planning Commission meets Wednesday for a special meeting, to bring Park City’s affordable housing plan into compliance with state code. 

The Utah Legislature passed Senate Bill 34 during the 2019 general session. The bill requires local governments to incorporate an affordable housing plan into their general plans. Municipalities that fail to update the plans by Dec. 1 could lose access to state transportation and transit funding.

On today'a show host Emily Means talks with Park City Transportation Director Alfred Knotts and new Transit Manager Kim Fjelsted who give updates on transit and housing for transit drivers; Park City School District Business Administrator Todd Hauber recaps Tuesday’s school board meeting; National Ability Center CEO Kevin Stickleman talks about this year's Annual Luncheon honoring military service members; and Wendy Lavitt, a volunteer with Nuzzles and Co. has details on the upcoming Casino Night fundraiser at Skullcandy on October 25.

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The Park City Sunrise Rotary broke the unofficial world record for most participants and longest ski at the Fourth Annual Shot Ski Saturday. 

Down the middle of Park City’s Main Street, more than 1,300 people stood around 515 skis—bolted together into one 2,610-foot-long ski—which held shot glasses filled with either High West whiskey or apple juice. They lifted the ski, counted down from 10 and shot the contents of the glasses down the hatch.

Magaji Edwards from Salt Lake City has done the shot ski a couple times. He shared a trick with beginners.

The Park City Council met last week under the new direction of interim City Manager Matt Dias. After what appeared from the outside to be an unexpected decision to terminate then-City Manager Diane Foster’s employment agreement at the beginning of October, some community members have expressed a desire for more information from the Park City Council. Foster will be leaving with a severance payout of likely more than $170,000, per her 2013 employment agreement. Park City Mayor Andy Beerman says that compensation is typical for an at-will position, high-level position like city manager.

Summit County

The Summit County Council recently received a presentation from the Park City Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau. 

Summit County Councilmember Chris Robinson was impressed by Summit County’s summer lodging numbers and what’s anticipated for the peak winter season.

On the Local News Hour: Park City Chamber Bureau CEO Bill Malone has details on his presentation to the Summit County Council on summer visitation and a look ahead at this winter; Professional Dog Trainer and Director of Rocky Mountain Therapy Dogs Amy Francis has details about her new nonprofit organization that provides canine therapeutic and education services for Summit and Wasatch counties; and Park City Education Foundation Associate Director, Communications and Development Jen Billow talks about the class and school winners for Beat the Call and STEM initiative.

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