Emily Means

Reporter
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Some 200 Park City community members attended the Park City Future Summit Wednesday evening to discuss issues and opportunities on Park City’s horizon. 

Park City Municipal and project consultant Future IQ presented data collected from the city’s Vision 2020 process so far, including 810 community survey responses since June, results from a 35-person think tank session and information from dozens of community workshops.

Lynn Ware Peek

As Park City works toward a goal of bringing 800 affordable or attainable housing units online by the year 2026, the city has an update on the status of some of its upcoming housing projects.

Park City Housing Development Manager Jason Glidden says the city is in the investigation stage for the prospective affordable housing development at 100 Marsac Ave. After taking public feedback, consultants are evaluating the feasibility of the project, and Glidden anticipates reporting to the city council with an update at the beginning of next year.

The Park City Council will consider a request to authorize the city manager to enter into a $130,000 contract for employee compensation evaluation services. The city is looking into the services because of employee recruitment and retention challenges.

The Park City Council will consider leasing city-owned property at Quinn’s Junction to Mountain Trails Foundation and Summit Land Conservancy, to house the two organizations’ office space. 

Summit Land Conservancy Executive Director Cheryl Fox and Mountain Trails Foundation Executive Director Charlie Sturgis presented their proposal to the city council in May. Now, council will consider the terms of the potential deal between the city and the two organizations, which interim City Manager Matt Dias says are pretty straightforward.

The Park City Future Summit takes place Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Park City Library’s Santy Auditorium. Park City Community Engagement Manager Linda Jager says it’s a time for community members to talk about the themes and ideas that have emerged from the 2020 visioning process and react as a large group.

The Park City Planning Commission will consider an Empire Pass condominium project during Wednesday’s planning commission meeting. It’s another item in the Empire Pass area that has come up under the Flagstaff Development Agreement this year, triggering conversations about developers’ responsibilities for historic preservation. 

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Park City Municipal is now accepting pre-applications for its affordable housing program, which, coupled with the city’s selection process, will put qualified applicants on the waitlist to purchase city-developed units.

People who work within Park City School District boundaries can get a jump on applying for homeownership under Park City Municipal’s affordable and attainable housing program. To be eligible for the current selection process, pre-applications are due Dec. 6. Applications submitted after that time will be placed at the bottom of the waitlist.

A man in ski gear, a woman wearing a black-and-white wig and a dog wearing a pumpkin costume stand at a bus stop
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Park City’s Halloween festivities bring some 5,000 visitors and locals into town, drawn by trick-or-treating and the Howl-o-ween dog parade. To encourage taking public transit to the events, Park City changed its policy for one day to allow dogs on buses. 

Prospector resident Harold Shambach often rides Park City Transit around town. On Halloween, he had a new travel buddy. Shambach and his dog, Torrey, rode a crowded bus to and from the Howl-o-ween parade on Park City’s Main Street. Shambach says Torrey was a pretty good passenger, all things considered.

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Park City Mayor Andy Beerman announced at an October city council meeting the State Route 248 corridor project to alleviate traffic congestion would look much different from what the Utah Department of Transportation initially recommended. Here's what the community can likely expect.

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Park City community members who have never purchased a home before and are interested in applying for Park City Municipal or Habitat for Humanity’s affordable housing programs are required to attend a six-hour-long first-time homebuyer information session. 

On the Local News Hour: Park City Planning Director Bruce Erickson previews Wednesday’s planning commission meeting; Peace House Board Members Julie Joyce and Pam Woll have details about this week’s Bling Fling event; and Utah Open Lands Executive Director Wendy Fisher discusses the recent protection of some land within the Bonanza Flat open space area.

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International students on J-1 visas fill one in six seasonal jobs in Summit County’s local service and hospitality industries. A task force is still working to fill the need for housing student workers this upcoming season.

Pete Stoughton, director of programming at the Christian Center of Park City, says the International Student Housing Task Force was born out of need.

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The Summit County Sheriff’s Office opened and closed an investigation Friday into allegations of vandalism at Park City Superintendent Jill Gildea’s house. Law enforcement determined no criminal activity occurred.

Today on the Local News Hour: Dani Lo Feudo from Mountainlands Community Housing Trust and Pete Stoughton from the Christian Center of Park City talk about the persistent need for housing student workers as Park City heads into the peak winter season; Park City Foundation Community Impact Director Ollie Wilder and Board Member Mike Ruzek have the final tally from Friday's Live PC Give PC fundraising efforts; Park City Museum Executive Director Sandra Morrison previews an upcoming lecture called, “The Whites Want Everything,” presented by Utah historian Will Bagley; and Park City Edu

The Park City Council held a work session on traffic and circulation in Old Town at its meeting Thursday. 

Councilmember Lynn Ware Peek says there are basically two approaches to traffic in Old Town. The first is a broad assessment of every aspect of Main Street and the surrounding neighborhoods’ transportation problems, which could cost up to $280,000 to complete. Peek says council preferred a different strategy.

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