The Park City Planning Commission will consider a plat amendment, the conditional use permit and the master planned development for the Woodside Park Phase II housing project Wednesday, amid public concern stemming, in part, from the City’s role as both developer and regulator.
Park City Planning Director Bruce Erickson says though the City is the applicant for the Woodside Park Phase II project, it’s been subject to the same processes and regulations that any private developer would be.
“We don’t get any special exceptions," Erickson said. "You don't get any special deals—there are no backroom handshakes.”
Erickson says the project is consistent with the land management code. The Planning Commission will look at the conditional use permit, which sets the criteria for the project, and the project’s master planned development application, which can modify the conditional use permit—as long as there’s a public benefit associated with the modification.
“There's no additional height in this particular project, and the Planning Commission can make the determination on the setbacks, just like they would for a private-sector developer," Erickson said. "The parking is consistent with the land management code, and there's no exceptions being requested. The site plan is consistent with the land management code, so a lot of this is kind of noise and not necessarily real effective code analysis.”
The project is going through a regular master planned development process rather than using the affordable housing master planned development option. Erickson says that’s because, of the 58 units being built, only 52 of them will be deed-restricted as affordable or attainable housing.
“Affordable housing in the master planned development requires 100% affordable housing units, and we are delivering five for-market-rate units in order to pay for this,” Erickson said.
If all three items are approved, the plat amendment will go to the City Council for consideration. Should the Council approve the plat amendment, the project could then move forward. The Planning Commission meets Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Marsac building.