Brighton Estates

Park City Council will hear an update on Tuesday from city staff about implementation of changes to the city owned Bonanza Flat area.

Park City Municipal City Manager Diane Foster reports that the city has had some victories and some challenges when it comes to the city owned Bonanza Flat property.

As we reported several homeowners from Brighton Estates complained to the Park City Council last week that the city hasn’t recognized the traditional access rights they have to their homes, off the Bonanza Flat land now owned by the city.

Meanwhile, City Council member Tim Henney says his challenge to some of the angry homeowners is—if they have legal access that’s being denied, prove it.

Last week’s Council meeting brought out several complaints from an audience of nearly 30 people.

Bonanza Flat-Utah Open Lands Photo

At Thursday’s Park City Council meeting, the council hosted an audience of 25-30 property owners from Brighton Estates, the mountainside neighborhood near the city’s recently-acquired Bonanza Flat property.

Several speakers said they were frustrated and concerned that the city doesn’t listen to them and isn’t providing access to their homes that is both historic and legal.

In reply, city officials say they’re trying to be good neighbors, but they’re hearing conflicting voices from the neighborhood.

The Guardsman’s Pass road also called 224 will close to all vehicle traffic beginning September 27 at 8 am. Wasatch County has hired a road contractor to lay asphalt from the top of the pass to the “Y” intersection with Pine Canyon Road. The paving project is a first for this steep mountain pass. Carolyn Murray has this: 


The Wasatch County Sheriff’s Department has been enforcing the parking regulations on the Guardsman’s Pass Road near the Brighton Estates neighborhood. They have been towing vehicles regularly and will continue to enforce the parking restrictions.  Carolyn Murray has this:

Wasatch County Sheriff’s Deputy, Jared Rigby says there have been safety concerns that people are parking on the side of the Guardsman’s Road.  It causes a narrowing of the roadway so other cars cannot get through.

Wasatch County is one of the fastest growing areas in the country and there are management challenges of providing services like fire protection, water and sewer. The county council dissolved the Brighton Estates Special Services District in 2017 and that action has resulted in the homeowners association challenging the county’s decision in court. Carolyn Murray has this:

Brighton Estates is a Wasatch County subdivision adjacent to the 1,350-acre Bonanza Flat open space recently purchased by Park City. The Wasatch County Fire District has concerns about its ability to deliver fire and emergency services to the neighborhood given how remote it is and how primitive the roads are. Carolyn Murray has this:

The Brighton Estates Homeowners Association is suing Wasatch County and the County Council for dissolving the Special Services District last year. The district was originally established in 2013 at the county’s request as a way to pay for the needed infrastructure upgrades in Brighton Estates. The property owners group believes the council’s action was illegal and only inhibits future development of the area. Carolyn Murray has this:

Utah Open Lands

The Wasatch County subdivision, Brighton Estates, adjacent to Bonanza Flats, has many hurdles to cross if a property owner wants to build.  Fire access and water availability are two big obstacles to successfully pulling a building permit.   Carolyn Murray has this:

The Park City Planning Commission meets Wednesday with just a few items on their agenda. One item that is scheduled to be continued is the Twisted Branch Road subdivision plat - a road that could eventually provide public access to Bonanza Flat and Brighton Estates year round. Melissa Allison brings us the story.

Conserving Bonanza Flat Begins

Jul 26, 2017
Utah Open Lands Bonanza Flat

The 1350-acre open space Bonanza Flat was purchased on June 15th by Park City and now a six-month planning process begins.  Carolyn Murray has this update:

A member of the Wasatch County Council is asking his colleagues to consider a contribution to save Bonanza Flat – the nearly 14-hundred acres that are in Wasatch County and Park City is hoping to purchase.  In a tweet on April 7, Wasatch County Council member Danny Goode gave his followers a heads up that the request would be on the agenda for April 12th. KPCW’s Leslie Thatcher has more.

Leslie Thatcher

As Park City scrambles to come up with $13 million to close on the sale of Bonanza Flat, questions of why the price tag is so high - and will the property continue to be used as it is today - are starting to percolate. Leslie Thatcher has more.