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After seven months of surveys and community engagement sessions, Park City nears the end of its 2020 visioning process. The process has produced some key themes: that residents fear the town will be overtaken by tourism and become “Amusement Park City”; that community members seem to want to “embrace bold change”; and there are concerns around affordability, environmental leadership, tourism, regional collaboration, local economy and transportation.

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The Park City Council met Thursday for the first day of its annual retreat. 

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Park City community members participated in the second—and final—large-scale event in Park City’s 2020 visioning process Tuesday evening. 

An estimated 150 Park City community members—people who live or work in and around Park City—met to discuss the results of more than six months of surveys and meetings around Park City’s future. Park City embarked on its 2020 visioning process in July 2019, 10 years after its last visioning efforts.

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Park City Senior Center members formed the Save Our Senior Center committee in January, after unanimously voting to remain in the building that’s sat on 1361 Woodside Ave. since the late 1970s. The seniors’ meeting place is set to move for the construction of Park City Municipal’s Woodside Park Phase II affordable housing development.

Former Park City Councilmember Marianne Cone is one member on the committee. Cone says the committee’s focus is to keep the senior center where it is until there’s a viable, permanent alternative for them.

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Park City Transit and the municipal transportation department has conducted an analysis of bus stops throughout the transit system.   

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The Park City Council recently approved amendments to the city’s land management code. 

A few days into the Utah Legislature’s 2020 general session, the Park City Council will consider its guiding principles for navigating Capitol Hill. 

Park City Manager Matt Dias says not a day goes by during the 45-day legislative session where the city isn’t asked to weigh in on a bill or policy issue. Dias says there isn’t enough time to come to council with each request, and that’s where the city’s legislative platform provides guidance to city leaders and lobbyists. It outlines what the city generally opposes and supports.

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The Park City Council discussed the future of the municipal transit system for two hours at Thursday’s council meeting. 

Park City Transportation Director Alfred Knotts says, after 40 years of operation, the Park City Transit system has reached its limit—in every way.

“Park City Transit is at capacity," Knotts said. "In terms of employees, in terms of facility space, in terms of equipment and in terms of fleet maintenance and everything that comes along with operating this system.”

Before the Park City and Summit County Councils work to sort out their differences around transit at a Feb. 5 meeting, the Park City Council will try to answer a few questions, such as who does Park City transit serve; what is the city’s responsibility in accommodating regional transit demand; and what governance structure serves the city and county’s needs.

 

At Thursday’s meeting, the Park City Council checked its last three boxes regarding the preservation of Bonanza Flat. They finalized a land exchange agreement with the Girl Scouts of Utah; approved Utah Open Lands’ holding of the conservation easement; and approved the adaptable management plan for the area.

 

$100 or 100 signatures—that’s what it could take for Park City residents to file their candidacy for city council. Park City Recorder Michelle Kellogg says requiring some sort of filing fee or other elections filing requirement for candidates is a trend across the state.

 

Park City spent nearly $14,000 on the 2019 municipal primary election and more than $9,000 on the general election. In a staff report for Thursday’s city council meeting, Park City Recorder Michelle Kellogg says elected officials and city recorders are concerned that some municipal candidates declare their candidacy to promote their personal interests, instead of seriously seeking office, at a cost to taxpayers.

 

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Surrounded by family, friends and community members at the Park City Library Tuesday evening, incumbent Park City Councilmembers Nann Worel and Becca Gerber as well as incoming Councilmember Max Doilney were officially sworn in as elected officials.

 

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Park City Councilmember Lynn Ware Peek’s term in office ended Jan. 1, just two years after it began. 

Lynn Ware Peek was appointed to the city council in January 2018 to fill the vacancy left by Park City Mayor Andy Beerman. The city council chose Peek from a group of 15 applicants.

The Park City Vision 2020 process kicked off this year. As the city looks ahead to making the Park City community’s vision a reality, city leaders look at what they have accomplished and plan to do to implement “bold change.”

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