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Letter of Concern to the City Council

I am writing you to express the concerns of over 400 residents of Park City who are part of THINC. The group includes residents, business owners and home owners from all over Park City including Park Meadows, Pinebrook, Thaynes Canyon, Deer Valley, Promontory, Glenwild, Old Town and elsewhere.

THINC’s collective mission is to raise public awareness and to help initiate action in order to preserve and protect Park City’s Historic Old Town. Our first and main project has been to raise awareness and voice concerns about the compatibility of the development of Treasure Hill.

Unfortunately I will not be able to attend the meeting on Thursday night but I wanted to share our opinions on the two Treasure Hill matters facing City Council on Thursday night.

First, there is no basis for compromising the affordable housing requirements for this large scale development proposed for Old Town. The Sweeneys have not provided a single good reason as to why they should be entitled to a waiver of 30% of the affordable housing requirements set forth in Resolution 17-99 and 20-07. The affordable housing requirements in the Code are well considered and reasonable and should not be compromised except in extraordinary circumstances which are not present here. Putting any affordable/employee housing elsewhere would only significantly increase the already complicated traffic problems and simply should not be even considered. The proposed development should include all the affordable housing requirement and it should be part of the existing density (no increase in density should be permitted). In addition, developers are required to provide a diversity of housing as part of fulfilling the affordable housing requirement for sound reasons. Why should the City Council allow dorm style lodging alone to fulfill this requirement? For an extra 20 beds? We have a diversified work force in Park City which requires diversified affordable housing. We encourage the City Council to abide by the affordable housing requirements as set forth in the Code.

THINC very much supports the current code pertaining to affordable housing and is AGAINST giving the Sweeneys any exception for the proposed Treasure Hill development. All affordable housing requirements, as contemplated in the Code, belong on site for Treasure Hill if the project is developed.

Second, City Council is considering retaining outside special counsel to fully review the 1986 Master Planned Development and vesting rights related to the proposed Treasure Hill development. THINC strongly encourages the City Council to support retaining outside counsel to review this proposal, the MPD that was granted over 20 years ago, vesting rights, and the rights of all citizens of Park City. It is important for the City to take all reasonable steps in its consideration of this massive project on behalf of all of the citizens of Park City. The public, prior City Council members and now Planning Commissioners have all raised questions regarding the legality of the MPD given the lapse in time and the various questionable administrative procedures which took place. With all due respect to the City Attorney, land use is a complicated area of the law and it is absolutely appropriate for the City to have a lawyer with the requisite expertise to assess the current merits of the MPD approval. Indeed, if City Council declines to approve the hiring of outside counsel to do a thorough review of this matter (particularly if Council declines due to budget concerns while in the midst of potentially approving million $ renovations to the Racquet Club and 125th Parties throughout the year), the City Council will raise some serious public confusion or potential resentment.

We trust the Council recognizes its critical role in ensuring the responsible growth and compatible development of projects within this City – new projects should not severely compromise the quality of life of our citizens.

On behalf of our 400+ members, we thank you for your consideration.

Brian

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Letters to the Editor – Park Record 2/7/09

Treasure Hill plans concern Historical Sociey
Editor:
The Park City Historical Society is dedicated to “Preserving, Protecting, and Promoting Park City’s History and Heritage.” The board of trustees of this organization fully supports this statement.

We applaud the hundreds of historic-property owners who have preserved, protected and promoted our history and heritage with their sensitive restorations, additions and infill buildings as outlined in the Park City Historic District Guidelines and the Secretary of the Interior Guidelines for Historic Districts. Both documents advocate compatibility of new construction with our turn-of-the-century mining vernacular. The board of trustees is very concerned about the incompatibility of the size, scope, height and massing of the Treasure Hill development as currently proposed, and its significant impact on historic Park City.

Also of concern is the additional traffic that obviously will be generated in constructing, servicing and filling this large project. The district’s narrow residential side streets, street layout, and existing structure configuration were not designed to accommodate a development of this magnitude. The topography of the district is especially inhospitable to large vehicles like cement trucks and fire engines. The safety, health and quality of life of Old Town residents should be of consideration.

We urge a solution to this decades-old agreement that will allow historic Park City to maintain its standing as “the jewel” of our community.

Richard D. Pick

Chair, board of trustees,

Park City Historical Society

When approving project, consider the children

Editor:

Twenty-three years ago Park City was a different town, but 23 years ago a project was put together called the Treasure Hill project. In retrospect, who could have predicted where we are now? In 1986 I was 4 and I was riding my bike up and down Empire Avenue. Although it was steep, the road was safe enough for me to walk my bike over the last steep hill to my great grandmother’s home at the top of Empire. In 1986, there were places to play between spaces and yards between homes. Now a yard or any sort of green space is considered a rare luxury. The density on Empire is now to capacity with no space to safely move snow and ice in the winter and the driving conditions are dangerous any time of the year due to density.

My family is fifth generation Park City, and we have owned at one time or another seven different houses on Empire. Today we own five houses including my great grandmother’s home where my husband and I live. Although Empire is known more as Old Town, there are still children living on the street, in the same safe neighborhood my brother and I grew up in.

Beyond the logistical problems of running thousands of trucks up and down the streets during construction, the Treasure Hill project will take away the feeling of safe roads. We also must consider the horrific impact to the air quality and the inevitable noise pollution. Also, there is a safety factor of getting emergency responders to the area both fire or medical with large trucks and a larger population that is in the area. As I begin planning my own family on Empire Avenue, I want my children (the sixth generation living on Empire) to feel safe riding their bicycles to their grandparents and great-grandmother’s homes. As a parent I would be very saddened by the fact that I would consistently worry about my children’s safety in my own front yard because of dump trucks and semi trucks. I have seen semi trucks reverse down Empire because they could not make the turn to Lowell. The small streets, the snow, and the parking congestion make it nearly impossible to navigate both Lowell and Empire avenues. I urge all citizens young, old, one-year residents or 100 year residents, to come together and fight this project not only to protect the children, but all citizens and tourists who ride their bikes and walk on these streets and to protect the integrity of this small community

Tana Toly Ireland

Old Town Park City

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