City Braces for Treasure Project

A dozen or more Park City Planning Commission meetings over the next year to look at the Treasure project begins on June 8th.  Park City’s planning director wants the community to be part of the process.  Lynn Ware Peek has more.

See link below for more details from KPCW:

http://kpcw.org/post/city-braces-treasure-project

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Treasure talks, long ago, offer clues into Park City official’s sentiments

bruceFormer Planning Commissioner now holds key City Hall role in project

The Treasure developers more than a decade ago, on Jan. 12, 2005, were in front of the Park City Planning Commission to discuss what had already become a hotly contested proposal for a project on a hillside overlooking Old Town.

It had been nearly a year since the developers submitted paperwork at City Hall for the project. The Planning Commission was in the early stages of what would become years of discussions about Treasure. There was only moderate progress over that time before a lengthy hiatus in the talks that is only now about to end as the developers plan to return to the Planning Commission with Treasure.

On that night, the Planning Commission discussed many points, including that the proposal stemmed from an overall 1980s development approval secured by the Sweeney family involving the Treasure acreage itself and nearby parcels of land. As part of the negotiations that led to the 1980s approval, the Treasure side agreed to position development toward the bottom of the acreage and set aside the upper land as open space.

For the rest of this article please see link below:

http://www.parkrecord.com/park_city-news/ci_29934005/treasure-talks-long-ago-offer-clues-into-park

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Sweeney Treasure Project Comes before Park City Planning Commission in June

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The first meeting for the Park City Planning Commission to look at the Treasure application is June 8th.  The staff, planning commission, and city council will be getting up to speed on the project until then, and the City hopes the public will too.    Lynn Ware Peek has more.

Click on the link below to hear the full update from KPCW:

http://kpcw.org/post/sweeney-treasure-project-comes-park-city-planning-commission-june

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Sweeney Treasure Project Comes before Park City Planning Commission in June

Planning Commission continuity wanted for the upcoming discussions

The Park City Council on Thursday opted to keep two members of the Planning Commission on the panel past the scheduled expiration of their terms, a move meant to keep the current roster intact on an indefinite basis as another round of discussions about the polarizing Treasure development proposal nears.

Mayor Jack Thomas and the City Councilors want Adam Strachan and Laura Suesser to continue to serve on the influential panel. Thomas, a former Planning Commissioner, said it was an “excellent idea” to keep the two. City Councilor Andy Beerman indicated continuity is important. The two Planning Commissioners were not in attendance. The terms were scheduled to expire in July.

For the rest of this article please see link below:

http://www.parkrecord.com/park_city-news/ci_29860228/treasure-looms-park-city-keeps-panel-roster-intact

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Park City and Treasure developers outline wildly different timelines

City Hall says talks could last a year-plus, partnerships wants faster process

Park City officials on Thursday outlined a prospective timeline for the discussions regarding the proposed Treasure development that, at its lengthiest, would stretch for more than a year.

It is a schedule that would extend the Park City Planning Commission talks far longer than the Treasure side desires. The developers in early April, in requesting that the long-dormant talks begin again, offered a proposal for a wildly different timeline that would have started last week and ended with a vote in the fall. Instead, it appears, the discussions will not begin again until June and possibly last well into 2017.

Bruce Erickson, the planning director at City Hall, said he anticipates the Planning Commission will address Treasure at between seven and 15 meetings, at a rate of one meeting per month. The talks are targeted to restart at a meeting on June 8.

The Treasure proposal involves upward of 1 million square feet of development on a hillside overlooking Old Town close to the route of the Town Lift. The Sweeney family, which is the historic owner of the property, secured development rights in the 1980s for the Treasure acreage and nearby parcels of land. The Treasure land is now under the ownership of the Sweeney family and a business partner.

For the rest of this article please see link below:

http://www.parkrecord.com/park_city-news/ci_29831107/park-city-and-treasure-developers-outline-wildly-different

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On record against Treasure, now on the Planning Commission

9th St. Turnaround

Two panel members criticized the project years before appointments

Treasure by early in 2009 had already become the most disputed development idea in Park City since the hard-fought approval of what would be built as Empire Pass a decade earlier.

The Treasure proposal by then had spurred an opposition movement and drawn large crowds to Park City Planning Commission meetings, primarily in opposition, with little apparent progress toward a compromise, or a vote. The proposal, upward of 1 million square feet of development on a highly visible hillside overlooking Old Town on the slopes of Park City Mountain Resort, left some unhappy enough to submit letters to City Hall detailing their displeasure.

Two letters submitted in January of 2009 and forwarded to the Planning Commission in anticipation of a meeting about the development the next month are of special note as the Treasure partnership prepares to return to the panel after a hiatus that has stretched since 2010.

For the rest of this article please see link below:

http://www.parkrecord.com/park_city-news/ci_29831109/record-against-treasure-now-planning-commission

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Treasure Mountain: Pros & Cons

The controversial Treasure Mountain Project is back on Park City’s Planning Commission agenda after a nearly six year hiatus.   Pat Sweeney, one of the three brothers who own half the development, says the project hit every target Park City Council set for the development, and “not just the target, but the bullseye.”   He says the project will be 150,000 sq ft of development above ground on a five million sq ft property, so there will be plenty of “honest to goodness” open space on the land above Old Town.   However, Brian Van Hecke, with the opposition group THINC Park City, says the “huge, massive” development will significantly change the look and feel of historic Old Town Park City forever.  Both men recently appeared on The Local News Hour with Leslie Thatcher.  You can hear their interviews below:

http://kpcw.org/post/treasure-mountain-pros-cons

Treasure Mountain website, click here.

THINC Park City website, click here.

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