Park City and Treasure cannot even agree on points of agreement

City Hall and the Treasure partnership apparently cannot agree on a statement outlining the points of agreement between the two sides regarding the polarizing development proposal, more evidence of the difficulties presented by a project that won an overall approval in the 1980s and is seeking another necessary permit three decades later.

The Park City Planning Commission appears to have deep-rooted questions about Treasure, particularly as panelists weigh the proposal – upward of 1 million square feet of development on a hillside overlooking Old Town – against the 1980s approval. The Treasure partnership argues the proposal fits the earlier overall approval, but Planning Commissioners thus far seem unconvinced that is the case.

At a Planning Commission last week, the Treasure side – consisting of a partnership of the Sweeney family and a firm called Park City II, LLC — claimed City Hall has previously found the proposal to fall within the limits of the 1980s approval, but the thinking within the municipal government changed recently.

A Treasure attorney, meanwhile, told the Planning Commission that City Hall had rejected a proposal from the Treasure developers seeking a statement signed by both sides that would have apparently listed points that are not disputed by either side. The Planning Commission was not provided a detailed rundown what would have been included in a statement.

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Treasure numbers confound Park City panel

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The Park City Planning Commission, continuing to consider the critical question of the square footage sought by the Treasure development partnership, did not appear to be close to making a determination at a meeting on Wednesday night as wide-ranging numbers were mentioned but not agreed upon.

The eventual decision regarding square footage will be one of the most important made by the panel since the number will heavily influence other Treasure discussions, such as those focused on traffic and building designs. The Treasure partnership seeks an approval for just more than 1 million square feet of development. That figure, though, has been challenged for years as critics argue that a 1980s overall approval granted for development on the Treasure land and nearby parcels did not envision a project of the size that the partnership wants approved.

The Planning Commission on Wednesday night was not prepared to make a decision on square footage, and not all the panelists offered detailed numbers. The two Planning Commissioners who provided potential square footages indicated the number could be less than the just more than 1 million square feet claimed by the Treasure partnership, which consists of the Sweeney family – the historic owner of the property – and a firm called Park City II, LLC.

Douglas Thimm, a Planning Commissioner, mentioned a square footage of perhaps 897,491 or 979,314. Laura Suesser, another Planning Commissioner, though, pegged the possible number at approximately 628,000. Suesser questioned the Treasure side’s calculations of a square-footage category that involves space needed to operate a high-end lodging property, known as support commercial. That category of square footage has been repeatedly challenged by critics of Treasure.

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As Treasure looms, is it time for homeowners to sell in Old Town?

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A real estate agent who works extensively on Old Town last summer sent a letter to homeowners on Empire Avenue mentioning the controversial Treasure development proposal as one of the reasons that the timing might be right to put a house on the market.

Empire Avenue is one of the streets closest to the Treasure site and is among the roads expected to be heavily impacted by traffic from the project. People who live on roads like Empire Avenue and Lowell Avenue formed the early core of the Treasure opposition, and the concerns about Treasure seem to be especially pronounced on those streets.

The letter, signed by Summit Sotheby’s International Realty agent Sean Matyja, is not dated. The one-page letter, addressed to “Empire Avenue Homeowner,” says it is an “opportune time to sell a home in Old Town.” The letter reviews the number of listings in Old Town and pricing data from pending and closed sales. It also covers an increase in prices in Old Town, quoting Park City Board of Realtors statistics.

“Old Town has enjoyed an accelerated growth in value over the last few years, and the big question now is do we still have room to grow or are we at a new peak,” the letter says. “With the impactful Treasure project back in the news, uncertainty in international economies, and a presidential election coming to an end this fall, this summer may be an opportune time to sell.”

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Treasure dispute moves onto the actual mountain next week

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The Park City Planning Commission on Wednesday is slated to tour the Treasure acreage, briefly trading the confines of the Santy Auditorium for the disputed hillside overlooking Old Town, in what is expected to be an important visit to the site as the panel continues to discuss the polarizing development proposal.

It will be the first tour led by the developers since 2009, during an earlier round of talks between the Treasure partnership and the Planning Commission. The development team, Planning Commissioners and staffers will hike part of the acreage. The site visit is open to the public. It is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. at the switchback where Lowell Avenue and Empire Avenue meet.

The tour will precede a Planning Commission meeting about Treasure. The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. in the Santy Auditorium at the Park City Library. The Planning Commission is scheduled to continue to discuss issues related to square footage and hold a hearing at the meeting on Wednesday.

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August 26, 2016 · 2:27 PM

THINC – Meeting Recap, News and Next Meeting Schedule

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Greetings THINC,

I would like to thank all those in attendance last week at the Planning Commission meeting.  We had a good turnout but need more people to attend these critical meetings.  The topic again was density.

The applicant tried to justify their request for over 1.1M square feet.  THINC and its members provided ample evidence why this does not meet the Land Management Code requirements and should not be permitted.

We invited several of the planning commissioners and city council members from the 1985/1986 boards including Brad Olch, Ann MacQuoid and Jim Doilney to speak.  All three confirmed that the current proposal submitted by the applicant was not what was envisioned and would never have been approved.

See THINC’s summary arguments below:

The Planning Commission has given the developers the benefit of the doubt about the continuing rights of the 30 year old MPD, but we disagree.

The developers have not upheld their end of the bargain.

They have taken too long to develop and Park City has changed in ways no one anticipated 30 years ago.

Even if the MPD is still valid after 30 years, the MPD imposed limits and obligations on the developers BUT…

The developers are ignoring the limits of the MPD in numerous respects:

  • they have shown no respect for the density limits of their approval.
  • instead want to add hundreds of thousands of square feet in historic old town without acknowledging the profound impacts that will have on our City.

The proposed development and conference center will create dangerous conditions on our narrow Old Town roads.

The proposed development could damage our water supply.

They are showing no respect for historic design guidelines, even though they are in an historic district.

The proposed excavation alone will require 300 heavy trucks a day for 20 years.

They are proposing to excavate huge, permanent and devastating scars into the hillside so their development can be profitable, but they are ignoring that the land management code requires them to build to the terrain, not to permanently alter the landscape so they can make money.

If they can’t make a profit and follow the law, they should not build.

RECENT NEWS

Treasure pummeled in especially pointed meeting

KPCW with Brian Van Hecke

KPCW interview with Pat Sweeney – starts at 20 minutes into the audio file

NEXT MEETING

The Planning Commission is scheduled to address Treasure Hill density again on Sept. 14.  The panel and the public will be visiting the site that day as well.  The proposed height of Treasure Hill will be marked so we can better understand the size/height of the buildings being proposed.  Your attendance again is critical at these meetings.

WE NEED YOUR HELP – PLEASE DONATE

We recently launched a crowd funding site and need your help to continue this fight.  Please help us in raising funds to pay for this defense and to protect Park City from this monstrous development.  Visit our fundraising site at:  www.razoo.com/us/story/thinc

Please alert your friends and neighbors as this proposed development will impact all of us here in Park City.  Your attendance at these monthly meetings is critical and hope to see you there!

JOIN THINC

Visit or follow us on Facebook here  and our website at www.thincpc.org.  Also, please forward any names and email addresses of other concerned residents who might be interested in joining THINC.  They can also sign up at the following link to receive updates (www.thincpc.org/join).

Let’s keep Park City, Park City.  Stop Treasure Hill!

 

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THINC Presentation from the August 10, 2016 Planning Commission Meeting

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THINC presentation 8.10.16

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