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Park City readies for the inevitable: a forced Treasure vote

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The Park City Planning Commission on Wednesday addressed what appears to be the inevitable scenario of the Treasure partnership in coming weeks formally requesting a vote on the controversial development proposal, a move that would force the panel into an action regardless of whether members are ready for one.
State law allows a developer to trigger a 45-day period in which a planning commission must render a decision on an application. It is a rarely used section of the law that longtime observers of Park City planning and zoning issues say has not been invoked in a matter before City Hall in decades, at least.
The Planning Commission indicated it is aware of the prospects of the Treasure side making a request shortly and wants to prepare for the possibility. The panel at a meeting about Treasure on Wednesday talked about options, but it did not make decisions regarding how it would operate during a 45-day window that would culminate with a momentous vote.

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Treasure, unexpectedly, says it will refine project

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The Treasure development partnership on Wednesday indicated it is refining the details of the project in response to broad concerns by the Park City Planning Commission and people who live close to the site, an unexpected move after consistent statements by the partnership that it desired a vote on the proposal as it is designed now.

The partnership informed the Planning Commission of the refinements during a meeting that was otherwise largely uneventful. It was the second consecutive Planning Commission meeting about the project that the Treasure side made a surprise statement, following a March declaration that the partnership, consisting of the Sweeney family and a firm called Park City II, LLC, intends to force a vote by the panel in the fall.

The Treasure representatives did not provide details about the refinements as they spoke to the Planning Commission. In an interview after the meeting, Pat Sweeney, who represents his family in the Treasure discussions, said the alterations to the project have not been finalized. He said, though, the refinements could drop the overall square footage of Treasure “a modest amount.”

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Treasure developers plan to count cars on busy Park City ski day

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The Treasure partnership on Saturday afternoon will be counting cars at some high-traffic intersections in Park City on what is anticipated to be one of the busiest days of the ski season, a crucial step as the discussions continue about the disputed project.

The traffic study that is planned on Saturday will provide numbers as the partnership continues its discussions with the Park City Planning Commission about the project. The Treasure partnership, consisting of the Sweeney family and a firm known as Park City II, LLC, is seeking an approval for approximately 1 million square feet of development on a hillside overlooking Old Town along the route of the Town Lift. It is a highly controversial proposal with the opposition citing deep-rooted concerns about traffic as one of the key problems with Treasure.

The study is planned on the Saturday of the three-day Presidents Day weekend. The weekend is usually one of the busiest of the year as vacationers take advantage of a holiday during the heart of the ski season. The Saturday of the three-day weekend is usually especially busy.

Treasure consultants will gather the numbers from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m., as traffic is leaving Park City Mountain Resort. Data will be compiled from eight intersections and, possibly, several cross streets. The intersection counts will be taken at three locations along Lowell Avenue and three locations along Empire Avenue as well as two nearby corners. Lowell Avenue and Empire Avenue are seen as the primary routes to Treasure, and much of the opposition to the project comes from people who live on those streets or have property there.

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Treasure talks further complicated as nearby developer emerges

Many people in Old Town, particularly along Lowell Avenue and Empire Avenue, are already dismayed with the idea to build the Treasure project on a hillside overlooking Old Town close to the route of the Town Lift.

Another developer in early February publicized plans for a significant project nearby, a concept that, it seems, will draw extra attention based on its proximity to the much larger Treasure. Though they are separate projects, Treasure and an eventual CRH Partners, LLC proposal will likely be seen by critics as related nonetheless as they outline the concerns about each. Members of the Park City Planning Commission, which are amid a review of Treasure and are expected to begin discussing the CRH Partners, LLC project in coming months, could also raise questions about the combined impacts, such as the traffic the two projects will be expected to generate.

It is an unusual situation in recent years involving two sizable development proposals in such close proximity. Drivers headed to the two projects, as an example, would be expected to heavily use Lowell Avenue.

“I would expect that we both get the same banter, the same traffic concerns . . . as expressed by the neighbors and other people in Park City,” acknowledged Pat Sweeney, who represents his family in the Treasure discussions.

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Planning Commission and Treasure Hill Meet on Wednesday

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It’s the first planning commission meeting of the month which means Treasure is on the Agenda to talk more about mass, design and impact. KPCW’s Melissa Allison brings us the story.

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Treasure developers continue to encounter broad opposition

treasureoctoberimage-1240x958The Treasure development partnership on Wednesday received another round of criticism, continuing what has been broad opposition to the disputed hillside project and leaving the partnership with, it seems, little support on the Park City Planning Commission.

The Planning Commission is likely months away from casting a vote on Treasure, but the meeting on Wednesday again highlighted deep-rooted concerns by panelists as well as people who live on nearby streets. The Planning Commission since the summer has held monthly discussions and hearings about Treasure, signaling repeatedly they have concerns about issues like the project design and the square-footage numbers. The panel continues to address those issues and will likely have additional trouble once they move onto other topics like the traffic Treasure is anticipated to draw.

The meeting on Wednesday, held at the Santy Auditorium at the Park City Library, drew a smaller crowd than other Planning Commission meetings that dealt with Treasure. The crowd appeared to be largely in opposition to the project, as has been the case at previous meetings.

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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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