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Local News Hour – September 14, 2018


On today’s program, Charlie Sturgis has this week’s Mountain Trails Report and details about Sunday’s annual Tour de Suds. Preserve Park City representative and Old Town Resident John Stafsholt talks about this grassroots organization whose members want Proposition 1 to pass. Park City Council member Lynn Ware Peek with a recap of last night’s meeting.

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Next Treasure Hill meeting is today (Wednesday 11/9/16 @ 5:30PM)


Greetings THINC,

The next Planning Commission meeting to address the proposed Treasure Hill development is set for today:

Date:  Wednesday, November 9th

Time:  Meeting starts 5:30PM


This meeting will be a work session and public input will be taken.  We need a large turnout again and hope you can make it.  Our attendance and participation at these meetings is critical.  If approved the proposed Treasure Hill development would significantly change Park City forever and have a detrimental impact on the quality of life and the overall historical integrity of our town.


From the Staff Report – Staff recommends that the Planning Commission review Conditional Use Permit (CUP) criteria no. 8, 11, and 15 as presented in this work session staff report.  Staff recommends that the Planning Commission provide input and direction. Staff recommends that the Planning Commission conduct a public hearing and continue it to the December 14, 2016 Planning Commission meeting.


  1. building mass, bulk, and orientation, and the location of buildings on the site; including orientation to buildings on adjoining lots;
  2. physical design and compatibility with surrounding structures in mass, scale, style, design, and architectural detailing;
  3. within and adjoining the site impacts on environmentally sensitive lands, slope retention, and appropriateness of the proposed structure to the topography of the site.


The images below show the potential devastating impact of the proposed Treasure Hill development plans.  The Sweeneys and their partner are seeking approval to build more than 1.1M square feet on the landmark Treasure Hill in Historic Old Town.  With your help we can stop this from happening!

The current proposed development includes a sprawling complex with multiple condo/hotel towers over 10 stories high, large conference center, retail shops, restaurants, and a large underground parking garage.  It also includes massive excavation scars (over 120 feet high) that will be visible from all over town.  The project received an approval from the City way back in 1986 for 413,000 square feet.  Now 30 years later, the applicant is trying to get nearly 1.2M square feet of total development approved.


PC Legal Notice 11.09.16 PC Packet 11.9.16

If you cannot attend please make sure to submit your comments and concerns to:

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


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:


Visit or follow us on Facebook here  and our website at  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 (

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

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Treasure deal, once seen as breaking logjam, now all but abandoned


Developers are no longer interested in moving long-held rights off hillside


Treasure had already confounded Park City officials by the spring of 2011, seven years after the developers submitted plans to build a project involving upward of 1 million square feet on a hillside overlooking Old Town.

City Hall, in an effort to reach a solution after an impasse in the project talks, crafted a program that would allow the Treasure partnership to shift a portion of the long-standing development rights attached to the hillside to another location. Some at the time saw the program, known as transferring development rights, or TDRs, as a logjam-breaking conservation move that could result in a Treasure deal that located much of the development off the highly visible hillside.

A deal was never reached. Many of those discussions were held in private between City Hall officials and the Treasure partnership. The issues that prevented an agreement are not known, but it is likely there could have been sticking points regarding the value of the Treasure development rights and the eventual location of the rights if they were shifted elsewhere.

It now seems almost certain that a conservation deal will not happen. The Treasure partnership earlier in June relaunched discussions with the Park City Planning Commission on a project that has been under consideration on and off since 2004. The most recent hiatus provided time for the ultimately unsuccessful conservation negotiations.

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Sweeney Attorney Delivers Threat to PC Planning Commission

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A representative for Sweeney’s Treasure Hill proposal on Wednesday presented the history of the project, talked about the vested development rights, then gave a thinly veiled threat, which didn’t bode well with some of the over 100 members of the public who attended the Park City Planning Commission meeting.  .  Lynn Ware Peek has more.

See link below to the full story on KPCW:


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As Treasure returns, critics seize on hillside ‘monstrosity’


Opposition quickly reinvigorated as lengthy hiatus in talks end

Jay Hamburger, THE PARK RECORD

The Treasure partnership on Wednesday night restarted its talks with the Park City Planning Commission, drawing a large crowd of opponents who seized on long-held concerns during the first hearing about the project since 2010.

The Planning Commission meeting on Wednesday — shifted from the Park City Council chambers at the Marsac Building to the more spacious Santy Auditorium at the Park City Library to accommodate a larger crowd — drew a little more than 100 people. The crowd appeared to be jammed with Treasure critics, and testimony was heavily weighted against the project.

It was an important meeting for the Planning Commission, the Treasure side and the crowd as it marked the beginning of what is likely the final round of talks between the developers and the Planning Commission in a discussion that has stretched on and off since 2004. The Planning Commission was not prepared on Wednesday to delve into the details of the Treasure proposal, which involves approximately 1 million square feet on a hillside overlooking Old Town along the route of the Town Lift.

“The same basic monstrosity,” Brian Van Hecke, the leader of a Treasure opposition group called Treasure Hill Impact Neighborhood Coalition, said during the hearing as he compared the project to other iterations considered in the past.

Van Hecke said he earlier had faith a compromise would be reached, but none was negotiated and the project remains as it was. He said a new study of Treasure-related traffic is needed, contended that the project would be a sprawling complex and said there would be “massive scarring” of the hillside.

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Treasure talks relaunch as deep divide persists in Park City


Developers poised to return with controversial hillside project


The Treasure partnership is set to restart its talks with the Park City Planning Commission on Wednesday, the first in what is expected to be a series of meetings about the development proposal that will almost certainly personify a deep divide between the partnership, panel members and the neighborhood that has persisted for more than a decade.

The developers in the spring of 2004 engaged the Planning Commission with Treasure. The project is envisioned as approximately 1 million square feet of residences, commercial space and additional space needed to operate a major lodging property. The land is on a hillside overlooking Old Town along the route of the Town Lift. The Sweeney family in the 1980s secured development rights on the Treasure acreage and nearby parcels of land in a broad agreement with the Park City leadership at the time, opting to locate the development toward the base of the hillside rather than on the hillside itself. The acreage is now held by an equal partnership of the Sweeney family and a firm called Park City II, LLC. The Sweeney family, the traditional owner of the land, has largely represented the project publicly.

Over the course of the 12 years since the spring of 2004, the talks have started and stopped several times as the project was redesigned or as Park City leaders unsuccessfully attempted to reach a conservation deal involving the acreage.

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Treasure Hill Conditional Use Application

City Hall has drafted an informational sheet regarding Treasure Hill in anticipation of the upcoming series of meetings. It is posted on the municipal website and includes a description of the history and other pieces of information.

It is available at:

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