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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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Pictures of the Treasure Model

Below are some pictures that I took of the new Treasure model.  Unfortunately it’s difficult to tell what’s what because they have not required the applicant to make the proposed Treasure buildings in a different color from the existing buildings.  Another thing that is not visible in these picutres are the huge  100+ foot excavations scars that will be visible from all over town.

I hope these help but I would still suggest that you stop by the Marsac building to see the model for yourself.

 

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Open letter to the people of Park City from THINC

To all our neighbors and friends,

Thank you to our neighbors from all over Park City who attended the Planning Commission meeting on Feb 10th.  Thanks for speaking out and taking a stand against the proposed Treasure Hill project.  Thanks for asking the right questions and working positively toward keeping Park City a great place to live.
 
Treasure Hill could literally destroy Old Town as we know it and have devastating and irrevocable impacts on our town.   Some of these impacts include: intolerable traffic and safety impacts to narrow streets built prior to the automobile, potential loss of our national historic district designation, 10- 20 years of almost indescribably destructive construction, extremely negative impacts to property values for Old Town property owners, obvious and massive excavation 10 stories deep into the mountainside, environmental  habitat destruction, environmental damage from building atop a centuries-old mining complex, potential contamination of our main water source, and towering buildings over 100 feet tall up the mountainside directly adjoining Old Town and extremely visible from Main Street. 

Treasure Hill will permanently alter the landscape and beauty of Park City. Our town will lose infinitely more in esthetics, beauty, nature, and quality of life than we could ever gain financially through property taxes from this project.  Treasure Hill also violates our city’s building codes and stated goals in numerous ways.  Hundreds of local citizens agree and are working with us to stop this project.
 
This project is still moving forward.  The people of our town are speaking up, but this fight is not nearly over.  Citizens of Park City, we must stay committed and continue to fight to protect the town we love, our home.
 
Thank you,
THINC

Kyra Parkhurst
John Stafsholt
Steve Swanson 
Brian Van Hecke
Rich Wyman

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