Planning Commission: the PCMR base development agreement has “lost ends”

PARK CITY, Utah – The Park City Planning Commission met for five hours on Wednesday evening, mainly to discuss “terms of approval” of the development agreement with PEG Development regarding the Park City Mountain base area Resort.

Some notable highlights from Wednesday’s meeting:

  • Commissioner Laura Suesser said she wanted clarification on whether the current agreement frees Vail Resorts from any obligation to operate ski. Suesser said it was “important that Vail is held accountable.”
  • Commissioner John Kenworthy questioned Vail’s transparency. Most of the discussion centered on how the parking lot would work under the new base zone. Kenworthy asked to see Vail’s full parking data at the next meeting.
  • Vail’s plan is highlighted around a transit hub that seeks to discourage driving and encourage transit. However, the Commissioners believe that there is not enough balance. Commissioner Bill Johnson highlighted the need for weekend parking for youth ski programs. People under the age of 12 cannot take the bus and youth programs require children to be accompanied, which creates an inconvenience for the proposed drop-off areas.
  • Commissioners said the plan called for heavy traffic on buses – something that currently does not correspond to reality. Another concern is the spread of the delta variant discouraging public transport.
  • Public comments at the end of the hearing were a resounding denunciation of the current plan, especially with regard to planned building heights.
  • Commissioners largely concluded at the end of the meeting that they expect the proposed deal to improve. Suesser said the request had “lost ends”.

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