November 18th, 2021 – City Council Meeting

Sundance traffic flow (one-way on Swede, Main, and Park); Housing update; Pickleball facilities planning; People-First Streets program update; Sales Tax Revenues break records again; Detail of the spending for temporary Arts & Culture District programming; Small Business Saturday; Downtown Trash and Recycling contract award; Conservation Easement for Treasure Hill; Potential changes to one way traffic on Park Ave uphill of Heber Ave; Historic District Grant awards; Plat amendments; Moderate-Income Housing report update and plan; Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) along 224.

  • Sundance traffic flow is proposed to include one way traffic uphill on Swede Alley, downhill on Main Street, and downhill on Park Ave.  Options of status quo (no one way), implementing the changes for 5 days over the busier first weekend, or for 10 days for the entire festival.  Consideration is provided to allow two way traffic permits for police, fire, transit, city services, and Old Town residents.

  • A housing update discusses the Homestake development, the Housing Needs Assessment and the Housing Study.  The assessment and study will be completed by end of 2021 and Spring 2022 respectively.  Three projects are presented and requesting Council direction including Mine Bench, Woodside Park Phase 2, and the Old Peace House property. 

  • Pickleball is addressed as a fast growing sport, and the city’s plans to identify long-term solutions for additional courts (indoor and/or outdoor).  For now, the Recreation Advisory Board (RAB) is recommending no changes, as tennis and pickleball are both experiencing rapid growth.  With limited resources the recommendation is to continue balancing the uses, the recommendation is not to deprioritize tennis use.  Council is being asked if staff should identify and propose temporary outdoor pickleball court locations while development options of long-term solutions are considered.

  • Three implementations of the People-First Streets program are discussed, with a total cost of $3,150.75.  In the future the program will be folded into the Neighborhood Traffic Management Program (NTMP) to provide a single process for complaints of resolutions of street issues.  The results of the program show positive minor results, although the public feedback received was relatively negative.  Most of the feedback focused on not being informed prior to the project and that the end result didn’t fit the neighborhood feel.  The city report outlines the public engagement strategies deployed.

  • Sales Tax revenues continue to significantly break records and exceed the FY22 forecast expectations across the board (including Transient Room Tax).  The city is shown close to budget on expenses and in continued strong financial standing.

  • Detail of the $144,333 spent on temporary programming at the Arts District this past Summer/Fall, with $59,807 used for one-time startup costs, including purchasing of reusable assets.  Staff is planning to return to Council with 2022 plans in the Spring.

  • November 27th will be declared “Small Business Saturday”

  • Council will decide to proceed or not regarding the Downtown Trash and Recycling contract presented at last week’s meeting.

  • Consideration to Authorize Summit Land Conservancy to hold the Conservation Easement regarding Treasure Hill.  Final details of the contract including cost and obligations will be negotiated upon approval to proceed, with the final results requiring approval of the Council before entering any contract.

  • Consideration of allowing two way traffic on Park Ave uphill from Heber Ave year-round instead of restricting to one way traffic during the Winter.  This was from a neighborhood request, although broader engagement activities show a very split opinion on the matter from those who will be impacted.  Options include leaving as one way, trying two way traffic in December and January to collect data/assess effectiveness, or change to two way traffic for the entire winter.  If a trial is accepted a permanent decision will be made based on the data and feedback prior to Winter 2022-23.

  • The Historic District Grant Program is meant to incentivize the “Preservation, Rehabilitation, Restoration, and Reconstruction of Historic Structures and Sites.”  The fund for 2022 is $127,136.  The sites must be listed in the Park City Historic Sites Inventory, and stipulates a 50% match is required from the applicant.  $635,805.62 in total funding was requested with many applicants ignoring the $15,000 cap.  The amount must be repaid (pro-rated over 5 years) if the property is transferred.  A formula will be used based on an assessment of the applicant’s criteria, resulting in enough funds for 21 of the 22 applicants and sticking to the originally approved pool of funds. 

  • The Planning Commission has forwarded a positive recommendation to allow the internal lot line at 402 Park Ave to be removed.

  • State Legislature has changed the Moderate-Income Housing reporting requirement from biennial to annual.  A new 5-year plan will be proposed in Fall of 2022.  The current requirements use a spreadsheet approved by the Legislature, which Staff contends has flaws in the calculation model.  Highlights of the ask to Council include approving development of the new 5-year plan, continuing to pursue affordable/attainable housing options, implement a new software platform to facilitate the process, refine the Land Management Code as appropriate, work with the transportation planning group in planning future projects, and establish a new optional deed-restricted program discussed in last week’s Council meeting.

  • Working with State and Federal agencies, Park City is proposing changing the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) strategy to terminate at Old Town instead of the Arts & Culture District.  It would include BRT dedicated bus lanes along 224 coming into and leaving town from Kearns Blvd towards the Snyderville Basin.  It also includes prioritized traffic signals to promote transit flow.  Timeline and final construction plan will be finalized in the future as funding becomes available.  The plan would still include 2 lanes of regular traffic flow in each direction along the route.

  • A plat amendment for Club Lespri at 1765 Sidewinder Drive to combine 6 timeshare units on the 2nd floor into a single condominium unit.  The Planning Commission has forwarded a positive recommendation.  All criteria are met and it’s noted that the parking requirement is met through the Prospector Square common parking lots.  No exterior building modifications are allowed.