Deer Valley development concept faces criticism: ‘I think a good law firm can lock this in for 10-20 years’

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Last fall, the Park City Planning Commission hosted a site visit to Snow Park, where Deer Valley Resort is pursuing a major development. City hall recently released correspondence critical of the project, indicating that the proposal may encounter resistance.
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City Hall released a cache of correspondence this week that overwhelmingly criticizes or raises questions about a major Deer Valley Resort development proposal, some of the first evidence the resort may encounter resistance as is progressing in discussions with the municipal government regarding the concept to redo the base area of ​​the Snow Park.

The correspondence, totaling 82 pages, was submitted to various Park City officials, including Mayor Nann Worel, Park City councilors, members of the Park City Planning Commission and City Hall employees. They were released as the city council and planning commission prepare for a rare joint session to address aspects of the Snow Park proposal. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday and is expected to focus on the possibility of City Hall releasing a small section of road at the edge of the Snow Park parking lots and dedicating another small section of road nearby as part of the project traffic. circulation concept.

Deer Valley has long held development rights to the land where the Snow Park parking lots are located and is in the early stages of discussions with Park City regarding a project. The concept includes a hotel, residential accommodations, residences, retail spaces, dining and entertainment venues. Large underground garages would be built in place of the parking spaces currently located in the lots. Transit and parking related issues should be among the tough topics, as is usually the case when a major development project is under consideration in Park City.



Correspondences have generally been submitted by people who live or own property in the Snow Park area. They cover a range of topics and raise the prospect that there will be a dispute over the project even if the depth of resistance is not yet clear. Some of them identify Alterra Mountain Company, which owns Deer Valley, alongside the resort itself.

One of the correspondence describes the possibility of the proposal leading to a legal dispute. Brian Keenan, who identifies as a resident of Deer Lake Village, says “Alterra has no right to take Park City property” as he questions the concept of traffic.



“If Deer Valley Loop is released to Alterra, the impetus will be to fight the whole development. Putting together a coalition and money will not be a problem. There are all sorts of issues with the dev render of Alterra i.e. work force housing??, fire mitigation, fire station exit, carbon footprint , violation of noise ordinance (gondola), environmental impact, water use, etc. etc., etc. I think a good law firm can lock that in for 10-20 years,” Keenan’s correspondence reads.

Deer Valley released a statement prepared by Rich Wagner, the vice president of development, regarding the proposal at the request of The Park Record.

“We recognize that all of our Deer Valley Drive neighbors will be impacted by the development of Snow Park Village, both in the short and long term. As we have done for the past 18 months, we are continuing our efforts to reach out to homeowner associations, residents, businesses and community organizations to share details and seek feedback,” the statement read.

He also said: “The proposed mobility hub and priority bus routing will provide more car-free travel options and support the transportation goals and plans of the community as a whole. The mobility hub will be a focal point for this entire project and will include a 4,000 square foot welcome center with convent facilities for transit riders such as lockers, lounges and areas rest for public transport employees.

The meeting between the elected officials and the Planning Commission is scheduled for Tuesday at 5 p.m. in person at the Marsac Building and online. More information about online participation is available at parkcity.org. The direct link to meeting information is: .parkcity.org/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/38639/15.

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