While they might not be ready to secede just yet, more than 400 residents of the Park City area met in living rooms across the Snyderville Basin Thursday night to talk about their vision of a fictitious "Park County, Utah" - a region most see as distinctly different from the rest of Summit County.
Dubbed, "CommunityVision," by its creator, Park City Public Affairs Director Myles Rademan, the event was aimed at forging new relationships among citizens of this rapidly growing region.The fictitious Park County - roughly contiguous with Park City School District boundaries - has about 8,000 residents, one-third of whom have moved in within the last five years. And unlike the tight-knit group of locals who resided there a few years ago, almost two-thirds of area residents now commute daily to Salt Lake City, according to Park City Area Chamber Bureau.
Which is where Rademan comes in. He's a long-range planner who's worked in resort communities for the past 20 years and he acknowledges the changing mix is bound to bring tension with it. Still, if the community is ever to achieve its potential, it must be with a minimum of tension and a maximum of cooperative effort, he said.
"Although the strength of a community is its diversity, diversity can also become a weakness if it becomes a babble of voices," Rademan said. "Any creative response to change we will face in the future will have to come through a critical mass of residents working together."
Besides the strain of new residents and the new values they bring with them, the Park City area is also experiencing physical changes residents may have to cope with sooner than they think.
"Realities change much faster than people's perceptions," Rademan said.
The bumpy two-lane road leading into town, for instance, will become a smooth and fast four-lane highway by 1991. That will bring pressure to develop what is now a rural corridor along the highway - something the townspeople may have always assumed would remain open space.
Rademan plans to package in a June report much of what was reported at each of the sessions. He'll make the information available to the media, school board members, county commissioners and City Council members.