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Park City Planning Commission approves rezoning plans for travel center

More than 30 people showed up to the Park City planning commission meeting on Monday to oppose...
More than 30 people showed up to the Park City planning commission meeting on Monday to oppose rezoning a piece of land for truck stop near their neighborhood.(KWCH)
Published: Oct. 19, 2020 at 11:06 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 27, 2020 at 4:36 PM CDT
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PARK CITY, Kan. (KWCH) - Update Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020: In a 6-1 vote, the Park City Planning Commission on Monday (Oct. 26, 2020), formally agreed to move forward with a plan to rezone a piece of land near 85th Street North and Broadway for an overnight travel center. The Park City City Council will take up the zone change at its Nov. 10 meeting. The proposed change is from commercial to light industrial on 18 acres.

Last Monday (Oct. 19), at least 30 people in the community spoke in opposition to plans for the project. Those opposed to the plans include residents of nearby neighborhoods including the Saddlebrook and Bear Hill additions. Concerns include traffic pollution and human trafficking. Many who spoke on Oct. 19 emphasized their children’s safety.

The Ark Valley News, which covered the Oct. 19 meeting, reports the property’s owner, Lou Robelli previously estimated the facility at about 25 acres and said it would be able to hold 75 to 80 trucks. Defending the plans, the newspaper cites Robelli’s business partner, Mike Richardson who responded to residents' concerns. Richardson said there is a big difference between a truck stop and the planned overnight travel center proposed for the Park City land. Richardson referenced Love’s Travel Stops as being similar to what’s planned. Further, the Ark Valley News reports, Richardson said lighting wouldn’t be visible from local neighborhoods and pollution from idling trucks would be minimized. He also discussed traffic studies and considerations including the possible addition of a stoplight and turn lanes to help with traffic control.

In the opposition to the travel center, what it came down to for some residents isn’t so much what’s planned, it’s the proximity of it to where they live.

“The neighborhood association is not opposed to truck stops but is opposed to the actual rezoning of the land right next to our housing addition, and a building of a truck stop at that location or a truck stop being built next to any housing addition for that matter,” said Charley Davidson on Oct. 19, speaking on behalf of the Saddlebrook Neighborhood Association.

Monday, Oct. 19, 2020:

The Park City planning commission will take up a vote next Monday on re-zoning a piece of land near 85th and Broadway for a truck stop.

At least 30 people in Park City showed up to Monday night’s meeting to voice their opposition to the project and try to stop a truck stop from being built in their neighborhood.

“The neighborhood association is not opposed to truck stops but is opposed to the actual rezoning of the land right next to our housing addition, and a building of a truck stop at that location or a truck stop being built next to any housing addition for that matter,” said Charley Davidson on behalf of the Saddlebrook Neighborhood Association.

Those who live in the nearby Saddlebrook neighborhood say the truck could make their area less safe.

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