Community Visioning Background
Since the late 1980s, Park City has led several community visioning initiatives to invite community members to lay out their vision for Park City’s future. A key objective of visioning is to help articulate community elements that, if lost, would fundamentally change the character of Park City. The goal is to outline a vision from the Park City community that can help guide decisions and measure results over 10 years.
In 2019, City Council requested a new visioning process looking out to 2030 to determine the aspirations and challenges the City will face today and over the next decade. Working with project consultant Future iQ, the community completed an 8-month Park City Vision 2020 project that engaged over 1,700 residents and stakeholders. At the conclusion of the project, Future iQ completed the Park City Vision 2020 Final Report, which represents Future iQ’s summary of the engagement outcomes and the community’s preferred future. We invite you to learn more about the project here.
The previous visioning process, conducted in 2009, concluded that the Park City community wanted to ‘Keep Park City, Park City’. The participants also defined four community values: Sense of Community, Natural Setting, Small Town, and Historic Character, which were incorporated into the City’s general and strategic planning structure.
The City’s last vision sought to retain the unique mountain town appeal despite significant pressure from development and growth, balance the interests of residents and tourism, and push back against affordability pressures while also investing in transportation solutions. As a result, Council adopted four Critical Priorities in 2017: Transportation, Energy, Housing, and Social Equity. These priorities were defined by the mantra, “If we don’t get these right, it could have a significant negative impact on our community.”