Plans have recently been approved by Wasatch County for Mayflower Mountain Resort, a major development located on the east side of Deer Valley Resort. Made up of 940 acres, located just off of U.S. 40 and south of the Mayflower exit, this significant development has been contemplated for a long time - the prospect became more likely with the 2017 sale of the land to a New York City based firm, Extell Development Company.
In county planning documents, the project is referred to as Mayflower Mountain Resort - to be another Deer Valley base area with a pedestrian friendly resort village. It could take up to 40 years for the development to be fully constructed with nearly two-thirds of the land to be set aside as open space.
Wasatch County made the following approvals:
• 1,498 equivalent residential units, allowing a mixture of houses, hotel rooms and condominiums (precise breakdown will not be known until detailed plans are presented)
• 410 hotel units
• Four-star hotel and recreation facility to be developed for the benefit of members of the military - This Military Installation Development Authority (MIDA) was created by Utah Governor John Huntsman to allow all four branches of the military to operate property like a municipality - open to the public with discounted rooms reserved for personnel
• 250,000 SF of commercial or retail space
• 68,000 SF recreation center
• 95,000 SF of housing for the workforce
• 3,471 parking spots between surface lots and garages (1,200 to be designed to serve day skiers)
As ideas take shape, the Resort Village will be designed to have some of the following aspects:
• Five-star hotel, four-star hotel, and a conference center of 40,000 SF
• Development to be within a radius of 1,200 feet from center to promote pedestrian friendliness
• Ski beach and promenade
• Ice-skating rink or another feature to draw pedestrians
• Trail development to connect Deer Valley, Park City, the Deer Crest area and Wasatch Mountain State Park
The project also calls for an expansion of Deer Valley Resort skiing infrastructure. Six new lifts are planned, adding approximately 900 acres of skiing terrain (upward of 200 acres of runs with the remainder to be planned as glade skiing).
The Wasatch County Planning Commission spent time on issues like transit options, traffic, vehicle access, constructing compact residential units on the hillsides, potential economic impacts and various opportunities including:
• Summer activities
• Skiing in the winter
• Year round destination with high occupancy rates
• 45 minute drive from Salt Lake City International Airport
• State park reservoir across the highway
• Close proximity to the number 1 ranked ski resort in the country
In a Park Record interview, Deer Valley Resort President and Chief Operating Officer Bob Wheaton praised the efforts, saying the project is well planned and the developer is "top notch." He said the Jordanelle Express Gondola, located on the Wasatch County side of the resort, is successful and the skiing infrastructure planned as part of Mayflower would "certainly enhance that." Wheaton also said a project could cut traffic headed into Park City by providing an alternative access to the resort.
Listen to local KPCW radio segment regarding Mayflower Mountain Resort.
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