Ordinance prohibits any new landing sites for six months
The ongoing helicopter controversy has now been grounded for the next six months after the Summit County Council approved a temporary ordinance on Wednesday banning new helicopter landing sites in the Snyderville Basin.
The County Council voted 3-1 in favor of the ban. Claudia McMullin cast the dissenting vote and Chris Robinson was absent. The six-month moratorium will go into effect March 24.
The move follows the controversy caused by two helicopter services that shuttled Sundance Film Festival-goers in January from Salt Lake City to Park City. The services prompted complaints from residents in the neighborhoods near the landing sites.
Several attended the discussion on Wednesday and provided input, including Deer Valley Resort President and General Manager Bob Wheaton. Wheaton said that the resort has been exploring the potential of starting a similar service for many years.
"We have taken a deep dive into this because, as a resort, we have seen an increased level of inquiries at Deer Valley in request from our clientele for helicopter transportation," Wheaton testified. "I would like to applaud the effort of the county to have a temporary restriction because it will give them time to take a look at what is important and gather public input.
Need a ride: FASTAXI provides Park City Taxi Service and Airport Transportation