Every town and every neighborhood has its quirks. Here are a few things about living in Prospector Park / Park City that you need to know.
We’ve always tried to be a fun HOA, rather than a punitive one. We like to have parties and picnics. We love to gather in driveways. Thoughtless violations that disrupt others are the only times we report or enforce.
When you purchased your house, one of those many papers you signed was an acknowledgement that you were aware of the Codes, Covenants and Restrictions (CCRs) that govern this neighborhood. They are private codes shared by all of us in Prospector Park. Park City Municipal does not enforce them. Your HOA is responsible for that enforcement.
Note that the city does not drive around looking for infractions, nor does the PP HOA. In egregious cases, we report infractions to the City and they will enforce. It would be good for all to review theCCRs in their entirety. For your reference, here is a short bullet list of items we have seen from the CCRs and the City codes that have caught people off guard:
Nightly rentals are prohibited in Prospector Park. The minimum rental period is one month.
Accessory apartments may be allowed with a license from the city. These licenses require the homeowner to reside at the house. Therefore, duplex style of renting is proscribed by city code. You must provide ample off street parking for the accessory apartment dwellers.
Parking Issues (covered by city code) Street parking during snow events is not permitted. Cars or recreational vehicles may not be parked in a side yard without an approved paved, impermeable surface. Note that gravel is not an approved surface for parking a vehicle.
Soil Cover Maintenance Agreement (covered by city code) There is a “Soil Cover Maintenance Agreement” between Park City and the EPA which governs maintenance of the 6” of clean topsoil that covers our yards to protect against the mine tailings that underlie our neighborhood.
Gravel and Rock (covered by city code) Gravel and rock are not permitted in landscaping adjacent to the street because the rock invariably migrates to the street causing problems for snow plows and street cleaning operations.
Recreational Vehicles (covered by city code) Recreational vehicles may not be parked in the street. It is not permissible to use recreational vehicles on your property for sleeping, cooking, or other domestic purposes.
Garbage Disposal (covered by city code) Garbage disposal provided by the City requires the use of City provided receptacles. Disposal of garbage in plastic bags outside of the City provided receptacles is not allowed.
Architectural Committee(covered by PP HOA CCRs) If you make plan to make changes to the exterior of your house, you must first obtain approval from the PP HOA Architectural Committee before you make an application to the Park City Building Department. This committee is elected annually by the PP HOA membership. Contact information for the current committee members and a copy of the approval form are attached to this communication. Note that structures, including vehicles and equipment, cannot be placed in front, side or back yard setbacks.
PPHOA CC & R's Business Operations (covered by PP HOA CCRs) Homes may not harbor businesses that attract employees and/or customers to the location. A business that does not attract employees or customers to the neighborhood is permitted.
Pets(covered by PP HOA CCRs) The number of domestic pets, dogs and cats, are limited to two and must be restrained, or leashed. Farm animals such as poultry, horses, cows and pigs are not permitted.