City Council Minutes

Thursday, August 2,2007



ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
REGULAR MEETING
AUGUST 2, 2007, 4:00 P.M.
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

PRESENT:
Mayor Daniel McArthur
Council Member Suzanne Allen
Council Member Bob Whatcott
Council Member Larry Gardner
Council Member Rod Orton
Council Member Gail Bunker
City Attorney Shawn Guzman
City Recorder Gay Cragun
Assistant to City Manager Marc Mortensen

EXCUSED:
City Manager Gary Esplin

OPENING:
Mayor McArthur called the meeting to order and welcomed all in attendance. He excused Council Member Allen who will be arriving late from an MPO meeting in Salt Lake City, and City Manager Gary Esplin who was out of town. The pledge of allegiance was led by Council Member Bunker and the invocation was offered by Council Member Gardner.

Mayor McArthur thanked members of the public and City employees who assisted during the recent flooding, and stressed the importance of personal emergency preparedness.

Mayor McArthur invited a Scout in the audience to introduce himself.

PRESENTATION FROM ARTS COMMISSION:
Council Member Bunker introduced Jon Pike, Chairman of the Arts Commission.

Jon Pike stated he and other members of the Arts Commission appreciated the opportunity to serve and what the City does to promote the arts. Members of the Arts Commission include Ferron Holt, Sheila Bailey, Steve Goodman, Terri Draper, Ron Wilkinson, Summer Belnap Robertson, Lana Beck and Carol Lakin. Historically their time has been spent reviewing grant requests from local artists and educators, and the Arts Commission has tried to be good stewards of taxpayer funds. They have begun to recognize art giants in the community and coordinate calendars with other communities and support art developments. He explained how funds are spent and advised the Arts Commission would like to be the umbrella for all the arts sponsored by the City.

TABLED ITEMS:
Mayor McArthur advised that the public hearing for Item 3C, to consider a zone change from A-1 to R-1-10 on 28.27 acres located at 2000 South on 3000 East would be held, but action would not be taken on the item. The corresponding Item4D to consider approval of an ordinance changing this zone would also be tabled. Item 6A to consider approval of an agreement with the Shivwits Band and Sun River/Bloomington Country Club would also be tabled.

AWARD OF CONTRACT:
Consider approval of signal design agreement with Carter-Burgess.

Purchasing Manager Connie Hood explained the signal is proposed for the intersection of Snow Canyon Parkway and Dixie Downs Road.

Shari McTiver advised the amount of the contract is $12,553.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Gardner to approve the contract with Carter-Burgess in the amount of $12,553.

Mayor McArthur advised that it was determined that Dixie Downs was the best location for placement of the signal.


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Council Member Whatcott commented that everyone thinks the signal should be located on 2000 North, not at Dixie Downs Road, and he could not support its placement on Dixie Downs Road.

Ms. McTiver advised the Engineering Department did a warrant analysis, and while both locations received the same average vehicle counts, the difference between 2000 North and Dixie Downs is there are more left hand turns at Dixie Downs.

Council Member Orton commented that most of the early morning traffic is going through the Ironwood Subdivision because they can?t make a left hand turn off Dixie Downs Road.

Council Member Whatcott stated that logic says that 40% of the vehicles are not going to turn left. He has been told by many that in the afternoon 15-20 cars are backed up to turn left on 2000 North, and no one is on Dixie Downs. There are not that many things to go north for.

Mayor McArthur commented that Dixie Downs is a major thoroughfare and part of the City?s beltway system.

Council Member Orton suggested the matter be put on hold for two weeks for further study and have staff present the information to them.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Orton to table the matter for two weeks.

Marc Mortensen advised the matter would be scheduled on next week?s work meeting agenda.

WITHDRAW MOTION: Council Member Gardner withdrew his previous motion.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Gardner.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried.

Council Member Whatcott commented staff needed to be careful in saying that 2000 North does not warrant a signal as the City Council has not had a chance to discuss the issue.

AWARD OF BID:
Consider award of bid for a SL 100 hydraulic mobile stage for the Community Arts Division.

Purchasing Manager Connie Hood explained this item was deemed a sole source bid award to Stageline Mobile Stage in the amount of $137,095.

Marc Mortensen advised that this is the stage staff has been talking about for a while. It is needed for the opening of the Town Square and can be used for all events and save the City substantial rental costs. The stage will increase the quality of events, particularly concerts and can be set up in an hour to an hour and a half with two people. The stage is self-contained and can be stored outside, but preferably inside. This was the only company able to provide everything needed such as the hydraulic lifts and extendability. The stage can expand to 30' x 24' x 40'. It does not include lighting. It can be used anywhere, even the Sunbowl, and can be pulled behind a regular size pick-up truck.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Bunker to award the bid to Stageline Mobile Stage in the amount of $137,095.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Whatcott.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried.


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AWARD OF BID:
Consider award of bid for the Main Street reconstruction project.

Purchasing Manager Connie Hood explained the low bidder was Western Rock in the amount of $359,978.02 which is under the engineer?s estimate.

Marc Mortensen advised the engineer?s estimate was $400,000. This project is part of the reconstruction in the downtown area. Timing is critical due to the opening of the Town Square. The project includes all utilities from the top of Main Street to 100 South.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Orton to award the bid to Western Rock in the amount of $359,978.02.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Whatcott.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried.

AWARD OF BID:
Consider award of bid for 2008 Dodge Chargers for the Police Department.

Purchasing Manager Connie Hood explained that this award is for the other six vehicles mentioned at the last City Council meeting. She recommended award off the state contract with Ken Garff in the amount of $21,959 each, for a total of $131,754.

Council Member Bunker inquired what was done with the old vehicles.

Fleet Services Manager Courtney Stephens replied that the old equipment is stripped out of the vehicles and they are sold at auction. The cars are generally in bad shape with 130,000 - 140,000 miles on them, with the actual wear on the engine at twice that amount. The equipment will be given or sold to other agencies.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Whatcott to award the bid to Ken Garff in the amount of $131,754.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Orton.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried
AWARD OF BID:
Consider award of bid for cabling services.

Purchasing Manager Connie Hood recommended award of a blanket purchase order to Infrastructure Cabling Specialists in an amount not to exceed $30,908.97 based on last year?s amount.

Marc Mortensen explained that the savings will come over a period of years. Instead of paying $30.00 per phone line per month, the City now pays 15? per phone line per month. The bid is to add new buildings to the existing network. This same company was used to do the City Office and PD buildings, and staff would like to use the same contractor for consistency. This bid will add three more buildings to the network - two fire stations and the Parks building.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Gardner to award the bid as recommended.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Bunker.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried.

AWARD OF BID:
Consider award of bid for cables, wires and materials for the VoIP system and new fiber network expansion.

Purchasing Manager Connie Hood recommended award of the bid to Codale Electric for the same system as discussed in the previous bid award. This is the same supplier used last year and they had all the materials in stock when needed. Pricing is based on the same prices as last year except for the copper wire which escalated. The amount recommended is $61,333.91.

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MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Gardner to award the bid as recommended.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Orton.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried.

AWARD OF BID:
Consider award of bid for transit buses.

Purchasing Manager Connie Hood recommended purchase of two 22 passenger buses with wheelchair lifts through the state contract with Intermountain Coach in the amount of $167,580.

Fleet Services Manager Courtney Stephens advised that these buses will replace two of the smaller, older buses used since 2000. Larger buses will be used for the main routes. These buses will be here the first part of October to help with the new routes.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Orton to award the bid as recommended.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Bunker.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried.

AWARD OF BID:
Consider award of bid for VoIP installation, training and technical support services.

Purchasing Manager Connie Hood recommended award of the bid to Cache Valley in the amount of $107,000.

CONTINUATION OF DISCUSSION ON AWARD OF BID FOR TRANSIT BUSES:
Council Member Gardner commented he thought the City was moving to 30 minute bus service instead of 40 minutes service.

Mayor McArthur replied that if the routes were expanded it would be 40 minute service. If the routes were not expanded, it would be 30 minute service. Another route is being added, so the service can only be expanded to every 40 minutes.

Council Member Whatcott inquired why 22 passenger buses were being ordered rather than 38 passenger buses.

Council Member Allen arrived.

Courtney Stephens advised that the 22 passenger buses are equipped with wheel chair lists, and the larger buses are $250,000 more each. The smaller para-transit buses currently in use need replacing. It is also a budget issue. Para-transit ridership is up 300% and these buses are being ordered to make sure the para-transit riders are being taken care of. Eventually the City will have 40' buses.

CONTINUATION OF BID AWARD FOR VOIP INSTALLATION, TRAINING AND TECHNICAL SUPPORT SERVICES:
Marc Mortensen advised this bid award is for the actual installation of the system. Cache Valley has been an excellent partner and have helped sort out billing issues with Qwest.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Orton to award the bid as recommended.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Gardner.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried.

AWARD OF BID:
Consider award of bid for a dipper stick loader backhoe.




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Purchasing Manager Connie Hood explained three bids were received but only two were responsive. She recommended award of the bid to the low bidder, Scott Machinery, in the amount of $59,947 after the allotted trade-in amount.

Fleet Services Manager Courtney Stephen advised that the item is an extend-a-hoe.

Mayor McArthur explained that the backhoe can extend farther out to dig a deeper hole.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Gardner to award the bid as recommended.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Allen.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried.

PUBLIC HEARING/AMEND GENERAL PLAN/ORDINANCE:
Public hearing to consider an amendment to the General Plan Land Use Map to change the land use designation from Low Density Residential to Medium Density Residential and Commercial on 11.5 acres located on the northwest corner of the intersection of 1450 South and 3000 East. Christi Lovell, applicant.

Community Development Director Bob Nicholson advised that 1450 South and 3000 East will be four lane arterials. The area around the site is zoned low density residential. Staff assumes the commercial site will consists of two to three acres. The Planning Commission recommends approval with a 100' buffer on the north and west. If approved, the neighborhood commercial center will continue the one mile spacing between neighborhood commercial centers in this area.

Council Member Orton inquired if certain conditions would have to be met in order to obtain medium density.

Mr. Nicholson replied this same question could be applied to areas with neighborhood commercial. If the Council likes the project, it would have to decide what zoning provisions to require to get to that density.

Council Member Orton commented he hoped staff was ready for that implementation.

Mr. Nicholson replied that implementation would be in the area designated in the Little Valley plan, then there would be a density bonus to get up to R-1-10 density. This area would be subject to the same density bonus provisions, but only to a density of 3.3 units per acre. To get medium density, the general plan has to be changed. The general plan is a concept. If the Council likes the proposal, then implementation of that will have to be thought through.

Council Member Whatcott commented this was just a general plan amendment. The applicant would then have to come in for a zone change and these issues would come up then.

Jim Raines, Bush and Gudgell Engineering, representing the applicant, advised that the family wants to buffer the residential lots with a transition zone of medium density and commercial on the two 90' roads. The separation of commercial centers is uniform and makes for good walkable neighborhood commercial centers. The family felt strongly they did not want to push out medium density to the existing lots so that when someone buys a lot they have full knowledge of this. The family is not looking to develop the property, but for an entitlement through the general plan.

Mayor McArthur opened the public hearing.

Heath Snow advised he lives in the nearby Springs. The purpose of the general plan is to be a guidebook for what the City will be when it grows up. Residents in this area purchased their homes with the knowledge the area would be low density residential, and this is what prior City Councils have identified for this area. He advised that he represented the interests of many in the neighborhood who are strongly opposed to the

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project. Medium density will allow up to nine units per acre, and with the new density bonus overlay, even more density will be allowed and perhaps even apartments would be allowed. This is a great variance from what the general plan has been for that portion of the fields. He recommended denial of the request. He requested that the City Council allow the area to remain low density residential with a maximum of five, six or seven units per acre.

Dave Young advised that he lives closest to this development and his concern is that commercial will be put on every corner. Allowing commercial here will open the floodgate to commercial. He stated he did not want to live that close to commercial. He stated that while property owners have the right to do things as they develop their property, his concern is if the zoning is changed and then the property is sold, who knows what will come of it.

Donald Rawlings stated that Dave Young built two homes within a mile of this property and is not trying to keep the area as it was before. The LDS Church property is coming in with 156 acres to be annexed, and it will not be kept as farm land. When this happens, the entire area will change. Commercial is needed at the proposed location.

Brad Terry advised he purchased a home under construction in the Stone Valley Estates and inquired about notification procedures as he was not notified of this public hearing. He suggested the residents in the area be given notification and the matter be continued. He inquired what kind of commercial would be allowed at the proposed location.

Council Member Orton commented that neighborhood commercial would not allow any building over 20,000 sq. ft.

Community Development Director Bob Nicholson advised that C-1 zoning would not allow a grocery store but would allow a convenience market.

Mr. Terry advised his biggest concern was that very few people knew about the public hearing.

Mr. Nicholson explained that the policy of the City is to notify property owners within 500'. County ownership records are relied upon for accurate information and sometimes they lag a month or two in transfer of ownership information.

Mayor McArthur advised that the City Council agenda is also published.

Mr. Terry requested more time so that more property owners could be notified.

Karen Willard commented that commercial zoning was inappropriate in this area, but she was not opposed to developing the property as it was currently zoned. She expressed concern about safe ingress and egress to the commercial area once the road is widened to four lanes.

Todd Jones, a resident of River Hollow, advised that he is President of the Homeowner?s Association of 45 owners. All are opposed to this change. None of them want a strip mall so close to their homes, and he recommended denial.

Jim Raines advised that the amount of acreage for the commercial project has not yet been set. The Mall Drive bridge and widening of 3000 East will change the area and become the next River Road. Plans for the church farm are indicative of change. The applicants are just trying to plan their property with changes that make sense. They do not want something that is ugly. To have a small neighborhood commercial center at this location is better than putting in R-1-10 lots with backyards to the road. This is a better transition and will feather out to like zoning. It is good planning. The commercial center will not be built for several years. Whether this project is granted or not, a one mile separation of commercial makes good sense and is good planning.



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Council Member Allen commented that one way to relieve the fears about the commercial would be to require PD Commercial so the neighbors have an opportunity to see the project.

Mr. Raines replied that a mixed use PD zone would be the only zone that would work.

Council Member Allen commented that commercial centers near where people live help to relieve traffic congestion.

Mr. Raines commented it was not the applicant?s intent to put a 7-11 on this corner. The commercial center would not detract from the residential neighborhoods, and it makes sense to have a walkable commercial center within one mile of the next one. A nice commercial center is better than a walled R-1-10 subdivision.

Heath Snow commented the applicant seems to say that medium to high density is a good transition. He stated there was nothing wrong with having low density lots there to preserve the character of the area.

Council Member Allen commented that not all high density is bad and can be good neighbors.

Council Member Orton commented that medium density is five to nine units per acre. Perhaps the magical number in this area is five to six units per acre.

Heath Snow commented that amending the general plan would open the door to higher density, and coupling that with the bonus density program would take it to a much higher density than exists there now.

Council Member Orton replied that the density bonus program only works on the base density of two units per acre.

Council Member Whatcott commented it would not be two additional units on top of nine units per acre.

Council Member Orton commented that 20,000 sq. ft. lots are not needed to make a beautiful neighborhood, and the residents in this area deserve to have a neighborhood store if they want one.

Mr. Snow commented that a change in density and commercial is not needed every half mile.

Council Member Whatcott replied that this is a general plan amendment and the Council is just creating a bubble area without being specific. The applicants will have to come back with specifics for the project.

Community Development Director Bob Nicholson advised that medium density is five to nine units per acre. No one has an entitlement to the upper portion. The appropriate density in this area may be five units per acre - but these are things to be looked at when the specific plan comes in.

Brad Terry commented that perhaps it was not the time to rule on this request because there was no plan for the corner.

There being no further public comment, Mayor McArthur closed the public hearing.

Council Member Whatcott commented that property to the east would most likely become commercial as well, as well as on the other side of 3000 East, and that may be too much commercial for this area. He inquired if the commercial areas should first be designated.




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Community Development Director Bob Nicholson replied that this area is currently subject to a pending annexation. He advised that there was a reasonable expectation of commercial on three corners of a major intersection.

Council Member Gardner stated he did not think the City wanted this area to become a major commercial area. He suggested the matter be delayed until it is known what the land use is going to be on other properties. He stated the Council could not make a decision on what might be, but had to look at the merits of what is.

MOTION: A motion to approve the general plan amendment was made by Council Member Bunker.

The motion died for lack of a second.

City Attorney Shawn Guzman advised that this action is just a general plan change. If it is changed, the City Council is saying the area is not two units per acre, but is five to nine units per acre. The City Council can say that it only wants PD there, for residential and commercial.

Mr. Nicholson advised that the general plan is a concept of how the land will be developed. It does not solve implementation issues. If the City Council is comfortable with this area as medium density, then fine. If it is not comfortable, then it should not act on it.

Mayor McArthur commented that perhaps the residential zoning should be left as low density, and the commercial aspect approved.

City Attorney Shawn Guzman commented this was a good point. He said he felt the request for medium density residential was premature and was surprised to see it on the agenda.

Council Member Whatcott commented that last week?s resolution addressed only residential and not medium density residential.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Whatcott to table the request for further study and recommendation by the committee who worked on the bonus density plan for the Little Valley sub area.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Orton.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried.

PUBLIC HEARING/AMEND GENERAL PLAN/ORDINANCE:
Public hearing to consider an amendment to the General Plan Land Use Map for the proposed Desert Canyons residential development on 2,466 acres located south of the proposed replacement airport site along the Utah/Arizona state line. Curt Gordon, applicant.

Community Development Director Bob Nicholson advised that the project consists of self-sufficient neighborhoods with various uses, a town center, an 18 hole golf course, and trails and parks. The Southern Parkway bisects the middle of the property. There are three interchanges adjacent to the property and south of the new airport. In 2000 Leucadia Corporation owned the property and went through a similar process and was granted a general plan amendment with similar mixed uses. This is a similar mix of uses. The text has been corrected to show the total number of housing units at 6,317 at the upper limit. There are three major neighborhoods. The applicant met with staff and airport staff several times to make sure the plan is compatible with the airport land use plan and restrictions, and they have achieved this. There are sites for elementary schools, a fire station, 842 acres in open space, and 34% of the total project is open space. The Planning Commission recommends approval.

Council Member Gardner inquired if the applicant was comfortable with placement of the roads, or if there was some flexibility.


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Mr. Nicholson replied that the interchanges are fairly well set, but beyond that where the roads go will have a great deal of flexibility.

Council Member Whatcott inquired about the distances between the interchanges.

Curt Gordon replied they were one mile apart. There is not a huge change from what has already been adopted. Since 2000 the Southern Corridor alignment has been fixed, the interchange locations have been fixed, the airport vicinity land use plan was adopted, and the amended plan is in response to these changes. Not all park sites have been identified, but every neighborhood will have a park. The next steps are zoning and infrastructure investment.

Council Member Orton commented the estimated population would be around 16,000.

Mr. Gordon clarified that there will be three schools, and an area preserved for another. Churches are permitted in any residential zone, but they are not at the level of detail yet to show them. He advised that the plan has already been approved, and this approval is for a tweaking in response to what the City has adopted.

Mayor McArthur opened the public hearing.

Ed Baca inquired if the TND would be expanded into this area as well.

Mayor McArthur replied that this area already has general plan approval with mixed uses similar to the TND concept.

Karen Willard commented it was great to create an environment without impacting people who already live there.

There being no further public comment, Mayor McArthur closed the public hearing.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Gardner to approve the general plan amendment by ordinance.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Bunker.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a roll call vote, as follows:

Council Member Gardner - aye
Council Member Bunker - aye
Council Member Allen - aye
Council Member Whatcott - aye
Council Member Orton - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

PUBLIC HEARING/ZONE CHANGE/ORDINANCE:
Public hearing to consider a zone change from A-1 to R-1-10 on 28.27 acres located at 2000 South on 3000 East. Judd Palmer, applicant.

Mayor McArthur opened the public hearing.

Karen Willard commented that there were lots of other places for this kind of zoning, and it is nice to have areas which are slightly different from everything else and preserve the way of life in this area. She stated it was appropriate to have a lower density area and R-1-10 is too dense of this area. She stated there would be more comfort for residents if they could see a plan before the zone change.

Council Member Gardner commented the development agreement will show the plan.

City Attorney Shawn Guzman commented that the development agreement is not the plan, but will specify open space, trails, etc. He advised he has been working with the applicant on the development agreement, but it is not ready and that is why the applicant requested the matter be tabled.

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There being no further pubic comment, Mayor McArthur closed the public hearing.

PUBLIC HEARING/CDBG ACTION PLAN:
Public hearing to consider approval of the Action Plan for FY 2007-08 under the Community Development Block Grant program.

David Bates advised that a new action plan was done.

Mayor McArthur opened the public hearing. There being no public comment, he closed the public hearing.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Orton to approve the plan.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Bunker.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried.

TABLE ZONE CHANGE:
MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Allen to table the zone change from A-1 to R-1-10 on 28.27 acres located at 2000 South on 3000 East previously discussed.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Bunker.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried.

ORDINANCE:
Consider approval of a temporary land use ordinance for Little Valley.

Community Development Director Bob Nicholson explained that a resolution was on the last City Council agenda and contained the exact same content. State law says that a city can adopt a temporary ordinance and tweak it while going through the public hearing process. The time limit in the ordinance has been limited to four months. Permanent regulations will have to be looked at and public hearings held before the Planning Commission and City Council.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Orton to approve the ordinance.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Gardner.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a roll call vote, as follows:

Council Member Orton - aye
Council Member Gardner - aye
Council Member Bunker - aye
Council Member Whatcott - aye
Council Member Allen - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

AGREEMENT:
Consider approval of an agreement with the Shivwits Band and Sun River/Bloomington Country Club.

This item was tabled.

AGREEMENT:
Consider approval of a septic tank and delayed improvement agreement for property between 3532 South and 3520 South on Little Valley Road. Cameron Cutler, applicant.

Cameron Cutler, applicant, advised that he owns two acres and plans on building a house. He is willing to sign a delay improvement agreement with t he City saying he will hook onto the sewer when it is within 200' of his property and he will not object to a SID.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Gardner to approve the agreement subject to legal review.
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SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Allen.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried.
Mayor McArthur called for a break.

CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT:
Consider approval of a conditional use permit for storage units at approximately 700 South and Bluff Street in excess of 35' in height, with three floors above ground and two floors below ground, an office and a residence. Dennis Lyman, applicant.

City Planner Ray Snyder explained that this request was heard by the Planning Commission in October, 2006. The Planning Commission recommended approval in November, 2006. It went to the Hillside Board and City Council in February 2007. It was tabled in March. The project is a five level climate-controlled storage building, office, residence and manager?s quarters. The site is a little over five acres. Zoning is C-3. The height of the building exceeds 35' and the building exceeds 20,000 sq. ft. The City Council can look at the project for vehicle access, parking, shade trees, building facade and color. The proposed building is 133,000 sq. ft. with a 1500 sq. ft. office and a 4,000 sq. ft. residence. Both manager and owner residences are requested. The owners are Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Lyman of Jackson, Wyoming. The building footprint is 27,469 sq. ft. The approximate height of the east elevation above the ground is 52', on the west it is 26' and to the north it is 32'. There are no parking requirements for a storage facility, however, the code says the Planning Commission shall take into account parking and can make a recommendation to the City Council for parking. Customers will have to park their car and go inside the building. The goal is to be able to drive to each level. Access to indoor storage will take more time because customers will have to park and transport their items to various levels. The Planning Commission will have to determine if the residential use is OK. The total required parking is 28. They will operate 24 hours a day seven days a week. The plan exceeds landscaping and setback requirements, and is a permitted use in a C-3 zone. The applicant proposes to have 24 parking spaces. The Council might want to consider what will happen if the use of the building changes. If used as an office building, 530 parking spaces would be required. Lighting is standard. Only one manager unit is permitted, and the second residential use is not permitted. Staff does not support the request for a second living unit. The Hillside Review Board had recommendations which he then read. He showed slides of the project. The applicant will improve 700 South in front of his project, but not the frontage road in front of his project at this time. He will have to improve it when the next property is developed. The applicant will deed the full right-of-way and where the retaining wall will be. He reviewed the development agreement. He showed a flyby of the project.

Jerry March, architect, advised that the manager?s quarters have been eliminated; there will only be owner?s quarters and an office. The footprint is 25,100 sq. ft. The office building will be 128,120 sq. ft. The office will be 800 sq. ft. 29 parking spaces will be provided, when only 23 are required. The main issue at the Planning Commission meeting was with the height of the building. This site is on a hill. The site average elevation is .93, and the top of the building is 35' higher than that. Two floors have been included below that. The building has access all the way around. The west elevation is 45' with a retaining wall, and the south elevation is 25' with a retaining wall. The north elevation has a 10' retaining wall. He explained he tried to buffer the building as much as possible and loaded the east side with box pine trees. The site is almost 30' higher than the grade at Bluff. Colors of the building were left to the discretion of the Planning Commission and City Council. The Planning Commission will meet at the site to choose the colors prior to painting the building. The building is not a typical storage unit facility as far as appearance.

Council Member Gardner commented that in order to put this proposed building in perspective, the Main Street office building is just under 100,000 sq. ft. and is only four stories.

Council Member Orton commented that the flyby did not show all views of the building.


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Council Member Bunker commented she had a hard time visualizing the building when traveling north on Bluff, and she felt the building would be quite obtrusive.

Mayor McArthur suggested the building corners be marked for height.

Council Member Whatcott suggested a site visit and that the height of the building corners be marked with balloons.

Council Member Gardner commented that while the use is permitted in this zone, the applicant is asking for a variance which concerns the Council.

Council Member Orton commented he was still concerned about the amount of parking. He inquired as to the number of storage units in the building.

Council Member Bunker inquired about parking if the use of the building changed.

Council Member Orton replied that the building use could never be changed with only that amount of parking.

Mr. March replied that the building use would never change as all the walls below ground are structural only.

Council Member Orton inquired of the applicant if the project were not successful, if he would continue to maintain the landscaping.

Mr. March replied that this is the applicant?s 35th building. He will be living there. There will be windows in the top level only.

Dennis Lyman, applicant advised that this is his 6th storage facility. He developed one in Jackson that is larger than this one, and as far as traffic, has the lowest traffic of any business use, likened to a cemetery. The facility will be well run with 90% occupancy. He stated it would be difficult to find more than 15 cars there at the same time. Multi level storage buildings are now the standard because of the cost of land. The building makes sense. There will not be an elevator as ground floor access is the best .

Council Member Allen advised that she would be traveling to Jackson and would like to see the storage unit facility there.

Mr. Lyman advised this storage facility will have between 700-800 units. The storage facility in Jackson is located about two miles outside of town - there is one on the west side of Highway 89 and one on the east side. The buildings are two stories and were built in the mid 1970's.

Mayor McArthur inquired of Mr. Lyman how he prevented people from living in them.

Mr. Lyman replied that the property is walked daily and attention must be paid to what is going on. He said his facilities have full-time managers on the premises.

City Attorney Shawn Guzman commented the City?s ordinance says one manager can live on premise. The City would probably go after the business license if people were allowed to live in the units.

Council Member Orton stated his concern was taking one of the most visible pieces of property in the City and giving it a variance to fill it up with a massive building.

Mr. Lyman commented that when it was done, Council Member Orton would like it.

Council Member Orton stated he would like to see pictures of a storage unit project Mr. Lyman has built in a downtown somewhere. He asked Mr. Lyman to provide pictures of his other facilities.



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Mayor McArthur advised the matter would be scheduled on the next City Council work meeting agenda, and a site visit would be held that same day, Thursday, August 9 at 7:30 a.m.

Gary Kuhlmann, representing the applicant, advised that Mr. Lyman and the City Attorney have been working on the development agreement for some time. As far as parking, he asked that the Council look at the project as storage units and not what may occur in the future. The applicant has no problem with the recommendations of the Planning Commission and Hillside Review Board.

Planner Ray Snyder advised that the Planning Commission has not seen the development agreement.

MOTION: A motion to table the matter was made by Council Member Gardner.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Whatcott.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried.

The matter will be tabled until the next regular City Council meeting.

MINUTES:
Consider approval of the minutes of the City Council work meeting held July 12, 2007.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Gardner to approve the minutes as amended.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Bunker.
VOTE Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried.

ADJOURN TO EXECUTIVE SESSION:
MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Gardner to adjourn to an executive session to discuss litigation.
SECOND The motion was seconded by Council Member Bunker.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a roll call vote, as follows:

Council Member Gardner - aye
Council Member Bunker - aye
Council Member Allen - aye
Council Member Whatcott - aye
Council Member Orton - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

RECONVENE AND ADJOURN:
MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Allen to reconvene and adjourn.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Bunker.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried.




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Gay Cragun, City Recorder