City Council Minutes
Meeting Minutes

Thursday, April 13,2017



ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING

APRIL 13, 2017, 4:00 P.M.

ADMINISTRATIVE CONFERENCE ROOM

 

PRESENT:

Mayor Jon Pike

Councilmember Jimmie Hughes

Councilmember Joe Bowcutt

Councilmember Bette Arial

Councilmember Ed Baca

City Attorney Shawn Guzman

City Manager Gary Esplin 

City Recorder Christina Fernandez

 

EXCUSED:

Councilmember Michele Randall

 

OTHERS PRESENT:

Members of the Planning Commission

 

OPENING:   

Mayor Pike called the meeting to order and welcomed all in attendance  the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Roger Nelson and the invocation was offered by Carmella Fitzpatrick with the Unity Center of Positive Living.

 

Mayor Pike introduced Summer Barry who will be replacing Ro Wilkinson on the Planning Commission.  As the addendum was not noticed in time, formal action will need to be taken at the next meeting.

 

DEVELOPMENT AND REIMBURSEMENT AGREEMENT:

Consider approval of Grayhawk Apartments at River’s Edge, LLC Lift Station Development and Reimbursement Agreement.

 

City Manager Gary Esplin mentioned the Smith’s Marketplace is nearing completion. The sewer lift station is needed as well as other improvements.  He explained this is a four-party agreement; the total cost is $246,000 - he outlined the parties and their portion of the costs.  The City’s participation is for the affordable housing project. The cost would be split and put into escrow.  He outlined the actions that need to be taken.

 

MOTION:      A motion was made by Councilmember Arial to approve the agreement to share in the cost of constructing the sewer lift station with the parties as outlined by the City Manager.

SECOND:        The motion was seconded by Councilmember Baca.

VOTE:             Mayor Pike called for a vote, as follows:

 

Councilmember Hughes – aye

Councilmember Bowcutt – aye

 

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Councilmember Arial – aye

Councilmember Baca – aye

         

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

 

AGREEMENT:

Consider approval of an agreement regarding Escrow Instructions and Receipt for Deposit.

 

City Manager Gary Esplin explained this agreement is for the escrow account to deposit the funds for the sewer lift station as outlined in the previous item.

 

MOTION:      A motion was made by Councilmember Arial to approve the agreement regarding escrow instructions and receipt for deposit.

SECOND:        The motion was seconded by Councilmember Bowcutt.

VOTE:             Mayor Pike called for a vote, as follows:

 

Councilmember Hughes – aye

Councilmember Bowcutt – aye

Councilmember Arial – aye

Councilmember Baca – aye

                  

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

 

PRESENTATION ON SOUTH BLOCK BY BROOK COLE, DESERT COLOR:

City Manager Gary Esplin stated this is SITLA owned property that goes to the Arizona border near Exit 2.  Staff has been meeting with the development team for the project.  They are requesting a General Plan amendment in the near future.  Since it is such a large project, staff felt the developer should present the proposal to the City Council and Planning Commission.

 

Planning and Zoning Manager John Willis provided a brief history of the project.  

 

Brook Cole with Desert Color presented a PowerPoint presentation covering the following topics:  Development Plan - A vision for the creation of Desert Color, St. George; Development Team; Development Team Member Clyde Companies; Development Team Member - Blue Diamond Capital; Development Team Member - Merrill Trust Group; Current General Plan; South Block Master Plan; Exhibit 4.6 - Higher Density Focus Area; Desert Color - St. George General Plan; Desert Color - Introduction; Desert Color - Development Area Map; Desert Color - Land Use District Plan; Desert Color - Mixed-Use Commercial District; Desert Color - Mixed-Use Commercial District Conceptual Character Sketch; Town Center Gathering Spaces; Town Center Green Promenade; Town Center Park Spaces; Town Center Streetscape; Town Center Mixed-Use Commercial and Residential; Desert Color - Sports Park District Development Team Members - Sports Park Public Private Partnership; Desert Color - Resort and Residential District; Resort Arrival and hotel;

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Resort and Community Lagoons; Resort and Community Pools; Resort Stacked Flats; Resort Residential Villas; Residential Stacked Flats; Residential Townhomes; Resort and Residential Courtyards; Desert Color - Age Restricted Residential District; High Density Single Family Residential; Medium Density Single Family Residential; Low Density Single Family Residential; Desert Color - Flex Residential District; Exhibit 4.2 Master Plan; Exhibit 4.6 Higher Density Focus Areas; Original 6,116 Acre South Block Master Plan Area vs. Desert Color Master Plan area; Exhibit 5.1 Roadway Master Plan; Community Roadways and Arrival Sequence; Residential Streetscape; Exhibit 4.7 Open Space and Trails Plan; Neighborhood Parks; Neighborhood Greens; Open Space Parks and Trail Network; Pedestrian Trails; Neighborhood Trail Connections to Open Spaces; and Exhibit 4.2 Master Plan.  

 

A discussion took place regarding water - the developer is proposing to create a secondary water system in the area, utilizing the City’s reuse water sources, reducing the water demand by 16%.

 

City Manager Gary Esplin noted that water is a concern; however, green space, common areas and parks can be accomplished by limiting green space at the homes.

 

Councilmember Arial mentioned that St. George is known for its historic nature.  She asked Mr. Cole to research the history of the City and add those touches.    

 

After being asked by Councilmember Baca, Mr. Cole outlined which areas are being left as open space, considering the protected species in the area.  He then outlined the order in which the development will take place and mentioned how the short term rentals will be managed.   

 

City Manager Gary Esplin - staff supported looking at the project as a whole rather than just segments.  

 

Mayor Pike asked Mr. Cole to further outline the proposal for the sports complex, which he did.   

 

Planning Commissioner Staheli asked what the plan would be if the public does not support the sports complex.

 

Mr. Cole explained the complex would have to be smaller than planned after which a discussion took place regarding the proposed complex.

 

DISCUSSION REGARDING THE PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE CITY'S LIGHTING ORDINANCE:

Planning and Zoning Manager John Willis presented a PowerPoint presentation covering the following topics: Measuring Light; Proposed Ordinance Changes; Unshielded/Fully Shielded; Light Trespass/No Light Trespass; Examples and Open House.

 

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The Council and Planning Commission discussed lumens versus shielding as well as the overall proposed changes.  Staff will do more research regarding crime statistics and night skies, will discuss the proposal with car dealerships, look at offering incentives, and will see if they can obtain examples with existing lighting.    

 

DISCUSSION REGARDING PARKING IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA C-4 ZONE:

Planning and Zoning Manager John Willis presented a PowerPoint presentation covering the following topics: C4 Central Business District Commercial Zone; Parking; Other Cities; and Proposed Ordinance.  A discussion took place regarding angled parking in the downtown area.

 

The Consensus of the Council as well as the members of the Planning Commission who were present is to move forward.

 

DISCUSSION REGARDING THE ZONING AND USES ON 3050 EAST:

John, PowerPoint presentation covering the following topics: Aerial Map of the Area; Zoning Map; M-C (Manufacturing - Commercial) Zone; Property Owners Open House; M-C Uses; and Moving Forward.

 

The consensus of the Council is to go through the proposed uses and bring to the Planning Commission and City Council for approval.

 

REPORTS FROM THE MAYOR, COUNCILMEMBERS, AND CITY MANAGER:

Councilmember Arial reported on some of the events taking place in the arts community.

 

Councilmember Baca stated the Dinosaur Museum is holding preview and open house for members to see the mural.  

 

Councilmember Hughes commented the St. George Housing Authority is doing well after which a discussion took place regarding the growing community as well as affordable housing.  He then updated the Council on the goings on at SwitchPoint.

 

After being asked by Councilmember Baca, Mayor Pike provided an update on the request for a crossing guard near Little Valley Elementary School as well as in other areas.  The Council discussed the request and the criteria for having a crossing guard.

 

ADJOURN TO CLOSED SESSION:

MOTION:      A motion was made by Councilmember Baca to adjourn to a closed session to discuss potential litigation.

SECOND:        The motion was seconded by Councilmember Bowcutt.

VOTE:             Mayor Pike called for a roll call vote, as follows:

 

Councilmember Hughes – aye

Councilmember Bowcutt – aye

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Councilmember Arial – aye

Councilmember Baca – aye

         

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

 

ADJOURN:

MOTION:      A motion was made by Councilmember Hughes to adjourn.

SECOND:        The motion was seconded by Councilmember Baca.

VOTE:             Mayor Pike called for call vote, as follows:

 

Councilmember Hughes – aye

Councilmember Bowcutt – aye

Councilmember Arial – aye

Councilmember Baca – aye

         

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.




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Christina Fernandez, City Recorder