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City Trails:
The City's trail system is composed of both paved and natural surface trails, accommodating a wide range of users. While these trails currently exist for our recreational pleasure, the future system wil...


Bicycle Skills Park :
...d turning. Common components may include a skills trail, pump tracks, flow trails, dirt jumps and more, built to create progressive skill development ...


Parks, Arts and Recreation Master Plan:


Parks, Trails and Cemetery:


Park Planning:
...ion provides long-range planning and implementation of new parks, regional trails, other open-space recreational facilities, and major upgrades to existing parks and trails. Park Planning updates the City's Parks and Trails Maste


Pioneer Park:
...s pavilions, and a separate fire pit with an amphitheater. Numerous hiking trails provide access to a Boy Scout Cave, historical pioneer cabin locatio...


Tonaquint Park:
...yball court, restrooms, and the Tonaquint Nature Center, with loop walking trails that connect to the Santa Clara River Trail.  Adjacent to the p...


St. George Parks, Arts & Recreation Master Plan:
...raft of the update to the City of St. George Parks, Recreation, Arts & Trails Master Plan is now available for the public's review and adoption by...


St. James Park:
...rinking fountains, 60 foot pavilion, picnic tables, large barbecues, paved trails, bike fix-i


Snake Hollow Bike Park:
...dventure. Mountain biking is no exception. Besides the nearly 300 miles of trails, we're proud to now have the only year-round bike park in the state ...


Mayor Jon Pike:
...now skiing, motorcycling, and walking or biking on St. George’s many trails.  Jon and his wife Kristy have five children and one grandchild...


Special Enforcement:
...P efforts and works tirelessly to make sure that your public places-parks, trails, schools, shopping centers etc. remain free from crime and disorder....


Road Rage Duathlon  :
...ded version of the Bloomington Loop and run along the paved city trails that hug the Virgin River.  Distances Sprint: 1.5 mile run ...


Active Transportation:
...f the year, and an extensive existing network of paved and natural surface trails have made walking and bicycling (or active transportation) popular f...


County Dispatch - 911:
The St. George 911 Communications Center is the dispatch center for every police, fire and ambulance agency in the county as well as being the 911 center for the public. Thousands of 911 calls ar...


Youth Mountain Biking:
...ur instructors are all excellent coaches.  They will select different trails to ride based on the abilities of the riders in the class.  If ...


St. George Half Marathon  :
...ah's longest running half marathon. This spectacular race is on paved city trails that wind along the Virgin River and take you through the beautiful ...


SGO Summer Series Youth Watersports  :
... class is scheduled or 24 hours before.  The heavy rains can soak the trails and rocks taking up to 48 hours to dry up, otherwise we would cause ...


Fall Festival and Pumpkin Alley:
...un and more! They can also participate in the family scavenger hunt on the trails around the nature center and make a Halloween theme craft ($1/craft)...


SGO Summer Series Youth Mountain Biking  :
... class is scheduled or 24 hours before.  The heavy rains can soak the trails and rocks taking up to 48 hours to dry up, otherwise we would cause ...


SGO Summer Series Youth Bouldering:
... class is scheduled or 24 hours before.  The heavy rains can soak the trails and rocks taking up to 48 hours to dry up, otherwise we would cause ...


City Council Minutes 12/06/2012:
...gin River project did not use them except in critical areas near homes and trails. The Millcreek project will use a similar MRCS design. Councilm...


City Council Minutes 08/17/2006:
...ust 8, 2006, recommended approval of a hillside development permit for The Trails located at 4200 North east of State Highway 18. The Hillside Review...


City Council Agenda 06/04/2015:
...ic. 2. BID OPENINGS A. Consider award of bid for asphalt maintenance of trails and parking lots. B. Consider approval to hire a construction manag...


City Council Minutes 12/06/2012:
...gin River project did not use them except in critical areas near homes and trails. The Millcreek project will use a similar MRCS design. Councilm...


City Council Agenda 10/03/2013:
...cial Services District to provide fire response services to the Ledges and Trails areas of the City. B. Consider approval of a resolution to update...


City Council Minutes 09/05/2013:
...rried. AWARD OF BID: Consider award of bid for asphalt maintenance of trails. Purchasing Manager Connie Hood advised this request is not to ...


City Council Minutes 12/20/2012:
...ven a high density PD residential zone in exchange for building a park and trails. However, the City built the trail and sewer improvements, and Las C...


City Council Minutes 01/30/2014:
...e Parks Department to see if that would be a nice amenity as part of their trails. Originally, there was a 66 foot road, however, there is an overhea...


City Council Agenda 02/11/2016:
...heaters. 3. Consider approval of accepting the Utah State Recreational Trails matching grant. 4. Consider approval of a professional services a...


City Council Minutes 06/20/2013:
...ted the Planning Commission hopes that those walking will use the regional trails. He explained there was a dissenting vote because of a concern rega...


City Council Agenda 09/05/2013:
...e Parks Division. E. Consider award of bid for asphalt maintenance of trails. F. Consider approval of the annual O&M service contract for th...


City Council Minutes 02/20/2014:
...hat what is built on the banks of the River is important. River banks and trails are significant to the community. Hal Hickman, resident, read ...


City Council Meeting Minutes Minutes 09/06/2018:
...ontract with Holbrook Asphalt, Inc. for HA5 seal coat for various streets, trails, and parking lots within the City.   f.   &nbs...


City Council Meeting Agenda Agenda 10/25/2018:
...nbsp; PRESENTATION REGARDING THE ST. GEORGE PARKS, RECREATION, ARTS & TRAILS MASTER PLAN UPDATE.   PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION REGARDING T...


City Council Meeting Minutes Minutes 10/11/2018:
...Desert Color Community Phase Areas; Zoning plan map; Open space areas map; Trails map; Mining extraction map; 1-8 Desert Color proposed zone plan dens...


City Council Minutes 03/07/2013:
...re would be no building in the area for nine miles, only hiking and biking trails. He paid top dollar for his lot and now homes area going to be built...


City Council Agenda Agenda 06/15/2017:
...e a connection of the proposed open space to future donations of parks and trails. Desert Canyons, applicant.   J. Consider approval of a condi...


City Council Agenda 05/05/2016:
...bid for the high density mineral bond overlay project for parking lots and trails within the City. B. Consider award of bid for a new 2015 MV-1 parat...


City Council Minutes 10/16/2014:
...the following topics: Utah High School Cycling League; photos of bikes and trails in the area; photos of cyclists. He explained that in 2011, the fir...


City Council Minutes 03/27/2014:
...e big ditch on the east side of 3000 East. The applicant has always built trails exactly the way the City has asked them two. Councilmember Alm...


City Council Minutes 06/19/2014:
...n the pictures and maps. He discussed the proposed development called the Trails which he feels will be impacted. He also understands there is anothe...


City Council Minutes 02/26/2015:
...the issue with the HCP is any trail. Their preference would be to have no trails in this area as it is considered critical habitat. They do like the...


City Council Minutes 03/27/2008:
...och replied that 3000 East is a 90' roadway and in addition there are trails on each side which can someday be used for roadway if the equestrian...


Parks Trails & Cemetery Press Release 06/17/2015:


Parks Trails & Cemetery Press Release 05/28/2015:


City Council Minutes 10/14/2010:
... showed that the number one amenity 80% of the residents want is parks and trails. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson advised that curb,...


City Council Minutes 09/09/2010:
...olice Chief Marlon Stratton advised an ATV will be used to help patrol the trails and will be manned by Volunteers in Public Safety. The program will ...


City Council Minutes 11/10/2011:
... Sunbrook Golf Course. She then updated the City Council on repair to City trails damaged by the flood. She advised there are still 40 flood repair pr...


City Council Minutes 11/17/2011:
...g Drive will provide access to the commercial lots. Regional and community trails run through the subdivision and will be built as the subdivision is ...


City Council Minutes 08/04/2011:
... ride in the adjacent Arizona strip. Mr. Gordon replied that no formal trails are planned at the moment, but it is a good idea and something they ...


City Council Minutes 07/21/2011:
... Sunbrook and the Mathis Park area. This project will not only protect the trails in the future but also adjacent subdivisions. MOTION: A motion w...


City Council Minutes 02/23/2012:
...wner. Mr. Esplin advised that wider areas along the roads will provide trails and thus lessen the need for landscaping. Maintaining landscaping al...


City Council Minutes 05/29/2008:
...uncil Member Shakespeare and the invocation was offered by Gary Esplin. TRAILS SYSTEM MAP: Monty Thurber, Engineering Department, and Zac from th...


City Council Minutes 08/05/1999:
...er, restrooms, pavilions, tables, barbecues, discovery play area for tots, trails, and nature study area. Votes were taken on each of those areas, we ...


Parks Trails and Cemetry Press Release 09/17/2015:


City Council Minutes 12/28/2009:
...c comment. Mr. Larsen commented that he loved and appreciated the many trails in St. George. There being no further public comment, Mayor McAr...


City Council Minutes 01/19/2006:
...sue, as well as what the developer is bringing to the City, such as parks, trails, etc. to enhance the community. Council Member Bunker commented ...


City Council Agenda 09/24/2015:
...tates, LLC. F. Consider approval of accepting the Utah State Recreational Trails matching grant. G. Consider amending the loan agreement for the Ft....


City Council Minutes 06/10/2010:
...taff members about concerns regarding how ATV’s are using public streets, trails and private property to get to the areas where they can ride. He sa...


City Council Minutes 07/01/2010:
...ill be fenced with orange fencing while under construction. Open space and trails will be dedicated. No other lots can be developed at this time as th...


City Council Minutes 04/02/2009:
...request for a time extension on the PD Residential zoning for the proposed Trails development located at approximately 4200 North Highway 18. Stacy Y...


City Council Minutes 05/19/2005:
...mals, but there has not been an RE-12.5 development yet which has provided trails or access to get in and out of the subdivision. In reality, the City is eliminating animals in the RE-12.5 zone because there is no access or trails. Sydney Davies explained that she lives on an acre lot which is landlocked on both sides by low density housing, and there are no trails in the area. She stated the City Council should maintain the agricultural integrity of the area and there has to be some kind of buffer zone between low density housing and agricultural land. Council Member Allen commented that the subdivision in which Ms. Davies lives did not provide trails. The City was informed it could not force the developers to put in trails because it was private property. Ms. Davies commented that the process should require developers to give rights for trail access as part of the zone change. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson explained that the Red Butte Subdivision has provided a proposed trail easement, Chuck Spilker agreed to provide a trail into the old Seegmiller Park, and the Bridle Gate Subdivision will also have trails. Brett Burgess, applicant, commented that a trail could be considered along the south portion of the wash, as there could be an easement already in place. Reid Noble commented that he was told to remove an equestrian trail from the Red Butte Phase 4 plat because of concerns by City staff. Council Member Whatcott commented that the City Council would be looking more closely at plats for trails when they come to the City Council for approval. St. George City Council Minutes May 19, 2005 Page Eight There being no further public comment, Mayor McArthur closed the public hearing. Council Member Whatcott commented that if the zoning is allowed to go to RE-12.5, the City is essentially eliminating animals in this area. It is good to see a trail system, but the hard part is getting the animal to the trail system. Property north of 2450 South is one acre property and the property owners signed an agreement to tie into the sewer when it was installed in this area, yet provided no access to trails. He stated he would like to see developers create access to trails. Staff should be directed to look deeper at these issues, instead of just talking about them, and master planning should be done. He stated that the subject zone change request fits the master plan. MOTION: Council Member Whatcott made a motion to approve the zone change request, encouraging the developer to provide trails and access to the trails. SECOND The motion was seconded by Council Member Orton Jim Raines commented that the developers will accommodate an equestrian trail along the canal on the south side of the property. Mike McGregor suggested that one side of the roads not be paved and be left open for horses. City Manager Gary Esplin advised that the ability to do this is provided for in the ordinance. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a roll call vote, as follows: Council Member Whatcott - aye Council Member Orton - aye Council Member Bunker -aye Council Member Allen - aye Council Member Gardner - aye The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. PUBLIC HEARING/ZONE CHANGE/ORDINANCE: Public hearing to consider a zone change from A-20 to RE-20 on 118.87 acres located east of Little Valley Road at approximately 3400 South. Quality Development, applicant. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson explained that the General Plan calls for up to two lots per acre. Surrounding zoning is A-1 and RE-12.5. The RE-20 zone allows two large animals per half acre. The applicant would like half acre lots. The Planning Commission recommended approval similar to Crimson Cliffs zoning. Crimson Cliffs has a density of 1.46 units per acre. Council Member Whatcott inquired if RE-20 zoning gave the City Council the ability to require animal access to trails from each lot, as there is an opportunity to do this on the east side of Little Valley Road. Mr. Nicholson replied that the City Council did not have to approve the zone change, or the developers could voluntarily to commit to providing such access. Council Member Whatcott inquired if the City Council wanted to place a moratorium on any zone changes east of Little Valley Road and do some hard planning and make a determination as to what it wants to see in this area. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson explained that there could be a base density of one home per acre and through some density bonus incentives, this could be increased for certain provision of amenities, such as trails. Council Member Orton inquired how many in the area actually had horses. He was advised that 30-40% have horses on a one acre lot, and that there are no horses on half-acre lots. Sydney Davies commented that 75% of the residents in her subdivision have horses. Council Member Orton commented it would be ridiculous to force trails on a half-acre subdivision if no one had horses, and he did not want to burden those people to satisfy everyone in the neighborhood. Council Member Allen commented that clustering made sense, such as in Bridal Gate. Jim Raines, Bush and Gudgell Engineering, representing Quality Development, explained that one of the challenges is to preserve the lifestyle there as much as possible. There is a business park within a tee shot of the property in question. Zoning of up to two units per acre will provide flexibility in lot sizes. The property in question feels and seems like it is on the edge of the community, and the airport is between it and open ground. The zone change request is consistent with the general plan and provides a good transition area. The property is surrounded by major collector roads, and as development occurs in the area, horse owners will lose their ability to trespass on vacant property. Lot size does not guarantee agricultural uses or lifestyle. Notes will be put on the plat to provide notice to buyers to expect smells and noises, and while he was not sure anyone would want a horse, the zone would accommodate them. Mayor McArthur opened the public hearing. St. George City Council Minutes May 19, 2005 Page Nine Kristianne Jones commented that her father owned horse property at the posse grounds, but was eventually squeezed out by development. She stated there was a demand for one acre lots, and suggested that all property to the south of the Blakes be kept at A-1 zoning at a minimum as a buffer zone. She stated she moved to the area to have a horse and so her children could raise livestock. John Jones commented that there is a circle of A-1 zoning around the 118 acres in question, and the airport plateau is straight up for 100 feet and the airport is not going to be next to them. David Harris, a resident of Little Valley Ranches, commented that this was a perfect opportunity and the last in St. George to offer A-1 zoning so that people can realistically have a horse or cow or pigs and maintain the lifestyle they are currently enjoying. He commented that the 100 foot cliff was a natural line to divide lifestyles. He urged the City Council to deny the request to preserve the way of life in the area. An unidentified woman commented that she owns four acres in the area and does not want to be encapsulated. The purpose of zoning is to protect rights and current property values, and she assumed that when she purchased her property that the large lots around her would remain. She urged the City Council to deny the request to preserve the current lifestyle and allow animals. April Cox advised that she is purchasing a lot in Little Valley Ranches in order to raise her children with animals in 4H and FFA. Jenny Johnson, a resident of Little Valley Ranchos, explained that she has four horses and has been priced out of using the county equestrian facility. She urged the City Council to consider a moratorium in the area in order to re-evaluate the needs of the Little Valley community. Gary Kuhlmann, representing the developer, stated that an A-1 zone does not preserve agricultural use or the ability to ride horses, as there is no place to ride anyway. There are proposed trails in the area, but this is not a zoning question, and this is a zoning...


City Council Minutes 05/17/2006:
...om a survey that had been completed by about 13,000 residents and that the trails were identified as the most attractive feature of the Parks and Recr...


City Council Minutes 02/13/2014:
...nd will include half of the parking lot, some of the structures, grading & trails, and some road improvements. Resident Luke Greer asked where ...


City Council Meeting Agenda Agenda 08/06/2020:
...ain Street and will provide an underground connection between the existing trails on each side of Bluff Street. The project is budgeted for $2,100,000...


City Council Minutes 05/05/2005:
...-road vehicles. The City has been working with SITLA and the BLM to build trails in the area, and has not envisioned a shooting range in this area. ...


City Council Minutes 01/13/2005:
...rrangements have been made with Public Works, Water, Wastewater, Parks and Trails to have an individual travel around with FEMA representatives and an...


City Council Minutes 11/18/2004:
...rict, development on the black hill by the ?D?, and use of segways on City trails. The City Council granted permission for Bill Davies to locate a...


City Council Minutes 02/03/2005:
...the area. He indicated it would be his intent to assure there are walking trails that extend up to both the IHC and to Ence properties. At this poin...


City Council Minutes 07/01/2004:
...eation area is proposed. The project will contain two miles of pedestrian trails, street lights throughout on public and private streets, and a homeo...


City Council Minutes 11/04/2004:
...ctor Perkins reported on the group that has come to the City to talk about trails, pathways open spaces, healthy lifestyles. MOTION: Council Membe...


City Council Minutes 09/23/1999:
...9 at 5:00 p.m. for (1) a zone change from R-1-10 to PD Residential for The Trails (Las Sendas) at Snow Canyon; (2) a zone change from R-1-10 to PD Res...


City Council Agenda 12/15/2016:
...f a change order to the crack seal project to add various parking lots and trails.   B.         Conside...


City Council Minutes 05/22/2012:
...the Senior Games. Mayor McArthur asked what is going to happen with the trails that are marked. Mr. Perkins explained staff is going out for bid...


City Council Agenda 03/16/2017:
...bsp; B. Consider award of bid for the high density mineral bond parks and trails project.   3. PUBLIC HEARINGS   A. Public hearing to c...


City Council Minutes 02/02/2017:
...NCILMEMBERS AND CITY MANAGER: Councilmember Baca mentioned a new park and trails map is available.     ADJOURN TO CLOSED SESSION: MOTION...


City Council Minutes 03/23/2000:
...n. Mayor McArthur inquired if options were available for creating more trails through the Preserve in the future, and Ms. Rose responded that it i...


City Council Minutes 02/19/2004:
... extend the length of the contract and install box culverts to accommodate trails and other uses. Mayor McArthur explained that the Red Hills Park...


City Council Minutes 05/26/2005:
...so instructed motorcycle officers to patrol the areas along the rivers and trails. He asked the audience to call the police if they see anything of c...


City Council Minutes 06/03/2004:
... Consider award of bid for crack sealing, seal coatings, and striping of trails, parking lots and roadways. Purchasing Agent Sue Swensen present...


City Council Minutes 11/03/2005:
...maniterra Designs LLC to provide construction manager services for several trails and parks projects. St. George City Council Minutes November 3...


City Council Minutes 01/22/2004:
...and would like to know the Council?s wishes with regard to asphalt width. Trails could be put along either side of the street, while still maintainin...


City Council Minutes 06/15/2000:
...h of Bloomington Hills and will allow the City to coordinate its plans for trails and parks with SITLA. A motion was made by Councilmember Isom to...


City Council Minutes 05/21/2002:
...ions for the Parks Department. The City has taken on several new parks and trails that have necessitated the need for the new positions. Parks Superin...


City Council Minutes 07/07/2005:
...nd a trailhead in that area. Council Member Gardner explained that the trails through the subdivisions were for access by residents of the neighborhood. Council Member Whatcott inquired if the homes fronting Little Valley Road would need a circular driveway. Mr. Nicholson replied that yes, a circular driveway would be needed. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. Foremaster Ridge Phases 4-8: Associate Planner Mark Bradley advised that this item would have to be tabled until after the public hearing in 3D. PUBLIC HEARING/AMEND PD ZONE/ORDINANCE: Public hearing to consider amendment of the Bloomington Courtyard Planned Development Zone to revise the permitted use list to allow for a hotel and obtain a height increase for the hotel at 144 West Brigham Road. Hal Magleby, applicant. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson explained that the applicant is requesting an amendment to a PD zone to allow a hotel and height increase above the 35' normal height limit. The proposed Wingate hotel will be four stories with a parapet wall and sign to a total height of 57', 21' above the basic roof line, because this area of Bloomington does not allow pole signs. A traffic analysis was prepared by Carter Burgess. The Bloomington Courtyard project contains 28,000 sq. ft. of floor area with 14,000 in retail and the rest in office space. The hotel would provide a slight decrease in traffic impact. The overall project is required to have 421 parking spaces. The Planning Commission recommends approval. Monte Magleby, representing the applicant, explained that the PD Commercial zoning was approved 15 years ago, and the area was master planned commercial. Meetings were held with the Bloomington Community Council and also the neighborhood association that borders the property. There is a slight reduction in the traffic impact for the hotel vs. office space, with a significant reduction at peak hours. A hotel is a permitted use and was originally on the list, but was crossed off. Mayor McArthur opened the public hearing. Don Baptist, a resident in Casa del Rio, advised he was asked by the association to speak in its behalf. He is also the owner of suites 22 and 23 in the Bloomington Courtyard project. It is clear from the minutes of the City Council and Planning Commission meetings that this PD was created to serve as a buffer between the residential and commercial areas of Bloomington, and its use was specifically restricted to retail, professional office, and restaurants. Also when approved, the plan was for all one-story buildings. From the minutes, the City Manager and City Council were clear that the PD was not to be considered a normal commercial zone and that the uses would be limited and restricted. Clint Weston commented that the proposed hotel is high quality and the proposal is reasonable and will provide economic opportunities for other businesses in the Bloomington area. St. George City Council Minutes July 7, 2005 Page Seven Royce Jones commented that he wholeheartedly supported the project as it will fulfill completion of the Courtyard project and compliment existing businesses. Susan Nelson, President of the Casa del Rio Assocaition, expressed concern about the change in density, use, and hours, and asked the City Council to protect the integrity of the residential neighborhood. John Bowen advised that he is a restauranteur who is moving to the Courtyard project and that the proposed hotel will be a tremendous addition to the Courtyard project. Mike Thorn advised that he routinely walks about Walmart during the late night and early morning hours and reports the criminal activity he sees. He encouraged the developers of the hotel to consider evergreen trees instead of deciduous trees. He encouraged the City Council to consider where big trucks will park when visiting the hotel and suggested that the hotel parking not be allowed for this use. He stated that nearby culdesacs in residential areas have been ripped up by trucks. City Attorney Shawn Guzman advised that truck parking on residential streets is not allowed and will be addressed. Roger Tarlton, a resident on the corner of Rancho Circle and West Brigham Road, explained that truckers routinely park on Brigham Road, and in addition make unsafe u-turns by his home. He stated this affects the quality and value of the neighborhood. He asked about the hotel parking plan to accommodate trailers, boats and campers. He suggested that signs be installed in the residential neighborhoods advised that parking of large trucks and u-turns are not allowed. Mayor McArthur advised Mr. Tarlton that staff would meet with him tomorrow about placement of the signs and enforcement. Mr. Tarlton expressed concern about overflow parking from the hotel. Shirley Baptist stated that hotel check in time is 3:00 p.m. and check out time is in the morning, and these are peak times for traffic in the roundabout and off-ramps. She stated she did not believe the hotel would be a decrease in traffic impact and that the four story hotel would overlook the church parking lot and daycare center in the Bloomington Courtyard. Debbie Clark, a resident of Bloomington and employee of the developer, stated it has been wonderful the past few years to see an increase in tenants at the Courtyard, and the hotel would assure success of additional restaurants and retail in the area. David Ruse commented that wherever there is a Walmart, the areas adjacent to it are benefitted, and the area will succeed even without the hotel. He stated his main concern with the hotel is that it is four stories, the lighting, lack of a buffer zone, security and noise issues. Paul Wilson commented that the original justification for the Courtyard by the developers was to provide direct services for the community, including retail, professional office and restaurants. The City Council has an obligation to protect the integrity of the neighborhood, and a hotel is not in accordance with ?direct services.? Lee Van Fleet commented that a large truck broke the sidewalk and curb in front of his home, and he commented that the roundabout was a deathtrap. Monte Magleby advised that the PD zone allows for sale of individual units, and phase one included a two story unit. He committed to controlling the lighting to make sure there was no light pollution, and advised that the six foot solid wall is a barrier and will help with headlights. The lighting will shine to the east and will not affect the neighborhoods. No truck parking will be allowed in the parking lot. Council Member Allen inquired about the price of rooms. Mr. Magleby replied that the hotel is mid-class, and room prices will eventually come in over $100. He stated there will be beautiful landscaping, and that he would be happy to commit to a significant portion of evergreens on their side of the wall. Large 24" box trees will be planted, and he will look into using privets and mondale pines to provide more buffering. Scott Ottley expressed concern about traffic and commented the builder could not control the traffic. By the time the trucks arrive, it will be too late and they will turn around in the residential cul-de-sacs. He inquired why the building had to face south with access off Brigham Road instead of on the Walmart side. He also expressed concern about noise. There being no further public comment, Mayor McArthur closed the public hearing. Council Member Gardner inquired of the applicant why four stories was desired vs. three stories. Mr. Magleby replied that the primary reason for four stories was because of the topography of the site and feasibility studies. Visibility was vital for success of the hotel, and the pad is ten feet lower than the front of the Courtyard project. Council Member Allen inquired about the possibility of a different entrance. Mr. Magleby stated he would use every effort to place signage to direct traffic to 2700 South and use the entrance on that side. St. George City Council Minutes July 7, 2005 Page Eight Scott Lee commented that the hotel would grossly increase the number of unfamiliar people using the roundabout and residential streets. Council Member Bunker commented that while she felt the hotel would be an asset to St. George, it was not right for this location because it overlooked the church parking lot where children play. Additionally, the hotel does not provide a buffer between commercial and residential zoning and the beauty of the area will be blocked by the hotel. It seems to her that the hotel will make the area look crowded and out of character with the Courtyard. Council Member Orton commented that as a resident of Bloomington he would prefer a hotel over 50 other possible uses, and there are hotels off every off-ramp throughout the state. While he was not sure this was a good location for the hotel, St. George has grown from 35,000 to 70,000 since the applicant began the Courtyard project, and a past City Council decision cannot bind future Councils. Council Member Gardner commented that while he originally had concerns about the height, the computer generated images helped alleviate his concerns and it appears the hotel will blend nicely into the neighborhood. Council Member Allen commented that her biggest concern was the proximity of the homes to the hotel, and the hotel removes the buffer between the homes and commercial area. Council Member Whatcott commented that while the City Council recognizes both sides of the issue, in order for a business to be successful it has to attract clientele. He stated in his opinion the hotel was better than a dollar store, and will have a lesser impact on traffic in the area and is the best fit for the area. It appears the real issue is the trucks, and the City needs to address these concerns. City Attorney Shawn Guzman commented that the truck problem can be solved with enforcement and signage. Council Member Allen commented that there were also overnight trucks and trailers using the Walmart parking lot. City Attorney Shawn Guzman advised that the City can go after Walmart for allowing this to happen. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Whatcott to amend the permitted uses to include a hotel, with the height variance just under 38' for the roofline and 57' for the parapet, with the stipulations recommended by the Planning Commission, and an agreement that any roofline seen from I-15 will be covered, and blend in with the area. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Gardner. City Attorney Shawn Guzman inquired about requirements for landscaping and lighting, and inquired if the City Council wanted to see the final plan. Council Member Whatcott recommended that staff review the final plan as it knows what the City Council wants, and the applicant has a track record of great landscaping. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a roll call vote, as follows: Council Member Whatcott - aye Council Member Gardner - aye Council Member Orton - aye Council Member Bunker - no Council Member Allen - no The motion carried. Mayor McArthur called for a five minute break. PUBLIC HEARING/ZONE CHANGE/ORDINANCE: Public hearing to consider a zone change from R-1-10 to C-2 on 5.83 acres located at 1160 South and about 100 East, west of the Fiesta Fun Center. Jim McArthur, applicant. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson explained that the property in question used to be owned by Kendall Empey. Mr. McArthur purchased it and cleaned it up. The request is consistent with the general plan, and the Planning Commission recommends approval. Mayor McArthur opened the public hearing. There being no public comment, he closed the public hearing. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Gardner to approve the zone change by ordindance. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Bunker. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a roll call vote, as follows: Council Member Gardner - aye St. George City Council Minutes July 7, 2005 Page Nine Council Member Bunker - aye Council Member Whatcott - aye Council Member Allen - aye Council Member Orton - aye The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. PUBLIC HEARING/AMEND ROAD MASTER PLAN/ORDINANCE: Public hearing to consider amendment of the Road Master Plan for Foremaster Ridge to delete a proposed 60 foot road which would be the extension of East Ridge Drive which would tie into Five Sisters Drive at 540 South. Doug Rogers, applicant. Traffic Engineer Aron Baker distributed a handout projecting what kinds of traffic would be using the subject streets. He reviewed the handout and summarized by recommending two streets - one 50' and 60'. Doug Rogers, applicant, explained that all he wanted to do was relocate the master planned road, as they are general in nature and not location specific. He explained that the property is zoned R-1-8, and the project was reduced from 164 lots to 62 lots. He stated he did not want a 60' road because of the increase in speed allowed on a 60' road. Mr. Baker clarified that he used traffic figures for the entire bluff, not just Mr. Rogers? development, and there will be more traffic than that portrayed by Mr. Rogers. Mayor McArthur opened the public hearing. Warren Hannig, a resident of East Ridge, advised that he was the developer of the East Ridge Subdivision, and the City required him to have a 60' road which cost him five to six lots. The master road plan at that time showed a 60' road all the way to Five Sisters Drive, and he saw no reason to change the road plan. He urged the City Council to take into consideration the traffic that will come from the Factory Outlet Stores as well as off Foremaster Drive. Scott Ronkin stated that if cars are parking on both sides of a 50' street, it is impossible for two cars to pass. He presented petitions from residents of Crestline Drive against the proposal, and he stated that abandonment of the roadway would force a lot of traffic from the Foremaster development to the East Ridge development. Dick Matthews stated that the traffic pattern as indicated by Aron Baker shows a real problem with just one road, and his major concern is in case of an emergency and only a 50' road. The master plan calls for a 60' road to hook into Five Sisters Drive. Additionally, if a 60' road was required for East Ridge, a 60' road should be required for Foremaster, and he recommended denial of the request. Suzanne Shiner commented that she will be building on Five Sisters and is opposed to eliminating the 60' road as a development of that size needs to have two roads for access and to alleviate traffic congestion, as well as for safety reasons. She stated that Crestline Drive would not be adequate to handle all the extra traffic created by elimination of the 60' master planned roadway. Doyle Thompson advised that he was opposed to the request, as it did not consider the impact on homes already there in terms of the traffic pattern or emergency access. Bruce Vandry suggested a need to control traffic on the cross street where cars are going to go from Crestline to East Ridge. He stated traffic would be increased on his street, and the government has a responsibility to preserve the quality of the existing communities. Ryan Jolley, with Alpha Engineering, representing the American West group, commented that a road to be 50 South is planned as well as new lots in East Ridge Phase 6 where it abuts Foremaster Ridge property. He stated they currently have the water line planned to be stubbed to East Ridge Drive. If the culdesacs as proposed by the applicant are allowed, they will be forced to install a knuckle to make their project work, and there will be additional cost to his clients which they will expect to be footed by Foremaster Ridge. George Weyher commented that the master planned road should remain in place as the amendment will benefit the developer only and has nothing to do with the people already living there. John Voss explained that there is already all kinds of pass-through traffic that tries to avoid the intersection so they come up the hill and down Crestline. An unidentified man from the audience inquired if there had been any benefit identified as far as abandoning the current road master plan. An unidentified man from the audience advised that the Foremaster developers had sold several lots in the proposed area before plat approval, and inquired if this was appropriate. City Attorney Shawn Guzman replied that developers can take reservations, but until the plat is approved lots cannot be sold. Steve Day, applicant, advised that lots in Phase 3 have been sold, but Phase 3 is a recorded subdivision. Reservations only have been taken for Phases 4-8. As far as any benefit to the public, there is a decrease in density and the larger lots will allow the homes to be set further back from the ridgeline. St. George City Council Minutes July 7, 2005 Page Ten Warren Hannig commented that if the applicant insists on relocating the road, it should be carried on down the property between them and East Ridge and cut across at some point to their subdivision in order not to create more traffic in East Ridge since they are the ones creating the problem. Jim Raines, Bush and Gudgell Engineering, representing the applicant, explained that the applicants are trying to reduce traffic through their subdivision. There being no further public comment, Mayor McArthur closed the public hearing. City Engineer Dave Demas explained that originally a road plan was put together which shows the extension of East Ridge Drive connecting into Five Sisters along the extension of Crestline Drive. It is important that both roads connect. A 60' road on one end was always master planned to connect to Five Sisters Drive. After working with the developers, it was discovered that there is a corner parcel not owned by either Foremaster or East Ridge which may prevent the entire 60' width, but it was always intended to go through. A preliminary plat showing this was approved. Water, sewer, and drainage were all master planned and put in the roadway. The reason it was not shown on the master plan is when a recent revision came through a year ago, this is when it was noticed and it was put in per the plans at that time. Also, the proposed traffic pattern would create a significant problem at intersections, and the flows would be unbalanced and difficult to handle from a traffic control standpoint. A knuckle violates design standards and is not allowed on a 60' street. Doug Rogers commented that when the 60' road was master planned, it was designed to serve an R-1-8 project, and both roads were needed. However, a 62% reduction in density takes away that need. The reduction in density benefits everyone on the hill because of the overall reduction in traffic, and a 60' street will increase traffic. If the project is redesigned as an R-1-8 project, there will be more traffic on the roads. Traffic Engineer Aron Baker commented that a 60' road will accommodate more cars but not increase the speed of traffic. Council Member Orton commented that the City?s number one problem is traffic, and if every subdivision in every neighborhood asked for elimination of 50% of the roadways in that subdivision, there would no way to move traffic. He stated he would have a hard time going against the advice of the City?s traffic engineers and staff in order to eliminate a master planned road. City Engineer Dave Demas explained that normally 50' roads are not shown on the master plan unless there are controversial issues. Staff did not feel there was a controversy in this location because the preliminary plat had already been approved which showed the roadway and utilities in place. Staff?s numbers show that the planned roadways will handle the traffic pattern better and provide better connectivity and circulation and less impact on existing streets. Doug Rogers advised that ten knuckles have been approved by the City in the last two years. Council Member Whatcott commented that the density did not matter to him, as that was market driven. While the applicants have laid out a good plan and do a good job, the problem is that the residents to the north will be adversely affected by a single road. The City designed the road system recognizing the R-1-8 zone, and if it had planned for less it would have been derelict in its duty. It must always plan for the maximum, but it cannot be faulted for designing two roads to potentially handle what could happen on the hill. It now falls on R&D Development to find a solution in order not to negatively impact the residents to the north, and the design proposed by them does not do this. There are alternative solutions, such as an S curve to slow traffic, and two roads diffuse traffic much better than one road. Council Member Gardner commented his personal preference would be to have fewer neighbors. However, there are options for connectivity not addressed relating to the proposed street. MOTION: A motion to deny the request was made by Council Member Orton. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Bunker. Council Member Orton suggested the developers meet with staff on a resolution so that staff can make a positive recommendation to the City Council. Steve Day, applicant, stated they will then be forced to do two roads, as City staff is not willing to consider anything else. Council Member Orton reiterated that it would be hard for him to approve anything that staff did not support. Mr. Day commented they may be forced to do an R-1-8 subdivision. Council Member Orton commented that if the property is zoned R-1-8, they have that right. Council Member Gardner commented there is a question as to whether there is one or two master planned roads, and the applicants are just proposing to move the roadway. If the road were to remain 60', it would be consistent with the subdivision to the north and the master plan. Council Member Allen commented that the offer to set the homes further back from the ridgeline would have meant more to her at the very beginning of building the subdivision St. George City Council Minutes July 7, 2005 Page Eleven phases as the view of the ridgeline is already affected, and the threat of building an R-1-8 subdivision had no effect on her. Council Member Bunker commented that while she appreciated the developers trying to reduce the density, the proposal for cul-de-sacs goes against good planning practices. She commented that with a little work a compromise could be made so that there could still be less density and the traffic pattern altered so that it did not adversely affect the residents to the north. Council Member Whatcott commented he felt there would be an adverse effect on the residents to the north. He commented that staff should be willing to step out of the box to take the time to look at potential options, such as an S curve. Doug Rogers commented that 93 culdesacs have recently been approved by the City. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a roll call vote, as follows: Council Member Orton - aye Council Member Bunker - aye Council Member Whatcott - aye Council Member Allen - aye Council Member Gardner - nay The motion carried. PUBLIC HEARING/DEFINITION OF FAMILY/ORDINANCE: Public hearing to consider amendment of Title 10, St. George City Code, to revise the definition of family for housing occupancy purposes to limit the number of unrelated persons and provide a definition for immediate family. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson explained the change is necessitated by problems in code enforcement with excessive numbers of people living in a single family home. Changes in definitions are also recommended. Another proposed change deals with the number of unrelated people which may reside together in a dwelling unit. Staff is proposing that this number be reduced from four to one. City Attorney Shawn Guzman advised that he could include language that would allow guardianships to be included in the definition of immediate family. Mayor McArthur opened the public hearing. Selinda Larson, an employee of DCFS, advised that she works with foster families, and the state limits the number of foster children allowed based on how large the home is, how many bedrooms there are, etc. Each child has to have 60 sq. ft. of sleeping space. Gloria Shakespeare commented that the size of home is being looked at as part of the new rental ordinance, and is patterned after the Tempe ordinance which addresses how many people can live in a home based on square footage of the bedrooms. The definition of family needs to be changed for quality of life issues and to make enforcement easier for the code enforcement officers. She proposed that the number of unrelated persons residing together in a single dwelling unit be reduced from four to three. Doug Alder commented that a better definition of family was needed. Kristine Victoria suggested that a cap should be placed on how many residents can occupy a home, even if related. Mayor McArthur replied that this would be addressed in the rental ordinance. Edward Southwick commented that staff?s recommendation to limit the number of unrelated persons residing in one dwelling unit is reasonable and is a safety and quality of life issue, and the neighbors to overcrowded homes should be consdiered. Jim McArthur advised that he contacted property management offices who have no problem reducing the number of non-related residents from four to three. This number has been tried and tested and yet gives the city the opportunity to tighten its standards. There being no further public comment, Mayor McArthur closed the public hearing. Council Member Orton inquired which cities have limited their unrelated residents to three and four. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson replied that Sedona and Sandy limit unrelated residents to four, and Ft. Collins and Salt Lake City limit unrelated residents to three. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Gardner to approve the ordinance limiting unrelated residents in one dwelling unit to three. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Whatcott. Council Member Orton commented he felt three was too restrictive and that the city should be sensitive to the needs of all people and he did not think that four college students in one dwelling unit was the cause of the problem. St. George City Council Minutes July 7, 2005 Page Twelve SECOND RETRACTED: Council Member Whatcott retracted his second. AMENDED MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Gardner to approve the ordinance, leaving the number of unrelated residents allowed within one dwelling unit at four. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Orton. Dorothy Norton commented that four unrelated residents also bring problems of parking boats, big trucks, and four wheelers, all in inadequate parking space. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a roll call vote, as follows: Council Member Gardner - aye Council Member Whatcott - aye Council Member Allen - aye Council Member Bunker - aye Council Member Orton - aye The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. SET PUBLIC HEARINGS: Associate Planner Mark Bradley advised that the Planning Commission, at its meeting held June 28, 2005, recommended that public hearings be scheduled for August 4, 2005 at 5:00 p.m. to consider: 1. A zone change request from A-1 to R-1-12 on 6.35 acres located at 1200 South and 3000 East. Larry McEntire, applicant. 2. A request to amend the Sienna Park Condominium portion of the Stonebridge PD Residential zone located at 271 North Country Lane, west of Dixie Drive, to revise the site plan and building elevations. Richard Staples, applicant. 3. A request to amend and extend the final plat for Bloomington Ranches Phase 2 by extending Lot 27 east of the existing phase boundary and divide Lot 27 into two lots located at 3181 S. Nashua Road. Richard Ringwood, applicant. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Allen to schedule the public hearings as recommended by the Planning Commission. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Orton. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. FINAL PLATS: Associate Planner Mark Bradley advised that the Planning Commission, at its meeting held June 28, 2005, recommended approval of the following final plats: 1. Ted Warthen Subdivision with three lots located at the northeast corner of Tuweap Drive and 2000 North intersection. Marc Brown, representative. 2. Painted Desert Estates Phase 6 with 12 single family detached patio homes located south of 2450 South and 1400 East. Ence Brothers Construction, applicant. 3. Escalera Phase I with 31 single family residential lots located at Middleton Drive and 1950 East. Milo McCowan, representative. 4. Ventana Professional Park Phase 3 with nine commercial building pads located at 280 North and 1680 East. Larry Belliston, applicant. 5. Bloomington Courtyard Commercial Center Phase 6 with one commercial building pad located at 2710 South Circle and Pioneer Street. Hal Magleby, applicant. 6. Escalera Phase 2 with 37 single family residential lots located at 1900 East and 1060 North. 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... Land in Little Valley is fast disappearing. She inquired where the bike trails, neighborhood parks, play areas, and open spaces were, and what the City was giving back to its residents. She stated there were countless areas where affordable housing could be built through sustained controlled growth. The Little Valley area has been designated as an open space area and changing the plan will open up a can of worms. The City Council is willing to modify the plan at will to sacrifice the majority. David Suttner commented that residents have not done their part to show the City Council what they really want. He commented that Little Valley residents cannot fight the City Council and win, and he repeated four times that big money wins. Denice Hughes commented that what does not work in Little Valley is building cul-de-sacs all around animal property. He stated he has fought to keep his area agricultural but he now has neighbors who do not want agriculture. He stated the area should be kept agricultural. An unidentified man commented that he was not sure the presentation had anything to do with what Little Valley wants. He stated that there used to be horse trails in Bloomington and many residents used to have horses, and eventually horses and the animal lifestyle in Little Valley will disappear. A transition area will not work. Chris Tolovan, a resident of The Knolls, commented that if clustered housing is built, there must be public transportation to go along with it. Another daily issue in Little Valley is the dirt and explosions and future air pollution problems. An unidentified man commented that he has spoken with the Mayor and three Council Members in the last six years about the daily haze of silica sand coming from the sand pits, and nothing has been done. The State has performed 30-40 air quality tests and say that everything is in compliance. Sydney Davis, a resident on 2450 South, advised that she and her neighbors were part of a SID to pave the road on 2450 South and install sewer. She said that talk is cheap in working with the City Council who promised parks and places for children to play and ride horses, but this has never happened, and she is now landlocked. She has horses and 4H animals in her yard and there is no where for her children to ride their horses. The City Council did not listen to the residents then saying that they could not force developers to donate land for green space when they could make more money selling their land. She advised the residents of Little Valley to stick together because once they have lost their quality of life it cannot be recovered. She stated that City Council members talk big, but there is no action. She suggested that Little Valley incorporate and de-annex from the City so they would not be at the mercy of City planners and people connected with development. She stated that Little Valley?s only hope was to create their own government. Mayor McArthur commented that the things being said were not correct and that he felt bad the residents of Little Valley did not feel the City Council listened to them. He stated he wanted his children and grandchildren to live in St. George, but they cannot afford to. The City must also look at the property rights of owners who want to develop their property and have a right to do so. The City is doing the best it can to try and raise wages. One of the City Council?s goalsin the Little Valley area is to provide connectivity for horse trails to access open space. The City will not be able to please everyone,...


City Council Minutes 02/16/2006:
...orney Shawn Guzman commented that the review should not be limited just to trails, but also the fire station to make sure meaningful progress is being made to secure a site. Council Member Orton suggested the matter be tabled. Mr. McCall stated that Phase 18 contained just two lots and requested that the preliminary plat be approved, while holding off on Phase 21 until a meeting can be scheduled. Council Member Gardner commented that the fire station sites proposed by Sun River were moved because the City rejected them. Council Member Whatcott replied that a fire station could not be located behind a corner, but had to be on a main road, and that was the reason the sites were rejected by the City. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson suggested that the matter be scheduled on the work meeting agenda for February 23. City Attorney Shawn Guzman recommended that City staff be directed to attend the work meeting with any concerns they may have with regard to density, potential growth, and needs of the City. Support Services Director Marc Mortensen stated that the appropriate Sun River staff should also be present. Drake Howell, representing SITLA, advised that Gary Wood has been in communication with the Fire Chief and Sun River. While SITLA cannot do anything about the land prices, he urged action be taken to approve both Sun River Phase 18 and 21 tonight. Mayor Pro Tem Allen opened the public hearing. There being no public comment, she closed the public hearing. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Orton to approve the preliminary plat for Phase 18. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Gardner. VOTE: Mayor Pro Tem Allen called for a vote, as follows: Council Member Orton - aye Council Member Gardner - aye Council Member Bunker - aye Council Member Whatcott - no Mayor Pro Tem Allen - aye The motion carried. PUBLIC HEARING/PRELIMINARY PLAT: Public hearing to consider approval of the preliminary plat for Sun River Phase 21 located at Angel Arch Drive and Grapevine Drive. Darcy Stewart, applicant. Mayor Pro Tem Allen opened the public hearing. There being no public comment, she closed the public hearing. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Bunker to table the matter until after the work meeting. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Orton. VOTE: Mayor Pro Tem Allen called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. PUBLIC HEARING/PRELIMINARY PLAT: Public hearing to consider approval of the preliminary plat for East Ridge Phase 6 located at 50 South and East Ridge Drive. Mark Blanscett, applicant. Associate Planner Mark Bradley explained that this site is the remaining phase to be platted on Foremaster Ridge, is the southernmost phase of East Ridge, and is the St. George City Council Minutes February 16, 2006 Page Seven connecting link between East Ridge Drive and Crestline Drive. As part of the Foremaster development East Ridge Drive was tapered to 50' to the intersection and on both sides a 30' ridgeline setback is proposed. The Planning Commission recommended approval subject to the applicant constructing a rock wall along the abrupt edge similar to the Foremaster development to continue the ridgeline standard and compliance with the 30' building setback from the abrupt edge. Staff suggests that fencing be limited to black or dark brown wrought iron, and that rocks be stained. He clarified that if the applicant wanted to put up a fence, it would have to be located behind the rock wall on the upper edge. No other accessory buildings could be built within the 30' setback. A geotech engineer will still need to state how close a home can be built to the edge. Nathan Moses stated the Planning Commission asked for a rock wall, but the developer requests that no walls be allowed throughout the subdivision. He clarified that while no accessory building could be built within the 30' setback, a below-ground swimming pool could. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson stated that if the applicant wants to leave the edge natural, and not construct a rock wall, this would be great. The Planning Commission?s concern was that it had to be done one way or the other for consistency. Mayor Pro Tem Allen inquired if the pads were going to be built up. Mr. Blanscett replied that the pads would not be built up and walk-out basements would be built. Mayor Pro Tem Allen opened the public hearing. Brian Kemp advised that his neighbors asked him to appear and express their concern about traffic and the need to slow it down. He suggested that ? S? curves be incorporated into the road design in order to slow the traffic. Jay Sandberg advised that the road was decreased from 60' in width to 50' which calms traffic, and a cross street was added to balance the traffic. Support Services Director Marc Mortensen inquired if a stop sign could be placed at one of the intersections. Mr. Sandberg replied that he would look at this. Mike Reynolds stated that there was no real purpose for building a rock wall, and stated he would prefer the edge be left open. There being no further public comment, Mayor Pro Tem Allen closed the public hearing. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Gardner to approve the preliminary plat, leaving the natural ridgeline open with no walls or fences or encroachments on the ridgeline, and subject to the recommendations of the Planning Commission and staff. If a barrier is needed to protect children, then wrought iron will be allowed. A swimming pool will be allowed, but no block walls or accessory buildings within the setback. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Whatcott. VOTE: Mayor Pro Tem Allen called for a vote, as follows: Council Member Gardner - aye Council Member Whatcott - aye Council Member Orton - aye Council Member Bunker - no Mayor Pro Tem Allen - aye The motion carried. PUBLIC HEARING/ZONE CHANGE/ORDINANCE: Public hearing to consider approval of a zone change from A-1 to RE-12.5 with a development agreement on 12 acres located at the southeast corner of the intersection of 3000 East and Seegmiller Drive. Bill Haltom, applicant. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson explained that the project is located south of Bridle Gate Estates. Bridle Gate Estates was approved one year ago with RE-12.5 zoning with a development agreement to stipulate the improvements and maintain consistency with the General Plan. The General Plan indicates rural residential up to a maximum of two units per acre. This request is consistent with the General Plan. The subject property consists of 12 acres. Horse and pedestrian paths will be dedicated to the City. There will be a horse path along 3000 East behind the 90' right of way and pedestrian paths maintained by an HOA. The applicants also agreed to build the horse paths to City standards, which the City is currently working on. The development agreement will limit density to two units per acre. The applicant is looking at some neo-traditional designs and plans to have a landscaped setback on interior roads, a planter St. George City Council Minutes February 16, 2006 Page Eight strip and then the sidewalk and then the front yard, with a HOA to maintain the planter strip between the sidewalk and curb and gutter. The Planning Commission recommends approval. Bill Haltom, applicant, explained that the overall theme is a neo-traditional subdivision where the sidewalk is pulled back to create an 8' greenbelt. There will be a little over two acres in trails and linear parks, and five acres between the parks, rights-of-way, roads and streets. All of the green areas will be maintained by a HOA. He stated that he would build both parts of Seegmiller Drive and the 10' landscaped area and dedicate all of the canal land to the City. Once the canal is piped there will be room for the horse trail and bike path. Setbacks will also be staggered to create diversity. The intent is to create 24 craftsman-style homes in a neo-traditional subdivision. He stated that he anticipated block walls around the homes. Front yard landscaping will be required prior to occupancy. Mayor Pro Tem Allen opened the public hearing. Jeff Rawlings recommended that the City and Washington City work with the canal company to secure these rights-of-way for use as trails. 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...enda to consider award of bid for crack seal, seal coating and striping of trails, parking lots and roadways. AWARD OF BID: Consider approval of a change order for the Millcreek Tanner splitter project. Purchasing Manager Connie Hood explained that the City is installing a splitter to divide water flows between Millcreek and Washington City. As a result of the proposed widening of the I-15, the location of the project has to be moved 30' downstream which has resulted in an additional cost of $48,923.82 to the City for a longer approach apron to reduce erosion. Some of the old pipes will be replaced, and sluice gates added. Council Member Whatcott inquired if Washington City would share in the cost. Water Services Manager Barry Barnum replied that the present splitter diverts the flow through Nissan Park in Washington, with leftover water coming back into the stream for the Millcreek system. The new splitter will more equitably divide the water by percentage owned. Washington City will not benefit from the new splitter as their flow through the park will be reduced, but they have agreed to the change order. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Gardner to approve the change order. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Allen. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. AWARD OF CONTRACT: Consider award of a personal services contract to perform an environmental assessment on 120 acres of BLM land. Purchasing Manager Connie Hood explained that the City has submitted an application for a R&PP lease on 120 acres of BLM property located on the west black ridge. The application must include an environmental assessment and the City must hire someone to do this. Three proposals were submitted and are being evaluated by staff. The cost of this contract should be between $18,000 - $20,000. Leisure Services Director Kent Perkins advised that staff has reviewed the proposals and recommends award of the contract to JDR Consultants in the amount of $18,600. They were the low bidder and will do the project in four to six weeks. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Orton to award the contract to JDR Consultants in the amount of $18,600. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Bunker. City Attorney Shawn Guzman recommended that approval of the contract be made subject to legal review. St. George City Council Minutes June 15, 2006 Page Two Council Member Orton and Bunker agreed to add this stipulation to the motion. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. AWARD OF BID: Consider award of bid for chip seal oil. Purchasing Manager Connie Hood explained that Paramount Petroleum was the only bidder. She recommended award of the bid to them in the amount of $207,560.20. She explained that this was almost double the engineer?s estimate, but the estimate was made using last year?s prices without consideration of this year?s drastic price increases. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Gardner to award the bid to Paramount Petroleum in the amount of $207,560.20. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Allen. MAYOR: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. AWARD OF BID: Consider award of bid for vehicles for the Engineering Department. Purchasing Manager Connie Hood explained that bid information was sent to all fleet sales, local vendors, and vendors in the Salt Lake area. Delivery was required before the year end. Bids were received from Newby Buick and Butterfield Ford. She recommended award of the bid to the low bidder, Butterfield Ford, in the amount of $59,650. She advised that the local bidder, Newby Buick, was not within 5% of the low bid. City Manager Gary Esplin explained that the three vehicles were bid as a package in order to get a better bid. He stated that some times the items are split up so they don?t have to come to the City Council for approval, so the purchasing ordinance is currently being reviewed. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Orton to award the bid to Butterfield Ford in the amount of $59,650. 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 stand-by generator. Purchasing Manager Connie Hood explained that bids were received from two suppliers, Wheeler Machinery and Cummins. The low bidder was Wheeler, however, the delivery time is 42 weeks out which is not acceptable for the project. She recommended award of the bid to Cummins in the amount of $28,100 with a delivery time of less than six weeks. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Gardner to award the bid to Cummins in the amount of $28,100. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Bunker. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. APPROVAL OF CHANGE ORDER: Consider approval of a change order to install power systems to the three reuse pump stations. Purchasing Manager Connie Hood explained that recently the City Council approved a payment to Santa Clara for power to the Graveyard Wash pump station. This included the transformer, conduit and wire. The reuse project contractor has submitted a change order to install this equipment at Graveyyard Wash, as well as supply wire, conduit, transformers and installation at the Sunbrook and Ivins pump stations. The cost is in line with the work to be done, in the amount of $160,987. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Whatcott to approve the change order. 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 crack seal, seal coating and striping of trails, parking lots and roadways. Purchasing Manager Connie Hood explained that only one bid was received. She recommended award of the bid to Holbrook Asphalt in the amount of $39,912. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Whatcott to award the bid to Holbrook Asphalt in the amount of $39,912. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Gardner. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. St. George City Council Minutes June 15, 2006 Page Three Mayor McArthur again advised that Item 3B, a public hearing to receive public input on the proposed capital facility plans and proposed impact fees on a City-wide basis has been tabled from the agenda until the first or second meeting in July. RESOLUTION: Consider approval of a resolution abandoning a utility easement on the north border of Lot 40 of the Stone Cliff Phase 2 Subdivision. Mr. Jensen, applicant. City Manager Gary Esplin explained that this item was tabled from the last meeting agenda. Staff and the JUC have reviewed the request and recommend approval. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Whatcott to approve the resolution. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Orton. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a roll call vote, as follows: Council Member Whatcott - aye Council Member Orton - aye Council Member Allen - aye Council Member Bunker - aye Council Member Gardner - aye The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. BEER LICENSE: Consider approval of an off-premise beer license for Fabulous Freddy?s on Bluff Street. Fred Smith, applicant. City Manager Gary Esplin explained that all required documentation has been reviewed and no criminal history has been found. Fred Smith, applicant, advised that the grand opening will be held either June 29 or the first week in July. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Gardner to approve the beer license. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Allen. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. SET PUBLIC HEARING: Community Development Director Bob Nicholson explained that the Planning Commission, at its meeting held June 13, 2006, recommended a public hearing be scheduled for July 20, 2006 at 5:00 p.m. to consider a zone change from R-1-10 to PD-AP on 3.62 acres located at 1400 West and Snow Canyon Parkway. Rick Rosenberg is the representative. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Gardner to set the public hearing as recommended by the Planning Commission. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Allen. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. FINAL PLATS: Community Development Director Bob Nicholson advised that the Planning Commission, at its meeting held June 13, 2006, recommended approval of five final plats: The Ledges of St. George Phase 3, Shinava Ridge, Whisper Ridge Phase 2, Home Depot - Westridge Commercial Subdivision, and Black Ridge Commercial Center. Council Member Gardner declared a conflict of interest. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Allen to approve the final plats and authorize the Mayor to sign them. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Whatcott. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye except for Council Member Gardner who abstained from voting. The motion carried. CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT (2006-CUP-017): Consider approval of a conditional use permit to establish a preschool within a residence located at 49 South 2790 East Circle. Melinda Young applicant. Planner Ray Snyder explained that the applicant would like to have a maximum of 12 children. The Planning Commission recommends approval. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Gardner to approve the conditional use permit. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Bunker. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. SITE PLAN AND BUILDING ELEVATION: Planner Ray Snyder displayed elevations and advised that the Planning Commission recommends approval of a site plan and building elevation for a proposed commercial St. George City Council Minutes June 15, 2006 Page Four building on Lot 1 of the 3D Commercial Center located at 60 East and 2580 South subject to the following conditions: 1. The building shall be single story and height shall not exceed 23'4". 2. The building color and materials shall be per submittal to the Planning Commission meeting of June 13, 2006. 3. Lighting at the property line shall not exceed approximately 1.0 foot candle. Maximum level on the site is not expected to exceed 15 FC. 4. A site plan review application shall be processed through the Development Services Department. 5. Signage shall be under separate permit. 6. The landscaping installed shall match the plan submitted to the Planning Commission and City Council. 7. A 60' right of way easement for future master plan road extension shall be provided for trailhead access. 8. The applicant shall comply with driveway and circulation issues to the satisfaction of the City Engineer. 9. All two way drive aisles are to be 25' minimum. 10. Show sight distance triangles at corner and at accesses. No walls in sight distance triangle area. Mayor McArthur commented that the lights should be directional or hooded. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Gardner to approve the site plan and building elevations subject to the recommendations of the Planning Commission. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Orton. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. Council Member Bunker commented that because this area is an entrance to the City, she hoped to see a more creative building. She inquired if the galvanized grey material was reflective. An unidentified man replied that he did not think the material would be reflective. Council Member Allen commented that brushed steel is not reflective. CLARIFICATION OF CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT: Clarification of a conditional use permit: whether a short term rental at 242 South 100 East without a resident manager is similar to a bed and breakfast inn previously approved for the home. Dennis Parry, applicant. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson explained that in November, 2003 the City Council approved a conditional use permit for a bed and breakfast after the site was designated as a landmark site. The new owners proposed to use the property as a vacation getaway but there will not be an on-site manager. Dennis Parry, applicant, explained that he has hired an employee who lives a few blocks away, but he will not be living there all the time. The use will not be a bed and breakfast, as no breakfast will be served. Mayor McArthur advised that the Greene home is used in a similar manner. Council Member Gardner commented that he was not aware that either of the Greene homes have created any problems, and he wondered how they fit the interpretation of a vacation getaway. Council Member Allen commented it has been the city?s goal to move families into homes in the downtown area. She commented that while she can see the need for such a use, it is a different use in her mind. City Attorney Shawn Guzman commented that it is a different use and he expressed concern about the precedent approval of this request would set. He stated the request falls in the realm of a timeshare or hotel or motel, and although it does not meet the legal definition of a timeshare in the state code, it is a short term rental. The bed and breakfast was allowed because someone would be living in the home. Council Member Orton commented that the Greene?s homes have been an asset to the downtown area and perhaps have already set a precedent. He suggested the matter be delayed to give staff time to see how the Greene homes are being used. City Attorney Shawn Guzman commented that he would feel more comfortable if he could meet with the Community Development Director to discuss the request. Council Member Allen advised that neighbors are concerned that all the historic homes are being used for businesses rather than for residences. City Attorney Shawn Guzman commented that the proposed use is a 24 hour business. St. George City Council Minutes June 15, 2006 Page Five Council Member Whatcott inquired how many homes were designated as landmark sites which have the ability to be used as a bed and breakfast or vacation getaway. He commented that if the City is trying to save the old historic homes, there was not a lot of distinction between bed and breakfasts and timeshares. Mr. Parry inquired if the City required someone to live on site, or if there could be an off-site manager. He explained that only his family and extended family would be using the home, but there would not be an owner living on site. There will be an employee living off-site to manage it. It will not be used as a timeshare. He stated he bought it because it was a bed and breakfast and to preserve it. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson commented that there are about 26 landmark sites within the City, with a third of those located in commercial zones. Doug Alder commented that there are 200 historic homes which could potentially qualify for landmark status. City Attorney Shawn Guzman commented that it would be helpful to identify these sites on a map. Mayor McArthur suggested that the matter be tabled in order to obtain more information on potential and existing uses of landmark sites. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Gardner to allow the applicant to continue the present use of the home until a determination is made by the City Council. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Orton. Mr. Parry clarified that the home could continue to be used as a bed and breakfast with an on-site manager. City Attorney Shawn Guzman replied that this was correct. Mr. Parry explained that the home has room for two families so the manager could live in the casita in the back. Council Member Whatcott commented that Mr. Parry bought the home because it was a bed and breakfast, yet but does not want to use it as a bed and breakfast because breakfast is not served. If Mr. Parry wants to use a home for family and extended family, he should have purchased a regular home since a landmark designation is not needed. Mr. Parry replied that he charges extended family to use the home, and if he is doing that, under City interpretation, this is a bed and breakfast. AMENDED MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Gardner table the matter until the first meeting in July, and in the meantime allow the applicant to use the home as a bed and breakfast until a determination is made by the City Council. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Orton. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. Mayor McArthur again announced that Item 3B, a public hearing to receive public input on the proposed capital facility plans and proposed impact fees on a City-wide basis has been tabled from the agenda until the first or second meeting in July. PUBLIC HEARING/ZONE CHANGE/ORDINANCE: Public hearing to consider approval of a zone change from OS to PD - Administrative Professional and Office on 2.35 acres located on the west side of Bluff Street at approximately 350 South Bluff Street. Neil Gibbs, applicant. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson explained that the project will share access with the existing office building. The proposed building is two stories of office space over a three story parking garage which will be dug into the hillside. The applicant will need to go to the Hillside Review Board. Based on the slope, there is 19,100 sq. ft. of office space. 77 parking spaces are required, and the applicant proposes 78 spaces. The building height is 74' on the high side and 30' on the low side. The Planning Commission recommends approval subject to obtaining a hillside development permit. Les Stoker explained that Neil Gibbs, and Doug McKnight are the owners of the project. He displayed a model of the project, and explained that the project has many challenges due to the hillside ordinance, but all provisions are being met and no variance is being requested. The building will be owner occupied. Doug McKnight explained that access and utilities were stubbed to the site when the adjacent building was built by. No variance has been requested, and all requirements of the City have been satisfied. The only disturbance of the hillside will be where the building will be built and the site preparation will be done without leaving a scar on the hillside. St. George City Council Minutes June 15, 2006 Page Six Rick Wells, architect, advised that the amount of parking available dictates the square feet of the building. It was determined that the maximum allowable space which could be disturbed allowed 78 parking spaces, which determined the size of the building. Two stories of the building will be above grade, with two parking levels below grade and one parking level at grade with the entrance of the building. The building fits back into the hillside. The colors are those presented on the renderings to blend into the hillside, and the shape of the building was designed to prevent a large wall from fronting on Bluff Street. Construction materials will be of concrete, exposed steel, and masonry. Council Member Gardner inquired if there was any way to hide the exposed cut to the south of the building, such as moving proposed trees to the base of the cut. Mr. Wells replied that what Council Member Gardner is referring to is a retaining wall, and not a cut. There is no place which will be cut and left exposed. An unidentified man explained how the hillside would be cut without disturbing the soil behind it. This new procedure is being used around the world, and only qualified contractors will be invited to bid. He explained that a soil analysis is being done, and the project is located well away from landslide areas. Council Member Bunker commented that she had a problem with any building on the Black Hill. Mayor McArthur commented that the City has always known there would be another building built on the site. Mayor McArthur opened the public hearing. There being no public comment, he closed the public hearing. Council Member Orton complimented the applicants and advised that their presentation was very impressive and has set the standard for what will be required in the future. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Orton to approve the zone change subject to the recommendations of the Planning Commission. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Whatcott. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a roll call vote, as follows: Council Member Orton - aye Council Member Whatcott - aye Council Member Gardner - aye Council Member Allen - aye Council Member Bunker - no The motion carried. PUBLIC HEARING/RESOLUTION: Public hearing to receive public input on amendment to the 2005-2006 fiscal budget. City Manager Gary Esplin reviewed the proposed amendments. Mayor McArthur opened the public hearing. There being no public comment, he closed the public hearing. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Whatcott to approve the resolution. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Orton. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a roll call vote, as follows: Council Member Whatcott - aye Council Member Orton - aye Council Member Allen - aye Council Member Bunker - aye Council Member Gardner - aye The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. PUBLIC HEARING/RESOLUTION: Public hearing to receive public input on the 2006-2007 fiscal budget. City Manager Gary Esplin reviewed the budget and advised that no property tax, fee or utility increases are proposed. Mayor McArthur opened the public hearing. There being no public comment, he closed the public hearing. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Allen to approve the resolution. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Bunker. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a roll call vote, as follows: St. George City Council Minutes June 15, 2006 Page Seven Council Member Allen - aye Council Member Bunker - aye Council Member Gardner - aye Council Member Whatcott - aye Council Member Orton - aye The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. Mayor McArthur again announced that Item 3B, a public hearing to receive public input on the proposed capital facility plans and proposed impact fees on a City-wide basis has been tabled from the agenda until the first or second meeting in July. CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT: Consider approval of a conditional use permit to establish a substance abuse treatment facility located within the Ventana Professional Park at 280 North 1680 East Street. Carolyn McCullough, applicant. This item was tabled. Consider approval of a conditional use permit to construct an office building at 500 South and Bluff Street to a proposed height of 58'9" measured from the adjacent grade. Chad Chiniquy, applicant. This item was tabled. CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT: Consider approval of disbursement recommendations from the Public Arts Committee. Doug Alder explained that the Public Arts Committee was formed to recommend expenditure of City money for art activities along Main Street and the Town Plaza. The Committee has met four times so far this year. The recommendations are (1) $20,000 for the purchase of ?Wild Flowers?, a sculpture by Dennis Smith, (2) $10,000 for the purchase of ?Fish Tender? by James Christensen for location in the new plaza, and (3) $10,000 to be used as matching funds to purchase the ?Watermaster? sculpture by L?Deane Trueblood and Annette Everett. Gary Sanders explained that staff is working with the Dixie Arts Foundation to use matching funds to underwrite the remaining cost of the ?Watermaster? sculpture. Council Member Orton commented that the Committee felt that the ?Fish Tender? sculpture would not be located on the water walk, but the other two would. Council Member Gardner commented there was still opportunity for other artists to become involved for character and variety as the City does not want the theme to be too limited. Council Member Bunker commented that it makes it more interesting to have various types of art and different sizes of sculptures. Council Member Orton commented that the Committee wants to stay with the theme and wants to place only pieces everyone can be proud of. The Committee has put a lot of concentration and effort into obtaining a class art collection. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Gardner to support the recommendations of the Public Arts Committee and fund the projects recommended, but also encourage other families to come forward with projects to benefit the downtown. Council Member Orton encouraged families to step up and put their family names on the purchases. Doug Alder commented that there is a clear set of procedures for selection of art work, and if someone approached the committee to place a sculpture, the concept would have to be discussed and there is a set of sculptors which are recommended. The display, however, is not a trophy hall for families to put their things on, and the best thing for them to do would be to contact Gary Sanders. Gary Sanders commented that quality pieces are desired. Council Member Orton commented there is a great opportunity now for a family to place its name on a sculpture, or commission an artist to place something that is more meaningful to the family. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Bunker. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. AGREEMENT: Consider approval of a UDOT Cooperative Agreement with Horrock?s Engineering as consultant design engineer on the Atkinville/Southern Parkway project. St. George City Council Minutes June 15, 2006 Page Eight City Manager Gary Esplin explained that an agreement is needed for design of the Atkinville Interchange and Southern Parkway. He advised that UDOT has been told that the City will not be responsible for anything else beyond this agreement without its approval, and UDOT has agreed. The City?s portion is $182,800. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Gardner to approve the agreement. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Allen. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. CONTRACT: Consider approval of a contract with HDR Engineering to perform environmental work on the Atkinville Interchange and Southern Parkway projects. City Manager Gary Esplin explained that this contract is part of the same proposal as the previous item and is for engineering work. The City?s share is $46,600, with the same caveat that this is the maximum amount the City will authorize to be spent. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Bunker to approve the contract. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Whatcott. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried AGREEMENT: Consider approval of an agreement with Carter Burgess to complete the replacement airport financial plan. City Manager Gary Esplin explained that a financial plan is required by the FAA. The FAA would like to know how the City proposes to come up with matching funds and fund improvements. The contract is for $1.3 million, and staff recommends authorizing up to $1 million which is the balance of the FAA grant. The City has been authorized to use these funds do to this plan and also update cost surveys and plans for actual work on the airport. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Gardner to approve the agreement. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Allen. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. AGREEMENT: Consider approval of an agreement with the FAA for a $1,000,000 grant to finance the replacement airport financial plan. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Allen to approve the agreement. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Bunker. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. AIRPORT LEASE: Consider renewal of the Sky West property lease at the airport. City Manager Gary Esplin recommended extending the lease to February 2010. Staff has looked at what others are charging for counter space, and the lease rate is in the ballpark. MOTION: A motion to approve the lease was made by Council Member Whatcott to approve the lease. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Orton. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. AGREEMENT: Consider approval of a Commercial Operating Agreement with FedEx at the airport. City Manager Gary Esplin explained that the agreement will run for two years with a landing fee of $1.00 per 1000 lbs. of land weight, the same as Skywest. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Gardner to approve the agreement. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Whatcott. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. AGREEMENT: Consider approval of an agreement with Desert Hills to haul material to backfill properties along the NRCS river armoring project. City Manager Gary Esplin explained that an agreement is needed to backfill along the wall by the Santa Clara River in order to protect the integrity of the wall. When the NRCS put the wall in, the area was not graded or filled. Material from Desert Hills will be used in exchange for soil left over in the Bloomington Park. The amount is $83,220. Mr. Esplin explained that the Virgin River trail is done, and is now the City?s responsibility to elevate it above the toe so it can survive flooding. The City is getting St. George City Council Minutes June 15, 2006 Page Nine estimates now for this work and has applied for a grant through the trails program to do one side. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Mem...


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...sting and planned park lands, future growth areas, and existing and future trails. He reviewed the maps and explained that there will be many natural surface trails, and the completed trail system will consist of 100 miles of trails. He distributed a map of the proposed Temple Quarry Trailhead. ...


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...s. Council Member Bunker asked if the trail would connect with the City trails. Mr. Fonger explained that the trail would connect across to the Plantations trails and he said that he believes there are plans to have those connect to the City trails. Council Member Bunker asked what type of buffer there would be. ...


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...d out before construction drawings are submitted to the City. Some of the trails within the project will be designated as hard surface trails for handicapped users and strollers. It is also recommended that the rock park area contain parking. The Building Department will assign one inspector to the project so that he or she may become familiar with the requirements of the project for consistency with inspections. Council Member Allen inquired what would prevent an owner in subsequent years to disturb the no disturb area. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson replied that the no disturb area would be protected by CC&Rs and a note on the final plat. Mayor McArthur opened the public hearing. The applicant advised that it was his intent to mimic other projects such as Kayenta and Chaco Bench and preserve the undisturbed areas. He understood that it will be difficult to monitor. Council Member Orton commented that the neighbors will be the best monitors. Council Member Allen commented that if it cannot be guaranteed that the areas will not be disturbed, building should not be allowed. There comes a point when the citizens will not be happy if all the sensitive rock areas within the City are covered with homes. The city has the ability to say what is expected and should not allow as much development if the developers cannot figure out a way to protect the sensitive areas. The applicant advised that a majority of the unique outcroppings were taken out of the buildable area and some area will be donated to the Parks Department. There being no further public comment, Mayor McArthur closed the public hearing. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Allen to approve the preliminary plat. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Gardner. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. St. George City Council Minutes September 7, 2006 Page Nine PUBLIC HEARING/AMEND CITY CODE/ORDINANCE: Public hearing to consider approval of an amendment to Title 10, St. George City Code, to add a provision for lot size averaging. City of St. George, applicant. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson explained that the proposed amendment to single family residential zones will allow more flexibility. Council Member Gardner left the stand. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson explained that the ordinance allows flexibility to adjust lot sizes down to 70% of the required area and frontage provided that the overall density stays the same. This provides for green space and trails. In an R-1-10 zone, a 7,000 sq. ft. lot would be the smallest lot a...


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...ed that the City could only give a credit for a neighborhood park, not the trails, or community park, and it becomes more complicated when a building permit is issued. Mr. Burningham replied that if a system improvement is being installed, the developer is legally bound to provide an impact fee credit. City Attorney Shawn Guzman commented that the City would have to pay the developer if a system improvement was built. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson inquired if a credit could be given for private park development, like in Sun River. City Attorney Shawn Guzman replied that the City could not legally give a credit for a private improvement. Carol Sapp commented that with regard to private and public recreation centers, the key is not to exclude anyone from being able to use them. The City does not have to fill the entire need of the public because some citizens prefer to use a more upscale private facility. St. George City Council Minutes September 28, 2006 Page Seven City Manager Gary Eslin commented that if Scenario No. 6 is used, a percentage for recreation centers and some debt should be added in, increasing the figure to somewhere around $2,500. Mr. Burningham commented it would be around $2,800-$3,200. City Manager Gary Esplin inquired if staff was being too aggressive on some of the issues it was trying to fund. Council Member Whatcott replied yes, staff was being too aggressive on acreage and population. Council Member Gardner commented that he did not think a recreation center paid for by impact fees was needed in every neighborhood as there are other options. City Manager Gary Esplin commented that adding in all the open space property throughout the City should change the requirement for community parks. Council Member Bunker inquired how a recent survey ranked the recreation facilities as far as usage. Leisure Services Director Kent Perkins replied that trails were rated number one. Council Member Whatcott commented that maintenance on a smaller park would be less expensive than on a larger park. City Manager Gary Esplin commented that Cox Park is four acres and has two tennis courts, sand volleyball, a gazebo, and basketball court, and should qualify as a community park, not just a neighborhood park. He suggested that perhaps acreage required for a neighborhood park should be reduced to 3.5 acres instead of four, and perhaps the population requirement should be changed to four acres per every 1,250 residents. While these may be arbitrary numbers, what is critical is the master plan and that the City have a park in each designated circle area. This may mean only a 1.5 acre park in some places, and four acre parks in other places. Another fact which needs discussing is the fact that the City is subsidizing the rest of the County with its facilities. He commented that these requirements should be revisited each year, especially if the City allows density with height, more acreage will be needed. Leisure Services Director Kent Perkins commented that if something has to be shrunk, the acres required per 1000 residents for a community park is the way to go. Neighborhoods really want neighborhood parks that they don?t have to drive to and places for their kids to practice. Community parks will contribute to the traffic problems. Jason Burningham urged caution in defining everything by acreage. He commented that he was hearing consensus that neighborhood parks may be two to four acres with a certain amount of amenities, and community parks may be four to eight acres, not described so much by acreage as by the amenities which are put in. St. George City Council Minutes September 28, 2006 Page Eight Rick Rosenberg inquired if school playgrounds would come into play as they provide huge practice facilities. Jason Burningham replied that they could be counted if they can be used. He stated that school districts across the state have been difficult to work with as they prefer the public keep off everything except their open space. Carol Sapp urged combining uses with schools. City Manager Gary Esplin commented that the City is a model in the western United States for joint use of facilities. He suggested that Scenario No. 6 might be the way to go. He inquired of the City Council if they wanted to adjust the standards for acreage and population. He was instructed to look at this, as well as debt service. Council Member Whatcott suggested that the standards be more flexible, especially if the amenities are top notch. City Manager Gary Esplin commented that the line between community and neighborhood park is blurred, and it will be a challenge to make it work. Jason Burningham commented that the master plan is written to say that the City?s goal is have four acres per 1,000 residents for a neighborhood park. He suggested that they not get too caught up on acreage other than to set a goal of maintaining the current level of service. Changing the community parks from six to five acres will bring down the fee, as will as using a population figure of 1,200 vs. 1,000. FEMA UPDATE: City Manager Gary Esplin complimented Budget and Financial Planning Manager Deanna Brklacich on securing $860,000 from FEMA for dirt lost at the parks during the flood. Leisure Services Director Kent Perkins advised that Mathis Park is being rebuilt, and staff would like to complete the Santa Clara River park system, including recontouring and reforesting the area behind the Tonaquint Nature Center. He stated staff hopes to acquire property north of Tonaquint park to triple the size of the Nature Center and trails. MISCELLANEOUS DISCUSSIONS: City Manager Gary Esplin advised th...


City Council Minutes 12/14/2006:
...r of the project. Council Member Gardner commented that with regard to trails, he did not think the purpose of trails had been accomplished as they have to be useable and connecting in order to make the trail system work. The City has been requiring equestrian trails throughout the Little Valley area and has approved projects zoned fo...


City Council Minutes 06/26/2007:
...There is a desire to connect developments and use washes and easements for trails and connectivity. There is a desire to use clustering to develop more open space. Livestock uses in this area are not as prominent as in the past, and Washington City has undergone a master plan change which allows density changes to impact this area. These are some of the reasons the City Council undertook the General Plan change. The City created a committee to do a draft plan and meetings were held with residents on what was to be accomplished. A plan was created, public hearings held, and the City Council adopted the General Plan change for 4000 acres. He stated that in his opinion, the overlay zone was created to allow for potential development higher than the base amount. His recollection is that the original master plan contained a basic overall density of two units per acre, and this now needs to be clarified. He stated in his mind it was never the intent to allow the entire 4000 acres to go to an R-1-10 zone without some other considerations for development and the developer bringing certain types of things to the table to allow that density. The intent was to allow R-1-10 to be included in the master plan in specific areas where it makes sense because of the locality of the request, or adjacent property use, or size of the property. This is the base decision that has to be made. There is no merit to discussing a TND or development agreement until the Council decides what the intent was in allowing development at a higher density in this area. Without this clarification, any zoning opportunity will be problematic. It may be that staff and the Council had stars in their eyes when it looked at TND concepts and perhaps they were asking for more than could actually occur in the present market, but it was a step in the right direction to allow that type of zoning. Mayor Pro Tem Gardner commented that the original discussion was driven when Hal Sullivan came in with this zone change request and there was debate if the Council should allow the agricultural property to be immediately converted to residential, and how to buffer it. Then the City went to half acre lots and drew an arbitrary line and said it would make sense to have half acre lots there. Then RE12.5 zoning was allowed to provide for large animals, but the City later found out that because of CC&Rs, large animals were prohibited. The City must be sensitive to developers and what they can afford to develop. Council Member Allen commented that the City gave some higher densities for affordable housing, but they went for the market rate, and nothing was given back such as open space. With clustering there will still be rooftops, but there will be open space. Half acre lots do not provide open space. Council Member Bunker commented that the number of properties that actually have horses is small and most are used as storage sites. This is another emphasis for wanting to do something less than agricultural zones. Council Member Orton commented that his recollection was that everyone agreed the area needed density higher than agricultural zoning. A TND overlay was done because the Council wanted to create neighborhoods with a different feel than an R-1-10 neighborhood, but only if they complimented the neighborhoods that are already there. Council Member Allen commented that she recently had a conversation with someone complaining about traffic. She commented that it would be nice to shop within everyone?s own neighborhood without having to drive into town. Council Member Whatcott agreed with City Manager Gary Esplin that perhaps the Council did feel the TND was going to be the cure-all and create walkable and community neighborhoods. However, in the City?s quest to define a TND, the requirements were so restrictive that it made a TND impossible to happen. The question is how to get the flexibility needed to accomplish the same goals. When the requirements are too regimented, the ability to be creative and flexible is lost. Mayor Pro Tem Gardner commented that in his mind he thought the Council knew where it was heading with TNDs and this still have great validity. Joe Alfandre said the key to TNDs is what makes a great neighborhood, and this takes flexibility. The town center does not have to be commercial; it can be a ballfield or a church or a park, etc. If anyone comes forward with a zoning request in excess of two units per acre, the City can address this change in a development agreement based on the merits of the proposal. City Manager Gary Esplin commented that once the base density is determined, the requirements for the development agreement need to be determined. Nothing will happen if the economics are not right and the zoning would then default into the underlying basic zone. There is a need for R-1-10 zoning that stands on its own, but there is also a need for connectivity, clustering, and development agreements. If the base density can be agreed upon, then the City can move forward and get a team together to come up with where the City needs to be using development agreements. He clarified that there is no density limit under the current master plan if a true TND is done. The City will allow some R-1-10 zoning, but that is not the intent, and is not guaranteed. If more density than the baseline is wanted, TND guidelines will have to be followed or a development agreement entered into based on some standards. This is the problem - there are no standards that everyone agrees to. He suggested a committee be formed to recommend guidelines within the next few weeks. The deadline is July 19. Council Member Orton commented that in his opinion it was not the Council?s intent when it created the TND overlay zone to have an R-1-10 overlay zone. The density is two units per acre, with a density bonus beyond that. City Manager Gary Esplin reiterated that a base density needed to be set. The Council?s intent was that R-1-10 zoning be allowed as part of the overall development in the overlay zone, then a TND could be used to get a higher density. Council Member Whatcott stated that the City Council never wanted two units per acre and that was not the intent. The intent was to set that as part of the design standards with increased density. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Orton to clarify that Council?s intent was to set a base density of two units per acre in the Little Valley area with bonus densities according to specifications. Council Member Whatcott commented that bonus densities have never been discussed. AMENDED MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Orton to clarify that the Council?s intent was to set a base density of two units per acre in the Little Valley area, with increased density according to specifications. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Allen. VOTE: Mayor Pro Tem Gardner called for a vote, and all voted aye. City Manager Gary Esplin commented that staff needs to know how to address the issue of commercial development and the minimum size of a development. He stated there had to be a way to give incentives to developments of less than 40 acres that do not want to do a TND, such as clustering in exchange for increased open space and connectivity. Council Member Whatcott commented that unless the City was willing to change the entire design standards of a TND, it would not be economically feasible to do a TND on less than 40 acres. Council Member Bunker suggested that on these small projects, the developer be allowed to select three or five TND standards for their projects in order to qualify. Council Member Orton commented that the main thing to consider is that it must be competitive for one and all. The City cannot set standards for a 50 acre piece that makes it more competitive than a 200 acre project. Whatever standards are set for large projects, the standards must be set proportionately for the small ones to make it fair for all. City Manager Gary Esplin commented that perhaps everyone is hung up on a preconceived notion of what a TND is. He stated that in his mind never did the City say that a TND has to have all the garages in the rear and porches on the front. To him, a TND is a mixture of these features. He suggested the standards be set to allow commercial in master planned locations to serve the entire area. Criteria is needed to set one neighborhood apart from the next, yet tied to the overall area. Mayor Pro Tem Gardner commented that the City has created its own challenges through the rigidity of its ordinances. He inquired how the TND could be tweaked to make it more developer-friendly and economy-friendly. Ann Milne commented all she was hearing was how the developers could make more money. She inquired about water. She commented that non-agricultural neighbors would complain about the large animals and the resulting noise, flies and manure. Mayor Pro Tem Gardner replied that the City Council has been sensitive to the agricultural uses and is trying to now. Water resources has been the City Council?s focus along with the needed infrastructure to serve the community. Ann Milne commented that she has eight acres zoned A-1. She inquired how many homes she could build if the zoning were changed to R-1-10. Mayor Pro Tem Gardner replied that she could build eight homes on her property right now. The City is not proposing to change the zoning in the area to R-1-10. Natalie Drake inquired if there was a plan to leave any areas agricultural as all the lots east of 3000 East have been at least one acre or larger. She inquired if everything would be a TND or R-1-10 zoning. Mayor Pro Tem Gardner replied that when the area came into the City, it was zoned either agricultural or R-1-10, and the City is not proposing to change that use. Natalie Drake inquired if the City would allow a TND development next to her property. Mayor Pro Tem Gardner replied that the City is trying to avoid that and is not encouraging anyone to break up the fields and develop. Council Member Orton commented that the City is trying to protect equestrian uses with trails to outlying open area. It is tough to tell a property owner that he can?t develop his property to the highest and best use. City Manager Gary Esplin commented that the City is simply saying that right now the underlying base density is two units per acre. If someone wants increased density, they have to submit a plan to the City and show how they will deal with buffering of property, etc. There is no guarantee that the development will be approved if it is not compatible with the surrounding neighborhood. However, there will always be a conflict with those who have horses and those who don?t. Mayor Pro Tem Gardner commented that the idea of a TND is to allow the option of clustering to encourage openness and an agricultural feel. Donald Rawlings commented that he owns property on 3000 East and the City should look at what is on the other side of the road. Traffic will also change the area. He stated that 3000 East was already too busy to ride horses along, and that no one would use the trail if it was built. Bob Willard commented that at least once a month someone stops at his home and asks if there are any one acre lots for sale, but there are none in the area. He stated that he was in favor of leaving the zoning as it was and having developers develop large lots. Dave Young advised that the new water system will help, and the City should not be afraid of larger lots. The entire system will be pressurized. Libby Venuti commented that Ence Homes, her employer, is doing a project on 3650 South in the Washington Fields, and larger lots mean increased developer costs, especially the water impact fee charged by the Washington County Water Conservancy District. Larger lots won?t make St. George a better place to live. Mayor Pro Tem Gardner replied that larger lots with agricultural water do not have to pay the same impact fee. Jeanette Rawlings inquired if there were any areas designated for commercial. Council Member Whatcott showed Mrs. Rawlings a map designating the commercial areas. Ed Burgess commented that a landowner is going to do what makes the most financial sense. He stated he went through the process of trying to understand TND design and zoning, and even went so far as to make application for one, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars. But because of conflicts in the way the General Plan was approved, he finally realized a TND put developers on an uneven playing field. He stated he had the opportunity of putting in a project outside of the TND overlay zone and could see what the costs were in the Little Valley area. He stated he wanted to see the area develop in the best way it can, but the natural thing for the landowner to do is to request R-1-10 zoning because trying to meet the standards of a TND is tough. There is a need for R-1-10 and more density as one acre lots are very expensive to do. It seems like a TND is not exactly what the City is looking for, but rather the development plan of each piece of property being developed with a simple defined set of rules. To put everyone close to a level playing field, amenities for the entire area have to be developed with contributions toward the amenities. These guidelines can probably be established by picking a couple of points to keep everyone on a level playing field. From the City?s perspective, they can get everything they want - to protect existing horse owners with a potential for riding facilities, trails, etc. Someone willing to leave their land agricultural would be com...


City Council Minutes 07/12/2007:
... get parks in areas where it has not been able to in the past and to allow trails to be connected. St. George City Council Minutes July 12, 2007 Page Two Mayor McArthur commented the plan appears to make sure there is a level playing field for all. City Manager Gary Esplin commented the only concern is if a person pays something, they are paying it to the City. Caution must be used to not mix this concept with the TND concept. Ed Burgess commented that there should be a different set of standards for smaller projects, as he was not sure the City wanted to have a whole bunch of small pocket parks that may or may not be able to be improved, and the City would not want to maintain them. There should be another means to get the density. In the case of Little Valley, the water impact fee on a half acre lot is an additional $4,500 per lot, and there will have to be some incentive involved vs. paying $4,500 more to the Water Conservancy District, such as paying the City to improve the infrastructure. One thing that needs to be figured out is how to provide the Council with discretion to be able to look at a project and have the ability to not be firm on the standards required, because one size does not fit all. Community Development Director Bob Nichlson commented that small parcels will require special consideration. If factors one and two are not feasible, perhaps a combination of the third factor could be used, such as enhanced landscaping along the right-of-way or private amenities that would enhance the project. City Attorney Shawn Guzman commented that according to the law, it is still unclear what the City can do, and it might have to say if the project is ten acres or less, a payment would be required or land is required to be donated. The City might have to have a cut-off on the acreage as to when it can charge a fee and when the land can be used for improvements. Mr. Nicholson commented that density bonuses for parks and attainable housing bonuses are common. Council Member Bunker suggested a community garden could be used instead of a park. Council Member Whatcott suggested a potential fourth factor - donation of land to increase building setbacks to allow for increased road widths, thereby eliminating narrow roadways. City Attorney Shawn Guzman commented wider park strips could be used for small acreages that cannot donate property for a park. City Manager Gary Esplin suggested that landscaped medians could also be used to soften roadways. Council Member Allen commented the City Council would like to see commercial development spread throughout the City to help keep traffic congestion down. Glen Bundy inquired where the areas planned for commercial were located. He was shown a map. St. George City Council Minutes July 12, 2007 Page Three Council Member Allen inquired about clustering. Ed Burgess replied this would fall under factor number three. The City Council needs the ability to approve a plan. City Manager Gary Esplin commented there is some concern with the way the Water Conservancy District is applying their calculation. The impact fee for half acre lots is almost $10,000, but there is an option to not pay the fee if landscaping is limited to 5,000 sq. ft. which would encourage clustering. Council Member Allen commented that clustering provides more open space than half acre lots. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson commented that lot size averaging is also an incentive. Mr. Esplin commented that also makes it easier to do an affordable housing component. Council Member Whatcott inquired if it would be based on the zone or size of lot. Mr. Esplin replied it would be based on the size of lot. Council Member Allen commented that clustering would do away with the need for walls and fences. Council Member Whatcott inquired if park improvement would allow for park impact fee reimbursement to the developer. Mr. Esplin replied that the developer would already be getting increased density in exchange for the improvement. Council Member Whatcott commented that the home buyer is the one who will pay this cost, not the developer. City Attorney Shawn Guzman advised that the City is not collecting impact fees for purchasing land for neighborhood parks. City Manager Gary Esplin commented that a partial amount does go toward building the park, but the developer is getting the benefit of having increased density. Council Member Whatcott commented that this would be charging the lot owner twice, and in the end the buyer has to pay twice. City Attorney Shawn Guzman commented that when the City did its impact fee study for regional parks, it took into account it would have a lot of park land donated and the amount per acre is a lot less than the fair market value of the property. St. George City Council Minutes July 12, 2007 Page Four City Manager Gary Esplin advised that a portion of the park impact fee does go toward the building of neighborhood parks, and a portion goes to trails, trailheads, recreation centers, and a portion goes to community parks. Somebody is getting compensated for putting the park in because they are getting increased density. Ron Bracken commented that all costs ultimately end up on the buyer. Council Member Whatcott stated the City must put a value on the park improvements. City Manager Gary Esplin replied that the value required is $125,000 for a standard park. If the developer wanted to add additional elements such as a water park, two tennis court, etc., this would give him the ability to have additional increased density, but does not address the issue of the person actually taking out the permit. But, this can be figured out. Ed Burgess commented that it is easy to donate land for a park, but 50% of developers will choose not to improve the park and take less density. However, the concept works. The question is if these people have to donate land for the park, should they also have to pay a park impact fee. City Manager Gary Esplin commented that if a homeowner has a chance to go into a subdivision that has trails and parks and amenities, he is more likely to buy in that subdivisio...


City Council Minutes 12/06/2007:
...would be built within the 100' buffer. It would remain open space and trails. The overall density would be one home per acre. In 2006 the PD was amended. The original plan had 2700 housing units, and this was dropped down to a maximum of 2400 housing units. The new revised plan shows a second 18 hole golf course, the fire station site has been moved, park locations have been changed, housing density will remain the same (approved up to 2450 dwelling units), and minor changes to the road layout have been made. There are public streets on the east side of U-18 and private streets on the west side, with the exception of the frontage road. 76% of the area will be in some form of open space, golf course, or natural area. The other change proposed is a resort/spa location on the west side of U-18 northwest of the JEL subdivision. The Planning Commission recommends approval subject to public access being provided to the natural area. The applicants have agreed to provide the public access, as well as to Snow Canyon State Park. They are also providing additional storm water detention. Hans Kuhni, representing the Ledges, advised that a very high end five star hotel component with a world class spa is planned. The hotel will be a major service provider in the hotel industry. Noble Keck, a resident of Winchester Hills, expressed concern with water run-off from the Ledges, the height of the cluster homes in relation to his property and lighting. He stated he moved here from Ohio in September and his realtor told him the Ledges property adjacent to his home was supposed to be one unit per acre. He expressed concern with loss of his view, dust during construction, and water. He stated he did not know how high the proposed road by his home would be nor the distance between the road and his lot. He suggested that the lots should not be clear-cut until they or sold or a home is ready to be built. He stated he would like to review the elevations of the proposed dwellings to see how they will affect his view. He asked that consideration be given to use of low pressure high sodium lighting to maintain the night sky. He suggested that the golf course not plant so much grass and leave some areas natural. Natalie Montoya, a resident of Winchester Hills, stated the Ledges had done a nice job so far. She agreed with Mr. Keck that not so much grass should be planted and grass is certainly not needed in the roundabouts. She expressed concern with the location of the hotel and spa and traffic created by the hotel and spa. She expressed concern that her view of Snow Canyon would be blocked by the hotel and spa. Lance Allred, a property owner in the area east of where the spa will be located expressed frustration with the City as he called and asked if the Ledges plan would be available to review prior to the meeting and was told no. He stated the large commercial area is a significant change to the PD and merits discussion. He stated he would like to know in great detail what the plans are for the area. St. George City Council Minutes December 6, 2007 Page Seven Jerry Harris, a resident of Diamond Valley, advised he moved there to get away from the city and businesses and to live in a nice, quiet area. He expressed concern with the proposed business area and what precedent would be set for expansion. Caryn Magnesen, a resident of Winchester Hills, advised she lives behind tee four and hears a lot of angry golfers. Over the summer she had many golf balls in her yard. She stated it was her understanding a wall was supposed to be put up between the two communities. She stated there was an issue with water pressure and it was her understanding the Ledges tank was supposed to be kept at a certain level. Last month Winchester Hills water board members were kept busy trying to keep Winchester Hills water level up. Also, there is consistent watering going on at the golf course, even during freezing weather. She stated she has issues with water runoff, and there is a flooding problem where a road is proposed from the Ledges. She inquired if this roadway would be raised, and if so, where the water would go. She advised that a detention basin was built by her home, but was not shored up on either side, so her property is filling up the basin. She inquired where the runoff would go when the homes and new road were built, and if the basin will be moved. She inquired how high the clustered homes would be and about lighting. She stated her family moved to Winchester Hills for the night sky and to live in a quiet community and they are concerned about congestion and light pollution. City Manager Gary Esplin commented that the action requested is to amend the general plan, and not to design washes or zone for development. Most of the things mentioned are handled in the development review process. The applicant will be required to handle their drainage, and when the property comes in for a zone change specifics with regard to height, drainage and where the roads will be located will be indicated. There is a misconception about the water issue. The City has addressed this issue and the Ledges is watering with their own water. The City purchased the wells in the area and the Ledges paid impact fees. They have every right to do what they are doing with the water. The City agreed to help Winchester Hills if their water level goes down below a certain point if their well is affected, and it has provided water to Winchester Hills when their pumps were down. The Ledges should not be blamed for water pressure problems in Winchester Hills because their wells are separate. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson explained that a public hearing will be required on the preliminary plat and citizens again will have an opportunity for public input. With regard to the gentleman who asked to look at the plans and were told they were unavailable, all plans are totally available to the public. Lance Allred expressed concern that the area now designated for commercial was previously designated as residential. Marvin Fuller advised that he lives adjacent to a ridge and the water runs down to his property. A density increase in his area will create additional storm water run-off into his property. He objected to the change in zoning for additional units on top of the ridge. Council Member Allen advised that the Ledges will have to contain their runoff. Doug Allred commented that the new five star spa will be located adjacent to properties with corrals, chickens, livestock being slaughtered, dogs who bark and flies. He stated while he and his neighbors want to be good neighbors, they were there first. Council Member Orton informed Mr. Allred that their use would be grandfathered in. There being no further public comment, Mayor McArthur closed the public hearing. City Manager Gary Esplin advised that the recently approved air quality ordinance prohibits clear-cutting and puts the responsibility on the property owner to keep the dust down. He explained that the overall density in the project area will not increase, but the clusters of units may change in density or location within the project. The City Council will see the exact plans and elevations, lighting, accesses and buffers and will take precautions to make sure the area Mr. Allred is taking about is buffered. The existing uses will be grandfathered in. The major change to the plan is relocation of some commercial, the fire station site, and rearrangement of some of the units, but the overall density remains the same as approved. City ordinance prohibits the runoff of water onto someone else?s property, and the applicant will have to take care of this. If Winchester Hills is lower, the applicant will have to retain the water or drain it, but it cannot drain off onto neighboring property. This will all be dealt with in final plat approvals. There will still be plenty of opportunity for citizens to offer public input. St. George City Council Minutes December 6, 2007 Page Eight Council Member Orton commented that other changes will be made to the PD, as changes are expected in a PD zone. The density will remain the same, but the project will have to be adjusted to the market and what will sell. MOTION: A motion as made by Council Member Orton to approve the amended PD by ordinance. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Bunker. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a roll call vote, as follows: Council Member Orton - aye Council Member Bunker - aye Council Member Whatcott - aye Council Member Gardner - abstained Council Member Allen - aye The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. Council Member Bunker inquired why no locations for schools were shown. Mr. Kuhni advised they were open to schools and if the environment changes at the Ledges, they will provide locations for schools. PUBLIC HEARING/AMEND BUDGET/RESOLUTION: Public hearing to consider amendments to the fiscal year 2007-08 budget for the City of St. George. Council Member Bunker inquired about funds allocated to the dinosaur museum. Budget and Financial Planning Manager, Deanna Brklacich, advised that the $22,000 requested is for repair of tiling and other minor repairs in the museum. It is proposed these funds be taken from the capital projects fund because there are no funds available in the dinosaur museum fund. It is important that the repairs be made as soon as possible so there is no damage to the dinosaur tracks. City Manager Gary Esplin advised the work will be done in-house and the funds are for materials only. Mayor McArthur opened the public hearing. There being no public comment, he closed the public hearing. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Gardner to approve the amendment by resolution. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Orton. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a roll call vote, as follows: Council Member Gardner - aye Council Member Orton - aye Council Member Allen - aye Council Member Whatcott - aye Council Member Bunker - aye The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. Mayor McArthur called for a break. Upon conclusion of the break, the meeting continued. ORDINANCE: Consider approval of an ordinance amending Title 5, Chapter 2, St. George City Code, allowing for a three year rabies vaccine for dogs. City Attorney Shawn Guzman explained that the requirement for rabies vaccines has changed. There is a one year vaccine and a three year vaccine, and the ordinance amendment is to allow a three year vaccine to be accepted for licensing purposes. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Bunker to approve the ordinance. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Gardner. St. George City Council Minutes December 6, 2007 Page Nine VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a roll call vote, as follows: Council Member Bunker - aye Council Member Gardner - aye Council Member Allen - aye Council Member Whatcott - aye Council Member Orton - aye The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. RESOLUTION: Consider approval of a resolution reconfirming the City?s sublease arrangement with the County for the Dixie Center. Council Member Orton explained that the City?s obligation or percentage is not being changed. City action is required before next week in order to approve the new bonding, and the County is doing the same thing. City Attorney Shawn Guzman advised that the action will not impact the City fiscally. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Orton to approve the resolution. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Whatcott. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a roll call vote, as follows: Council Member Orton - aye Council Member Allen - aye Council Member Whatcott - aye Council Member Bunker - aye Council Member Gardner - aye The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. RESOLUTION: Consider approval of a resolution of the City Council of the City of St. George, Utah (the ?City?) authorizing and approving the execution by the City of an Amended and Restated Sublease Agreement by and between Washington County, Utah (the ?County?) and the City; approving the issuance and sale by Washington County/St. George Interlocal Agency, Washington County, Utah (?WCIA?) of its variable rate Lease Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2007 in the principal amount of approximately $16,500,000 to refund and retire the WCIA?s outstanding Lease Revenue Bonds, Series 1997A Bonds; authorizing the execution by the City of a continuing disclosure agreement and other documents required in connection therewith; approving the forms of the bond purchase agreement and official statement; authorizing the taking of all other actions necessary to the consummation of the transactions contemplated by this resolution; and related matters. City Manager Gary Esplin explained that because of the City?s agreement with the County, the City must authorize the WCIA board to issue the bonds for this refunding. Bonds were issued in 1997 and again in 2005. An option was given to the bank to call the bonds and reissue them in 2007. They are now doing that. The bonds are being reissued at the same interest rate. There will be no financial impact on the City or WCIA board. Council Member Orton advised that Gary Esplin and Jason Burningham put this together and saved the City and County a great deal and allowed expansion of the Dixie Center. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Orton to approve the resolution. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Allen. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a roll call vote, as follows: Council Member Orton - aye Council Member Allen - aye Council Member Whatcott - aye Council Member Gardner - aye Council Member Bunker - aye St. George City Council Minutes December 6, 2007 Page Ten The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. ORDINANCE: Consider approval of amendments to the air quality ordinance. City Manager Gary Esplin explained that the air quality ordinance was approved at the last meeting. Subsequent to that City Council meeting there have been discussions with some of the businesses affected. Staff?s position is they do not want to require something not done anywhere else and step on a lot of toes. The issue is there is a problem with air quality in the City and staff has been instructed to come up with proposals to resolve the issue. The ordinance has attempted to do this. There is only one person assigned to monitor air quality issues. Hours have been looked at and staff recommends the hours be adjusted to allow work from dawn to dusk instead of 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Staff still feels strongly that operations cannot continue during the night because they can?t be monitored or tested. This is what Las Vegas requires. However, there would still be some flexibility based on certain circumstances. The ordinance has been pared back a little to deal with air quality issues and not noise issues which can be addressed through the nuisance ordinance. Proximity requirements have been narrowed. Bill Swensen advised that another meeting was held with the Task Force Committee and staff recommends implementation of some of their recommendations, but not all. He then reviewed the changes to the ordinance. One change will allow hauling at night, and noise will be dealt with through the Nuisance Ordinance. Driving on the construction site is not considered an activity and was eliminated. Use of water to control dust on paved roadways is not permitted on one acre or larger projects. Hours of activity have been changed to dusk to dawn and an eight hour day on Saturday. Legal holidays need to be revisited. Council Member Gardner stated he felt the ordinance was over-reaching and holidays and weekends should not be restricted. Council Member Orton commented that the City would have to have staff to monitor the operations on weekends and holidays. Council Member Whatcott commented that if given the opportunity to work when not being monitored, their work pattern will shift just like a traffic pattern. Mr. Swensen explained that the amendment will allow the contractors another window of opportunity to catch up. He stated he understood that aggregate operations and development will need to occur beyond sunrise or sunset and these situations will be evaluated on a case by case basis. Hours for detonation are between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, with no detonation on Saturday, Sunday or legal holidays without prior approval from the City. Las Vegas and Henderson similarly limit detonation. Other minor changes were made with regard to the size of clean rock and elimination of a cash deposit. Owen Olsen, Association of General Contractors, asked the City Council to not approve the ordinance as changes are being suggested which cause them concern. He stated he wanted these concerns to be taken care of before adoption and due process has not bee provided. Limiting operations to dawn to dusk will have a devastating effect on contractors who have contracts to meet. Council Member Orton advised that the ordinance was approved and adopted two weeks ago and is in effect. City Attorney Shawn Guzman clarified that the proposed amendment will allow contractors to work longer - from dawn to dusk, rather than from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. He clarified that what is proposed is less restrictive. Mr. Olsen replied that this was never taken through the Task Force and they want it deleted with no time restrictions. Mr. Swensen stated that some work at night will be permitted under certain conditions and with prior approval. The sunrise to sunset restriction was a suggestion from the Task Force. Council Member Orton commented he was surprised that Mr. Olsen wanted to leave the old ordinance in effect and not make the proposed changes. St. George City Council Minutes December 6, 2007 Page Eleven Mr. Olsen replied the contractors would like a few more changes before final approval is given. Council Member Orton again explained that the ordinance was already approved and is in effect. Council Member Gardner commented he voted against the ordinance at the last meeting because it was not in final form. His concern is if the Council proceeds again before it is fine tuned, it would be a disservice. Council Member Orton commented that the ordinance was approved by the City Council on a four to one vote, and a majority of the Task Force present tonight wanted it passed. Council Member Allen inquired if the matter could be tabled. City Manager Gary Esplin replied that the Council?s choices were to repeal the action taken at the last meeting and have no ordinance, amend the ordinance with the recommendations presented, or take no action and leave the ordinance as currently exists and adopt a fee schedule. Not everyone will agree on everything in the ordinance and a consensus will never be had. City Attorney Shawn Guzman advised that the ordinance could not be repealed at this meeting because it was advertised as an amendment. Bill Swensen commented that he was surprised at the opposition, as he met with the Task Force last Thursday and they agreed on all of the proposed changes. They met again yesterday and agreed to the sunrise to sunset hours of operation. Council Member Allen commented that if something causes the contractors financial harm or the loss of a contract, the issue can be addressed again. Mayor McArthur commented there is also flexibility to address issues on an individual basis. Mr. Olsen expressed concern with having to obtain prior approval and if the person issuing the approval is not flexible. City Manager Gary Esplin commented that the issue is being sidestepped. More complaints are received by the City about air quality than anything else. There is an air quality problem and the City now has an ordinance to deal with it. He stated that the City has come too far to backpedal. Other places are enforcing air quality regulations exactly as the City is now proposing. Russell Limb, Progressive Contracting, explained that he is a member of the Task Force, and while he likes most of the recommendation, some things will be devastating to them, such as not being able to batch concrete before daylight. City Manager Gary Esplin advised the proposed amendment says that hauling can take place during the night. Mayor McArthur clarified that the restriction is on mining and crushing. Mr. Limb commented there were plenty of penalties to make people comply. He inquired why the hours of operation had to be restricted. Mayor McArthur advised that there is an inversion in the morning in several areas of the City. While it is not known exactly what is causing it, the City is trying to get a handle on it. The ordinance is a work in progress and can be modified. Council Member Whatcott commented that the fact there is a problem is being sidestepped. If a contractor is fined, it is because he is not in compliance. The City is attempting to improve its air quality. There is an air quality problem and to do nothing would be a joke. Council Member Gardner commented that since the ordinance was passed he has tried to see where the clouds of dust are coming from. He noticed that as soon as the mining activity across the border begins, the dust can be followed like a smoke trail. It ends up in Little Valley. He stated he felt the City was compounding the problem by putting it all on the backs St. George City Council Minutes December 6, 2007 Page Twelve of contractors when 90% of the problem comes from outside the area where the City has no control. He stated he felt the City was moving in the wrong direction and was being too aggressive. Jim Able, a resident of the Knolls, showed pictures of the haze in the Little Valley area and pictures of the haze which resulted from PCI?s blast. He stated that the ability to call someone about a dust issue is not in place. He stated that the industry cannot regulate itself so the City must create a regulatory oversight to prevent the problem. He stated a fine needed to be identified to assess against those who do not abide by the ordinance. If blasting, the dust needs to be contained and the charge lowered. He stated he could not imagine assuming the problem will get better if left up to the violators to take care of. Ron Axton, a resident of Meadow Valley, stated that his perspective as a citizen is that it comes down to enforcement. Bill Swensen is a department of one and cannot do it all. He stated that contractors are not policing themselves and are in defiance rather than compliance. He stated that at the meeting when the ordinance was passed a representative from Quality Construction said citizens could call him at any time about concerns, and the representative still has not returned his call. He stated he was appealing to the City Council to look at enforcement and have sufficient employees to do this. Susan Fraser, a resident of the Knolls, stated that if contractors are allowed to crush on Saturdays and Sundays and holidays, the air quality will never be improved. She stated that contractors do not take the responsibility to monitor themselves and there was blasting by the Knolls every day last week. She advised that she called Bill Swensen who told her the state continues to rubber stamp blasting permits. Russ Limb says that he is located in an industrial area, but the City Council also granted permission for the area to be residential, with parks and schools. She asked the contractors to reach a compromise with the residents of the City. Ron Ohlwiler, a resident of the Knolls, stated that some of the suggested changes to the ordinance give a lot of outs to the violators. He stated the City should require the posting of a surety bond for those who refuse to follow the guidelines. He stated the ordinance will not please everyone, but the City had to start somewhere and if more teeth is put into it, the contractors can still operate within reasonable bounds and the air quality will improve. Council Member Bunker asked that the holidays be identified. After discussion, the holidays identified for purposes of the ordinance are: New Years Day, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Orton to approve the ordinance amendments as recommended and specifying the six holidays as decided upon. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Bunker. Council Member Orton suggested that the Task Force remain intact and continue with their work, as the ordinance is a work in progress and can be changed. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a roll call vote, as follows: Council Member Orton - aye Council Member Bunker - aye Council Member Gardner - aye Council Member Allen - aye Council Member Whatcott - aye The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. RESOLUTION: Consider approval of a resolution adopting a fee schedule for the City?s air quality program. Bill Swensen reviewed the proposed fee schedule. He clarified that contractors are required to call in weekly for inspections for long-term ongoing projects. He stated that any time earth is being moved, the City must be notified and a permit obtained. He advised he hoped to implement this process so it is available on the internet. St. George City Council Minutes December 6, 2007 Page Thirteen City Manager Gary Esplin stated that the problem is multi-faceted and includes uncovered loads, dust generated when the ground in moved, blasting dust, etc. These activities must be monitored so that the resulting problems can be dealt with. The inspector must know what is going on and control potential problems. As all the dust causing activities accumulate, they add to the entire problem in the City. Staff is trying to muddle through and figure a way to deal with it. Whether the fees are too high or not, he did not know. Council Member Gardner inquired if there were a relationship between the amount of the fee and the number of times the project is inspected, or if the fee is really a permission fee on the front end of a project. He commented he would rather see a lower fee and have more compliance on the front end. Council Member Whatcott commented that an application fee should be a one-time cost of $25 or $35, and whether a contractor is working on one or 10,000 acres, he should not be charged a development fee on an annual basis as that would be unfair. On the development side, the City is trying to create funds to provide a second person to cover more territory. He stated he agreed with Council Member Gardner that charging a fee based on acreage is unfair. Bill Swensen replied that most of the ordinances used as models used acreage for the fee schedule. Council Member Bunker suggested the fees be charged on the project rather on acreage. Council Member Gardner suggested that if the fee is based on acreage, it be lowered by half. City Manager Gary Esplin commented that the City Council did not need to adopt the fees tonight if they would like time to review them. City Attorney Shawn Guzman advised there is a general penalty in the ordinance for any violation fee not specified. Right now if someone comes in with an application, the City will not charge them an inspection fee. Mayor McArthur suggested the item be tabled and given to the Task Force for recommendations. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Bunker to table the matter and give it to the Task Force for review. 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 suggested that a one-time fee for contractors to be signed up for the air quality program could be handled on the business license form. BEER LICENSE: Consider approval of a beer license and local consent for an on-premise beer license for the Lucky Buffet at 696 North 3050 East. Leong Lee Foo, applicant. City Manager Gary Esplin advised the application met all requirements and staff recommends approval. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Orton to approve the request. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Whatcott. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. INCENTIVE AGREEMENT: Consider approval of an incentive agreement with YESCO. City Manager Gary Esplin explained that YESCO proposes to locate a new manufacturing facility in the Ft. Pierce Industrial Park. They propose to generate 94 new jobs, with a majority of those jobs paying higher than the daily wage rate in Washington County and a benefit package. They have invested $5,000,000 in land and a building and equipment. He suggested that since they are locating in a CDA, they be given an incentive similar to others given in this area by returning to them a portion of their property tax equal to 50% for a period of five years. No money will be coming out of the General Fund, but from the taxes they pay. St. George City Council Minutes December 6, 2007 Page Fourteen MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Orton to approve the agreement. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Gardner. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. RESOLUTION: Consider approval of a resolution providing for the financing by the City of St. George, Utah (the ?Issuer?) of the acquisition and/or construction of a manufacturing facility including equipment and related facilities (the ?Project?) to be located in the City of St. George, Utah, for use by Young Electric Sign Company, or any related company (the ?Borrower?) in order to promote the general welfare of the residents of the State of Utah; authorizing and providing for the issuance by the Issuer of its $5,000,000 Industrial Development Revenue Bond, Series 2007A (YESCO Properties LLC Project) and $1,000,000 Industrial Development Revenue Bond, Series 2007B (YESCO LLC Project), which will be payable solely from the revenues arising from the pledge of two loan agreements among the Issuer, the Borrower and GE Government Finance, Inc., as said lender; authorizing the execution and delivery of said loan agreements, escrow agreements and related documents; confirming the sale of said bonds; and related matters. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Gardner to approve the resolution. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Whatcott. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a roll call vote, as follows: Council Member Gardner - aye Council Member Whatcott - aye Council Member Orton - aye Council Member Allen - aye Council Member Bunker - aye The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. BEER LICENSE: Consider approval of a beer license and local consent for a restaurant liquor license for the Barbeque Bistro. Larry D. Miller, applicant. City Manager Gary Esplin advised the license is for a new owner but for a location that has an existing license. The application meets all requirements. Mr. Miller, applicant, advised that he has been operating the Dammeron Valley BBQ for the past four year and has recently taken over the Tony Roma?s location. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Orton to approve the request. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Whatcott. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. CONSERVATION EASEMENT: Consider acceptance of a conservation easement for two parcels within the Entrada development for open space preservation. Spilt Rock, Inc., applicant. City Manager Gary Esplin advised in order for the applicants to receive a tax credit the City must accept the easement before the end of the year. The easement will be used for the purpose of maintaining permanent open space. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Gardner to accept the easement. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Allen. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT: Consider approval of a conditional use permit to establish a restaurant and cake parlor with non-conforming parking at 25 North Main Street. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Allen to approve the conditional use permit subject to the recommendations of the Planning Commission. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Whatcott. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. St. George City Council Minutes December 6, 2007 Page Fifteen SET PUBLIC HEARINGS: Community Development Director Bob Nicholson advised that the Planning Commission, at its meeting held November 27, 2007, recommended that public hearings be scheduled for January 10, 2007 at 5:00 p.m. to consider: (1) An amendment to the General Plan Land Use Map from MDR to PO on 3.9 acres located at 1350 East 900 South. Blue Mountain, applicant. (2) A zone change from R-1-10 to PD-AP on 3.9 acres located at 1350 East 900 South. Blue Mountain, applicant. (3) A zone change from R-1-10 to C-3 on 4.747 acres located at 501 North Bluff Street. Jason Vowell, owner. (4) A zone change from M&G to PD-Residential, PD-Commercial, Open Space, Airport Supporting Business, Airport Vicinity Industrial, Commercial Mixed Use, C-2, R-1-10, R-1-12 and R-3 on 2,432 acres located in the southeast corner of St. George south of the proposed replacement airport and north of the Utah/Arizona border. Desert Canyons Development, applicant. (5) A zone change from A-20 to R-1-10 on 30.63 acres located at 3300 South Little Valley Road. Phillips Homes, applicant. (6) An amended preliminary plat for Fieldstone Estates located south of Rasmussen Drive between 3000 East and 2780 East. Chuck West, applicant. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Orton to set the public hearings as recommended by the Planning Commission. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Gardner. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. FINAL PLAT: Todd Jacobsen explained that the Planning Commission recommended approval of the final plat for Mountain Cove Subdivision. The zoning is R-3. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Orton to approve the plat. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Bunker. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT: Consider approval of a conditional use permit to construct a maintenance building in an Open Space zone located at approximately 840 East Brigham Road. Washington County School District, applicant. City Planner Ray Snyder explained that the maintenance building will be located in front of the warehouse. The Planning Commission recommends approval. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Bunker to approve the conditional use permit. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Gardner. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. EXTENSION OF ORDINANCE: Consider approval of a two month extension for Ordinance No. 2007-08-002 which provides temporary land use provisions for a density bonus system in the Little Valley Plan Area. City Manager Gary Esplin recommended the temporary zoning ordinance in the Little Valley area be extended until February 7, 2008 while staff is finishing up the density bonus program. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Gardner to approve the extension. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Bunker. Council Member Whatcott commented that eventually the density bonus program will be uniform throughout the City. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. St. George City Council Minutes December 6, 2007 Page Sixteen WATER EXCHANGE AGREEMENT: Consider approval of a water exchange agreement with St. George 730 (the Lakes project). City Manager Gary Esplin advised this is a recommendation from the Water Department to exchange 242.6 acres feet of water rights in the Lounsbury well and additional rights in the Mathis Park area for reuse water, in the amount of $391,431.20. Water Services Director Barry Barnum explained that the City will be buying about 800 acre feet of irrigation water and 240 acre feet of water in the Lounsbury well which has the potential of being transferred to the Snow Canyon wells. Even with the reuse water, there is the potential for a five year payback on the purchase, and the irrigation water is about a break-even. Overall, it is a good deal for the City. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Gardner to approve the agreement. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Whatcott. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT: Consider approval of a development agreement between the City and Beehive Homes. City Manager Gary Esplin explained that approval of the agreement will allow Beehive Homes to use City property for a detention basin and privacy walls. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Allen to approve the agreement. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Bunker. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. AGREEMENT: Consider approval of a reliability delegation agreement with UAMPS. City Manager Gary Esplin explained that an agreement is needed to conform with the Energy Policy Act of 2005. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Whatcott to approve the agreement. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Orton. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. AGREEMENT: Consider approval of a real estate purchase agreement with the Harmon Johnson Family Trust. City Manager Gary Esplin explained the agreement is to purchase 10.03 acres of land at the replacement airport site for $727,175. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Whatcott to approve the agreement. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Orton. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. AGREEMENT: Consider approval of a real estate purchase agreement with Chris Roberts, Frank Allen, Nora and Raymond Brown, Gayle Winterrose and Chad and Holly Chiniquy. City Manager Gary Esplin explained the agreement is to purchase 40.12 acres of land at the replacement airport site for $2,908,700. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Gardner to approve the agreement. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Allen. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. AGREEMENT: Consider approval of a development agreement for the Lakes project. City Manager Gary Esplin explained that this agreement was discussed in concept at the last work meeting. The property is zoned R-1-10 and is already master planned and has some St. George City Council Minutes December 6, 2007 Page Seventeen entitlement rights as far as R-1-10 zoning. The Lakes agreesthat they will donate to the City the property for the community park and neighborhood park and build the neighborhood park. They are going beyond what the City considers the intent of the density bonus program in fulfilling their needs, so they are not included in the density bonus overlay zone. They are asking for additional density within the project, but overall it fits in the R-1-10 zone. They have open space areas and staff feels good about the project. The only concern needing clarification is the triggers for when the roads and parks will be built. Deputy City Attorney Joseph Farnsworth advised that as far as timing of the parks, he spoke with the developers and had numerous meetings about the mechanism for reimbursement of impact fees and the timing for building the parks. It is stated in the agreement that these issues will be addressed in a separate agreement. City Attorney Shawn Guzman advised that details on the impact fees can be worked out at a later date, but when construction of the parks will take place cannot be left wide open. A minimum in the agreement will be needed such as how many residents it will take in order for the neighborhood park to be built. A representative of the Lakes commented that this was fine. Mr. Farnsworth commented that road construction trigger points are addressed in the traffic impact study and incorporated into the agreement. A provision in the development agreement states that the traffic impact study can be amended as needed. City Manager Gary Esplin commented that the applicants are paying only a portion of some of the off-site traffic signals, so when they go in is a question. The City may want to require their portion of these funds up front. When secondary access roads are needed is addressed in the traffic study. Matt Ence, representing the applicant, advised that the timing of the offsite roadway improvements will be left to the control of the Public Works Department to tell them when they are needed, and when they would make their contribution if some of the improvements needed to go in prior to the first plat. They would like the park timing issue part of a separate agreement as no one has come up with a good idea and both sides said they would work with each other. He stated he was not opposed to putting something in the agreement, however, one thing that may mitigate the need for parks to be built is that the applicant is dedicating a lot of open space that is already useable for recreation purposes such as 80 acres of open space and trails that does not need to be improved to be used. With regard to the impact fee credits, the City has already established things the impact fees will be used for. The developers are saying that if they build something in the capital facilities plan, they want to be credited or reimbursed for that. The Hidden Valley project had a separate agreement for impact fees, and the applicant would like to do the same. They are agreeable to the same principles except for one feature - they are not asking for a density credit. They are only asking for what it is already zoned and in return are saying they are putting in neighborhood park improvements and getting an impact fee credit. They are saying they will dedicate neighborhood parks, dedicate a community park, but they want credit or reimbursement for basic neighborhood park improvements, in addition to getting credit for community park improvements and other improvements. City Attorney Shawn Guzman clarified that the applicants are also dedicating a master planned trail. Matt Ence stated that if master planned trails are included in the capital facilities plan, the applicants would li...


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...ng and creates more open space and provides the ability to build parks and trails, but medium density is not being addressed. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson replied that the committee talked about meeting the first three requirements, and beyond that it is good design and the applicants would have to come in with a PD zone. City Manager Gary Esplin advised that an applicant will have to provide a neighborhood park in order to get to the next requirement, and then to the next. Beyond that, staff could not figure out how to address it. He suggested that if a project had twice the density of R-1-10, perhaps it would have to do something in addition to the neighborhood park, such as a splash pad, etc. Council Member Whatcott inquired if the park impact fee was going to addressed, as this will change the Burningham impact fee study. City Manager Gary Esplin suggested that, for example, in the Little Valley area if someone did a 50 acre project with 10 homes, they would be required to do a park. The impact fee would be paid when the home is built, and a portion of this goes to trails, etc. He suggested that the funds go toward providing something in addition to the park. He stated the committee tried to develop standard for neighborhood parks, assuming it will cost somewhere around $125,000 per acre to build a park. The land for the park would have to be dedicated - and this is what allows the density bonus. This figure does not include amenities, so additional funds would be required for additional improvements to the park. Ron Bracken inquired about four acre parcels. Mr. Nicholson replied that the committee talked about private amenities qualifying, such as a horseshoe pit, trails, etc. However, if someone came in with a two acre parcel, this would...


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...amenities. They have to provide 15% of the land for open space, parks, and trails. This applicant is providing that open space through a community garden and green courts which will be maintained by a HOA. The area along 3000 South will have green courts and nine homes around a common green, with alleys in the back to access garages in the rear. The pavement will be the same as a public street, with curb and gutter and a four foot planter strip and a four foot sidewalk. Homes which front on the street will access their garages by an alley. There are three distinct housing products. According to the City Code, there are three factors which must be met in order to get increased density, and the Planning Commission and City Council must feel that the project has a superior design. The Planning Commission spent considerable time on this issue and the applicant has prepared an in-depth response to this topic. The applicant proposes, and staff agrees, that the homes are well planned; they are single family detached homes. The green court concept is new to St. George but has worked well in other places. There are no privacy walls, the alleys are 20-25' in width, the pavement width is 29' with a 4' planter strip and 4' sidewalk and a 10' setback. He reviewed nearby equestrian uses. A question was raised at the Planning Commission meeting about a buffer from nearby equestrian uses; the buffer is from identified equestrian subdivisions such as Little Valley Ranches and Little Valley Ranchos. There was also discussion about compatibility between people who have horses and those who do not and if this will create a conflict. If the project is approved a note will be placed on the plat putting new residents on notice that they are living in an agricultural area with the accompanying odors and other things typical to an agricultural area. Council Member Bunker inquired if the setbacks were staggered in order to have private streets. Mr. Nicholson replied that setbacks can be staggered on public streets too; the problem is the City Code requires a 20' minimum setback unless in a TND. The applicants are proposing a 10' setback which does not meet public street standards. He advised that the City could changes its standards, or the applicant could do a modification and meet the setback requirements. Mayor McArthur commented that private streets have been an issue and the City has been trying to move away from them. However, a TND also contains other things, such as commercial. The proposed project meets Vision Dixie principles. Jim Raines, Bush and Gudgell, reminded the City Council that the applicant submitted the Fredonia Estates project for this same property which met current zoning, and the City Council asked the applicant to wait for the new General Plan. They did that and worked with neighboring properties to try and develop a good plan. Mr. Fleming is trying to follow the City?s General Plan and Vision Dixie and incorporate concepts of both. The private streets meet all public street standards except for the setback. The applicant wants to bring the houses close to the street for livability and to be pedestrian-oriented. This cannot be done with 20-25' setbacks. The project meets the bonus density, General Plan and PD criteria, as well as Vision Dixie principles. Council Member Bunker inquired if the canal and drainage were addressed. Mr. Raines replied that the canal is no longer needed as there is on-site detention and the irrigation water has been piped. Mayor McArthur inquired if there is secondary water. Mr. Raines replied that there is. Mayor McArthur suggested that language in the deed restriction be changed to say that agricultural operations SHALL not be forced out, instead of SHOULD not be forced out. St. George City Council Minutes October 16, 2008 Page Eight Community Development Director Bob Nicholson advised that the Planning Commission recommended denial on a four to one vote. Council Member Allen inquired about the basis for denial. Mr. Nicholson replied that there were no findings per se, but the Planning Commission felt there was incompatibility between the large lots with horses and more compact lots. John Fleming, Bonneville Builders, applicant, advised that when he was asked to re-approach the project following approval of the Little Valley General Plan, he understood what he was being asked to do with regard to zoning. In addition to meeting requirements he was asked to provide superior architecture. This goal was approached with an eye to contemporary urban design and good planning principles and Vision Dixie was used for further guidelines. The project integrates itself into the community; it has no walls. Daybreak is the best example of this type of community, but it is 4200 acres. This project is situated between two schools, parks and a ballfield to the north and soccer fields across the street to the southwest and is ideally situated for this kind of project. This area is for medium to high density up to a maximum of nine units per acre. The project is 6.2 units per acre. 75% of the units are accessed from interior alleys and the other 25% have garages in the back of the homes. 36 of the homes will be courtyard style and 24 will be alley units. There is a variety of home sizes. Lots range from 1,900 sq. ft. to over 5,000 sq. ft. Homes range from 1,100 sq. ft. to 2,500 sq. ft. and will be market driven as far as the number of each. The homes are designed to appeal to teachers and the workforce. The architectural style is Craftsman. Stucco, stone, and slate roofs will be used. He then reviewed the color palette of the homes. Council Member Bunker commented that Mr. Fleming previously said the CC&Rs will prohibit two identically colored homes from being next to each other. Mr. Fleming said he would like to see that in the CC&Rs. Council Member Allen inquired if this meant that no two houses exactly the same would be located next to each other. Mr. Fleming replied that this is the point of staggering, and perhaps one could be the mirror image of the other and staggered with different colors. He advised that landscaping along public areas will be xeriscape. There are several parks in the project, including a toddler park, pocket parks, trails, and a community garden. The CC&Rs will allow rental of 10% of the units. With regard to increased crime in higher density projects, the Urban Land Institute found crime in higher density areas was not significantly higher. More affordable housing is needed. With regard to horses and incompatibility, he is involved in an equine therapy business and he has never heard of a toddler being trampled by a horse. With regard to flies, there are programs to provide pesticides through horse feed and the use of fly predators. There is also a law in the City which prohibits anyone from maintaining a condition that would encourage the breeding of flies. He then presented a video fly-by of the project. Council Member Allen inquired of Mr. Fleming if a HOA would be formed. Mr. Fleming replied in the affirmative, stating that all property not part of lots will be under control of the HOA. Mayor McArthur called for a brief break. At the conclusion of the break, the meeting continued. Mayor McArthur advised that comments would be limited to 15 minutes. Paul Iverson advised that he had a 15 minute presentation from residents in the Little Valley area. He stated he is a general contractor. The motivating factor of the developer is money and profit. He stated the residents of Little Valley want to present more things for consideration. The developer previously had a subdivision approved that would be far more compatible but the City Council told the developer to hold off so he could get higher density. St. George City Council Minutes October 16, 2008 Page Nine Council Member Almquist commented that it was the former City Council who said this. Mr. Iverson continued saying that several residents would be presenting various issues for consideration. He advised he would be presenting a petition to the City Council. Paul Gooch, a resident of Little Valley, stated the proposed project creates a compatibility issue. He distributed a picture to the City Council. He advised that Jim McArthur has a unique piece of property with 700' feet adjacent to the proposed project, 400' of which is corral. Mr. Gooch stated that he has horses within 120-150' of his home and the effects of the horses on the home are real - he has flies and dust. There will be an acute incompatibility problem. It is self-evident truth that agricultural uses always lose out to higher density development, and there are many examples of this throughout the City. At some point someone wisely said that Little Valley would be the area where this could not happen. Residents in Little Valley have begged and pleaded for some contiguous zoning, instead, they are being surrounded by this type of proposed density. This development would be the nail in the coffin of agricultural use in Little Valley. Residents of Little Valley want to ask if there is any value to the City in having a place where agricultural uses can take place. The residents of Little Valley are there for the very specific rights granted by agricultural zoning. The more the City urbanizes, the more demand there is for agricultural uses. Much has been said about the aesthetics of one acre lots, but to those who live there, they are the most beautiful places on earth, and the residents there love the smells and sounds. Another great commodity of this lifestyle is the children it can produce through agricultural use. Katelyn Davies, President of the Desert Hills FFA Chapter, advised that without the land use in Little Valley their program would not exist. Their program consists of leadership based on agriculture and taking away the agricultural land kills opportunities for future students. John Powell advised that he relocated to Little Valley because of the rural feel. He expressed concerns about safety issues, mostly relating to the small size of the proposed streets and proximity to sidewalks and schools and increased traffic. The project is located immediately east of Little Valley Elementary and the roadway through the development is 30' wide. Minimum City standards for a public road is 50'. A 30' road does not allow room for wiggle, and barely allows distance for two vehicles to pass each other. The street width would not allow parking and the HOA is usually the enforcing entity, and most fail to enforce parking and residents end up parking along the private roads. Modified curbs also allow parking on the sidewalks, making it difficult for children to get through. Another concern is the sheer number of houses and increase in traffic. He stated there is already gridlock in the area at 9:00 a.m. when children are dropped off to school. An additional 90 homes will generate 900 additional trips per day, and there is no public transportation in the area. He stated the applicant says the development is a positive thing to have next to schools, but he cannot think of anything worse than to have 900 cars driving back and forth where kids are walking to and from school, not to mention the construction equipment. David Harris advised he moved from Colorado to Little Valley and is a financial consultant. He stated the comparison made by the developer that this project is like Daybreak is like comparing Los Angeles to St. George. The socioeconomic structure of Daybreak cannot be compared to this project because of its size and community purpose and should not be used as a ruler for this project. As far as the need for workforce housing, currently there are 807 homes on the market, not including multi-family, and they are on the market for an average of 186 days. Today?s economic problems have come from artificial growth in housing. All the studies and growth assumptions quoted cannot be used because everything has changed. People, including police officers, nurses, teachers, and principals who signed the petition were asked if the proposed development is a place they would want to live and not one person said they would want to live there. He stated that while the development is beautiful, no good proof was given why it should be there in today?s market. Aaron Klomp, a physician, requested that the public be given the same amount of time for comment as the applicant. He stated that a 14 acre project is not big and should be just 14 houses. The project area is small and the urban park is just a gazebo. With regard to the crime issue, he stated he read the same articles as the applicant, and they St. George City Council Minutes October 16, 2008 Page Ten suggest two things: within a short amount of time, five to ten years, the crime rate skyrockets, and in talking to police officers, one commented that crime is to be expected when people are stacked on top of each other. With regard to safety, he made a call to Primary Children?s Hospital to speak to a colleague, and his comment was that most children in intensive care units are there because of auto/pedestrian accidents, with most of those vehicles having backed over children. Those same articles mention that it must be taken into account that little children play on every square foot of property. One of the comments made by the applicant is that they want to welcome the community with open arms and integrate into the community. The only community associated with this development is Little Valley, and this project is a perfect example of urban sprawl. In Mr. Fleming?s remarks, he stated that the horses should be fed a different type of feed, and this is not compatible. Paul Iverson advised that James and Debra McArthur asked that their letter in opposition to the project be presented to the City Council and made a part of the minutes. See Exhibit ?A? attached to the official copy of minutes. The Planning Commission heard a request from Craig Brinkerhoff to expand his veterinary clinic, and this was met with opposition from residents because of the sounds, smells, etc. Lewis Meats and the veterinary clinic were the first things out in that area, and since then zoning has allowed residential development around them, and now the residents are asking that the entire veterinary clinic be moved. The City Council now has an opportunity to prevent this same problem in Little Valley - there is no happy medium. He advised that he is also involved in an equine therapy business, and the horses used in those programs are not the same as the horses he keeps in his pens. The horses in his pens will bite and kick a person. He advised that Vision Dixie consisted of a general plan, general ideas and general input. He presented a petition to the City Council signed by 750 people in opposition to the request. Only seven people refused to sign the petition. Comments made by those who signed the petition include ?the development will ruin Little Valley? and ?its not right to put that kind of density next to schools?. He requested that the zone change request be denied. Ed Baca, addressing Mr. Fleming, stated that a new HOA board could vote to change the 10% rental policy. He inquired if there would be any restrictions limiting sale of a unit for three years, or some kind of rental controls. Todd Parry advised that he lived by the park, and while the proposed plan is beautiful, it does not look like the houses in the Knolls and is in the wrong place. He suggested it be built in the fields to the east where there is nothing yet and is closer to the airport and will not disrupt the area which is already built. It would also be suitable on the rim between the housing and the business park, but to drastically change a community is inappropriate. The City has put millions of dollars in parks, which is a big revenue generator. The City needs to put its best foot forward, and this project does not do that. The elementary school is already full. The proposed development is in the wrong place and should be put somewhere where it will not change the community already developed. Tom Finada, a new resident, advised that he moved from the northwest for the sunshine, schools and safe Little Valley community. He stated he liked the 50' wide streets, his children ride their bikes to school, and the area is safe. While the project is beautiful, there was a similar project in Oregon and the residents couldn?t even back their cars around in it. Residents in Utah have big families and big cars. He stated he heard the College was looking for more students housing, and he suggested this project be located in the downtown area. Janoie Milne advised she is a licensed clinical social worker working with children up to the age of 18. She advised that crimes against children increase when the population increases in neighborhoods. She stated that the more dense the population, the more children are harmed. When speaking about children possibly getting injured by horses, the residents are concerned about teenagers who will come into their property when no one is home and possibly getting injured. Paul Gooch commented he would like on the record that if a 100' radius line from the back of Jim McArthur?s property is used, it would encompass one third of the homes in the proposed development. St. George City Council Minutes October 16, 2008 Page Eleven Jill Wiscombe commented that teachers from Little Valley Elementary signed the petition against the proposed development. Teachers do not want this development. The school area is already congested at 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Mayor McArthur commented that he spoke with the School Superintendent about notes that were sent home with children from school illegally and he agreed this was not right. He advised the Superintendent asked the principals if they would welcome the project, and they said yes, they would love it. Greg Wagner, a resident of the Knolls, stated he was curious why the Planning Commission voted down the project on a four to one vote and that this would be important to look at. He stated when there is a tournament at the nearby softball diamonds, the parking situation is a mess. He stated he has driven through many projects with private streets, and while they may not be a problem in a 55 or older community, they are a problem when you have families with small children and there are rollback curves and cars are parked on the sidewalks. He inquired how many parking stalls per home would be provided. Shanna Klomp inquired if there was an ordinance limiting a structure to at least 100' away from a corral. Mike O?Reilly, a resident of the Knolls, commented there were two environmental issues not mentioned. Across the street from the subdivision on Horseman Park Road is a mining operation which will last for another ten years. Dust in the lower valley is a problem and the area is a dust bowl. Another high density project in this area is not needed, nor will they like the dust. Another issue is noise. The new airport will create noise and there will be a lot of complaints. He said it was a mistake to put a medium density project in this area. Miriam Fullerton advised that she paid good money for her acre of property and home, and she agrees with the people from Little Valley. She stated that Jeff Adam?s seven-plex project at River Road and 2450 South looks like apartments and he is selling them as apartments. She asked what would be different with this project. There being no further public comment, Mayor McArthur closed the public hearing. John Fleming, applicant, advised that he spoke with the School Superintendent and Police Department and there is no data to substantiate the fact that higher density leads to a higher crime rate. He advised that the zoning is not being changed, it has already been zoned, and he is simply meeting the zoning requirements the City has already identified for this area. He stated he was not taking away anyone?s rights or land, and this kind of urban design preserves open space. He advised he was pursuing his own rights as outlined by the City and its General Plan. There are two parking spaces per home and six additional spaces in the interior of the project for visitor parking. Parking is allowed on the main street as it is 50' wide with a sidewalk. Council Member Bunker inquired how far back the sidewalks were from the main street. Mr. Fleming replied there is a total of 50' to the back of the sidewalks. There is also high curbing, not roll back curbing. Some of the units have driveways which are 30' long and could accommodate an RV. One third of the units have additional parking in the driveway. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson clarified that in the A-1 and RE-20 zones, a 50' separation is required from corrals to dwellings. This would not, however, prevent this project from coming within 50' of the horse corrals because there is no separation requirement when a new dwelling is built adjacent to agricultural ground. Mayor McArthur commented that there is a problem mixing livestock with people, but the master plan for Little Valley has been approved and adopted. The Planning Commission is just a recommending body and the City Council is not obliged to follow their recommendation. The Little Valley master plan says this kind of development is allowed. St. George City Council Minutes October 16, 2008 Page Twelve Council Member Shakespeare commented she can understand the developer?s position and the homes are nice. However, she cannot deny the fact that she has concerns with the development. She read four statements from the City?s General Plan, citing that the residents of every community have the right to the quality of life they wish to preserve. She stated she felt there was a part of the community who wants to live a rural lifestyle and the City has a responsibility to protect that quality of life. She expressed concern with putting high density housing next to agricultural zones which will create problems within neighborhoods, and the last thing she wants to do is pit neighbor against neighbor. She stated she understood there is a right to hold on to agricultural property but because of public opinion against what is happening in the agricultural zones, it will be driven out. She stated she felt there was a need for agricultural areas. Another section in the General Plan states the City must assure that new development is organized and integrated with existing neighbors. She stated she could not see that this project integrates with existing neighborhoods and a phasing-in process is needed adjacent to large lots. The General Plan states that the City wants to encourage different housing types, and this project is an enclave of affordable housing because of the price range. With regard to crime, she advised that she sat down with the police, but their statistics are not separated so no distinction can be made with regard to what is causing crime. However, when there are enclaves of affordable housing eventually there is crime. She advised that her daughter lives in a similar development in Las Vegas and complains that there is no place for anyone who visits to park, there is no privacy, and short driveways, and even though the units are not that old, most have turned into rentals. She stated she believed that is where this project is headed. She stated her strong opinion is that the City has a responsibility to the School District to put its very best housing around schools, and one of the problems Dixie High School experienced was due to housing around it which turned into apartments. The City has the responsibility of what this project will be 30 years from now so that it does not create problems for school administrators or for the neighborhoods and parks which surround it. She stated she did not feel the project was in the best interests of the neighborhood or community. At the Planning Commission meeting, the Assistant City Attorney made a comment that the Planning Commission could deny the request based on the fact that the project was not in the best interests of the neighborhood or community, and speaking to Commissioner Chapin Burkes, that is why he made the motion to deny the request. Council Member Almquist commented that he served for 15 years on the Planning Commission, and decisions were made that were not popular with the majority but turned out great, and other decisions turned out to be not so great. He stated he felt the proposed project was too dense, he did not like the private streets, there is not enough parking for teenagers, and he worried about access to the front doors off the alley ways. While Mr. Fleming has property rights, the burden of proof is more on the newcomer than on the people who are already there. He stated he felt Little Valley residents are being asked to give too much, and he felt the Foothills project was the foot in the door to higher density in Little Valley. He stated he did not feel it was fair to put the Little Valley residents on the defense and it was not fair that someone sold their property with the intent of benefitting while leaving their neighbors with a problem as they deposit a big, fat check. He suggested that Little Valley neighbors get together and form an investment club to control what happens around them. He stated he did not like the fact that the proposed project would be about the densest project in the southeast quadrant of the City. He stated he worried about traffic around the schools, and lastly, was not in favor of the project based on statements made. He stated he was also concerned with the way Little Valley looks and the garbage that is everywhere. He stated that if Horseman?s Park wants to be the western side of the agricultural area, it should look the best. He stated he would love to see the half-acre subdivision as originally proposed by Mr. Fleming for this site. He stated he was sorry Mr. Fleming was led astray and he would have voted for the half-acre project. He stated he did not know if there could be great homes on half acre parcels and the developer still make money, but he would love to put this same project on the same acreage where Horseman?s Park is, on the western boundary, but at the same time to infringe on property in the middle of an agricultural area does not work. Council Member Bunker commented it was hard to be on the City Council and make the right decisions as they are not seers. She stated it concerned her the City Council went to all that work and effort on the Little Valley General Plan. She stated the owners of St. George City Council Minutes October 16, 2008 Page Thirteen property in Little Valley have a right to improve their property. The City tried to make it so higher density would graduate into pockets of agricultural use, with equestrian trails, and a mix of low and medium density. Then, so there would not be an...


City Council Minutes 01/29/2009:
...quire assembling large parcels to leave open. He stated the purpose of the trails was to serve as a ribbon of open space. Council Member Almquist commented that those who live in Little Valley on large lots do not feel they need a plan as to how they will get along with their neighbors, as they have been doing this for years. They would like less external forces telling them what will happen in their own neighborhood. Perhaps the reason some of the properties on the fringe do not have horses is because there in uncertainty what the area will become and they have choices. The residents of Little Valley have said from the very beginning that they would like something they can hold onto; they want lot sizes they can count on, and they don?t want it monkeyed with. Some on the City Council have requested that the issue be revisited. Council Member Shakespeare inquired why the decision was made to move this kind of development away from irrigated land to unirrigated land. Mr. Winston replied that in general the more productive agricultural land is irrigated. The City heard over and over that pressure for development should be kept away from irrigated land as long as possible. In general the idea was that the Little Valley area is a good place for development to occur since agriculture is not being removed. Development is being proposed through the entire area and the planning exercise was an attempt not to say what should happen but what is likely to happen. Mayor McArthur commented that not everyone can be satisfied. The trade-off was the plan for trails. Council Member Shakespeare read statistics about food production and loss of farmland. She said the goal of cities should be to allow for small scale farming or farmland overlay zones in order for food production to take place as someday cities may be dependent on the food they can grow in their own communities. Mr. Winston replied that he could not agree more and someday cities will regret the conversion of agricultural land. However, there are still property rights, and farmland is worth much more as development potential. Council Member Shakespeare commented she did not feel it was the responsibility of government to protect individual investments. Mr. Winston inquired if it was government?s responsibility to protect land so it could continue to be farmed. He advised that cities who have done this successfully have created a growth boundary. It is not popular, however, and what it comes down to is protecting the health, safety and welfare of a community. It takes some difficult planning and negotiating. There is a private and community right and a balance between the two has to be found. St. George is in the middle of a desert and water is St. George City Council Minutes January 29, 2009 Page Three precious. There are ways to encourage clustering to preserve open land and if that land can be irrigated, that land as open space could become productive for food and a sustainable community. Mayor McArthur commented that pockets of density would have to be created. Mr. Winston advised that horse owners are committed and it is not something that is done lightly. He advised that within subdivisions in Little Valley there are many parcels without any equestrian uses. Vacant land has always been perceived as a transitional use and will continue to be so until someone gets serious about agriculture protection. The Little Valley sub plan does contain a plan for inter-connectivity in the entire area. Council Member Almquist commented that an agricultural Little Valley could be a nice front door to the City. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson inquired about the process for developers who were turned down and want to resubmit their request to the City. He inquired of the City Council if they first wanted to tweak the plan. He advised that property owners want to know if they can rely on the current Little Valley plan. Mayor McArthur advised that more discussion was needed before any changes are considered. Council Member Pike commented he felt public input was again needed. Council Member Allen commented that while it is hard to tell someone what to do with their property, zoning is the job of government, and property owners have the right to a plan they can rely on. Water is getting very expensive and it is expensive to grow food on a large acreage basis, and there is not a lot of green in this area in any event. City Manager Gary Esplin explained the intent was never to exclude anyone but to create neighborhoods. He stated it was not fair that one segment of the community should bear higher density as there are thousands of acres in Little Valley and it must be looked at over an extended period of time. He stated the reason only certain areas in Little Valley are irrigated is because of the poor soil condition. The main goal in creating neighborhoods is to have a variety of housing. Council Member Bunker explained there were reasons why open spaces and agricultural areas were left intact in the Little Valley plan and specific reasons why the trails were recommended. The buffer zone and feathering may need to be addr...


City Council Minutes 08/10/2006:
...ue in the Administration Conference Room. PRESENTATION ON THE PARKS AND TRAILS MASTER PLAN: City Manager Gary Esplin explained that today?s prese...


City Council Minutes 05/07/2009:
...greement with Las Colinas several years ago with regard to installation of trails and the number of affordable housing units within the project in exchange for a density bonus. The development has not begun, but the City has put a portion of the trail in. The agreement needs to be amended so that the City will be repaid for the portion it has put in. The agreement also states that as soon as half of the lots are developed, all the trails will be put in. City Attorney Shawn Guzman clarified that since the City is putting in part of the trail now, Las Colinas will have the right to look at the cost of the trail and protest the cost within a certain amount of days. City Manager Gary Esplin suggested that when Las Colinas signs the agreement, a section be added that they agree to the costs associated with installation of the trail. City Attorney Shawn Guzman advised that upon review of the agreement it was found the timing of the park was pushed back to the end of the time period, and the City typically does not allow this. City Manager Gary Esplin said his understanding was that the park would be built when the project was 50% complete. Laura Taylor advised the trail would be built and design of the park completed when the project was 50% complete. City Manager Gary Esplin stated that the park needed to be built as well. He recommended the agreement be approved subject to the items discussed, and if the parties cannot come to terms, the matter will be brought back to the City Council. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Pike to approve the agreement subject to legal review and the park and trails being completed when the project is 50% complete. SECOND: The moti...


City Council Minutes 09/21/2006:
...er inquired if the trail would connect to other subdivision which may have trails in the future. St. George City Council Minutes September 21, 2...


City Council Minutes 11/09/2006:
... Esplin explained that the City?s current park impact fee does not include trails, trailheads and recreation centers. The new impact fee will be used...


City Council Minutes 03/02/2006:
...nd may be a possibility for a park site. Staff feels comfortable that the trails can be tied together along the river to the new trail being built in Bloomington along the NRCS project. It was suggested to the developers of Sun River that as construction proceeds, connections for trails be provided. He stated that guidance was needed with regard to the private open space already provided by Sun River considering the impact fees which have been charged. Scott McCall, representing Sun River, advised that there are certain areas along the river which have been committed to tie into City trails. A meeting with adjacent landowners is needed to create a master pl...


City Council Minutes 12/21/2006:
... donate the land for the park and detention basin. They are also donating trails which they will build, and donating some open space areas around the...


City Council Minutes 11/16/2006:
...LAT: Public hearing to consider approval of the preliminary plat for The Trails Phase 1 located on the east side of U-18 at 3600 North. Stacy Young...


City Council Minutes 12/15/2016:
...f a change order to the crack seal project to add various parking lots and trails.   Purchasing Manager Brett Whitelaw advised this item is a change order to the crack seal project in the amount of $46,825.  The purpose of the change order is to add various parking lots and trails to this year’s project.   MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Arial to approve the change order to the crack seal project to add various parking lots and trails at a cost of $46,825. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmem...


Meeting Minutes Minutes 03/16/2017:
...OF BID: Consider award of bid for the high density mineral bond parks and trails project.       St. George City Council Minutes March 16, 2017 Page Two   City Manager Gary Esplin explained the bid is a sole source award.  The mineral bond is used to seal asphalt and is a good treatment to prolong life of City trails.   Funds are included in the current budget.  It is recommended to award the bid to Holbrook Asphalt, Inc. at a cost of $130,655.12.   MOTION:      A motion was made by Councilmember Hughes to reward the bid for the high density mineral bond parks and trails project to Holbrook Asphalt, Inc. in the amount of $130,655.12. SE...


City Council Meeting Minutes Minutes 10/05/2017:
...ote was unanimous and the motion carried.   UTAH STATE RECREATIONAL TRAILS GRANT: Consider accepting a Utah State Recreational Trails Grant for the Virgin River South Trail.   Parks Planner Millie Cockerill showed a map outlining the trail alignment.  She explained the grant takes the trail from the Rustic Trailhead and goes east to Springs Park.  The total of the grant is approximately $98,000; she is proposing to put the trail on next year’s budget.   MOTION:      A motion was made by Councilmember Arial to accept a Utah State Recreational Trails Grant. SECOND:        The motion...


City Council Meeting Minutes Minutes 09/07/2017:
... OF BID: Consider award of bid for the HA5 seal coat for various streets, trails, and parking lots within the City.   City Manager Gary Esplin explained this item is to seal coat various streets, trails, and parking lots within the City.  This is a sole source purchase from Holbrook Asphalt, Inc in the amount of $565,245.   Mayor Pike noted the streets and trails are outlined on the City’s website.   MOTION: &nbs...


City Council Meeting Minutes Minutes 08/01/2019:
...s unanimous and the motion carried.   PARKS, RECREATION, ARTS & TRAILS MASTER PLAN: Consider approval of the Parks, Recreation, Arts & Trails Master Plan.   Leisure Services Director Shane McAffee explained City staff has been working with a consultant to update and renew the Parks and Recreation Master Plan; the previous master plan was adopted by the City in 2006.  The process has included several community meetings and surveys, along with in depth analysis of existing facility and policies.  A final draft version was reviewed by the City Council on May 23, 2019 in a work session.  The public comment period concluded on July 8th.  He provided a PowerPoint presentation outlining the updated pages.   MOTION:        A motion was made by Councilmember Arial to approve the Parks, Recreation, Arts & Trails Master Plan. SECOND:        The ...


City Council Minutes 02/22/2007:
... density, more park land must be provided. Gil Almquist inquired about trails. City Manager Gary Esplin replied that the City will dictate where parks are built, and requires access trails from the park site to adjacent neighborhoods. An adjacent subdivision that builds can pay their in-lieu fee and have access to a nearby park via trails. He stated that the backbone of the trails system will be paid for by the park impact fee. Gil Almquist sug...


City Council Minutes 07/16/2009:
...he plan as well as a possible hotel. He then reviewed slides of the parks, trails and open space plan and circulation plan. He advised the plan is subject to the hillside overlay zone as there are some steep slopes that will have to be avoided. The development agreement has been finalized and is ready for consideration. City Manager Gary Esplin explained that in the past the City has allowed projects of this size to proceed based on a conceptual plan. The development agreement is very specific and spells out the extras of the development. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson advised that the entire project will not be zoned PD; there are PD segments within the project, and the applicants will come back with more specific detail for those areas. The Mayor and Council will be seeing all preliminary and final plats. St. George City Council Minutes July 16, 2009 Page Two City Manager Gary Esplin commented that to the credit of the developers, they have agreed to develop neighborhood parks and set aside land for a community park. Staff feels good about the development agreement. Councilmember Bunker commented that due to the project?s size, she was not sure it contained enough school sites. Curt Gordon, representing Desert Canyons, explained that every zone has been defined by a legal description. He advised there are sites for two schools, one in each residential neighborhood, but they can make an accommodation for more, if needed. Councilmember Bunker inquired about fire stations. Mr. Gordon replied that a fire station is planned to be located off Interchange No. 6. He then presented a power point presentation covering cooperative efforts, history of the project, vision for the project, zone plan, residential zone summary, residential zones, commercial zone summary, commercial and mixed use zones, and open space, parks and trails. He advised that 20 acres have been set aside for neighborhood parks and a ten acre community park site will be dedicated to the City adjacent to a 40 acre natural park. Trails will connect all the neighborhoods. There will be 506 acres of open space, and the development agreement defines how all this will be implemented. Councilmember Almquist inquired if the TND concept will be used. Mr. Gordon replied they are planning on using the TND concept around the interchanges and they will be connected by trails and open space. City Manager Gary Esplin commented that the dev...


City Council Minutes 06/20/2002:
.... She suggested that Seegmiller Park would be a great place for equestrian trails. She inquired if the City Council was talking about large animals or large lots, and this needs to be addressed. She commented there are a lot of corrals on 3000 East, and she hoped it would be left that way. She inquired how property could be obtained for an equestrian trail system now. Mayor McArthur replied that equestrian trails would have to be included on a plat map and shown as part of a development. St. George City Council Minutes June 20, 2002 Page Seventeen Ms. Larson inquired if the City could include in the General Plan an equestrian trail system throughout the Little Valley area. Mayor McArthur replied there would have to be cooperation from property owners, as trails are usually voluntary. Ms. Larson commented that there will always be people with large animals in the Little Valley area, and an area for them needs to be stipulated. Council Member Orton commented that if there is a market for subdivisions with equestrian trails and somewhere for the trails to go, they will be built, but it would be hard for the City to step in and do that. Ms. Larson commented that as development continues in the Little Valley area, she hoped the City Council would take a close look at the area and consider the large animal owners, livestock owners, and hay growers, as part of the area belongs to them too. Barbara Shiloh stated that she liked the idea of developing some kind of an area for equestrian trails or access in the Winchester Hills area. She stated there were many ...


City Council Minutes 07/19/2001:
...ve been designated for this purpose by the BLM. There will also be hiking trails and equestrian riding trails. He then displayed maps of the area. He explained at low level the reservoir will be double Quail Creek’s capacity. Council Member Gardner expressed disappointment that designated trails within the HCP became restricted use trails, and inquired of Mr. Topham if traffic would be restricted to trails within the Sand Hollow plan. Mr. Topham replied that traffic would not be restricted to trails, but would be restricted by topography. He continued that in an era...


City Council Minutes 03/19/2009:
... McCall stated that two years ago Sun River came to the City and discussed trails, parks, and St. George City Council Minutes March 19, 2009 Page Four the fire station. He said the fire station issue had been resolved with a donation of land and grading of the property. Mr. McCall said they followed up that discussion with the City with several meetings with the Parks Department and Sun River planned a general trails and parks scenario which is reflected on the map he handed out. He said the map shows exactly what was decided two years ago. Mayor McArthur asked Mr. McCall if the land shown in the upper right hand corner of the map belonged to Sun River. Mayor McArthur said one of their concerns was where the trail comes through and being able to connect to the trail system and having the right of way to do that. Mr. McCall said the 3.7 acres on the east edge of phase 13 that Mayor McArthur asked about had been the topic of recent discussions with Kent Perkins, Director of Leisure Services and Laura Taylor, Parks Planning Manager. He said he understood that mapping was being created along with trail design. Mayor McArthur asked Mr. McCall if there was a right of way approved for that parcel of land. Mr. McCall said it would be a dedication to the City. Mayor McArthur asked Mr. McCall if the dedication had been made. Mr. McCall said it had not been made. Mayor McArthur asked Mr. McCall if they were willing to get the dedication made. Mr. McCall stated that they were and they had committed to the City two years ago that they would do that. Mr. McCall said the same commitment had been made about the 4.6 acres at the end of Sun River Parkway. Mr. McCall explained that all of the land outlined in red on the map are parks scattered throughout the project. Council Member Bunker asked Mr. McCall if those were public parks. Mr. McCall said they were not. He stated they were all private. He said because of having so many private facilities throughout the project, introducing public parks would give redundant recreational facilities to the area. He said they have provided more than the City would under their current standards. Mayor McArthur explained the City?s goal had been to have a public park within a half mile radius of every resident and they need to do that for this project as well. He stated the City had been collecting park impact fees that need to be expended in that area for public facilities. Mr. McCall said Sun River had built a lot of open parks and they didn?t get used. He said that the Community Center gets used. He said trails would be a more appropriate recreational use in the Sun River area. Mr. McCall said SITLA had committed land for park use in their PD. He stated that he believed from his meetings with Kent Perkins and Laura Taylor they were moving forward with the portion of land along the east border of phase 13 for the trail. Mr. McCall said they would turn over the portion of land on the west end of the Sun River Parkway as soon as a trail head is established. St. George City Council Minutes March 19, 2009 Page Five Director of Leisure Services, Kent Perkins stated he, Laura Taylor and Millie Cockerill had met two or three times in the last month with Mr. Darcy Stewart from Sun River due to a request from Sun River residents for the City to build a dog park. Mr. Perkins said he explained to the Sun River residents that the City didn?t own any property in the project. Mr. McCall stated they had promised that parcel of land to the residents for a temporary use. He said the residents understood that the land would be turned over to the City at the appropriate time and would no longer be used as a dog park. Mayor McArthur said the problem was that the City would get the backlash from the citizens when the land use was changed. Mr. McCall said he knows that it will be difficult for the City. He said they could add the future use of the land to the disclosure list that is given to new buyers. Kent Perkins explained the fence is already up around the property. He said Mr. Stewart is planning to move dirt into the lower level of the area to make it a larger usable space. Council Member Pike asked who is responsible for the donation of the property that is identified as SITLA. Mr. McCall said it was SITLA as part of their PD. Council Member Pike stated he had heard from some Sun River residents that they don?t want a public park in their project and that he had heard from other Sun River residents that they do want a public park in their project. He said there needs to be a public park somewhere in the area whether it is in Sun River or on the SITLA land. Mr. Pike asked if some of the land designated for parks could be substituted for more trails. Mr. Perkins stated the 4 -7 acres designated as SITLA park was because of the future high density use of the area. He said he had also heard that Sun River might eventually acquire the land. He explained the City needed to have the 4 - 7 acres for a park area no matter who owned the land. There was a brief discussion about using land for additional trails. Council Member Bunker asked if it was possible to have the trail head and the dog park in the same location. Mr. Perkins explained that when the road goes through there won?t be any space for parking. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Bunker to table the item for two weeks until there can be more discussion about the request. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Shakespeare. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows: Council Member Pike - aye Council Member Bunker - aye Council Member Shakespeare - aye The vote was unanimous and motion carried. St. George City Council Minutes March 19, 2009 Page Six PRELIMINARY PLAT AMENDMENT: Cathy Hasfurther, Engineer IV, explained that the request was to amend the phasing plan for the previously approved Las Colinas Subdivision preliminary plat. She stated the phasing had been changed due to market conditions. She explained that nothing else had been changed as far as details on the construction plans. She said a development agreement was completed for this project that deals with the relocation of the overhead power line and construction of sewer line, Community Park, and trail. The development agreement is being amended due to the timing of the trail that will connect Bloomington to Sun River as well as the park that will be built. Council Member Bunker asked how big the park would be. Ms. Hasfurther said it would be between 3.5 and 4 acres. She explained that the report states there would be twelve phases but between the Planning Commission meeting and the City Council meeting the applicant requested that be changed to fourteen phases. She said the Parks Department had been working on getting the development agreement amended so everything will be in order as far as parks and trails. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Pike to approve th...


City Council Minutes 05/03/2007:
... BID: Consider award of bid for crack seal, seal coating and striping of trails and parking lots. Purchasing Manager Connie Hood advised that tw...


City Council Minutes 05/15/2007:
... can recommend it for approval. If the project takes care of connectivity, trails, major roads, parks, etc., then the Planning Commission should recom...


City Council Minutes 06/02/2011:
...eeded, with resolution of the issues at a later time. DISCUSSION ON THE TRAILS MASTER PLAN: Parks Planning Manager Laura Taylor explained the Parks Department has worked with the Engineering Department to overlay the Road Master Plan and the Trails Master Plan so they will be well coordinated in the future. She then reviewed the changes since the Trails Master Plan was last done. In 2006 the City published a Trails Master Plan which has been the guiding document. She then presented a trail mileage summary. Mayor McArthur suggested that a trail to one of the valleys in the area of Price Hills on the south side of Webb Hill be included to a site which has been previously discussed with SITLA, the owner of the land. Councilmember Almquist inquired about a trail to the water tank on the east side of Bloomington. Ms. Taylor replied that this trail is still in the works and will remain a natural trail. DISCUSSION ON ZONE CODE AMENDMENT WITH REGARD TO ANTIQUE STORES, CONSIGNMENT STORE, USED FURNITURE STORE, PAWN SHOP, SECONDHAND STORE, AND THRIFT SHOP: City Manager Gary Esplin recommended that the City Council consider approval of an ordinance that would deal with the redevelopment boundaries, a 15 block area which includes the historic area of the City and that payday stores, loan stores, and check cashing stores not be allowed or permitted in the C-4 zone or in any zoning within the redevelopment area of town. This will give the City Council additional time to talk about distances and any other zones with that type of use. PUBLIC HEARING/MASTER ROAD PLAN/ORDINANCE: Public hearing to consider update of the Master Road Plan. Mayor McArthur opened the public hearing. Ed Baca inquired if a priority listing or suggested time frame for installation of traffic signals at important intersections would be included in the Master Road Plan. Monty Thurber replied that the City has a Master Signal Plan, but new signals will not be installed until they are warranted and then reviewed by the Engineering Department. He advised that the information concerning which intersections the City is looking at can be found on the City’s website. City Manager Gary Esplin advised in the current budget there are funds for a signal at Riverside Drive and the new road by the Dixie Center. There being no further public comment, Mayor McArthur closed the public hearing. MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Bunker to approve the ordinance updating the Master Road Plan. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Pike. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a roll call vote, as follows: Councilmember Pike - aye Councilmember Almquist - aye Councilmember Bunker - aye Councilmember Shakespeare - aye Councilmember Nickle - aye The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. St. George City Council Minutes June 2, 2011 Page Five PUBLIC HEARING/TRAILS MASTER PLAN/ORDINANCE: Public hearing to consider update of the City-wide Trails Plan. Mayor McArthur opened the public hearing. There being no public comment, he closed the public hearing. MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Almquist to approve the ordinance updating the Trails Master Plan, recognizing the need for discussion on some of the deta...


City Council Minutes 02/23/2006:
...lin advised that another issue needing discussion is City requirements for trails and parks in the Sun River development. The City?s Master Plan indicates there should be at least 4.5 acres of park property per 1000 residents with interconnecting trails. Mayor McArthur inquired if the City could take into consideration the amenities Sun River has provided for its residents. Mr. Esplin replied that the master plan requires public amenities, and Sun River has a private community center. Sun River is also supposed to be providing open space. Impact fees have been collected for this purpose. It has always been the City?s intention to have Sun River connected to the City?s trail system. He inquired of Mr. Stewart if he was planning for connection to the City?s trails and where this would take place. Mr. Stewart advised that when built out, Sun River will have 2,250 units. Mr. Esplin advised that if Sun River has 4,000 residents, 15 to 16 acres of open public space is needed for parks and trail connections. Mr. Stewart replied that by putting in common areas, parks, and a community center for its residents, he thought Sun River was meeting these requirements. He stated he had discussions with the City to see if they were willing to participate in the parks, but was told no because the parks were located on private streets. He stated he now has 25 acres in open space and has met the requirements for 4,400 residents. He stated that Kent Perkins indicates that trails will be coming down the Virgin River which can connect to Sun River. He inquired if the City would consider putting a park at the end of Sun River Parkway on property which Sun River would donate. Leisure Services Director Kent Perkins suggested that the City could build the trail to Sun River as proposed, but there would be a risk of losing the trail and a portion of the park due to flooding. Mr. Stewart advised that he is the President of the Sun River Homeowners Association and was asked to request that the City widen the trail from Sun River through the residential area of Bloomington so that residents of Sun River could ride their golf carts along the trail. Mr. Esplin replied that this would not be possible due to the width of the trail. Mayor McArthur advised that the City?s trails are not for motorized vehicles. Mr. Stewart advised that Sun River residents would also like to request that the fire station be used as a police satellite site and also a paramedic satellite site. Fire Marshall Kevin Taylor advised that all fire stations are designed for use by the police. Mayor McArthur inquired about timing for the trail project. Leisure Services Director Kent Perkins replied that there was no funding. City Manager Gary Esplin advised that a discussion needed to be held concerning prioritization of use of impact fees, master park planning, and other funding issues. Darcy Stewart advised that he would donate everything at the end of Sun River Parkway needed for the park. Leisure Services Director Kent Perkins advised that this was river property. City Manager Gary Esplin advised that selection of a fire station site would be scheduled on the next City Council agenda. Council Member Whatcott advised that until a definitive location for the fire station site had been selected, no further Sun River plats would be approved. Leisure Services Director Kent Perkins advised that he would have legal descriptions prepared for the rights-of-way for trails and park sites already decided upon. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson advised that zoning in the Sun River area has not been resolved, and the property in question for use as a fire station site is not currently zoned commercial. Water Services Director Barry Barnum advised that in order for development to proceed in Sun River, another pressure zone has to be established. He requested that Sun River help install the PRVs. There are currently 1,300 homes being served off one line. He proposed to simulate a loop system with construction of a water tank on the east side of the freeway. This tank would alleviate any capacity problems and would act as another feed if anything happened to the main feed in the area. City Manager Gary Esplin commented that the water tank would also serve future development on the east side of the freeway. Mr. Barnum suggested construction of a three to five million gallon tank. Gary Woods suggested the City identify the site for the water tank and contact SITLA to negotiate it. Mr. Barnum advised that the new tank could be located by the private tank owned by the Bloomington Irrigation Company. DISCUSSION RE SNOW CANYON PARKWAY ACCESSES: Public Works Director Larry Bulloch explained that the purpose of the Snow Canyon corridor study is to if signalization can be pared down and to maintain a balance between keeping traffic flowing and getting traffic on and off the corridor. The number and location of signals needs to be identified. Council Member Orton inquired why this study wasn?t done while Snow Canyon Parkway was torn up instead of now when the road has been completed and is operable. Mr. Bulloch replied that it was not too late. Council Member Orton commented that turn lanes are proposed, and the road will now have to be torn up, just when it was completed. Mr. Bulloch replied that the project on Snow Canyon which was just completed was an emergency project, and is not the main design. Council Member Gardner commented that the City has a tendency to throw money away on studies when it should just do the job. He inquired if staff did not know enough about the situation so that they could quickly determine where stop lights were needed instead of spending money on another study. Mr. Bulloch replied that there were questions as to how many turn lanes were needed. Council Member Whatcott inquired of Mr. Bulloch why these turn lanes and signals had not been planned before now. Mr. Bulloch replied that staff was given direction to focus its energy on construction of projects and has done 20 major projects in the last few years. Staff is now focusing on operations. It is not too late and the City has the opportunity to acquire rights-of-way, and there is still 80-150' of space in which to make adjustments. City Engineer Dave Demas explained that the study will determine how to optimize use of the corridor and avoid signals that may crop up because of warrant studies. The master plan has changed and the location of signals has changed because of densities. The overall corridor has been a good job and while most corridors have 20 to 30 accesses per mile, there are only 15 accesses in three miles on the Parkway. Council Member Gardner expressed frustration that the City has demanded traffic studies from developers which are thereafter pigeonholed because staff wants something done a particular way regardless of what the study says. He inquired why the City should pay for another study when it knows what has to happen on the Parkway. Mr. Bulloch replied that the answers were not obvious and the Parkway needs to be thoroughly analyzed. Council Member Orton requested that in the future all improvements be made to a roadway while it is torn up, as it does not make sense to tear up a road that has just been completed. Council Member Gardner inquired of Mr. Bulloch if the numerous traffic studies done for developments along Snow Parkway did not provide him with the information he needed to know. Mr. Bulloch replied that the corridor study will tie all the information together. Assistant City Engineer Jay Sandberg commented that many deceleration lanes have already been installed as well as conduit for future traffic signals. The Parkway will not be torn up. As far as intersection problems with Dixie Downs and 2000 North, Dixie Downs ties too close into 2000 North for an intersection. Mayor McArthur inquired when radar speed signs would be installed on Mall Drive. City Engineer Dave Demas replied that there is a four to six week order time and installation would be handled in-house. They should be in place within two months. Mayor McArthur inquired if the traffic center located in the City Office was functional, and instructed staff to make sure it was manned at 8:00 a.m. due to problems on Bluff at the intersection with Black Hills Drive. Council Member Allen advised that there is also a major problem on Main Street with cars turning left to go to the High School. She suggested a left turn arrow. City Manager Gary Esplin advised that the City would have to do a warrant study. City Engineer Dave Demas advised that a warrant study is required by State law. A brief discussion was held on the South Bluff interchange intersections. DISCUSSION CONCERNING THE RENTAL ORDINANCE AND IMPLEMENTATION PROCESS: Encroachment Officer Brad Young distributed a handout and reviewed it with those present. City Attorney Shawn Guzman arrived. City Manager Gary Esplin advised that if the proposed plan is implemented, additional staff will have to be hired. Finance Director Phil Peterson advised that additional help will also have to be hired to assist the Business License Officer. City Manager Gary Esplin suggested implementing the program one step at a time. He recommended that the fee schedule be adopted at the next City Council meeting and additional help authorized. DISCUSSION CONCERNING MASTER PLAN UPDATE PHILOSOPHY: Community Development Director Bob Nicholson distributed a hand-out. City Manager Gary Esplin advised that he recently met with Joe Alfandre and Jeff Winston on the City?s master plan update, and two alternatives have been suggested. The first is adoption of an ex-ordinance, similar to a pending ordinance doctrine, where the City Council would be given flexibility to go beyond the ordinance on a case by case basis. City Attorney Shawn Guzman advised that the zones to which the ex-ordinance would apply would have to be narrowed down. City Manager Gary Esplin explained that the ex-ordinance is being used in Colorado, but its use in Utah would have to comply with state law. This would also give the City time to redo its ordinances. The other proposal is to institute another step in the approval process. First would be a conceptual zoning approval which would allow entitlements to be given at the conceptual level; then schematic approval; then preliminary plat approval; and then final plat approval. This allows for the opportunity for more control and input into large projects. Council Member Orton commented that no matter what the City did, it had to address work force and attainable housing on every level. City Manager Gary Esplin explained that Master Plan amendments would be required. City Attorney Shawn Guzman suggested that the six month time period be strictly adhered to. City Manager Gary Esplin explained that the City would not be denying anyone the right to develop and would consider each application on its merits. City Attorney Shawn Guzman advised that the City would still retain its right to deny a project if it felt it did not fit in the neighborhood. City Manager Gary Esplin advised that design guidelines would need to be adopted separately from the ordinance. Council Member Whatcott commented that a spec book should also be adopted. City Manager Gary Esplin recommended against awarding density bonuses, and inquired why the City should award them in exchange for a developer doing the basic, bare minimum improvements. If a density bonus is given, the City should realize some benefit, such as attainable housing. The City is trying to create neighborhoods, with a mixture of people, income levels, etc. Assistant City Engineer Jay Sandberg advised that staff has been telling developers the City no longer wants private streets. City Manager Gary Esplin explained the reason developers want private streets is because narrower streets are a cost factor, and because of the setbacks. The City is saying that it no longer cares about setbacks or density if the project is well designed. He stated that the City?s ordinances needed to be changed to provide more flexibility. He stated that discussion was needed on master planning for parks and the impact fee philosophy. In the past the City has done bigger ticket items with bond funds. The issue now is how to address park impact fee funding of trails, major facilities, etc. A study is now being done. The City is not...


City Council Minutes 01/28/2016:
...ted that the current policy is to try and keep motorized vehicles off City trails. This is a discussion to decide if segways are motorized vehicles. Steve Wilson stated that he has been in contact with Segway Utah, who will supply the equipment and support. He provided a handout outlining the idea. Out of their office near the Dixie Center, they plan on running two (2) two-hour guided tours a day on City trails, running in groups of six. His request is to obtain approval to allow a for-profit company to utilize the City trails. A Segway is a 105 pound, 2-wheeled personal transporter that runs on a pair of lithium-ion batteries; maximum speed is 12 mph. There will be no loading/unloading of segways on the trails. He stated that segways are safe. Segway of Utah contacted the State who said that they can use any paved trail provided permission is granted by the City. Mayor Pike stated that segways are tricky to handle – he knows a woman who broke her back riding one. He is concerned that some of the trails have areas that are close to cliffs. Additionally, there are some safety concerns to consider as he does not agree that they are incredibly safe; 12 miles an hour seems faster on a segway than it does on a bike. He mentioned that bikes and e-bikes are allowed on trails. Deputy City Attorney Paula Houston noted that per state law, if it is self propelled and not human powered, it is considered a motor vehicle and they are not allowed on City paths. Councilmember Bowcutt commented that everyone who uses the trail system now is doing it for their own reason. Opening the trails to a commercial entity opens the door for additional liability. St. George City Council Minutes January 28, 2016 Page Three Councilmember Hughes asked if he owned a tour company that does bike tours, would that be stopped. He believes it needs to be more about the motorized vehicle than a tour. Deputy City Attorney Paula Houston replied that bike tours would not be stopped. She noted that Jazzy vehicles are not allowed on the trails either. Motorized vehicles can be driven on a street only, not sidewalks; however, they are allowed on certain sidewalks in the downtown area. City Manager Gary Esplin mentioned that allowing motorized vehicles on trails is different than sidewalks. He would like to see something like this, but not on the trails. Support Services Director Marc Mortensen stated that e-bikes are relatively new and the industry is exploding. There will be a demand for them on trails. Councilmember Bowcutt asked to look at the tours being in the downtown area rather than the trail system. Mr. Wilson stated that they can look into that. Leisure Services Director Kent Perkins explained that he is concerned that there would be several segways at once. He asked if there is one portion of the trail system they would like to use. Mr. Wilson explained that they would like to use the trails near the Dixie Center, Dinosaur Museum, Santa Clara River, and Bloomington Hills. Leisure Services Director Kent Perkins added a formal request should include a map outlining everything including areas they will congregate and pull off. Councilmember Bowcutt noted that he would rather tour the historic district than the Virgin River. City Manager Gary Esplin stated from staff’s standpoint, the biggest concern is whether the Council wants commercial businesses operating on the City’s trail system. If so, the applicant would have to submit a map. Should the trails be used for recreation by the citizens, or should they be allowed to...


City Council Minutes 01/28/2010:
...re - aye The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. UPDATE ON TRAILS SYSTEM: Leisure Services Director Kent Perkins introduced Mark Goble, Landscape Architect, St. George City Council Minutes January 28, 2010 Page Two and Laura Taylor, Parks Planning Division Manager. He advised the City has four landscape architects working on 47 different projects. He presented a power point presentation covering first trails, first trail funding, first parks and trails master plan, first critical area plan trail system, 1992 UNLV survey, Three Rivers Trail, bond, bond survey, 2002 parks and trails master plan, 2006 parks, recreation, arts and trails master plan trails map, survey results of 2006 parks recreation arts and trails master plan survey on trails, trails plan 2010, trails to date, paved regional trail system cost, trail system funding sources, trailheads, confluence area bridges and underpasses, halfway wash trail underpass at snow canon parkway, middleton wash trail underpasses, trail building resources, trail gaps, challenges, virgin river trail corridor, and multi-modal trails. Mayor McArthur inquired about the pavement management plan for trails. Mr. Perkins replied there is a pavement management program for parking lots and trails and the Bloomington trail was completed last year. Ed Baca inquired about the Mall Drive bridge trail. Mr. Perkins replied this trail is part of the trail system. Councilmember Pike commented that the trail from Bloomington to Sun River is fine for what it is, but he would like to see it someday overlaid with asphalt. Laura Taylor advised that this trail is 18 inches deep and will stand up to a bigger flood than a typical asphalt trail built on 6" of gravel, and in the long run is a good investment. A general discussion was held on the Middleton Wash trail. Councilmember Almquist inquired if the natural trail in the area of Price City Hills on the east side of I-15 on the water tank easement is still in the works. Mr. Perkins replied that it is. Mayor McArthur explained how the first recreation bond for improvements came to be. City Manager Gary Esplin advised that at some point the City is going to have decide if it wants to replace some assets with others in order to make more parks and trails. He advised that the $18,000,000 recreation bond caused the only inc...


City Council Minutes 03/01/2007:
...City feels it has done this by connecting agricultural areas together with trails. Mr. Gooch commented that if high density areas are put in between agricultural areas, everyone will be frustrated. Council Member Orton replied the City has tried to address this problem by providing trails. If all the agricultural areas were clumped together, people would have a hard time getting out through the high density areas to ride. Mr. Gooch commented that when the population reaches 300,000, people will be clamoring for agricultural property. He stated when one acre lots come up for sale, they go quickly and for a lot of money. Council Member Allen inquired why developers were not asking for larger lots. Mr. Gooch replied that higher density means more money. He inquired if the developers? right to develop overrode their rights. Paul Iverson commented that when residents complained about the construction of City ballfields in Little Valley, the City?s response was that it was master planned for ballfields. Little Valley was master planned to stay non-dense. Now the master plan is being changed. The City is doing a fliop-flop and the citizens in the area are not in favor of it. Developers are in favor of it because it means more money for them. He stated it did not behoove the City Council to become a part of the process of making sure developers maximize their profits. A 100' buffer zone is no buffer zone, as it was originally presented as 200'. The current City ordinance will not allow non-agricultural development closer than 100' to livestock corrals. He stated he was also speaking on behalf of DeVon Child, who is concerned a buffer is not proposed around his property. He stated there were still other open areas to develop in St. George to the south. He stated that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and everyone who lives on a large lot purchased that lot because they preferred it over a well-manicured subdivision. He urged the City Council to allow the citizens who live in Little Valley to keep their lifestyle; the lifestyle that Little Valley was master planned for. St. George City Council Minutes March 1, 2007 Page Twelve Kim Johnson, a 4H leader, advised that she purchased her property with agricultural use in mind. She stated she agreed with Paul Gooch. She expressed concern that new residents will complaint about the animals, and expressed concern about horses traveling on the same asphalt trails as bikes and pedestrians. Council Member Allen replied that the trails would not be asphalt. Council Member Orton replied that the City has not been able to acquire trail easements everywhere, so a 15' multi-purpose trail is better than none. Council Member Gardner commented that on mountain trails it is common for horses to meet hikers on a 3' trail. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson explained that the trails will vary from location to location, and ideally are 25' wide, with two separate trails because horses and bikes do not mix. Where the City has 25', there will be two trails, but in some areas there may be only one trail 10-15' wide. Curt Gordon, representing private property owners and SITLA, expressed support for the plan and stated that failing to plan meant planning to fail. If the City did not adopt some kind of plan that provides a development framework, it will have a hodge podge of development. He stated he was aware of the hard work and good thinking that has gone into the plan and he was anxious to implement these exciting concepts such as the buffer areas. The general plan won?t force anyone to change their property use or give up what they have now. He stated he would object to keeping agricultural areas contiguous because so many trails and areas of open space have been provided. Lorin Nielson advised that he represented owners of 14 acres located east of the elementary school, south of the ballfields, and west of Little Valley Road, advised that they asked him to relay their feelings to the City Council that the medium and medium-high density categories proposed for their properties work for them and they urge approval of the plan. Bill Cox, a resident south of Little Valley Road near the new ball diamonds, expressed support for the plan and stated he liked the master plan concept. Mike McGregor commented that while the proposal had merit, it was not good for the entire area. He suggested that Little Valley be divided into at least three or four areas. He stated the proposed plan had only developers in mind and was not what the majority of the populous wanted. He said an original County charter designated the Little Valley area for not less than one acre lots. He stated the area south of 2450 South is currently used for large animals, and except for the Ed Burgess property, the owners in Horseman?s Park are very opposed to this change and have no intention of going away. He then read from a handout provided to the Mayor and Council entitled ?Regarding the Little Valley Sub Area Plan and Alternatives.? An unidentified woman commented that she did not want to leave St. George, and appreciated the trails. She stated that pedestrians and horses don?t mix, and she would appreciate two different trails. She inquired of the City Council if they wanted any agricultural a...


City Council Minutes 05/04/2006:
... of bid for a three million gallon concrete water tank to serve the Ledges/Trails area. Purchasing Manager Connie Hood advised that the low bidder is Interstate Rock at $1,114,274.80. Council Member Orton inquired how many people this water tank would serve. An unidentified City employee replied that it would serve more than the Ledges area. Council Member Gardner inquired if it would be interconnected to the rest of the system. An unidentified City employee replied that it would be connected. St. George City Council Minutes May 4, 2006 Page Four Water Services Director Barry Barnum advised that the water tank would serve 10,000 people. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Orton to award the bid to Interstate Rock in the amount of $1,114,274.80. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Bunker. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. RESOLUTION: Consider approval of a resolution adopting the preliminary budget for fiscal year 2007. Administrative Services Director Joe Vincent presented the 2006-2007 budget and advised that it did not include any tax or fee increases. Public hearings will be scheduled for both City Council meetings in June, with adoption on June 15. Budget and Financial Planning Manager Deanna Brklacich commented that it has been a pleasure working with Mr. Vincent. Mr. Vincent advised that when he began employment with the City, there were 125 employees. There are now over 500, and the City has grown from a population of 10,000 to 80,000. Mayor McArthur commented that it was significant there were no increases in fees or taxes in the budget, and there have only been a few times the City Council has approved bonding for improvements. Mr. Vincent advised that when he began employment with the City, property tax was the largest revenue source. Property tax revenue is now only 1/3 of what sales tax is and keeps going down compared with revenues each year. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Orton to approve the resolution. 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 Whatcott - aye Council Member Bunker - aye The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. Mayor McArthur asked to be excused from the meeting and suggested that Council Member Whatcott be appointed as Mayor Pro Tem in his absence. APPOINT MAYOR PRO TEM: MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Gardner to appoint Council Member Whatcott as Mayor Pro Tem. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Orton. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. SPECIAL EVENT PERMIT: Consider approval of a special event permit for a dance at the Fiesta Fun Center. Support Services Manager Marc Mortensen advised that the application is in order. Business License Officer Laura Woolsey advised that the application is in order, Lorin Johnson approved the security plan, and there have not been any problems with the event in the past. She recommended approval. She advised that Kevin Taylor would perform an inspection the day of the event. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Gardner to approve the special event permit. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Orton. VOTE: Mayor Pro Tem Whatcott called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. AMENDMENT TO AGREEMENT: Consider approval of an amendment to the Entrada water supply agreement. MOTION: Council Member Orton made a motion to approve the agreement. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Bunker. VOTE: Mayor Pro Tem Whatcott called for a vote, and all voted aye. Council Member Orton commented that the agreement was the same, just with different players. Council Member Gardner inquired of Brian Chadaz when Entrada was going private. St. George City Council Minutes May 4, 2006 Page Five Brian Chadaz replied that the members voted to take it private effective April 1, but there will be some public play until October 1. AGREEMENT: Consider approval of an agreement with the St. George Clara Canal Co. to assign its easements to the City. Water Services Director Barry Barnum explained that the agreement involves rights-of-way and easements for the canal company. Over the years there have been building encroachments on the system as well as liability issues. The agreement will allow the canal company to assign its easements to the City and the City will accept the responsibility to deliver water to the shareholders. The old canal and easements can then be abandoned by the City. One reason for doing this is because there are legal implications from all the encroachments on the easements. The City is a 38% owner in the canal company and would be a participant in these legal actions. This is the easiest and most economical way of solving the problem for the City, shareholders, developers, and property owners who have encroached on the canal. Council Member Gardner inquired if there was a failure in the pipeline if the City would be able to meet its needs. Mr. Barnum replied that the City is the only one who could solve the problem as it has access to all roadways and trails as potential easements and could offer temporary relief through use of fire hoses, for example, to supply irrigation water. The reuse pipeline is robustly built and a good deliverer of the pressurized system. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Gardner to approve the agreement. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Orton. VOTE: Mayor Pro Tem Whatcott called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. PUBLIC HEARING/ZONE CHANGE/ORDINANCE: Public hearing to consider a zone change from R-1-10 and PD Residential to R-1-8 on 22.82 acres located at 700 South and Dixie Drive (the old Green Valley Golf Course). Rob Reid, agent. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson explained that the applicant plans to drain and fill the existing ponds. The primary reason for the zone change is to keep development off the slopes. The request is consistent with the general plan, up to four units per acre, and the Planning Commission recommends approval. There is still an issue, however, with the Highlands and potential litigation that does not affect the zone change but will have to be resolved before preliminary plat approval. Council Member Whatcott commented that construction appeared to be staying out of the 30% slope area which justifies the request for a zone change. Council Member Bunker inquired who was responsible for possible failure of a home due to expansive soils. Mr. Nicholson replied that a soils report note is included on the subdivision plat, and as each building permit comes in there has to be a soils report for each lot. The City relies on geotech firms to provide the expertise on how a homeowner has to build. Council Member Orton inquired as to preventive measures taken for public streets. Mr. Nicholson replied that the City requires bad soil to be removed, over-excavated, or addressed. Rob Reid explained that the applicant is in compliance with the Hillside Ordinance and has stayed off steeper slopes. He has tried to cluster the units, but there are some things in the ordinance that will not allow him to do this. Mayor Pro Tem Whatcott opened the public hearing. Gordon Paxman, a resident adjacent to the golf course, inquired about the ponds and drainage. Mr. Reid replied that there is an addendum to the geotech report to address the issue of ground water. Drains will be installed in the streets which will tie into the storm drainage system in Dixie Drive and eventually drain into the Santa Clara River. Mr. Paxman commented that the ponds continue to fill each year. Council Member Orton advised that the developer will be responsible for that. Mr. Paxman inquired about the existing easement between his home and the golf course. Mr. Nicholson replied that this would have to be addressed in the platting phase. St. George City Council Minutes May 4, 2006 Page Six Mr. Reid advised that the easement is a typical 7.5' easement on the subdivision plat, and would remain in place. Mr. Paxman requested assurance that drainage would not affect him as it runs continually behind his home. Mayor Pro Tem Whatcott advised that this would be taken care of by the developer. He then closed the public hearing. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Gardner to approve the zone change by ordinance. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Bunker. VOTE: Mayor Pro Tem Whatcott called for a roll call vote, as follows: Council Member Gardner - aye Council Member Bunker - aye Council Member Orton - aye Mayor Pro Tem Whatcott - aye The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. Support Services Manager Marc Mortensen inquired what would happen to the Green Valley sign on the hillside. Mr. Reid replied that it is the developer?s intent to remove it. Feedback from residents indicate they would just as soon have it removed. Maurice Clark stated he wanted to see the plan for the development as there is a 25' easement adjacent to his yard where the water runs. Mayor Pro Tem Whatcott advised that the matter before the City Council is a zone change, and issues such as these would be dealt with as part of plat approval. Rebecca Hardiman stated she would rather have larger lots. Mr. Reid replied that there are 50 lots, half of which are larger than 10,000 sq. ft., and the other half are 8,000 sq. ft. or larger. PUBLIC HEARING/ZONE CHANGE/ORDINANCE: Public hearing to consider a zone change from A-1 to R-1-10 on 4.61 acres located at 2110 East and 2650 South. Warren Hannig, applicant. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson explained that the request is consistent with the general plan, up to four units per acre. When the plat comes through staff will work to try and get a trail along the canal. The Planning Commission recommends approval. Mayor Pro Tem Whatcott opened the public hearing. Jeanie Black explained that east of the zone change is a pasture owned by Clark Houston. She warned about the danger to livestock from oleanders, and stated that she knows of two junior livestock animals who recently died from eating oleander leaves from neighboring properties. 2800 South is posted at 25 mph, but cars usually travel this road at 45 mph. She suggested that oleanders be banned in agricultural areas similar to what Las Vegas has done. She stated she has to walk her property every time the wind blows to protect her animals from oleander leaves. Support Services Manager Marc Mortensen advised that staff has been crafting an ordinance to ban oleanders near agricultural zones, and this will be presented soon to the Mayor and Council for approval. Council Member Gardner commented that he and others have lost livestock due to oleanders and they can be fatal to children as well. He stated he did not know why they are still being planted. Ms. Black inquired if there were going to he horse trails in the area. She was advised that the canal will be an equestrian trail and the City is working on other trails in the area. Gary Rink advised that he lives south of the Hannig property and is developing to the south. He commented that 2800 South is a speedway, and inquired what would happen to the canal along the Hannig property. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson replied that the current plan is to pipe the canal and have a trail easement from Red Butte Estates on up. Gary Rink commented that there is water between 2800 South and his property and inquired what would happen with it. St. George City Council Minutes May 4, 2006 Page Seven Council Member Gardner replied that there will be an irrigation easement as long as the water is being used. Darrin Hinton, Alpha Engineering, advised that he represents Warren Hannig. He advised that the Houston brothers signed the zone change application in support of it. With regard to the oleanders, he did not see a problem with not planting them in the subdivision. He was not, however, familiar with the canal part of the project. Council Member Whatcott inquired if Mr. Hannig wanted R-1-10 zoning because Jedora was zoned R-1-10. Mr. Hinton replied that the project will be connected to 2110 East so the zoning makes sense. Council Member Gardner inquired if changing to RE-12.5 zoning would be a problem. Mr. Hinton replied that Mr. Hannig wants R-1-10 zoning. Council Member Gardner commented that RE-12.5 zoning seemed more consistent with the area. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson commented that the master plan designates the area for up to four units per acre, but it is up to the City Council to make site specific determinations as to zoning. Gary Rink commented that he has two acres to the south, and if this zone change is granted for R-1-10 zoning, he would also like R-1-10 zoning. Council Member Whatcott commented that the property to the south is zoned RE-12.5, and to the north is R-1-10. He inquired where the line was going to be drawn. There being no further public comment, he closed the public hearing. Mark Bradley advised that the road through the project will tie into Coyote Springs. Staff does not have a strong view either way on the zoning. Council Member Gardner commented that there is a natural break for zoning at the ridge where the canal is located, and it made more sense to keep RE-12.5 zoning. He stated he knew the City Council had talked before about the north/south line, but it has also talked about the lower area having more of an open, rural feel. Council Member Orton commented that R-1-10 zoning did not bother him. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson commented that one option would be to continue the matter and have the applicant come back with an RE-12.5 layout to see what the impact to the project would be. Rob Reid advised that the lots are 75' wide. Council Member Whatcott commented that long skinny lots were created to maximize R-1-10 zoning, and RE-12.5 would provide more of a rural feel. Mr. Nicholson advised that the minimum width for a lot is 80'. Council Member Bunker inquired if the applicant was against RE-12.5 zoning. Mr. Reid replied that the applicant seems intent on R-1-10 zoning to maximize his property. Council Member Whatcott inquired of Mr. Reid if he had drawn out a plan using RE-12.5 zoning. Mr. Reid replied that he had not, and guessed that two lots would be lost. Council Member Gardner inquired as to the sizes of the lots. Mr. Reid replied that he did not know, but the density is less than RE-12.5 density. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson commented that the lot requirements are the same in either zone, and he was not sure the applicant would lose anything. Mr. Reid replied that the lots cannot be arranged any other way due to the easements. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Gardner to approve the zone change to RE-12.5 zoning. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Bunker. Council Member Orton commented that he would prefer to postpone the matter and have it drawn as RE-12.5 zoning and come back to the Council for action. WITHDRAW MOTION: Council Member Gardner withdrew his motion. St. George City Council Minutes May 4, 2006 Page Eight MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Gardner to table the item. Council Member Bunker commented that the long skinny lots will encourage building one home behind another and a few years down the road this might be a problem. Council Member Gardner commented that the lots will be treated as agricultural lots, but the owners will not have that option. There is a lot of depth to the lots and the opportunity to keep a horse in the back, but that can?t happen if the lots are zoned R-1-10. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Orton. VOTE: Mayor Pro Tem Whatcott called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. Support Services Manager Marc Mortensen advised that the matter would be scheduled on the May 18 agenda. PUBLIC HEARING/PRELIMINARY PLAT: Public hearing to consider approval of the preliminary plat for Painted Desert Estates Phase 10 located south of 2450 South and 1250 East. Dan Parkin, applicant. City Planner Mark Bradley explained that the plat consists of two single family patio home sites, with setbacks and separations similar to the rest of Painted Desert. The Planning Commission recommended approval subject to the plat being included in and part of the overall PD homeowner?s association, CC&Rs, etc., and adjust pad #93 setback to be 8' from the phase boundary line. Mayor Pro Tem Whatcott opened the public hearing. Jim Able, a resident of Painted Desert Estates, commented that the plat needed to be consistent with the rest of the PD and that the people who purchased the two homes will need to follow the CC&Rs. There being no further public comment, Mayor Pro Tem Whatcott closed the public hearing. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Orton to approve the preliminary plat subject to the recommendations of the Planning Commission. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Bunker. Council Member Allen arrived. VOTE: Mayor Pro Tem Whatcott called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. PUBLIC HEARING/AMENDED PRELIMINARY PLAT: Public hearing to consider approval of the amended preliminary plat for Sienna Park Condominiums at Stonebridge located at Country Lane off Stonebridge Drive. Brian McMullin, applicant. This item was tabled. PUBLIC HEARING/AMEND GENERAL PLAN LAND USE MAP/ORDINANCE: Public hearing to consider amending the General Plan Land Use Map to change the land use designation of Open Space to Very Low Density Residential on 93.51 acres located west of Tonaquint Drive, south of the Tonaquint Terrace Subdivision, and along the Bloomington ridge line. SITLA and Quality Development, applicants. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson explained that the General Plan designates the area as open space, and the current zoning is open space. The Planning Commission took a site visit to the area with discussion about how best to preserve some of the unique features on the property. The applicant would like R-1-40 zoning which has a provision to allow clustering. The density would be one home per acre, with clustering on lots as small as 8,000 sq. ft. provided the balance of the property is open space. A portion of the site is outside City boundaries, and the applicants are willing to donate a rock park to the City. Because there are rocks throughout the site, the question has come up of whether to cluster tightly or do as the applicants want which is to spread the units out with open space dedication. Public streets are proposed. Rock areas on private lots would be deed restricted so there is no disturbance, and only a percentage of the lot can be disturbed. The Planning Commission recommends approval. Curt Gordon, representing SITLA, agreed that the property is unique. He explained that SITLA is entering into a joint venture transaction with Quality Development to develop the property. The intent is to have a low impact development to fit the homes and lots into the environment to take advantage of the beauty and natural landscape. Over 35 acres of open space will be deeded to the City, with trails for connectivity throughout the project. There will be 78 lots for a density of 1.19 units per acre, with 36 acres of deed-restricted private space. There will also be an annexation of 20.93 acres. The intent is St. George City Council Minutes May 4, 2006 Page Nine to fit the homes into the site and not grade the entire site. Clustering the homes would result in more disturbance by having to create terraces and walls. Mr. Gordon explained that the roads will be built mostly perpendicular to the slopes and in low drainage areas so there will not have to be a lot of cuts and fills. He stated he would like to reduce the width of the roads so they do not have a big visual impact. Mayor Pro Tem Whatcott opened the public hearing. There being no public comment, he closed the public hearing. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Gardner to approve the amendment to the General Plan Land Use Map by ordinance as requested. Council Member Bunker commented that the area is incredibly beautiful and that she hated to see it developed at all as there were not any areas of open space left within the City. She stated she also hated to see more traffic on Tonaquint Drive. Council Member Gardner inquired when the property was designated as open space, and if it was designated such as a holding zone. Mr. Gordon replied that it was designated open space as a holding zone when it was annexed. Council Member Orton commented he felt that more people would be able to enjoy the open space because the property is being developed. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson advised that the property was originally BLM ground, and then SITLA acquired it. The goal is to not use Open Space as a holding zone so that when people purchase property around it, they aren?t misled that the property will remain open space. This City is trying to make this differentiation by now using Mining and Grazing as a holding zone. In the case of SITLA, they have thousands of acres, and this parcel is a relatively small one compared to their overall holdings. The City has been pushing to have the unique pristine areas set aside and will hopefully hold them to their commitment that some of these areas can be preserved. MOTION: Council Member Gardner again repeated his motion to approve the amendment to the General Plan Land Use Map by ordinance. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Orton. VOTE: Mayor Pro Tem Whatcott called for a roll call vote, as follows: Council Member Gardner - aye Council Member Orton - aye Council Member Bunker - nay Council Member Allen - aye Mayor Pro Tem Whatcott - aye The motion carried. PUBLIC HEARING/ZONE CHANGE/ORDINANCE: Public hearing to consider a zone change from Open Space to R-1-40 on 93.51 acres located west of Tonaquint Drive south of the Tonaquint Terrace Subdivision and along the Bloomington ridge line. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson explained that staff will address clustering when the preliminary plat comes in. Mayor Pro Tem Whatcott opened the public hearing. There being no public comment, he closed the public hearing. Council Member Allen inquired of the applicant if the design standards were going to be tight. Curt Gordon, SITLA, replied that they would be tight, and there would also be CC&Rs and deed restrictions. Council Member Allen inquired what would happen when the homes sell. Mr. Gordon replied that the Planning Commission and City Council have control over what can and can?t happen, and that CC&Rs will be imposed along with deed restrictions. There will also be a homeowners? association. Mayor Pro Tem Whatcott inquired if there was the potential to have the trail loop. Ed Burgess, Quality Development, replied that the proposed trails will tie into the City?s trail system. It is best for the City to own and maintain the rock park, and the four to five acre park will also be maintained by the City. The trails will be maintained by the City. Leisure Services Director Kent Perkins explained that there would be the ability to create a loop, but it comes down to what kind of trail the City Council wants. The trails are native trails in areas that are primitive and rocky and probably should remain so. St. George City Council Minutes May 4, 2006 Page Ten Curt Gordon explained that the concept is to create access to the open space via the road, and there is no reason why the trail can?t follow the road. Also, a trail could be done as opposed to sidewalk and it could meander through the open space. Council Member Allen commented that she pictured more of a primitive hiking trail. Leisure Services Director Kent Perkins replied that the City could not have only native trails because older people, mobility challenged people, and strollers could not use them. He stated he hoped for a combination of trails within the site to accommodate everyone. Council Member Bunker s...


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...ility to move livestock, specifically horses being able to get to and from trails. There is nothing to protect access to the trails. He explained he is not opposed to the zone change, but thinks the Council is premature in blocking out 39 acres without access to the trails. Council Member Orton commented the land is all privately owned. Council Member Whatcott commented that in R-12.5 zoning one large livestock animal is allowed. Residents will have the ability to board a horse on their property but there will be no ability to get the horse onto trails. He asked how does the Council address the question. The Council discussed the issue of access to trails. The difference between that area and the Dixie Downs is that there is the HCP for people to ride in near the Dixie Downs area, although there is no way to access it. The Council discussed that by the time the property in question is developed there will be a trail for horses. Access easements have been required in other areas that have trails. Community Development Director Nicholson indicated he can look at the trail access issue and also see if the irrigation right of way can used as a horse trail access. The Mayor commented that if there is a way to this, it should be done. Council Member Whatcott commented that the Council is short sighted if it doesn't look at the future and possible equestrian activities that may be included. City Manager Esplin suggested identifying where the trails go to determine if proposed development would block them. If it does, as part of the planning process, the staff needs to plan for an equestrian access route to the trails. It is something that needs to be looked at it and planned for now. Community Development Director Nicholson indicated he would ask developers when they come in with their plats if they can put a 10 or 15-foot easement for a trail access. Council Member Isom amended the motion to say that the developers will work with the City on equestrian trails if a solution can be reached. Council Member Allen seconded the motion. The Mayor asked if the developer was in attendance and could speak to this issue. City Manager Esplin expressed the concern that other areas with larger lots that may have horses and need a way to get the through the 39 acres. There needs to be a way to connect to trails for those with horses. Mr. Newberger of Pope Engineering indi...


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...o-sponsoring an event with P.A.W.S. on April 28. The event is the Tails on Trails Dog Walk at Tonaquint Park. P.A.W.S. is also planning to produce a ...


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... REGARDING PROPOSED BIKE LANES: Monty Thurber distributed a Bicycle and Trails Facility Summary illustrating the current number of miles of bikes lanes and routes and trails, and a map of Trails and Bicycle Facilities showing proposed bike lane conversions from bike routes, and reviewed them. DISCUSSION ON SIGN POLICIES: City Attorney Shawn Guzman advised that any reference to campaign signs was deleted from the City’s ordinances over a year ago because the courts have ruled that a time frame for allowing signs is not legal and is targeting a specific segment. The City’s ordinance should be content neutral. However, the City can regulate the size of signs within a certain zone. The City can also designate that signs cannot be within rights-of-way. If the City were to just enforce what is currently within its sign ordinance, this would clean up a lot of the City. He reiterated that the City cannot distinguish between the sign type, i.e. a campaign sign, or a real estate sign. Carol Sapp inquired if this applies to City signs as well. City Attorney Shawn Guzman replied that the City is allowed to put signs on its own property, but must follow the ordinance with regard to size. He reiterated that all sign rules will be content neutral. He commented, however, that this does not mean signs can be put up anywhere - they cannot cause a traffic hazard or safety issue. He clarified that the signs being discussed are temporary signs, and not permanent signs. He recommended that the City allow larger signs in certain areas for ease of St. George City Council Minutes July 12, 2012 Page Two viewing. He advised that he would begin working on revisions to the sign ordinance and present them to the City Council for their review after the November elections. MISCELLANEOUS DISCUSSIONS: Mayor McArthur advised that Dealer Collision would like to donate a bus to the City Fire Department that can be used to cut apart for a demonstration on rescues. Leisure Services Director Kent Perkins advised that on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. at Town Square a group of high school kids perform half hour shows which promote learning about the City and its various departments and functions. Police Chief Marlon Stratton commented that these performances would be a good opportunity for the Bike Patrol to promote bicycle safety and give a few helmets away, as well as talk about Stranger Danger. Leisure Services Director Kent Perkins advised he would like to create a troupe of performers to put on a Melodrama at the Opera House. He stated he felt this would be a fun program to do each summer and provide an opportunity for teens to have something to do. Ed Baca commented that the Town Square programs reinforce the public relations aspect of public safety officers, and this is important for seniors as well as the children. Police Chief Marlon Stratton reported on the VIP program. There are 45 VIP volunteers from a wide array of backgrounds. They help patrol the streets and trails, help with paper service, help in the front office, and save the City a lot of money. There is a waiting list to be a VIP. Police Chief Marlon Stratton reported on the Victim’s Advocate program. Carol Sapp inquired if the Police Department provides education on bicycle safety for older people. Assistant to the City Manager Marc Mortensen replied that a local bike shop proposes to do a free bicycle safety check once a month at Confluence Park. Details are still being worked out and there is no schedule yet. Leisure Services Director Kent Perkins advised he is trying to get a sponsor to buy bicycle bells for use on the City’s trails. ADJOURN TO CLOSED SESSION: MOTION: A motion was made by Counci...


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...ss the trail easement and commented that roads are not good for equestrian trails. Mr. Sandberg replied that this was discussed by the Planning Commission, and one of the property owners was concerned that there was not enough access to the trail. Mayor McArthur inquired about the possibility of mitigating them for safety. He inquired about a crossing underneath the roadway. Mr. Sandberg replied that this would be difficult and is not typically done for residential streets. He commented that both of the streets would be fairly low volume residential streets. Mayor McArthur opened the public hearing. Nora Astin, a resident of Meadow Valley Phase I, inquired about the lot size. Mr. Sandberg replied that the smallest lot is 12,500 sq. ft. Justin Bracken, Quality Development, advised that the applicant has been in negotiations with the canal company for ten months and an agreement has been reached with regard to cost sharing of the storm drain system. There being no further public comment, Mayor McArthur closed the public hearing. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Whatcott to approve the amended preliminary plat. 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/PRELIMINARY PLAT: Public hearing to consider approval of the preliminary plat for Santa Maria Phase 4 at Sunbrook located at the west end of Sunbrook Drive at the intersection with Emeraud Drive. Sunhill Homes, applicant. Jay Sandberg commented that earlier in this meeting a hillside permit for this area was approved. The plat is part of the overall Sunbrook PD and is designated as low density residential. The streets are 50' master planned streets and the Planning Commission recommended approval subject to the hillside conditions being met, the full right-of-way for Plantations Drive be filled because of the nature of the terrain, a right turn lane on Sunbrook Drive, and a temporary turn around by Lots 8 and 9. Mr. Sandberg explained that this area was difficult to master plan as there is quite a drop-off into the wash area. The plan shows development of half of Plantations Drive which goes nowhere right now, but will eventually tie to the west and other roads. The recommendation is that road be filled the full right-of-way with the embankment to be brought up so it is safer and St. George City Council Minutes June 1, 2006 Page Eleven wider. There is nothing on the other side of the wash and no motivation for the Plantations and Lakes developments to build the road. The City wants it brought up to grade and filled in and full improvements on one side of the road. This also facilitates a right turn lane on Sunbrook Drive and a temporary turn around in this vicinity. Mark Fonger stated that the applicant is willing to work with staff to accommodate the suggestions and has agreed to work out the issues. Council Member Bunker inquired if there were no disturb areas associated with lots 17 through 21. Mr. Fonger replied that the area was already disturbed as it was an old construction yard. Mayor McArthur opened the public hearing. Eric Devito inquired if reclaimed water would be used for outdoor water use. City Manager Gary Esplin replied that the City would like to use more reclaimed water and plans on doing so in the future, and is in the process of working on an ordinance requiring it. However, at this point in time there is not any in place to do so. Mr. Devito inquired if the developer was being required to plumb for reclaimed water as there are already lines for this in the Sunbrook area. Mr. Esplin replied that as new larger tracts come on line, the plan is to use a pressurized irrigation system. There being no further public comment, Mayor McArthur closed the public hearing. Council Member Gardner inquired if the requirement to plumb for a pressurized irrigation system could be incorporated into this request. City Manager Gary Esplin replied that he did not know how it could be served in this location, and staff has not had this discussion. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Gardner to approve the plat with the admonition to look at the option of using reclaimed water. City Manager Gary Esplin replied that this could not be done until the pressure zones are identified and pressure resolved. 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/ZONE CHANGE/ORDINANCE: Public hearing to consider approval of a zone change from Mining and Grazing to PD Residential on 335.54 acres located at approximately 4200 North east of State Highway U-18. Stacy Young, applicant. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson advised the plan consists of 925 dwelling units, the terrain is diverse and consists of red rock canyons and lava ridges. There is a broad valley through the center of the site. The project is subject to hillside development regulations and the slope map and limits the number of dwelling units based on slope categories. The plan meets the density limitations. Once zoning issues are settled the plan will go to the hillside review board. The general plan shows the area as low density residential, up to four units per acre. The density is based on the net developable acres - 2.9 homes per acre. There are 14 different neighborhoods on the land use plan and a neighborhood commercial center on 1.9 acres with C-1 uses and select C-2 uses. There will be a 4.3 acre public park and townhome units near the highway up to two stories. The project utilizes 232 acres for residential, with 100 acres set aside as open space. Staff questions the proposed use of a drive-through restaurant and if it is appropriate in this location. 465 townhome units will be built on 45 acres. The sanitary sewer system will require a lift station and pressurized line to take it north before it connects to the gravity flow system. There are issues with the power service and capacity. The Planning Commission recommends approval subject to staff comments. The traffic impact study recommends seven conditions, and parks and trails issues need to be resolved. All public streets will require sidewalks on both sides of the street unless the City accepts a trail on one side. The project is subject to hillside review. Council Member Orton inquired if workforce housing had been addressed within the project. Stacy Young explained the total trail network is over seven miles, and if it is public or private is open to discussion with the Parks Department and has not yet been decided. The proposed high density housing is market rate housing but will be relatively affordable housing in the project, but he was not sure it would solve the community?s affordable housing issue. St. George City Council Minutes June 1, 2006 Page Twelve City Manager Gary Esplin advised there has been no dialogue with the developer about providing affording housing as part of this project because of master plan issues. Council Member Orton commented that somewhere the City had to make a stand and begin requiring affordable housing. Mayor McArthur opened the public hearing. There being no public comment, he closed the public hearing. Council Member Whatcott inquired why the project was developed in sections without infiltrating some low density housing with the medium density housing. Mr. Young replied that this was considered, but not until it was too late in the planning process. The developer is comfortable with the plan and has tried to cluster by putting the higher density closer to the highway and feather it out while limiting disturbance. Mr. Young advised that the commercial aspect of the plan is fairly conceptual, and at this point will look like the Coral Canyon market or have more stone. Council Member Gardner reminded that the issue before the City Council was for the zone change. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson explained that because the zone change is a PD, design issues and renderings of the buildings are also considered. A PD zone approval is a site plan approval and approval of the building concept, elevations, etc. He commented that more elaboration was needed on the descriptions of the housing styles in the neighborhoods. Mr. Youngs presented a few renderings of the single family homes. Council Member Whatcott expressed concern that the City Council is expected to look at a 400 acre project in 30 minutes. He inquired of the City Attorney if the City Council could approve the concept and then have the applicant come back for approval of elevations at a later date. City Attorney Shawn Guzman replied that the City Council should look at the elevations and layout before granting the PD zone. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson commented that when the Tonaquint Center PD zone change was approved, the developer was required to come back for approval of almost every building. This has also been done in Hidden Valley with the commercial building. The idea of a PD is the concept and uses and architectural theme. The applicant has provided this to some extent. City Attorney Shawn Guzman commented that in the past a developer said he was approved for ?x? number of units and would accept no less. If the City Council is concerned about the layout and number of units in the layout, they should use caution if they approve the PD concept as it is right now as the applicant can also make that claim. Council Member Whatcott commented that he liked the overall concept. Council Member Gardner commented that if the City Council had to look at all 15 phases and analyze each one, it would take all night. However, through the preliminary plat process the applicant will have a chance to do the engineering. There has to be flexibility, and the applicant should be allowed to do the work and present it to the City Council, rather than the City Council do this on the front end. Stacy Young advised that there would be more architectural review and style in the preliminary plat, and the total number of units has to go through the hillside review process. City Manager Gary Esplin advised that approval of the zone change could be made subject to the hillside review recommendations. The applicant cannot do anything in violation of the hillside ordinance. He suggested this project be looked at like the Sunbrook project in which a conceptual master plan was presented and each phase was then brought in to be looked at. If there is not this flexibility, then perhaps the ordinance should be amended. There is no way the applicants can provide the detail for the entire project which is being asked for because they don?t know right now as the project will be done in phases. Council Member Whatcott commented that the units will vary with the hillside and plat review. City Attorney Shawn Guzman suggested that only the first phase of the project be zoned PD. Milo McCowan, applicant, commented that Crystal Lakes took six to ten years to build out, and he would hate to be held to the standard of white homes and red roofs and palm trees as they would not sell now. He stated he would be comfortable bringing the project back to the City Council stage by stage with as much detail as requested. The project is planned to be earth tones which are popular now, and the amount of stone St. George City Council Minutes June 1, 2006 Page Thirteen might vary from unit to unit, but he would like to have flexibility with each phase based on the current market trend. With regard to hillside issues, they are planning on 116 units someplace within the project and there is nowhere to go but down as far as density. City Attorney Shawn Guzman commented that if flexibility to look at the overall number of units is built in, this would be OK. Mr. McCowan replied that he understood, and he also knew that the project overall density is based on a low number and open space and parks and trails. The project has 10-15% more open space than required, and there has to be some compensating factors. He stated he preferred that the City Council not focus on one element but look at the overall master plan. The project has 2.9 units per acre, which is low density. Jim Raines commented that this project is a lot like the Hidden Valley project in which commercial plans were presented at the last meeting, with full architectural renderings and detail, and in the next meeting the preliminary plat will be presented with the same elements. He stated the Trails project was no different and the applicant has to live with the gene...


City Council Minutes 10/03/2013:
...the Sun River Golf Course club house. She explained this is a Utah state trails grant project with a 50% match. The City will pay approximately $60,000.00. MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Pike to approve the bid for $121,432.45 to Interstate Rock. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Bunker. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote as follows: Councilmember Bunker - aye Councilmember Almquist - aye Councilmember Nickle - aye Councilmember Pike - aye Councilmember Hughes - aye The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. AWARD OF BID: Consider award of bid for the annual purchase of Polymer product for the Wastewater Department. Purchasing Manager Connie Hood advised the bid is for the annual purchase of polymer for the Wastewater Department. The cost will be a not to exceed $195,000.00. MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Hughes to approve the bid not to exceed $195,000.00. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Pike. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote as follows: Councilmember Bunker - aye Councilmember Almquist - aye Councilmember Nickle - aye Councilmember Pike - aye Councilmember Hughes - aye The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT/RESOLUTION: Consider approval of a resolution to approve an interlocal agreement between the City and the Southwest Special Services District to provide fire responses to the Ledges and Trails areas of the City. City Manager Gary Esplin advised the special service district would like to build a fire house near the Ledges and Trails areas which would actually be located within the City limits. He explained staff recommends to move forward and for a number of reasons it becomes a win-win situation. Commissioner Cox stated building the station is an example of excellent and wise stewardship using tax payer funds to craft a win-win situation. Winchester Hills Fire Chief Christensen advised they will be building a fire station near the southwest corner of Winchester Hills. The station will be centrally located to cover Winchester Hills as well as the Ledges. St. George City Council Minutes October 3, 2013 Page Three Fire Chief Robert Stoker stated that although the City does not have automatic aid agreement with any communities, this agreement will serve as one. Because the station will be in the City limits, certain development related fees will be waived. The agreement states the station will respond to the area of the Ledges, JEL Ranches and the Trails developments. He stated there have been problems with ISO which is...


City Council Minutes 06/08/2006:
... City Manager Gary Esplin advised that the master plan for parks and trails will be presented to the Mayor and City Council in 30 days. Council Member Orton suggested protecting the horse users who are already located within Little Valley but allow density up to R-1-10 in other areas of Little Valley, with 20% of the project area turned over to a non-profit organization for attainable housing. Jim Raines advised that it did not make sense to cluster R-1-10. He stated that development should not be based on density, but on quality and produc, with a win/win for developers and the City. City Manager Gary Esplin commented that TNDs (Traditional Neighborhood Districts) have smaller lots and zero lot lines to encourage different types of ownership - and that is the win/win. Council Member Gardner commented that a developer can do either clustering and open space or work force housing, but to do both goes beyond their financial ability. Mr. Raines advised that he ran a pro forma on 320 acres in Little Valley. Two units per acre yields the same return as five units per acre with 20% open space. He inquired where the incentive was for developers to cluster. City Manager Gary Esplin commented that the overall question is what to do in the entire community - the same question faces the Trails, the Ledges, the Lakes, and the South Block. All areas are facing planning pressures. He suggested looking at TNDs. Council Member Allen commented that current zoning isolates income groups, and that is not what the City is after for a sense of community. Mayor McArthur commented that the unique thing about the Little Valley area is the horse properties must be blended in. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson commented that the City is now faced with what to do to protect the horse owners? interests as much as reasonable and make new development work for them. City Manager Gary Esplin commented that the next step would be to hold public hearings for more input and to present concepts such as protecting the horse owners with trails and buffers and feathering in around the existing uses, but to tie parks and schools with TND opportunities and maximize opens space. Mr. Esplin commented that flexibility was needed, and TNDs provide that opportunity. Not all development will be TNDs, but it should be encouraged. Council Member Orton commented that all developers were after highest and best use for profitability, and if the City does not have something to bargain, its hands will be tied. City Manager Gary Esplin commented that the City needed to make sure that development provides neighborhood commercial and office uses. DISCUSSION ON A TRADITIONAL NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT ZONE: Bob Nicholson presented a power point presentation on the TND zone, and distributed a draft TND criteria manual and a draft TND zoning code. The materials will be distributed for a three week public review and comment period. The TND committee recommends a 40 acre minimum for a TND. City Manager Gary Esplin suggested that an open house be scheduled to review the concept. Mr. Nicholson advised that the approval process would be similar to the PD approval process, with a site plan and renderings required. Deputy City Attorney Paula Houston advised that a mandatory development agreement would also be required. Jim Raines commented that there are no density limitations in a TND, and no general plan amendment requirement. An overlay zone for TNDs must be made a part of the general plan. City Manager Gary Esplin clarified that the City Council still maintains approval of the project. A TND provides an opportunity for attainable housing, and if the City mandates inclusionary zoning, then a TND can meet this mandate because of the smaller lots. Council Member Orton commented that once a TND is approved, the density can be increased without any guarantee of attainable housing. City Manager Gary Esplin replied that the City Council has to approve the concept, but a TND is not tied to only attainable housing. A TND is an opportunity to meet the demand for attainable housing, but attainable housing in itself is another issue. Jim Raines commented that his firm has 3,200 townhomes in design right now because they are the only product on the market that a developer can build for under $200,000 - there is no other zoning available, and this is where the demand is. A TND will give the free market another alternative to meet that $200,000 price. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson commented that a TND will not work everywhere. Another concept is lot size averaging, with the trade off being open space and smaller lots interspersed among larger lots. He commented that this would be a nice option in the R-1-10 zone. He advised that lot averaging could be adopted as part of the zoning ordinance within the next month to six weeks. DISCUSSION RE GROUP HOMES IN RESIDENTIAL AREAS: Max Rose and Craig Seegmiller were present representing the neighborhood. Mr. Rose commented that when a residencein his neighborhood ceased to be used as a bed and breakfast, the use should have been eliminated, but instead it is now used as a group home. City Manager Gary Esplin commented that while this was a good idea and should have been done, it had nothing to do with use of the residence as a group home. City Attorney Shawn Guzman explained that group homes are protected under federal law. Deputy City Attorney Paula Houston explained that group homes are treated the same across the country. West Valley, Orem and Holliday have been sued over the issue, and unfortunately, every one has lost when they tried to eliminate a group home out of residential neighborhoods. This cannot be done under the Fair Housing Act as the federal government has made it mandatory to provide housing for anyone with a disability. Recovering drug and alcohol addicts are considered disabled under federal law. The Fair Housing Act defines a group home as any home where two or more disabled people live, and no treatment is required. Cities have the right to limit the number of residents and impose all the normal ordinance requirements such as setbacks, etc., however, under the law cities have to provide them with reasonable accommodations, such as allowing a blind person to have a seeing eye dog. These reasonable accommodations are decided on a case by case basis as to what is reasonable. A hearing is held to hear evidence from both sides. This is a balancing test of city interests vs. the interests of the disabled person and the benefit asked for. This hearing should be held before a residence is used as a group home. However, it is mandatory for cities to allow group homes in residential areas, in any neighborhood, and the disabled get to choose the home they want to live in. Cities cannot say they will allow group home in one neighborhood, but not another. City Manager Gary Esplin commented that the City of St. George has an ordinance which allows four unrelated persons to live in one home, and a group home would have that same right. When a group home adds the fifth person or sixth or eighth, then a hearing is to be held, and the city has to present a reason why the accommodation should be denied. Ms. Houston advised that there are no standards for a group home, however, there are standards if treatment is being performed. City Attorney Shawn Guzman emphasized that requiring a reasonable accommodation is a low hurdle for the group homes to jump through, and cities have to be able to show good reason why they should not be accommodated. Deputy City Attorney Paula Houston advised that group homes have to show there is a necessity to provide the accommodation - either for financial viability or therapeutic support. Treatment facilities are different and subject to state licensing. City Manager Gary Esplin commented that treatment facilities are commercial and can be regulated. Gloria Shakespeare inquired who was protecting the neighborhoods, and commented that financial viability was really in favor of the person running the business. Deputy City Attorney Paula Houston advised that a business license is needed, and while group homes are private, they are regulated by the Fair Housing Act. City Attorney Shawn Guzman advised that the courts have said that they will also invalidate CC&Rs which try to regulate group homes if they are against public policy, and if there is a discriminatory effect they will not be able to impose them. Deputy City Attorney Paula Houston advised that a group home must be very specific when it comes to financial viability. They have to provide their budgets, finances and bills as part of the evidence to prove that they need a certain number of residents to keep the business alive. Supervision is not required in a group home, and a city cannot impose that requirement. People who are currently using drugs or who have been convicted of being a dealer or manufacturer of a controlled substance are not protected. Gloria Shakespeare inquired who would do the background checks. Mayor McArthur advised that cities could not perform background checks. City Manager Gary Esplin advised that when a group home applies for its business license they would have to say that they will not be housing these types of people. If, by chance, the City found out there were dealers or manufacturers of illegal drugs, the City could question the business license at this point. City Attorney Shawn Guzman advised that cities can also say that a group home resident cannot be adjudicated and still under the jurisdiction of the courts. City Manager Gary Esplin advised the license can be revoked in this event. City Attorney Shawn Guzman advised that it cannot be assumed that recovering drug addicts and alcoholics have been convicted of a crime, and he cautioned against stereotyping. He advised that group homes can also consist of the mentally handicapped. Deputy City Attorney Paula Houston advised that there is a provision in the Fair Housing Act which states that if a person is a danger to the neighborhood, he is not covered by the Act. If a group home contains residents who are a high risk, the city must provide an accommodation for higher security. City Manager Gary Esplin reiterated that group homes do not need a conditional use permit nor hearing if there are four residents or less. The City will contact those group homes who are not licensed and have more than four unrelated persons. City Attorney Shawn Guzman reminded that a city can still hold a group home to all its ordinances, but might have to make certain accommodations such as letting them build within a setback to accommodate a wheelchair ramp, etc. He advised that it would be appropriate to inquire on the business license application the total square feet of the residence, number of bathrooms, size of windows, etc. Craig Seegmiller commented that he was told there was a family living in the garage of a group home by the college. There have also been a large number of police cars at the residence. Residents of the group home also went around the neighborhood taking pictures of the homes in an attempt to intimidate the neighbors. Gloria Shakespeare commented that 70% of criminals in prison are there for drug-related crimes, and drug and alcohol addicts should not be classified as disabled because their drug and alcohol use is a choice. She stated that locating addicts in neighborhoods becomes a safety and health issue for the entire neighborhood. City Manager Gary Esplin commented that the City will do the best it can within the framework of the court decisions. The City must allow four unrelated persons to live in a group home, and the City cannot regulate it in any way unless the residents are adjudicated, users or dealers. Enforcement Officer Brad Young advised that he has made several rental inspections of group homes located on South Main and at 194 South 600 East, and deficiencies have been noted and will be corrected. ADJOURN TO EXECUTIVE SESSION: MOTION: A motion to adjourn to an executive session to discuss personnel was made by Council Member Gardner. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Orton. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a roll call vote, as follows: Council Member Gardner - aye Council Member Orton - aye Council Member Allen - aye The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. RECONVENE: MOTION: A motion to reconvene was made by Council Member Gardner SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Allen. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. MISCELLANEOUS: Marc Mortensen advised that the Washington County Commission has created an executive committee to create the County land bill MOU, and would like three representatives from the City to serve on the Steering Committee. Council Member Gardner suggested that Doug Solstad be appointed to the steering committee. Council Member Orton commented that the Washington County Board of Realtors is complaining about confiscation by the City of A-frame signs used for open houses. City Attorney Shawn Guzman replied that most of the signs seized are located off-premise, or on sidewalks, or trails. A brief discussion was held on pole signs. City Attorney Shawn...


City Council Minutes 08/09/2007:
...ey had community hearings on the plan for the park. He said they had some trails, sand volleyball courts and a delightful plan. Mr. Maxwell said that after the flood, the design came in without any public hearings and they ended up with ball fields. St. George City Council Minutes August 9, 2007 Page Ten He said that when you look at Bloomington Park you don?t see families anymore, you see a lot of people going to ball games. He said they wanted to change that. He explained that about a year and one-half ago James Dotson, Landscape Architect, drew a plan for them but then he retired. He said that Mark Goble from the City?s Parks Planning division came out with an intern. Mr. Maxwell said they came out with a plan and there were quite a few people there. He stated that they made some recommendations to the plan of what they would like to see and what they didn?t like. He stated that they redrew the plan and that it was neat looking. He said that they invited Mark out for their next meeting so they could continue and Mark informed them that they had been put on the back burner. He said that a few months later they found out that they had been taken off the back burner and put on the floor. Mr. Maxwell stated that they want to get back on the burner. He said that the Bloomington Community Council has funds that they want to use to make the community a better place to live. He stated that they have corporations that are willing to work with them. He said that he thinks they could get much of the work donated. He said that they have funds within their Community Council that they would like to share. He discussed several projects that had been done with the City and said they wanted to sit down with the City and come up with a plan to accomplish some of things they want to do in Bloomington. He said that they need the City?s help. Mr. Maxwell said that the plan that Mark drew up was an excellent one. Mayor McArthur asked if the plan fits the present configuration of the river. Mr. Maxwell stated that it did. He explained it included taking the tamarisk trees out between the ball park and the equestrian center, shaded picnic areas with trails going through the area, provide water and update the equestrian center. He stated that there were about 20 families that would like to use the equestrian center. He said that the roping guys would like to help fix it up and use it. He explained that they can?t go out and get people enthused unless they have a commitment from the City to assist them. He said that he?s talked to 2 or 3 others and that 80% of development of the picnic areas could be accomplished if the dirt that is currently there could be moved. He said that they could use some of the dirt to make mounds but the rest would need to be removed. Mayor McArthur asked if they knew how much it would cost to get the park done. Mr. Maxwell said that they hadn?t gotten that far. He said the last meeting they had with Mark was almost one year ago. Mayor McArthur asked how much money they have for the improvements. Mr. Maxwell said that they have $60,000 to $70,000. He said they also would have donated items that would help. Mayor McArthur said that he liked having items donated because it makes it more a community park. He said it would be a good project for groups. Council Member Gardner asked why the City wouldn?t want to help with the improvements to the park. St. George City Council Minutes August 9, 2007 Page Eleven City Manager Gary Esplin explained that it had to do with prioritization. He said that the Council would need to authorize additional funds than what are available in the Park Impact Fund. He said there are parts of the community that don?t have any parks that are planning on being built. He said that they don?t disagree with the plan but that it is a matter of how the money is budgeted. Mr. Esplin said that the dirt that is currently located in the park will be contoured as an additional barrier for future floods. He explained that the cost for grass, playgrounds, restrooms, and those types of things is approximately $125,000 to $150,000 per acre. He stated that if you have 2 or 3 acres then the cost could be as high as $300,000 and that wouldn?t include other things that people like to put into a park. Mr. Esplin asked how many park projects there were. Mark Gobel said that there were 20 to 30 that they are currently working on. Mr. Esplin said that to get the Bloomington Park to the top of the priority list, they would have to rearrange the funding they have. Mayor McArthur asked if they could take the plan and look at sections of it to see what the cost would be. Mr. Maxwell stated that was what they would like to do. He said they would need the City?s help with some things like water but they would use the funds they have to purchase items. He said they would go out and get a commitment on the labor. He said that they would need to know how much the City was able to come up with so they would know how much they would need. Mr. Maxwell said that they aren?t asking the City to do it all. They are asking the City to assist them in getting some of the improvements made. Mayor McArthur stated that the plan should be resurrected so they can see what the costs are. Council Member Whatcott said that they saw the plan right before the 2005 flood. Council Member Bunker asked how many other parks that are on the plan have the momentum of the neighbors behind it like the Bloomington Community Council. She said that if the neighbors are willing to help with the improvements it would be better to go ahead in sections even if it takes longer in the long run. She said that she thinks it would benefit everyone. City Manager Gary Esplin said that they appreciate what the neighbors are willing to do. He stated that they have gone through the budget process for the parks and there are a lot of places that don?t have anything. He explained that the budget was done based on the impact fees and that the revenues that were projected are down. He said that if they can maximize the funding with donations and meet City standards for construction they should move the project up on the priority list as high as possible. He said that they would probably have to find funding from another source because there are other projects that don?t have any parks. St. George City Council Minutes August 9, 2007 Page Twelve There was discussion about the various uses for the dirt that is currently piled in Bloomington Park and how the Council would get people involved with labor and donations. There was discussion about the trees along Mar O? War and the exit area and what was being done to keep the trees healthy and alive. Mr. Maxwell thanked the Mayor and Council for their time. Mr. Ray Draper stated that they appreciated the City?s Code Enforcement and that the Bloomington Council is going to continue to address the problem. DISCUSSION ON RED HILLS PARKWAY WIDENING PROJECT: City Manager Gary Esplin explained that several years ago funding had been secured to expand Red Hills Parkway to four or five lanes and to address the problems with the intersection at U18. He stated that they had been through some environmental review and the design but he would like to get some direction from the Council on medians, trails and a requirement of mitigation from the Fish and Wildlife Service. Mayor McArthur asked if the environmental study was done. City Manager Gary Esplin said that before they could finish it they needed direction from the Council based on issues that Mr. Bulloch was going to discuss. Larry Bulloch, Public Works Director, explained that they started the environmental assessment in January 2006. He said that in January, 2007 the document was far enough along that some options were presented to the Fish and Wildlife. He said that since then they have been trying to work through issues with Fish and Wildlife in terms of mitigation. He said that they had hoped to be done by October of 2007 but he said they won?t be because of not being able to resolve issues. Mr. Bulloch said that he wanted to clear up some confusion about what agency they were dealing with. He stated that in the past they had dealt with the HCAC but now they were dealing with the Fish and Wildlife Service. He explained that the reason was a jurisdictional one. He said that since they are now dealing with federal funds it is under the jurisdiction of the Fish and Wildlife Service. Mr. Bulloch referred to the second page of a map that he had handed out. He explained that it was an aerial photo of the existing conditions. He said that the black line on the sides of the road was the extremity of the existing roadway. He stated that was the area that they had to use for their project. He said that the magenta was the area that would require going beyond the existing footprint. He stated that the blue over by Bluff Street would be the area required for an interchange. The orange areas would be surplus land. Land within the footprint area that they would not need to do the project. He said that the HCP boundary is shown in dark green. He stated that half of Bluff Street is in the reserve and half of it is not. Mr. Bulloch said that the major issue is land replacement. He said that they have been told by Fish and Wildlife that for each acre they take out of the reserve they will have to replace it with 5.5 acres. He said that there are some areas that won?t be taken out of the reserve but would be disturbed during construction. He stated that for each acre disturbed they would have to restore and replace with 4.5 acres. Mr. Bulloch asked the Council to turn to the first page of the St. George City Council Minutes August 9, 2007 Page Thirteen handout. He explained that the highway right of way was indicated by two dark lines and it passed through some of the shaded areas on the map. He said that where the highway right of way passes through the HCP they have to replace the acres. Mayor McArthur asked who makes the decision on the ratio of land. Mr. Bulloch stated that it is the Fish and Wildlife Service. He said there is a whole roster of people and they are working with Rene Chee who reports to Laura Rome. Council Member Whatcott asked if the ratio was just an arbitrary number. Mr. Bulloch stated that it?s a state guideline that has been used for years. Council Member Bunker asked if there was an appeal process. Mr. Bulloch said that they would negotiate with them and if they were not satisfied they would appeal. He said the appeal process is all within the Fish and Wildlife Service. Mr. Bulloch stated that there is $20,992,000 in federal funds and a local match of $3,580,929. He explained that the project is based on 4 lanes and discussed four alternatives and the anticipated cost for each. He stated that the first option would be to do a median and path but no interchange. He reviewed the amount of acres that would be required for mitigation as well as the cost and the construction costs. Mr. Bulloch explained that the total cost would be under the budget amount. Mr. Bulloch stated that another option would be to delete the path and do the interchange. He stated that would require less acreage to mitigate but the construction costs would be higher. He said the total cost would be very near the available funding. Council Member Whatcott asked what the design was for the interchange. Mr. Bulloch stated it would be a diamond design. Council Member Bunker asked if the traffic studies indicate that the interchange is necessary right now. Mr. Bulloch said that the studies show that it would be necessary in about 5 years. He said that there had been some very serious accidents in that area. Mr. Bulloch explained that the third option would eliminate the median and replace it with a center stripe. It would include the path and interchange. Council Member Gardner stated that they need the path along the area more than they need the median. Mr. Bulloch continued to explain how many acres would need to be mitigated and what the construction costs would be for option three. He stated that total cost would be a couple of million over the budget. He said that the preferred option was to do everything. He stated that would include the median, path and interchange. He said that would require the greatest mitigation of 40.8 acres at a cost of 5.3 million dollars. He said that with construction costs the total cost would exceed the budget by $5,000,000. St. George City Council Minutes August 9, 2007 Page Fourteen City Manager Gary Esplin asked what the cost was for mitigation per acre. Mr. Bulloch stated that it is $100,000 per acre. City Manager Gary Esplin stated that without the mitigation costs they could choose any of the options. Mr. Phil Giles from Creamer & Noble explained that the land used for mitigation has to be adjacent to the reserve. City Manager Gary Esplin said that the state should be involved with the project because they are proposing a major change to a state highway. He said that the state supports the project and wants to get it done. He said that the state has been very supportive with the southern corridor and the Bluff Street interchange. There was general discussion about what acreage could be used for mitigation. City Manager Gary Esplin explained that they wanted to inform the Council about the options that had been identified. He asked if the median through that particular area was critical enough to do away with the path. He said that he thought the path ties in with the trails and all of the other things that are being done in that area. He in...


City Council Minutes 06/21/2007:
...e advised that the plan for the park is basically the same with additional trails, a pavillion, and a playground in addition to reconstruction of the flood project. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Gardner to award the bid to Red Canyon Construction in the amount of $496,788.72. 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 construction of Willow Run Park. Purchasing Manager Connie Hood advised that the low bidder was Precision Excavating in the amount of $1,331,566.33. Budget and Financial Planning Manager Deanna Brklacich advised that the City chose the option with sod instead of seed. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Bunker to award the bid to Precision Excavating in the amount of $1,331,566.33. 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 crack seal project. Purchasing Manager Connie Hood advised that two bids were received. She recommended award of the bid to the low bidder, Gordon Paving, in the amount of $35,000. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Orton to award the bid to Gordon Paving in the amount of $35,000. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Gardner. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. Steve Perry advised the project area is from Bluff Street to 900 East. UPDATE ON PARKS: Leisure Services Director Kent Perkins updated the City Council on the 18 parks projects under construction. ORDINANCE: Consider approval of an ordinance prohibiting smoking on City-owned property such as parks, ball fields, open space and around bus stops. Melinda Hill, Legal Intern, advised that four or five cities within the state have a smoking ban in certain public areas. The proposed ordinance is based on Salt Lake City?s ordinance. With regard to justification, the EPA has determined that secondhand smoke is a carcinogen and there is no acceptable level of exposure. It kills many people each year, including children. Additionally, discarded cigarette butts in parks are a danger to children. She then reviewed the proposed ordinance. Mayor McArthur commented that the purpose of the ordinance is to protect the health of the public. City Attorney Shawn Guzman advised that at the request of City management, the ban on smoking on City golf courses has been removed from the ordinance. Council Member Allen commented that City parks include the ballfields. City Attorney Shawn Guzman advised that the ban on smoking will be posted on site. Trails are also considered parks for this purpose. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Orton to approve the ordinance. St. George City Council Minutes June 21, 2007 Page Three SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Allen. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a roll call vote, as follows: Council Member Orton - aye Council Member Allen - aye Council Member Bunker - aye Council Member Gardner - aye Council Member Whatcott - aye The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. RESOLUTION: Consider approval of a resolution setting fees for services at the Reuse Center. Public Works Director Larry Bulloch advised that several years ago the City set up a reuse center on Brigham Road to provide a place for people to dispose of material that can be reprocessed and reused, such as asphalt, concrete and green waste. However, certain green waste cannot be composted such as cactus, pampas grass, oleanders or palm fronds. This waste turns into a big expense for the City to sift through and retrieve those items and haul them to the landfill and pay a disposal fee. There are two options - to prohibit this disposal, or to charge a fee for disposal. The majority of landscapers who use the facility prefer the latter option, recognizing that it creates a cost to operate and dispose of these items. They are willing to pay a fee, and staff believes it is best to provide this service so that the unuseable green waste does not end up in washes and open spaces. Mayor McArthur advised that the City?s charge will be higher than the cost to dump at the landfill so that it does not compete with the landfill. Mr. Bulloch recommended a fee of $25 per ton for residential users and $40 a ton for commercial users. The fee will be prorated based on weight. The City has contacted Allied and the Solid Waste District and both are agreeable to allowing the City to begin hauling all of the waste itself. A new truck will be needed every five years at a cost of $90,000. Revenue received from the service will pay for the cost of the truck the first year, and then maintain the operation thereafter. The idea is not to make money, but to cover the City?s costs. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Gardner to approve the resolution. 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. RESOLUTION: Consider approval of a resolution abandoning existing public utility easements located near Calvary Chapel at the intersection of Pioneer Road and Sugar Leo Drive. City Attorney Shawn Guzman explained that there is a slight problem with the legal description, and he recommended approval subject to approval of the final legal description. Water Services Director Barry Barnum explained that a sewer line from the Ranches to Sun River is being put in and this resolution will allow the City to abandon the old easement which is no longer needed and the Calvary Chapel will give the City a new easement. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Gardner to approve the resolution. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Allen. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a roll call vote, as follows: St. George City Council Minutes June 21, 2007 Page Four Council Member Gardner - aye Council Member Allen - aye Council Member Orton - aye Council Member Bunker - aye Council Member Whatcott - aye The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. Mr. Barnum updated the City Council on water conservation efforts and thanked the public for the tremendous response in conservation. RESOLUTION: Consider approval of a resolution accepting the annexation petition for Property Resreve, Inc. City Attorney Shawn Guzman explained that the bulk of PRI?s property is already within the boundaries of the City. The property is located in the Fields area by 3000 East. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Allen to approve the resolution. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Orton. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a roll call vote, as follows: Council Member Allen - aye Council Member Orton - aye Council Member Whatcott - aye Council Member Bunker - aye Council Member Gardner - aye The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. RESOLUTION: Consider approval of a resolution amending the City of St. George water rate schedule. Budget and Financial Planning Manager Deanna Brklacich explained that a 5% increase is recommended as part of the budget. Water Services Director Barry Barnum explained the water rates have been the same for the past five years, but costs continue to grow. The City is finding itself in a budget shortfall due to rising costs which requires a rate increase. Mayor McArthur commented that the City Council?s philosophy has been not to raise rates unless there is a need. Council Member Whatcott commented that while the City has increased costs, conservation and the efficiency of the Water Department has kept the City?s rates at the level they are at, but this increase is necessary in order to keep up with activity. Mr. Barnum advised that irrigation rates would also increase 5%. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Orton to approve the resolution. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Whatcott. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a roll call vote, as follows: Council Member Orton - aye Council Member Whatcott - aye Council Member Bunker - aye Council Member Gardner - aye Council Member Allen - aye The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. St. George City Council Minutes June 21, 2007 Page Five RESOLUTION: Consider approval of a resolution amending golf fees at the City of St. George golf courses. Development Services Director Matt Loo explained that with the price of everything going up, the same pressures are felt at the golf courses to provide a good product at a fair price. Staff proposes raising the rates 3% - 3.5%. For nine holes this equates to an increase of 50?, and for 18 holes the increase is $1.00. A $1.00 increase for golf carts is also proposed. Council Member Allen commented that citizens have expressed concern that the cache card cannot be reloaded. Mr. Loo replied that the cache card can now be reloaded for $150. Council Member Whatcott commented that recognizing that the punch card, which the cache card replaced, was $160, the cache card can be reloaded at about the same cost. Mr. Loo commented that the City has 33 full time employees to manage and govern 72 holes of golf. He advised that he researched the top 50 municipal golf courses, and they do frequent small adjustments in their rates rather than one large one every three to five years. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Gardner to approve the resolution. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Allen. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a roll call vote as follows: Council Member Gardner - aye Council Member Allen - aye Council Member Bunker - 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 R-1-10 to M-1 on 254.04 acres located on the south side of the existing Ft. Pierce Industrial Park. SITLA, applicant; Gilbert Jennings, representative. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson explained that the subject area includes the area south of the Ft. Pierce Industrial Park to the White Dome. The balance of the area is slated to remain as permanent open space. This action limits the Ft. Pierce Industrial Park to the south. The Planning Commission recommends approval based on compliance with the South Block plan. Mayor McArthur opened the public hearing. Ed Baca commented that the industrial park was vital to maintain the desired tax base. There being no further public comment, Mayor McArthur closed the public hearing. MOTION: A motion to approve the zone change by ordinance was made by Council Member Gardner. 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 Orton - aye Council Member Allen - aye Council Member Whatcott - aye The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. St. George City Council Minutes June 21, 2007 Page Six City Attorney Shawn Guzman clarified that all the property included in the zone change is owned by SITLA. Council Member Gardner clarified that SITLA stands for State Institutional Trust Lands Administration. PUBLIC HEARING/ZONE CHANGE/ORDINANCE: Public hearing to consider a zone change from A-1, A-20, and Open Space to R-1-10 on 106.73 acres located between Little Valley Road and the proposed extension of Commerce Drive. Triple Bogey Partners (Burgess, Whatcott, West), applicants. Mayor McArthur explained that the remainder of the zone change requests on the agenda all pertain to property in Little Valley. The City previously approved a General Plan change in this area allowing an overlay zone for TND development. The intent of the City Council was not to change all the area to R-1-10 zoning. He requested that the City Council continue the public hearings and any decisions, as more discussion is needed. He proposed a work meeting be held at 2:00 p.m. next Thursday. Council Member Gardner advised he would not be able to attend. He commented that one of his concerns about continuing the matter is that it is unfair to the applicants without any expectation of getting to a decision. Mayor McArthur commented there was a sense of urgency to move ahead with a decision due to the finances involved, but the overlying decision of what happens in the entire area is more important for all of St. George. The right decision needs to be made, but it should be done quickly. He advised that it would be scheduled for action at the second City Council meeting in July. City Attorney Shawn Guzman advised that some of the applicants have expressed a desire to be prepared on July 12 for discussions, with action on the July 19 agenda. Mayor McArthur suggested that a meeting be scheduled on Tuesday, June 26 at 11:00 a.m. to discuss the matter. Lowry Snow, representing Triple Bogey, stated this would be acceptable and requested that his letter to the Mayor and City Council be made a part of the record (this was not provided to the City Recorder). Council Member Whatcott declared a conflict of interest and left the stand. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson explained that the subject property is located at the end of Little Valley Road where the pavement ends. The applicants propose R-1-10 zoning with lot size averaging and a larger lot buffer on the north side along the Rancho Verde Estates. Four acres of the project will be parks, with nine acres in trails and open space, for a total of 13 acres. This would have to be memorialized in a development agreement. The smallest lots proposed are 7000 sq. ft. with a mix of lot sizes. Commerce Drive would be extended across the wash. One requirement of approval is that Little Valley Road would have to be widened to a minimum of 32' to 2450 South. Mayor McArthur commented it was his understanding a development agreement is required. Council Member Gardner inquired if a development agreement was available for all zones. City Attorney Shawn Guzman replied that any developer is free to come to the City and request a development agreement for certain amenities. Council Member Gardner inquired if there is flexibility to consider a development agreement much like a PD. City Attorney Shawn Guzman replied that there was flexibility, but there are technicalities that need to be discussed in an executive session. St. George City Council Minutes June 21, 2007 Page Seven Community Development Director Bob Nicholson stated that in order to comply with the General Plan a development agreement would have to be required, otherwise R-1-10 zoning would allow for 10,000 sq. ft. lots and no buffer. City Attorney Shawn Guzman commented that the applicants have said from the beginning that they are willing to do a development agreement. Lowry Snow reminded the City Council that the General Plan was approved in March, one month and two days before the zone change application was filed. To their credit, the applicants from the beginning have wanted to include amenities and reserve open space within their project, and they are more than willing to meet with the City next week, but do not want to waive anything by continuing this meeting. Mayor McArthur commented that the reason for continuing the meeting is because the City is not sure the intent of the General Plan change is being followed with regard to these zone change applications, and perhaps the City?s intent needs to be clarified. He then opened the public hearing. Mike McGregor commented that Sam McArthur said that the City Council should put themselves in these areas proposed for zone changes, and if they are places they would want to live in ten to twenty years, then the zone changes should be approved. He stated that democracy is an inverted pyramid with the federal government at the top, then state government, then city government, then neighborhoods, then individuals. The majority of individuals in this area disapprove of these types of plans for this area. If the City Council considers St. George as a democratic area, it needs to consider individual rights. Donald Rawlings recommended approval of the zone change as most farmers can?t afford to farm and the ground is not good for farming anyway. Liva Stevens advised that her property backs to the subject property, and her biggest concern is that small lots will have small homes which will turn into rentals, and this does not mix with large animals. She stated she wanted to make sure a clause was added to the deeds that the flies, noise, smells, etc. from the large animals would not constitute a nuisance. Attainable housing is important, but rentals and transient people are not a good mix with animals. Council Member Gardner commented that larger lots would be used as a buffer next to her subdivision. Mayor McArthur commented that the proposed project is a mix of lot sizes. He clarified that the matter would be scheduled on an upcoming agenda. City Attorney Shawn Guzman advised that all agendas are posted on the City?s web site. Bob Willard distributed a letter to the Mayor and City Council with regard to the Eardley zone change. MOTION: A motion to continue the public hearing until July 19 was made by Council Member Gardner. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Allen. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye, except for Council Member Whatcott who abstained. The motion carried. Mayor McArthur called for a brief break. Upon conclusion of the break, the meeting resumed. PUBLIC HEARING/ZONE CHANGE/ORDINANCE: Public hearing to consider a zone change from A-1 to R-1-10 on 8.75 acres located at approximately 1800 South on 3000 East. Jim Eardley, applicant. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson explained the subject property is located on the east side of 3000 East. St. George City Council Minutes June 21, 2007 Page Eight Mrs. Eardley commented that they want to build three family homes on the property and keep the rest of the property agricultural, with eventually maybe four to five homes but this would be years down the road. Council Member Gardner inquired if a development agreement had been mentioned to the applicant. Mrs. Eardley replied that it had not been mentioned. City Attorney Shawn Guzman explained that development agreements are generally proposed in all cases by the developer to say that they will do certain things in the development above and beyond what is required by the zoning if the City does certain things. A development agreement runs with the land. Natalie Drake inquired if R-1-10 zoning would allow for animals. City Attorney Shawn Guzman replied that it would not. Ms. Drake commented that everything east of 3000 East is one to five acre parcels and it would be nice to keep the consistency there. Bob Willard advised he owned property to the east of the Eardleys. He commented the zoning should remain the way it is to preserve the way of life presently enjoyed there. R-1-10 zoning would be a threat to the neighborhood and its way of life. Karen Willard commented she would hate to see the zoning changed after people bought property in this area particularly because it was zoned A-1 and allowed large animals. It makes no sense to rezone this property because the applicants can still build the homes they want with A-1 zoning. She stated she was vehemently opposed to the request. Wes Milne commented he bought property in this area so he could have large animals and the open lifestyle. He stated he liked the A-1 minimum, and the current zoning is his preference. Norman Blake commented he was opposed to the zone change, as he has had to move three times and does not want to move again. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Gardner to continue the public hearing until July 19. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Bunker. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. 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. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson explained the subject property is located between the Serenity Hills subdivision and 3000 East and is adjacent to an R-1-10 subdivision. Tim Frei, representing Mr. Palmer, explained that planning staff felt the request met the General Plan. Lots will front on a 60' collector road to the south, with roundabout circles for entrances. He stated he was confused as to what the City Council is looking for. Mayor McArthur replied that each piece of property is different, and the City Council wants to make sure that the intent of the TND overlay zone is going to work. Mr. Frei stated he did not want the public hearing to be continued, as it would just be delaying what makes sense. If the City Council is looking for different amenities, the applicant would be happy to consider this at the preliminary plat stage. Mayor McArthur opened the public hearing. St. George City Council Minutes June 21, 2007 Page Nine Mike McGregor commented that the proposal is probably the only way this land can be developed, but he would like to see clustering and larger properties around the perimeter. This area would also be a good location for small neighborhood commercial. He suggested the City Council look at the site before making up their minds. Bob Willard commented he would prefer to see lots larger than 10,000 sq. ft. in this area. Libby, for Judd Palmer, commented that they would like the zone change approved as is, and there is enough room for trails along 3000 East. Donald Rawlings commented that with regard to J...


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...mprovements to the community park. Council Member Whatcott inquired if trails would be considered part of a park. Leisure Services Director Kent Perkins replied that credit is not given for trails. City Manager Gary Esplin explained that a developer would have to put in trails as part of an amenity package, but the ordinance does not require that he be compensated for that. The City is simply asking for access for other residents of the area, not just those in his or her development. Carol Sapp, representing the Southern Utah Homebuilders Association, commented that is someone puts in trails that benefit the rest of the community, they become a system improvement and should be paid for by impact fees. City Manager Gary Esplin replied that if a developer does not build a park, they will have to build trails to access a park, and they should not be compensated for that. If a...


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... series of additional lights and left turn lanes. There are existing bike trails in the area and one of the most popular places to ride is by the City water tank on the applicant?s property. The applicant plans to maintain that trail. In the past residents of The Cottages have expressed concern about the location of Plantations Drive. The applicant has prepared exhibits that show the separation from their property lines and Plantations Drive. There is extensive separation or open space area. The narrowest point is 16' at the corner of Canyon View Drive and Plantations Drive. Mayor McArthur inquired if a fire station site was included in the plan. Mr. Nicholson replied that a fire station site has been included in the plan, and the applicant is also bringing irrigation water rights to the project, as well as possibly using reuse water. Council Member Bunker advised that she received a letter from Mr. Mower expressing concern about the increased density. Mr. Nicholson replied that density has gone up from the Plantations project. This project proposed four units per acre, and the Plantations project was three units per acre. Tonight is not an entitlement hearing as this is a zoning decision. Tonight?s hearing is for a general plan amendment, which acts as a guide for future zoning requests. If the City Council is uncomfortable with the density, it should give this direction tonight as the applicant will be following up this request with a zoning request. Rick Rosenberg advised that he has been working on this project since 1992. It started with a 27 hole golf course, then went to an 18 hole golf course, and has now been downsized to public parks and trails in response to the City survey. This site is blessed with a multitude of unique geologic features, hence the recreation out there now. He then showed slides of the property. Natural rock formations will be preserved and the St. George City Council Minutes October 5, 2006 Page Eleven applicant is working with the Parks Department on the trails and parks. All recreation facilities are intended to be public. A large public park which is show on the parks master plan will be built, as well as a linear park which runs through the valley and provides a connection from the north to south areas. Some trails will be improved with asphalt. The project provides for the construction of Plantations Drive which is the only major arterial west of Dixie Drive and is a major road on the City?s transportation plan, and will be built before the first subdivision goes in. The applicant has been working closely with the Power Department to provide two new substations and has done his best to hide the power corridor. The Power Department would like to execute a document as soon as possible to start relocation and planning of the 138 substation and loop line which is a regional power line. An extensive traffic impact study was done which identified all improvements and participation percentages based on density and traffic generated by the project. A site has been identified for a fire station. The project has three primary densities on top of the slopes and has taken a lot of the high density to the center of the project adjacent to The Cottages and parks. Concerns have been expressed by residents of The Cottages with regard to higher density and the proximity of the roadway to some of the units. By moving the power line the road has been shifted to the west. The applicants plan to landscape the areas between The Cottages and the roadway. An underground crossing and another trailhead is proposed and the bottom trail areas will be preserved. There will be no development in the flood plain or washes. The developer has created CC&Rs to control the exterior look of the buildings and landscaping for the entire project, and even though some of the property has been sold to different developers, the entire site will function under a common CC&R document to maintain control of the look and feel of the project. In order to preserve the sensitive lands and fund constriction, there is a need for increased density and the project has been set up to do some TND with a town center and park. The opportunity to do this is with this amendment and the zoning process. The first phase will consist of R-1-10 development to take advantage of lot averaging in order to pull some more affordable lots into the R-1-10 development. Council Member Bunker inquired if the applicants were also planning some affordable housing. Mr. Rosenberg replied that the commitment to affordable housing is there, but the property owners are not doing the actual project and there is not a detailed design to address this. The general plan amendment will allow this to happen, and affordable housing can be made contingent with the zoning. He stated that the last he heard there were 3,500 to 4,000 lots on the market and only 133 were sold last month. There is a dramatic need for affordable housing to meet the growing number of the workforce, but this cannot happen in the R-1-10 zone. The affording housing problem cannot be solved with four units per acre, but R-1-10 is needed to absorb the land cost and spread it out among more units. Council Member Whatcott commented that at some point in time a commitment must be made to provide attainable housing. Mr. Rosenberg replied that the applicant is focusing on the quality of the project design with less attention being paid to the numbers. The affordable housing problem cannot be met by four units per acre. Council Member Whatcott commented that it was obvious a tremendous amount of time was spent on this project but he wondered when the City was going to step forward and require an attainable housing component, and if the City was missing the boat on this project by approving the general plan amendment. City Manager Gary Esplin replied that the current property owners are not the ones doing the actual development of the project. The property owners will put in the infrastructure and then sell off the parcels. From staff?s point of view, the project is great and meets the current master plan with four units per acre. The concern is what St. George City Council Minutes October 5, 2006 Page Twelve assurances the City will have if the project moves forward that it will be built according to the master plan. Mr. Rosenberg replied that Plantations Drive is fixed and will be built. The sewer will be extended. Parks will be built as required. If a developer comes in and buys part of the property, he will have to function under the CC&Rs which can be tied to the project zoning through a development agreement. As far as workforce housing, he did not know if he could say that mandatory inclusionary zoning was the best thing for the City. City Manager Gary Esplin inquired what good increased density was if it did not make affordable housing part of the program, and if the applicant gets increase density, what will the City be receiving for that increased density. There has to be trade-off to get some attainable housing. He stated that he was not offended by the increased density of the project if the prices allowed young families and a cross section of the community to live in an area where high prices would otherwise drive them out. Mr. Rosenberg commented that the applicant would be starting with an R-1-10 zoning project because this zoning is already in place and no zone change is required. Lot averaging has been used and there will be some smaller lots in with larger lots. Additionally the developer can proceed now and will put millions into the roads, and there has to be some return for this. He stated that some areas will have up to nine units per acre for townhomes and smaller lots which is what the market wants. There is no requirement for attainable housing, but the opportunity is there. Council Member Whatcott commented that just because the units or lots may be small does not mean they will be affordable. Mr. Rosenberg replied that it was his hope the market would adjust and he could not recommend inclusionary zoning. Council Member Allen commented that the only way to get true attainable housing is to allow another couple of lots per development, as there has to be some return for the developer to help pay for it. Mr. Rosenberg replied that there would have to be some density incentive or density bonus in order to mandate inclusionary zoning. The process would also have to be streamlined as time is money. City Manager Gary Esplin inquired how the City could deny a project if it met the master plan density for the area. He stated that the City should not give away the farm for higher density without looking at attainable housing. City Attorney Shawn Guzman advised that the best way to do this is through an ordinance and through an extensive development agreement. Mayor McArthur opened the public hearing. Sally Harrison, a resident of The Cottages North, commented that her home is located on the corner of Plantations Drive and Canyon View Drive and she was hoping for a 25' greenbelt area between her wall and the road. She also asked for elimination of the big four story buildings as they were not conducive to the neighborhood. She stated she was not opposed to the project but did not want apartments. Marlon Shields advised that ten homeowners from The Cottages North would be impacted. He asked for a separation of the units from the road with greenbelt in order to reduce traffic noise while still having access to the beautiful property. He stated he did not want high density buildings. John Costland expressed concern with the noise from Plantations Drive and wanted to make certain there was no access off Plantations Drive in order to take a shortcut onto St. George City Council Minutes October 5, 2006 Page Thirteen Canyon View Drive. He stated he was in favor of Plantations Drive being built first. He stated he was told no environmental impact study had been done for the project, even though he knew there were protected tortoises in the area. City Manager Gary Esplin advised that a few years ago 65,000 acres on the red hill was designated as tortoise habitat. That is the preservation area, and any tortoises found outside this area can be transported to this area and released. Ed Baca inquired if the public could be assured that the fire station would be built in timely manner before prices rise, an example being the Sun River fire station. Bob Willie, a resident of Cottages South, commented that there was enough high density in the area and the last thing they needed was more. He expressed concern with the number of new cars that would be brought into the area and stated there was not enough access, even with the development of Plantations Drive. He commented there needed to be more thought given to the handling of traffic. Peg Durham commented that her home backs up to the project property. She inquired if everyone could add five or ten feet to their backyards at a reasonable price. She also inquired if they could have higher walls so that those people walking on the trail behind their homes could not see into their backyards. Kurt Lister, Board Member of The Cottages South HOA, commented he was against the proposal as it did not benefit the citizens or the City. He stated the area could not support any more high density residential. He also expressed concern about noise pollution, visual pollution, increased density, declining property values, lack of privacy, and an increase in crime. Rick Rosenberg commented that no height increase is proposed for the buildings across from The Cottages North and they could be the same height as a single family home, up to 35'. The applicant has not requested approval for any four story buildings. There will be nearly 40' of landscaping from the backyards to the right-of-way, and the trail is planned to be closer to the street. There might be a little excess property available, but he could not promise anything. There is no direct access to Plantations Drive from The Cottages South as it loops within itself, and there is no planned connection. There is a gravel pit on site and a construction access so no heavy trucks will have to operate across residential streets. The traffic impact study has addressed the huge impact in traffic at build-out, and off site transportation improvement costs are significant. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson advised that the Planning Commission recommended approval subject to the following comments from staff: 1. No zone change will be considered or approved until traffic issues are resolved. 2. Drainage issues must be resolved with the Development Services Department prior to proceeding with a zone change. 3. A detailed sensitive land use analysis should be prepared. Areas that are to remain as open space should be identified first and then potential developable areas. This should be part of the zone change application. 4. There should be compatible densities with adjacent developments. 5. The previous plan (The Plantations) phase one was limited to a certain number of units until adequate access is available to the various phases. 6. Source of water for the lakes will be re-use water and/or irrigation water. The source of water for the lakes is subject to negotiation with the Water Department. 7. A detailed trail plan should be submitted for review and approval as part of any zone change application. The trails should be designed and improved by the developer as part of each pha...


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... no trail connection to other developments, the City will not maintain the trails. The City will, however, maintain trails on the top and sides of the project as they are part of the trail master plan. Council Member Bunker inquired about the enhanced street scape. Mr. Nicholson replied that the City?s ordinance says that 15% has to be provided and cannot include land within the right-of-way. The applicant?s plan includes an additional 20' along Crimson Ridge which qualifies as enhanced street scape. They also propose an additional 16' of enhanced street scape along Little Valley Road. Council Member Bunker inquired how the City could be sure the HOA would maintain the areas. Mr. Nicholson replied this requirement would be included in the CC&Rs and on the plat. Council Member Almquist commented he thought at the Planning Commission meeting the applicant stated that they would allow for public access from the north side to come through the trail system to the park. City Manager Gary Esplin replied that if this were the case and the public has the right to use the park, then the City would considering maintaining the trail. Brent Phillips explained that the park is private for the community, but not restricted. He stated they would like the City to maintain the enhanced street scape. The street scapes will be dedicated to the City. City Manager Gary Esplin replied that the additional right-of-way should be maintained by the HOA rather than the City, along with the liability, but the applicant will be given credit for the additional open space. Mr. Phillips replied he did not think they could get insurance coverage, nor would want to, on property within the public right-of-way. City Manager Gary Esplin replied that the City requires others to maintain their project frontage. Mr. Esplin commented that this project is exactly what the Vision Dixie program is all about in trying to encourage open space, increased setbacks, etc., and from this standpoint it is nice to see the City get to the point where it can consider a project as a model for the future. This project meets the intent of the density bonus program. Gary Kuhlmann, representing the applicant, commented that his understanding is that on public streets 66' in width and above, the City will maintain the buffer strips. This project has a 30' strip between two public streets, and the applicant requests that the City take over the landscape maintenance. Mayor McArthur opened the public hearing. Ron Axton, a resident of Meadow Valley, commented he opposed the zone change and suggested a moratorium be placed on all new housing sites. There are already 6000 homes on the open market with 100 per month going into foreclosure. He stated the City needed to be consistent with economic realities. St. George City Council Minutes January 10, 2008 Page Ten Mike McGregor commented he was against this type of development in this area. The City Council previously promised the residents of Little Valley that their area would remain a rural area for horses. His concerns included cars with no infrastructure for them, safety issues, and fire control. Most residents in the area are opposed to this change in zoning. He recommended denial of the zone change to protect property values. He stated that approval of the request would create an island of rural property owners, and his property will become valueless if surrounded on two sides by high density development. He stated he has 15 horses with a 25' road between him and the proposed change. He stated that horse property is being pushed out of St. George thereby eliminating the heritage the City was founded upon. He stated approval of the request will open the door for 400 acres to become this type of use. He suggested the City Council wait until the permanent ordinance is in place. He also requested low impact lighting. Paul Gooch, a resident of Little Valley Ranchos, advised he asked the man who designed this concept if he was aware of anywhere in the United States where this type of development was located next to agricultural property while maintaining harmony and peace. The gentleman advised that he had not, and that this type of development will create conflict with agriculture use. Mr. Gooch advised he raises mules and they are very noisy and can be heard within a one mile radius. There is value in this type of lifestyle and this is how he has chosen to raise his family. He stated the City Council should respect, value and protect the properties of those who are already here. When he purchased his property the General Plan in this area was designated as agricultural uses. He stated a 100' buffer is nothing, and he does not want to fight with his neighbors. He stated there has been an increase in equestrian use in the area since the City Council last visited the area. He stated the City is not making any provisions for agricultural use and there is nowhere they can go and still be in St. George. He inquired of the City Council if there was still a place for what adds to the diversity of the City, and if so, then that corner of Little Valley is the natural place for it. City Manager Gary Esplin advised that when the master plan was changed the City made provision for equestrian trails to the Ft. Pierce Wash, etc. Mr. Gooch replied that while he was grateful for the trails, this is not the issue. The issue is putting neighbors in direct conflict with each other and the effect upon property values. The right to farm was part of the Little Valley amendment. There being no further public comment, Mayor McArthur closed the public hearing. Council Member Allen commented the City Council has worked hard to make sure that development in the Little Valley area would bring something to the neighborhood, instead of just density. It is much nicer to have wider landscaped areas rather than subdivisions with walls. The City is trying to accommodate everyone and create neighborhoods. Council Member Bunker commented that another problem is when landowners pass away, their children who don?t live here want to maximize their inheritance. Council Member Pike commented that the project follows Vision Dixie principles, and the residents of Little Valley can?t expect higher density to just happen downtown. Further, the project proposed is not high density. Council Member Almquist commented that he recently spoke to two long time landowners in Little Valley who said that someday they hope to develop their property into 1/3 acre lots. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Bunker to approve the zone change subject to a development agreement and subject to working out details on an additional access and maintenance of the landscaping strips at the time of final plat approval . SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Shakespeare. City Manager Gary Esplin commented that recognizing a right to agricultural uses should be on the plat and all deeds. Staff?s concern with who maintains the landscaping strips also needs to be resolved. The City?s position is that the City should not maintain them. The City?s policy is that it does not accept maintenance responsibilities on roadways other than those 80' in width. City Attorney Shawn Guzman advised that staff also recommends there be another roadway out of the project. St. George City Council Minutes January 10, 2008 Page Eleven City Manager Gary Esplin replied that these issues can be decided at the time of plat approval. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows: Council Member Bunker - aye Council Member Shakespeare - aye Council Member Allen - aye Council Member Almquist - aye Council Member Pike - aye The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. Gary Kuhlmann advised there is a question whether another access can be done because of a vertical curve in the road as it now exists. This issue will be discussed with Cathy Hasfurther. He requested that this requirement be kept out of the motion. Council Member Bunker agreed to delete this requirement from her motion. City Manager Gary Esplin clarified that as far as the process, it will be alright to work through the issues with landscaping and access at the time of plat approval. City Attorney Shawn Guzman clarified that roadway issues, maintenance of trails and additional landscaping and open space along the roads will be ...


City Council Minutes 07/05/2007:
... Council Member Allen inquired if the trail would be connected to the City trails. Ms. Hasfurther replied that a portion of the City trail at Rive...


City Council Minutes 11/02/2006:
...public. There is a change in the collector road system as a result of The Trails project on the south. There will be a complete loop on both sides for traffic circulation. Council Member Orton inquired about the letter from Snow Canyon State Park. St. George City Council Minutes November 2, 2006 Page Eight Mr. Deschamps replied that he agreed with the letter. The issue will not be discussed, however, until development in that area is proposed. There will be horse trails and parking for horse trailers. He commented that State Parks is worried about fencing adjacent to the State Park. He stated that they were getting ready to do the on and off ramps, but UDOT decided to widen the highway to four lanes so they had to wait. The new lanes should be asphalted within a month and then they can continue with the roundabout and connecting roads. Mayor McArthur opened the public hearing. There being no public comment, he closed the public hearing. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Bunker to approve the amendment by ordinance. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Whatcott. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote and all voted aye. The motion carried. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson clarified for the record that the text says the commercial area by Winchester Hills is C-1, but it is a C-1+ office zone. After the conclusion of the following public hearing, the Mayor called for a roll call vote, as follows: REVOTE: Council Member Bunker - aye Council Member Whatcott - aye Council Member Allen - aye Council Member Orton - aye Council Member Gardner - abstained The motion carried. PUBLIC HEARING/ZONE CHANGE/ORDINANCE: Public hearing to consider approval of a zone change from A-1 to RE-12.5 on .5 acre located at approximately 2800 South 2260 East. Jeff Hughes, applicant. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson explained that the Knolls is immediately to the south of the subject property and is zoned RE-12.5 The subject property is zoned A-1. Several years ago the property owners split the property and created a half-acre lot. This action is to correct that. City Manager Gary Esplin explained that the lot was split and recorded with the County and the City had no knowledge of it. It was only caught when a request for a building permit was made. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson explained that the subject property is adjacent to RE-12.5 property and the area is in transition. The lot is a flag lot and the stem portion is an easement and is not owned by the applicant. Council Member Whatcott inquired if the lot could be zoned RE-12.5 and limited to one dwelling unit, otherwise two homes could be put there adding to the problem. Mr. Nicholson replied that based on lot size it would not meet requirements for two homes. City Manager Gary Esplin inquired if the City could put a restriction of one unit on the flag lot. City Attorney Shawn Guzman replied that the City could make this restriction. Bruce Hinton, representing Jeff Hughes, explained that the applicant wants to locate just one home on the lot. The lot is 24,500 sq. ft. and not large enough for two homes. St. George City Council Minutes November 2, 2006 Page Nine Mayor McArthur opened the public hearing. There being no public comment, he closed the public hearing. Council Member Whatcott commented that he was not opposed to the zone change. He inquired if the owner of the one acre lot had received notice. Mr. Nicholson replied that notices were sent to everyone within 500 feet of the zone change. Public comments were made at the Planning Commission meeting. City Planner Ray Snyder advised that the comments made at the Planning Commission meeting were made by a woman who did not want to see two homes located on the lot. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson verified that the half acre lot is 21,780 sq. ft. and 25,000 sq. ft. is needed to locate two homes on the lot. City Attorney Shawn Guzman clarified that the accessway is an easement so it cannot be counted in the lot size. He inquired if in the future the applicant bought the easement if it could be counted in the lot size and meet the requirement for two homes. Mr. Nicholson replied that a stem cannot be counted toward meeting lot size requirements. City Attorney Shawn Guzman replied that he would still recommend that the stipulation be included in the zone change. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Whatcott to approve the zone change with the stipulation that only one home can be located on the lot. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Orton. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a roll call vote, as follows: Council Member Whatcott - aye Council Member Orton - aye Council Member Bunker - aye Council Member Gardner - aye Council Member Allen - aye The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. Council Member Whatcott commented that the City has a number of lots in the AG zone. He inquired what would stop others from splitting a lot, recording it, and then asking for forgiveness. City Attorney Shawn Guzman replied that the City could go to court to have the lots put back into one lot, but there is always the problem of the innocent buyer who buys it. Council Member Allen advised that LUDMA addresses this by requiring that a city be notified before a lot split is recorded. City Attorney Shawn Guzman replied that the County is still recording them, and this problem exists throughout the City. It was suggested that a letter be sent by the City Attorney to the County Attorney advising him of this problem. PUBLIC HEARING/ZONE CHANGE/ORDINANCE: Public hearing to consider approval of a zone change from R-1-10 and OS to PD Residential on 52 acres located west of Pioneer Road adjacent to the Calvary Church. Steve Wilson, applicant. St. George City Council Minutes November 2, 2006 Page Ten Community Development Director Bob Nicholson explained that the project consists of 193 lots behind the Calvary Chapel. All are single family homes on lots from 5,000 sq. ft. to 15,000 sq. ft. The Calvary Chapel and the developer have agreed to land trades to make the project work. The applicants propose a City park, and will be putting in sewer line along the perimeter of the project which will double as a trail. The project will consist of public streets. The Planning Commission recommends approval. A traffic impact study has been done. Council Member Allen inquired if the property were out of the flood plain and flood zone and if there was armoring along that section. She was advised that the property was out of the flood plain and flood zone and was armored. Council Member Orton inquired of the applicant why they wanted PD zoning instead of R-1-10. Mike Christensen, representing the applicant, replied that PD zoning worked better for the property. The density is 3.7 units per acre. The applicant has worked with staff to provide a mixture of lot sizes and encouraged them to make some affordable-type housing. Council Member Orton inquired of Mr. Christensen how the applicant intended on making the homes affordable. Mr. Christensen replied that this had not yet been determined. He explained that in exchange for the increased density, they are required to provide open space, and that is what is being proposed with the park and trail system and needed sewer line. The City has asked for an easement to provide the sewer line along the river and this is the only place they can put it to get the flows they need. The applicant is providing this easement at no cost to the City. Council Member Bunker inquired if deed restrictions would be used to keep the prices at an affordable rate. Mr. Christensen replied that this is what the applicant is trying to accomplish with the smaller lots. He stated that he would work with staff to accomplish affordable housing on the smaller lots. Council Member Whatcott inquired how this could be accomplished without making it a part of the PD text. Council Member Allen suggested that the applicant work with the St. George Housing Authority to set up an affordable housing program. Council Member Whatcott stated he did not know how the City Council could approve the PD without something in the PD text providing the ability for affordable housing. Council Member Allen suggested that the applicant could volunteer to set aside a certain percentage of the project for affordable housing and this could be made a part of the recommendation. Council Member Orton commented that by going to a PD, the applicant is getting an increased density of 30-40 units. Mr. Christensen commented that the applicant is providing a park and easement free of charge for the sewer line. He stated he felt the applicant could live with 5% of the total lots designated for affordable housing, with the applicant designating which lots those would be. St. George City Council Minutes November 2, 2006 Page Eleven Mayor McArthur opened the public hearing. Colleen Coney commented that the proposed project would impact people in the area because of the high density. 193 houses will create a lot of traffic, and there will be another 1000 homes in Sun River. Albert Fawcett commented that he could not tell by the plan and map, but he was concerned the project may cut off access to his property on the river. Mike Christensen replied that they have tried to maintain the access, but there is a ledge along the river such that a car could not drive over it. Mayor McArthur commented that according to the plan, the only access would be for pedestrians. Mr. Christensen replied that this was all that can be done anyway, as a car cannot drive over the ledge. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson commented that all Mr. Fawcett?s property is in the flood plain and flood way. Council Member Gardner commented that there was an existing easement to Mr. Fawcett?s property through the applicant?s property. Mr. Fawcett commented that there have been existing roads in this area for 100 years. They are dirt roads, but they can be driven, and they are the only access he knows of. Mike Christensen advised that the Tarleton Blair survey was done in the 30's or earlier, and the river was in a different location. The parcels Mr. Fawcett is talking about are now out in the river in the flood plain. Accesses were delineated as part of the survey, and the lots ranged from half acres to five acre lots. Mr. Fawcett can still access his property through the subdivision by use of the trail and maintenance road. The roads which now exist are more or less four wheeler trails and are not prescriptive easements in any form. City Attorney Sh...


City Council Minutes 10/21/1999:
...10 Single Family Residential to PD Planned Development Residential for The Trails (Las Sendas) at Snow Canyon, a townhome development on 104 acres located north of Entrada on the northeast side of Snow Canyon Parkway. Randy Deschamps, applicant. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson explained the applicants are requesting approval for 186 detached homes in a style similar to that of Entrada. Main access will be off Snow Canyon Parkway, with a security gate and private road system throughout the development. A land trade is also proposed with the State involving property to the north that would be part of Snow Canyon State Park. Natural space preserved throughout the development would amount to 51 acres, almost half the area within the project. He advised the Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval. Randy Deschamps, applicant, advised architecture and color scheme within the project would be similar to that of Entrada, except some units will have pitched roofs. Landscaping will also be similar except with more grass. Negotiations are pending with Entrada at this time, and this project could become a part of Entrada at some future date. He advised he was in the process of trading 240 acres to Snow Canyon State Park for acreage in the Diamond Valley area. This area would also include the Johnson Arch. Mayor McArthur opened the public hearing. Thomas Hall commented he could find no definition of ?townhome? in the Zoning Ordinance, and therefore it should not be used in resolutions passed by the City Council. He also advised that Springfield Townhomes is actually Springfield Estates. There being no further public comment, Mayor McArthur closed the public hearing. A motion to approve the ordinance as presented was made by Councilmember Gardner. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Orton. A roll call vote was taken and all voted aye. PUBLIC HEARING/ORDINANCE: Public hearing to consider a request for a zone change from R-1-10 Single Family Residential to PD Planned Development Residential for a townhome development on 110.5 acres located at the mouth of Paradise Canyon, west of U-18 and north of Snow Canyon Parkway. Milo McCowan, applicant. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson advised that 12 acres of the area included in the request is not buildable due to the steep slopes. 284 dwelling units are proposed for a density of 2.9 units per acre. The applicants have requested the flexibility to increase the density by 15%, but City Council Minutes October 21, 1999 Page Five staff feels this would be a bad precedent, and if the density is increased, the amendment process must be used. The applicant is proposing a private street community with a series of detached patio homes. The applicant will be required to widen Snow Canyon Parkway along its frontage, and will make a donation of five areas for a trail system parallel to Snow Canyon Parkway. The City plans to purchase some of the floodplain property through Halfway Wash with trails proposed on both the east and west sides of Halfway Wash. The project has been reviewed by the Hillside Review Board who recommends approval with no cuts greater than 5'. The Planning Commission also recommends approval. Councilmember Orton inquired if an equestrian trail would be provided as part of the trail system, and he was informed there would be an equestrian trail. Mayor McArthur advised he received a letter from Santa Clara City expressing concern about two springs they have in the Paradise Canyon area and the development?s impact on the pipeline, etc. Milo McCowan, applicant, advised he had been in contact with Santa Clara City and all issues have been resolved. Access to the wells has also been negotiated and will be off of U-18. Mr. McCowan advised one side of the trail through Halfway Wash will be unimproved to accommodate horses until the trail reaches the habitat area, then it will become primitive. He advised his project contains detached patio homes, and will be designed with the beauty of the area in mind. It will be a gated community and a second lane and deceleration lane will be installed. A bike path will replace sidewalk on the north side of the road. He displayed renderings of the proposed architecture. 31% of the project area will remain in open space, including the front yards of the project. Mayor McArthur opened the public hearing. Nolan Gardner expressed concern about traffic in the area, the speed of the vehicles, and stated he was concerned this project would push out equestrians. He stated he wanted to be sure the City leaves a place for them. Councilmember Orton advised a commitment has been received for an equestrian trail through the habitat area and assurance obtained there would always be equestrian trails through the canyon area. City Manager Gary Esplin advised the tr...


City Council Minutes 05/19/2011:
..., 2011 to consider amending the City’s General Plan to update the City’s Trails Master Plan. MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Almquist...


City Council Minutes 02/07/2008:
...re specified in the ordinance with regard to the number of trees required, trails, pavilions, etc. The intent is to give credit for enhanced amenities...


Meeting Minutes Minutes 04/13/2017:
... 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 Mast...


Meeting Minutes Minutes 06/01/2017:
...nt higher density focus areas; proposed higher density focus area; current trails, parks, and open space plan; and proposed trails, parks, and open space plan. The Planning Commission recommended app...


City Council Minutes 03/31/2011:
...ridges will cost $909,000, but federal highway funds will have to be used. Trails are estimated at $2.137 million, with the City’s non-budgeted match...


Meeting Minutes Minutes 05/04/2017:
...staff has been very concerned about this area with regards to the rock and trails and that they have been working with the developer to protect the features in the area.    Resident Len Gabrielson asked how much of the rock will be taken up - there are huge beds of rock there.   City Manager Gary Esplin advised he can talk with staff and let him know what is going on.    Mr. Willis mentioned there is open space to the west that will continue; he then reviewed the General Plan.   PUBLIC HEARING/AMEND FINAL PLAT/ORDINANCE:             Public hearing to consider amending the final plat for Red Cliffs Park East Phase 3 by merging lots 304 and 305 and to vacate the public utilities and drainage easement between said lots.  James Sullivan, applicant. St. George City Council Minutes May 4, 2017 Page Seven   Assistant Public Works Director Wes Jenkins presented the request to amend the final plat for Red Cliffs Park East Phase 3 by merging lots 304 and 305 and to vacate the public utilities and drainage easement between said lots.  He showed and reviewed the amendments to the final plat.   Mayor Pike opened the public hearing.  There being no comment, he closed the public hearing.   MOTION:      A motion was made by Councilmember Baca to amend the final plat for Red Cliffs Park East Phase 3 by merging lots 304 and 305. SECOND:        The motion was seconded by Councilmember Arial. VOTE:             Mayor Pike called for a roll call vote, as follows:   Councilmember Hughes – aye Councilmember Randall – aye Councilmember Bowcutt – aye Councilmember Arial – aye Councilmember Baca – aye           The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.   PUBLIC HEARING/AMEND FINAL PLAT/ORDINANCE:             Public hearing to consider amending the final plat for Meadow Valley Estates Phase 3 by merging lot 115 with the parcel directly behind and to vacate the public utilities and drainage easement located at the rear of lot 115.  John Wuehler, applicant.   Assistant Public Works Director Wes Jenkins presented the request to amend the final plat for Meadow Valley Estates Phase 3 by merging lot 115 with the parcel directly behind and to vacate the public utilities and drainage easement located at the rear of lot 115.  He showed and reviewed the amendments to the final plat.   Mayor Pike opened the public hearing.  There being no comment, he closed the public hearing.   MOTION:      A motion was made by Councilmember Baca to amend the final plat for Meadow Valley Estates Phase 3 by merging lot 115 with the parcel directly behind it and to vacate the public utilities and drainage easement.  SECOND:        The motion was seconded by Councilmember Randall. VOTE:             Mayor Pike called for a roll call vote, as follows:   Councilmember Hughes – aye Councilmember Randall – aye Councilmember Bowcutt – aye Councilmember Arial – aye Councilmember Baca – aye           The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.   St. George City Council Minutes May 4, 2017 Page Eight   PUBLIC HEARING/ADOPT LAWS THAT THE AFFECT THE COST OF DEVELOPMENT/ORDINANCE: Public hearing to consider adopting all laws that affect the cost of development, as land use regulations, including portions of Title 4, Title 7, and Title 8, and all of Titles 9 and 11.  City of St. George, applicant.   City Attorney Shawn Guzman presented the request to adopt all laws that affect the cost of development, as land use regulations, including portions of Title 4, Title 7, and Title 8, and all of Titles 9 and 11. This past Legislative Session, HB 232 passed requiring any cost of development be adopted by ordinance.  This ordinance will adopt all current fees for land regulations.   Mayor Pike opened the public hearing.  There being no comment, he closed the public hearing.   MOTION:      A motion was made by Councilmember Randall to approve the ordinance adopting all laws that affect the cost of development, as land use regulations, including portions of Title 4, Title 7, and Title 8, and all of Titles 9 and 11. SECOND:      The motion was seconded by Councilmember Arial. VOTE:             Mayor Pike called for a roll call vote, as follows:   Councilmember Hughes – aye Councilmember Randall – aye Councilmember Bowcutt – aye Councilmember Arial – aye Councilmember Baca – aye           The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.   PUBLIC HEARING/AMEND FISCAL YEAR 2016-2017 BUDGET/RESOLUTION: Public hearing to consider amending the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Budget.   City Manager Gary Esplin presented the request to amend the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Budget as follows:  1) To budget for the Paid Time Off (PTO) and Sick Leave payout of a Fleet employee who retired at the end of FY2016 but actual payment through scheduled payroll periods overlapped into the current year and was therefore unbudgeted due to the timing; 2) To budget for costs to replace a rough mower which was beyond repair for Sunbrook golf course. The new mower cost $62,000; however, Sunbrook was able to re-allocate existing budgeted funds for all but $26,500 of the costs. Funding will come from Membership Card Sales revenues; 3) To budget for costs to replace the west-side portion of driving range netting at Southgate golf course which was destroyed during a high wind storm in September 2016. Funding will come from Membership Card Sales revenues; 4) To re-allocate part-time wages and related payroll costs budgeted for the Recreation Inclusion Coordinator position which was budgeted in the Recreation Center but paid from Recreation Administration's budget; 5) To budget for Paid Time Off and Sick Leave payout for the Leisure Services Director's retirement and to also budget for the overlap St. George City Council Minutes May 4, 2017 Page Nine   in salaries and benefits while Kent Perkins was training his replacement; 6) To budget for a CDBG-eligible project and CDBG Grant revenues for construction costs of sewerline, waterline, and road infrastructure improvements, and related engineering and construction management, for the Dino Crossing area which will facilitate planned affordable housing projects that benefit low- to moderate-income residents; 7) To budget for a transfer from the Housing Programs Fund to the Switchpoint Fund to cover expenditures in the current and prior year's budget that were budgeted to be reimbursed by Federal Grants but were not (utilities, personnel, building repairs and maintenance, etc.). Therefore this budget opening reduces revenues from grant funding and replaces it with a transfer from the Housing Fund; 8) To budget for recording a planned payment of Debt Service principal from bond escrow reserve funds; and also to increase the salaries and wages budget for market/merit adjustments made in December 2016 which exceeded budgeted estimates; and 9) To budget for full payment to UDOT for City's share of the Red Hills Parkway/Red Cliffs Dr. Connection (Mall Dr. Underpass) project instead of doing the SIB Loan for 3 years with the State of Utah. Funding will come from estimated revenues over budgeted for the Highway Option Sales Tax and for Street Impact Fees, and also from budgeted funds for Traffic Signals that are estimated to be under spent in the current year and can be re-allocated.   After being asked by Councilmember Baca, City Manager Gary Esplin stated he has had minor concerns with the transition of SwitchPoint, but feels they are doing well.   Councilmember Hughes commented that he believes they are doing a good job; it’s a work in progress.  Housing and Economic Development Director Matt Loo mentioned the board just presented to Olene Walker and received $1.2 million of the total cost for the affordable housing project.  The number of people services have been provided to has doubled from last year.  With regards to improving the grounds, they are in the process of fundraising for a playground.    Mayor Pike opened the public hearing.  There being no comment, he closed the public hearing.   MOTION:      A motion was made by Councilmember Baca to approve the amendments to the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Budget as articulated. SECOND:        The motion was seconded by Councilmember Randall. VOTE:             Mayor Pike called for a roll call vote, as follows:   Councilmember Hughes – aye Councilmember Randall – aye Councilmember Bowcutt – aye Councilmember Arial – aye Councilmember Baca – aye           The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.   St. George City Council Minutes May 4, 2017 Page Ten   AMEND THE ORDINANCE FOR THE PARATRANSIT ELIGIBILITY APPEALS BOARD: Consider approval of an ordinance amending the Paratransit Eligibility Appeal Board.   City Manager Gary Esplin outlined the proposed amendment to the Paratransit Eligibility Appeal Board.   MOTION:      A motion was made by Councilmember Hughes to approve the ordinance amending the Paratransit Eligibility Appeal Board. SECOND:        The motion was seconded by Councilmember Baca. VOTE:             Mayor Pike called for a roll call vote, as follows:   Councilmember Hughes – aye Councilmember Randall – aye Councilmember Bowcutt – aye Councilmember Arial – aye Councilmember Baca – aye           The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.   LOCAL CONSENT FOR A CLASS C LICENSE: Consider approval of a local consent for a Class C License, a restaurant full service license, for the Outback Steakhouse located at 250 North Red Cliff Drive, #40.  Evergreen Restaurant LLC 4514, applicant.   City Manager Gary Esplin explained there is an existing license; however, these are new owners.   MOTION:      A motion was made by Councilmember to approve the local consent for a Class C License, a full service license, for the Outback Steakhouse located at 250 North Red Cliff Drive, #40. SECOND:        The motion was seconded by Councilmember Arial. VOTE:             Mayor Pike called for a vote, as follows:   Councilmember Hughes – aye Councilmember Randall – aye Councilmember Bowcutt – aye Councilmember Arial – aye Councilmember Baca – aye           The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.   2017 ACTION PLAN FOR THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM: Consider approval of the 2017 Annual Action Plan for the Community Development Block Grant program.    Housing and Economic Development Director Matt Loo outlined the 2017 Annual Action Plan for the Community Development Block Grant program.       St. George City Council Minutes May 4, 2017 Page Eleven   MOTION:      A motion was made by Councilmember Arial to approve the 2017 Annual Action Plan for the Community Development Block Grant program. SECOND:        The motion was seconded by Councilmember Baca. VOTE:             Mayor Pike called for a vote, as follows:   Councilmember Hughes – aye Councilmember Randall – aye Councilmember Bowcutt – aye Councilmember Arial – aye Councilmember Baca – aye           The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.   2017-2018 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT ACTIVITIES FOR FUNDING: Consider approval of the 2017-2018 Community Development Block Grant activities to be approved for funding.   Housing and Economic Development Director Matt Loo outlined the activities to be funded as follows: Administration of the Grant - $90,000, Friends of SwitchPoint - $50,000, Big Brothers Big Sisters - $10,000, United Way of Dixie - $10,000, Family Support Center - $10,000 and Memory Matters - $10,000.   City Manager Gary Esplin explained at first, staff thought CDBG funds could be used to pay the entire cost of purchasing the SwitchPoint building; however that was not entirely correct.  The remaining balance will be paid for with housing funds from the EDAs in the Ft. Pierce area.       MOTION:      A motion was made by Councilmember Baca to approve the 2017-2018 Community Development Block Grant activities to be approved and funded as articulated and discussed. SECOND:        The motion was seconded by Councilmember Randall. VOTE:             Mayor Pike called for a vote, as follows:   Councilmember Hughes – aye Councilmember Randall – aye Councilmember Bowcutt – aye Councilmember Arial – aye Councilmember Baca – aye           The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.   SET PUBLIC HEARINGS: Planner Ray Snyder advised at its meeting held on April 25, 2017, the Planning Commission recommended setting public hearing for Thursday, May 18, 2017 to consider the following: 1) Amending the Planned Development Commercial zone located at 166 West 1700 South to develop a car wash for the general public and existing nearby automobile dealerships; and 2) Changing the zone from Agricultural to RE-20 on 20.41 acres generally located at 3800 South Bentley Road.   Planning and Zoning Manager John Willis clarified with regard to item 2, the Planning Commission recommended the entire parcel to be A-1; however, the applicant has since revised their application, a smaller portion to be RE-20.  It is not required to return to the Planning Commission. St. George City Council Minutes May 4, 2017 Page Twelve   Councilmember Hughes asked that the notifications to residents accurately reflect the updated request.   MOTION:      A motion was made by Councilmember Baca to set the public hearings for Thursday, May 18, 2017. SECOND:        The motion was seconded by Councilmember Hughes. VOTE:             Mayor Pike called for a vote, as follows:   Councilmember Hughes – aye Councilmember Randall – aye Councilmember Bowcutt – aye Councilmember Arial – aye Councilmember Baca – aye           The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.   HILLSIDE DEVELOPMENT PERMIT: Planner Ray Snyder presented the request for a hillside development permit to allow for the installation of a looped water line into the City’s water distribution system.  The water tank is located on the hill behind Desert Hills High School.  He presented a PowerPoint presentation covering the following topics: summary of request; density and disturbance map; SITLA and St. George City ownership; zoning and general plan maps; photos of the tank; photos of views from the nearby neighborhood; aerial plan; photos of the site.  The Hillside Review Board recommended approval with the following comments and conditions:   1.  It is recommended that an area of approximately 25’ wide be approved for a limited disturbance area to allow for the installation of a looped water line as presented. 2.  It is recommended that the west side of the hill have staking installed along with colored barrier tape to delineate an area that shall not to be passed to avoid scarring the hillside and to prevent spoils from occurring during construction. 3.  It is recommended that drainage shall be improved by creating a “high spot” and then creating several “shed” areas to avoid the type of erosion which has been occurring onsite.  The applicant shall work with staff during the plan review and construction process to address any drainage and/pr sedimentation issues. 4.  There is a 50’ wide construction easement granted by SITLA, but the applicant shall strive to limit the disturbed area to 25’. 5.  It is proposed that after the project is complete, the applicant shall reinstall the existing trail to its present condition or to an improved state.  Note that the trail shall only be kept in an earthen state and no paving or gravel is to be installed.  No vehicle driving is permitted and a sign is posted as such. 6.  There is no watering to be installed, but the spreading of native seeds is strongly encouraged.     The Planning Commission recommended approval.   MOTION:      A motion was made by Councilmember Hughes to approve the hillside development permit for the installation of a looped water line. SECOND:        The motion was seconded by Councilmember Randall. VOTE:             Mayor Pike called for a vote, as follows:   Councilmember Hughes – aye Councilmember Randall – aye St. George City Council Minutes May 4, 2017 Page Thirteen   Councilmember Bowcutt – aye Councilmember Arial – aye Councilmember Baca – aye           The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.   PRELIMINARY PLAT: Assistant Public Works Director Wes Jenkins presented the preliminary plat for Commerce Point, a 9-lot commercial subdivision located at Blackridge Drive, Hilton Drive, and Bluff Street; zoning is Highway Commercial and General Commercial.  He showed and reviewed the preliminary plat.   MOTION:      A motion was made by Councilmember Baca to approve the preliminary plat for Commerce Point. SECOND:        The motion was seconded by Councilmember Hughes. VOTE:             Mayor Pike called for a vote, as follows:   Councilmember Hughes – aye Councilmember Randall – aye Councilmember Bowcutt – aye Councilmember Arial – aye Councilmember Baca – aye           The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.   PRELIMINARY PLAT: Assistant Public Works Director Wes Jenkins presented the preliminary plat for White Sands at Southern Hills, a 39-lot residential subdivision located east of River Road and south of the White Dome Nature Preserve at approximately mile marker 4 on the Southern Parkway; zoning is R-1-10.  He showed and reviewed the preliminary plat.  A discussion took place regarding possible trails in this area.   MOTION:      A motio...


City Council Minutes 07/21/2016:
...Southwest Special Service District regarding fire services for The Ledges, Trails and JEL Ranch subdivisions.   City Manager Esplin explained the South West Special Service District provides fire protection for the Ledges as it’s closer than city fire stations.  This allows the fire protection rating for residents to be lower.  This action is a technical change which specifies that the special service district is the initial agency to respond.    City Attorney Guzman added that the resolution states the coverage is 24 hours a day 7 days a week.  He indicated the South West Special Service District has already approved it.   MOTION:      A motion was made by Councilmember Arial to approve the amendment to the Interlocal Agreement between the City of St. George and the Southwest Special Service District regarding fire services for The Ledges, Trails and JEL Ranch subdivisions.       &nb...


City Council Minutes 05/19/2016:
...to keep density in mind when making their decision as well as the need for trails and parks in the area. She is concerned with 3000 East and asked when it will be widened.   Mayor Pike mentioned that the improvements are required to be installed as properties are developed.    Ms. Rock stated that she is also concerned with fire protection services.  She asked where the nearest “manned” fire station was.   City Manager Gary Esplin explained that most stations are not manned.  The closest manned station to the Little Valley area is in the downtown area; however, the station at 2450 East has 60 volunteers that can respond.   Staff is currently looking for property to build a fire station in the Little Valley area which will be manned.  He noted that the City meets insurance requirements of having a fire station within 1.5 miles of residences.   A discussion took place regarding improvements along 3000 East.   City Manager Gary Esplin noted that the City has spent $10 million on 3000 East and Mall Drive Bridge over the last three budget years.    Resident Bobbie Whetzel mentioned that 3000 East is the only access road to the area other than Little Valley Road.  She asked if there were any auxiliary roads planned.    City Manager Gary Esplin explained that Commerce Drive is being improved.    He outlined other road improvements in the area.    Ms. Whetzel added that smaller lots are not in demand as larger lots are.  She then mentioned that there is a need for more churches and schools in the area.    Mayor Pike mentioned that there are additional master planned roads in the area.  Additionally, he mentioned other areas of the City that are busy with ball fields and traffic and stated that there will be a park in that area in the future.    Mayor Pike closed the public hearing.   Councilmember Hughes commented that all of the concerns are legitimate.  If he had his way, each lot in the City would be an acre lot with horses.  Property owners have complained to him about having smaller lots next to them.  He mentioned that his property in the County is surrounded by homes.  The Council is addressing all of the concerns brought up tonight.  Overall density needs to be looked at – negotiations have taken place to keep the density at a livable level.  Roads are not complete as the City requires the developer to   St. George City Council Meeting Minutes May 19, 2016 Page Fourteen   improve the roads rather than the taxpayers.  He believes there is a market for 8,000 sq. ft. lots.    MOTION:      A motion was made by Councilmember Baca to approve the zone change on 20.00 acres from A-1 to R-1-8 located at approximately 3200 East and 2840 South.             SECOND:        The motion was seconded by Councilmember Randall.             VOTE:             Mayor Pike called for a roll call vote, as follows:                                Councilmember Hughes – aye Councilmember Randall - aye Councilmember Bowcutt – aye Councilmember Arial – aye Councilmember Baca – aye                              The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.   PUBLIC HEARING/ZONE CHANGE/ORDINANCE: Public hearing to consider rezoning 34.359 acres from Agricultural (A-1) to Residential (R-1-10); 31.890 acres from Agricultural (A-1) to Residential (R-1-8) and 38.937 from Agricultural (A-10 and A-20) to Open Space; properties are generally located east of 3000 East Street.  Development Solutions Group, applicant.   Planning & Zoning Manager John Willis presented the request to rezone property generally located east of 3000 East Street.  He presented a PowerPoint presentation covering the following: aerial map; general plan map; slope analysis map; general plan compared to slope analysis; existing zoning map; summary of request; zone change map and photos of the area.  The properties are located within slopes that are greater than 20% and in the hillside overlay zone; therefore, any development would require approval from the Hillside Review Board prior to the preliminary plat.  Planning Commission recommended approval.    Stacy Young, applicant, explained as they defined the open space boundary they took rock fall into consideration.  This area will have trails and parks – he showed where they will be on the map.   ...


City Council Meeting Agenda Agenda 02/20/2020:
...pproval to award contract to Holbrook Asphalt for the HA5 Parking Lots and Trails Surfacing Project.   BACKGROUND and RECOMMENDATION:  The Parks Division plans an HA 5 asphalt surfacing program each year in the Spring; 778,706 square feet of asphalt trails and parking lots will be surfaced with HA5 and re-striped, providing...


City Council Meeting Minutes Minutes 02/20/2020:
...pproval to award contract to Holbrook Asphalt for the HA5 Parking Lots and Trails Surfacing Project.   c.    Consider approval of a Reimbursement Agreement with Rogers Construction for the installation of a 12" diameter irrigation transmission line in Sky Rocket Road.   d.    Consider approval of the Financial report for January 2020.   ADJOURN: MOTION:      A motion was made by Councilmember Randall to approve the consent calendar. SECOND:      The motion was seconded by Councilmember Smethurst. VOTE:          Mayor Pike called for a vote, as follows:   Councilmember Randall – aye Councilmember Smethurst – aye Councilmember McArthur – aye Councilmember Larkin – aye   The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.   DISCUSSION REGARDING THE FISCAL YEAR 2020-2021 BUDGET: City Manager Adam Lenhard read a letter he wrote to the Mayor and Council regarding the budget and the budget process.   Councilmember Hughes arrived.     St. George City Council Minutes February 20, 2020 Page Two   Administrative Services Director Trevor Coombs presented a PowerPoint presentation covering the following topics: What we’ve accomplished in FY19/FY 20 TD- Finance; What we’ve accomplished in FY19/FY 20 TD- Utilities; and Currently working on FY20/FY21.   City Attorney Shawn Guzman provided a PowerPoint presentation covering the following topics: Legal Department Mission Statement; Number of attorneys vs. other cities; Legal Services budget; Claims Management; Liability and property insurance structure; Insurance coverages/premiums; Number of liability claims 2013-2019; Liability claims paid 2013-2019; Worker’s Comp claims by number 2013-2019; Worker’s Comp claims paid 2012-2019; Criminal cases filed 2012-2019; Criminal cased filed 2019; Criminal cases filed 2012-2018; Civil matters; Accomplishments; Challenges; and 2020 goals.   Human Resources Manager Sharon Hokanson spoke about their budget.  They support the employees of the City so they can promote a thriving community.  Employees are the most valuable asset the City has.  Currently have over 700 full time and 550 part time employees – HR has six (6) employees.  They hire over 400 employees each year, over 2,000 applications annually.  She outlined some of what the Human Resources office handles after which she touched on the goals for her department.                                                                            Communications and Marketing Director David Cordero presented a PowerPoint presentation covering the following topics: Duties; and How can we reach more people?   Community Development Director John Willis provided PowerPoint presentation covering the following topics: Accomplishments and goals; Building Division; Building permits; Business Licensing; Code Enforcement; Planning and Zoning; Planning applications; and Digital transition.   The Council took a 15-minute break.   Economic Development and Housing Director Shirlayne Quayle provided a PowerPoint presentation covering the following topics: Goals & focus areas; Biggest need and asset; Memberships & sponsorships; Projects; Refresh downtown; and Budget increase request.   Fire Chief Robert Stoker presented a PowerPoint presentation covering the following topics: Call data; Staffing; Firefighter levels; Station 6; Capital equipment/projects; and What’s Happening Ahead?   Police Chief Richard Farnsworth provided a handout outlining 2015-2019 statistics; 2019 certified/trainee hiring results; and Building permits vs. call volume; after which he presented a PowerPoint presentation covering the following topics: Expansion/remodel; Dispatch construction; Fleet considerations; Plan for growth and staffing; Current shift staffing/hours; Officer availability; Swing cover shift; and Officer wellness vs. fitness.   St. George City Council Minutes February 20, 2020 Page Three   Public Works Director Cameron Cutler presented a PowerPoint presentation covering the following topics: Council direction; Keep services moving; Suntran Division; Public Works capital projects; PWCP roadway improvements 3000 E, 1450 E realignment; Quarry Ridge Dr, Commerce Dr, Southern Hills Parkway; 1450 S extension, Bloomington Hills Dr Path, Tech Ridge access, 1450 E; and 700 S striping, 100 S striping, 100 S 1000 E turn lanes.   Zach Renstrom, General Manager for the Water Conservancy District welcomed the Mayor and Council.    The Council took a 30-minute break.   Support Services Marc Mortensen provided a PowerPoint presentation covering the following topics: Support Services Management Team; Facilities – By the numbers, Employees, Energy savings, completed projects, SHAC schedule, Home for Facilities, and Proposed projects; Technology/GIS – Employees, By the numbers, Current projects, Completed projects, Proposed projects, Remote work support, and Google data & analytics; Golf – Employees, Current projects, Completed projects, Proposed projects, and Proposed purchases; Bikeshares & scooters; and Ironman.   Energy Services Director Laurie Mangum presented a PowerPoint presentation covering the following topics: Our world in 90 seconds (video); Completed projects; Aging work force; Generation; Transmission & Distribution; and Substation.   Water Services Director Scott Taylor presented a PowerPoint presentation covering the following topics: 2019 Water Services Department summary; Water conservation; Budget kick-off meeting with City Council; Wastewater Treatment Plant expansion; Gunlock arsenic treatment plant; Culinary water, secondary irrigation & sewer master plan updates; Water rate restructuring; Sewer rates; Aging infrastructure; Existing sewer rate; 2019 annual utility rate survey; Avg. monthly wastewater utility fee; Avg. monthly wastewater utility fee; Federal and state legislation; Management of Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals; Revised lead & copper rule: EPA; Water loss audit; City Creek to Ledges Pipeline; Ledges reuse line; Sand Hollow Regional connection; Entrada irrigation line; Future water supply; and Department goal for 2020.   Leisure Services Director Shane McAffee provided a PowerPoint presentation covering the following topics: Budget FY 2020/2021; Divisions; Parks/Recreation/Trails Master Plan; Master Plan highlights; Parks operations/maintenance; P...


City Council Minutes 12/17/2009:
...horization is needed to apply for an enhancement grant for landscaping and trails around the new interchange. Laura Taylor explained in October th...


City Council Minutes 04/17/2008:
...the Police Department related to drug and gang enforcement, for recreation trails, and the airport. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Allen to approve the financial statement as presented. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Almquist. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. AWARD OF BID: Consider award of bid for a 50' articulating aerial device (bucket truck). City Manager Gary Esplin stated that this item had been tabled. AWARD OF BID: Consider award of bid for power pedestals with service disconnect and battery backup. Purchasing Manager Connie Hood explained that this bid is on the State Contract. She recommended award of the bid to Western Signal in the amount of $72,420.00. She stated that Western Signal offered the best delivery time which was critical to the project. Council Member Bunker asked if this was for specific signals or for repair. Purchasing Manager Connie Hood stated that it is for uninterrupted battery service for the traffic lights. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Bunker to award the bid in the amount of $72,420.00 to Western Signal. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Shakespeare. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. AWARD OF BID: Consider award of bid for playground installation at Willow Run Park aka Cottonwood Cove Park. Purchasing Manager Connie Hood recommended award of the bid to the lowest bidder which was Western States Parks and Recreation in the amount of $27,363.00. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Shakespeare to award the bid in the amount of $27,363.00 to Western States Parks and Recreation. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Allen. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. St. George City Council Minutes April 17, 2008 Page Three AWARD OF BID: Consider award of bid for 750 primary URD EPR cable for the Power Department. Purchasing Manager Connie Hood stated that there were only two approved distributors for this product. She recommended award of the bid in the amount of $46,987.50 to the low bidder, Codale. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Bunker to award the bid in the amount of $46,987.50 to Codale. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Almquist. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. AWARD OF BID: Consider award of the annual blanket for asphalt repair and patching. Purchasing Manager Connie Hood stated Western Rock submitted an overall low bid in the amount of $106,000. She recommended award of the annual blanket to Western Rock in an amount not to exceed $95,000. She explained that the $95,000 was based on adjusted budgeted amounts from Streets, Water, Wastewater and Energy. Mayor McArthur explained the process the City uses to award annual blanket bids. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Allen to award the blanket bid in an amount not to exceed $95,000 to Western Rock. 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 the 2008 road construction project. Purchasing Manager Connie Hood explained that bids were received from three local suppliers with Western Rock submitting the low bid in the amount of $440,434.00. She recommended award of the bid to Western Rock. Council Member Almquist asked which locations would be included in the project. Mayor McArthur stated that the projects were done based on the type of work needed and a maintenance schedule that was developed by Public Works. Council Member Allen asked if the maintenance schedule was posted on the City?s web site. City Manager Gary Esplin stated that it was on the web site under the Streets Division. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Allen to award the bid in the amount of $440,434.00 to Western Rock. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Almquist. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. St. George City Council Minutes April 17, 2008 Page Four APPROVAL OF PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AGREEMENT: Consider approval of a professional services agreement with Bush and Gudgell to design a safety project on Indian Hills Drive near Southwood Meadows Subdivision. Purchasing Manager Connie Hood explained that this is a professional services agreement with Bush and Gudgell in the amount of $29,950. Council Member Bunker asked if the project was only on a small portion of the area. City Manager Gary Esplin stated that it was only on a small portion. He said that the Council had asked them to look at the area to alleviate safety issues. Council Member Allen asked if the agreement amount was just for design work. City Manager Gary Esplin said yes, it was only for design work. Mayor McArthur explained that the City doesn?t always request bids for professional services. He said they work with various firms around the City to contract for professional services. Council Member Almquist said that it was important to note that the property owner east of Indian Hills had been very cooperative about keeping the natural stone and looks of the area. He said that he would encourage the design to maintain some natural look in the roadway. He said he didn?t want to cut away hillsides just to get a clear shot. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Bunker to approve the professional services agreement with Bush and Gudgell in the amount of $29,950. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Shakespeare. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. APPROVAL OF CHANGE ORDER: Consider approval of a change order for project management on Tonaquint Drive. Purchasing Manager Connie Hood explained that because the project extended past the original five month period, a change order was needed to cover additional construction management services. City Manager Gary Esplin stated that because the project was not completed on time the additional costs would be offset with liquidated damages against the contractor. Council Member Allen asked how long it would take to get the liquidated damages. City Manager Gary Esplin stated that they were withholding payment so it wouldn?t be a problem. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Allen to approve the change order in the amount of $11,000 to Alpha Engineering for project management on Tonaquint Drive. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Bunker. St. George City Council Minutes April 17, 2008 Page Five VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. PENDING ORDINANCE: Consider approval of a pending ordinance prohibiting billboard video signs. City Manager Gary Esplin stated that the City doesn?t have an ordinance that prohibits certain types of video displays on new billboards. He said the pending ordinance would prohibit the installation of video or LED type billboards until permanent requirements for those types of signs could be established. Mayor McArthur explained that a pending ordinance addresses concerns that are raised by the public or the Council that aren?t covered by any other ordinances. He said that it gives the City an amount of time to look at the concerns and establish standards. City Attorney Shawn Guzman stated that YESCO had received a permit to change out the Bluff Street billboard to video screens. He said that he wanted to be sure that everyone understood that the permit had been approved for that one. Council Member Allen asked if the pending ordinance was just for billboards. City Attorney Guzman said that it was only for billboards and that it also did not include reader boards. He said that the City had up to six months to write an ordinance that would address the issue. Council Member Almquist stated that would give the sign companies time to give their input on the ordinance. He said it would also give the City time to talk to the professionals and find out all of the techniques that are available when it comes to video and LTD signs. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Almquist to approve the pending ordinance. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Shakespeare. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a roll call vote, as follows: Council Member Almquist ? aye Council Member Shakespeare ? aye Council Member Allen ? aye Council Member Bunker ? aye The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. ORDINANCE: Consider approval of an ordinance requiring that during performance of a contract with the City, contractors, vendors, professional companies, etc. will comply with Section 274A of the Immigration and Nationality Act which certifies that they do not and will not employ or subcontract with employers that hire workers who are not eligible for employment in the United States. Mayor McArthur explained that this item was not a public hearing; therefore, he would not be taking public comments. He said the item was to consider approval of an ordinance requiring that during performance of a contract with the City, contractors, vendors, professional companies, etc. will comply with Section 274A of the Immigration and Nationality Act which certifies that they do not and will not employ or subcontract with St. George City Council Minutes April 17, 2008 Page Six employers that hire workers who are not eligible for employment in the United States. Mayor McArthur stated that he had received a letter from the St. George Chamber of Commerce in support of the ordinance. Mayor McArthur said that this is something that had been before the Council previously and that the City Attorney had been asked to write an ordinance that would cover this. Council Member Allen asked if this was any different than the forms that are currently required to be filled out for employment. Deanna Brklacich, Manager of Budget and Financial Planning, stated that when we hire individuals we do require documentation that shows they are eligible to work in the United States. Mayor McArthur explained that this is different because it is for contractors that the City works with. Ms. Brklacich stated that this is for the purchasing ordinance. She stated that Connie Hood, Purchasing Manager had done a lot of work on this item and worked closely with the Legal Department. She explained that whenever the City contracts for goods and services we expect any vendors that are used to comply with all employment laws. She stated that the ordinance is to emphasize that the vendors ensure they comply with the INA rules and regulations regarding hiring eligible workers for any services that are providing to the City of St. George. Council Member Almquist said that he felt that they should take action on this. He explained that about 3 months ago they met and said it was one of the primary items that needed to be addressed within the first 100 days of their tenure as Council Members. He said that he was very pleased and that this was a first step. He said that they wanted to go to the next step with the Business Licensing. He said that when someone applies for a Business License there should be a place on the form that says the owner will follow the law in their hiring practices. City Attorney Guzman stated that the ordinance would require a clause to be added to all contracts with vendors and for those submitting bids to the City. Mr. Guzman said the clause would state that by submitting a proposal and/or by signing this contract, contractor certifies that it does not and will not during the performance of this contract knowingly employ, or subcontract with any entity which employs workers in violation of 8 USC ? 1324a. Contractor agrees to produce, at the City?s request, such documents which are required to verify compliance with applicable State and Federal laws. If the contractor knowingly employs workers in violation of 8 USC ? 1324a, such violation shall be cause of unilateral cancellation of the contract between contractor and the City. In the event this contract is terminated due to violation of 8 USC ? 1324a by the contractor or subcontractor of the contractor, the contractor shall be liable for any and all costs associated with such termination, including, but not limited to, any damages incurred by the City as well as attorney fees. He said that the clause would not require any additional burden on contractors but that it would require the contractors to show the documentation for their workers if the City had reason to believe that there was a violation of the INA rules and regulations. He said that if there were a violation the City would be able to cancel the contract and the contractor would be liable for damages. St. George City Council Minutes April 17, 2008 Page Seven Council Member Almquist said the whole community had worked on this and he wanted to recognize their efforts. He thanked everyone that had been involved and stated that this was a great step for St. George. Council Member Bunker said that she also thought it was a great step and she wanted to applaud Council Member Almquist and all the others that have worked to get the ordinance written. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Almquist to approve the ordinance. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Shakespeare. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a roll call vote, as follows: Council Member Bunker ? aye Council Member Allen ? aye Council Member Shakespeare ? aye Council Member Almquist ? aye The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. RESOLUTION: Consider approval of a resolution authorizing matching funds for the upgrade/installation of SCADA equipment at various tank and well sites. City Manager Gary Esplin explained that the grant request would provide funding over a two year period with approximately $200,000 spent each year. He said there would be $100,000 per year in matching funds. He stated that the project was necessary and would be included in the 2009 budget request. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Allen to approve the resolution. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Bunker. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a roll call vote, as follows: Council Member Bunker ? aye Council Member Allen ? aye Council Member Shakespeare ? aye Council Member Almquist ? aye The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. Mayor McArthur invited several youth from the audience to introduce themselves. They stated that they were students from Dixie High School and were attending the Council meeting as part of their Government Class. SET PUBLIC HEARINGS: Community Development Director, Bob Nicholson advised that the Planning Commission, at its meeting held April 8, 2008, recommended that a public hearing be set for May 1, 2008 to consider a zone change request from RE-12.5 (Residential Estate 12,500 square feet minimum lot size) to PD-RES (Planned Development ? Residential) on 34.58 acres located generally at 2050 East 150 North. He explained that this was up above the Middleton area where they had recently taken a field trip. He said the applicant was Red Cliffs Park Development. St. George City Council Minutes April 17, 2008 Page Eight MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Allen to set the public hearing 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. FINAL PLATS: Community Development Director, Bob Nicholson advised that the Planning Commission, at its meeting held April 8, 2008, recommended approval of the following final plats: The Estates at Hidden Valley Phase 4, located in the Hidden Valley Development at approximately 470 East and 3500 South (across the street from Hidden Valley Park). Mr. Jim Raines, representative. Boulevard Centre Pad ?C?, located at 162 North 400 East. Mr. Bob Hermandson, representative. Council Member Allen asked if the Boulevard Centre Pad ?C? would have any effect on the parking. Community Development Director, Bob Nicholson, stated that it complies with prior discussions and agreements. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Bunker to approve the plats. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Shakespeare. Council Member Almquist stated that approximately six years ago the group had agreed to help work out the Caf? Rio parking situation. He asked Community Development Director Nicholson if a shared parking agreement had been established or if they are willing to allow a pass through. Community Development Director, Bob Nicholson stated there is an access that has been set aside to some day punch through to 5th East. Council Member Almquist stated that there was another pad site north of the Caf? Rio. Community Development Director, Bob Nicholson said that was true. He explained that pad is still vacant and would have to be built for parking. City Manager Gary Esplin said that the final plat for Boulevard Centre Pad ?C? complies with the ordinance. He stated that any new parking lots would be required as part of the development to have another access out. He said that the Caf? Rio had done everything they could up to this point. Council Member Almquist stated that at a Planning Commission meeting he remembers the north property owner making a commitment to work out the parking problem. City Manager Gary Esplin said that the property owner was not prohibiting people from parking in his spaces. He stated that other owners have prohibited parking. St. George City Council Minutes April 17, 2008 Page Nine City Attorney Shawn Guzman said that Larkins and Giffords did put in an additional 32 parking stalls. He said that they understand that if they want to build another building on the site they would have to provide additional parking. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. Community Development Director, Bob Nicholson said that there were two additional items discussed at the April 8, 2008 Planning Commission meeting. Mayor McArthur stated they would continue with the Planning Commission report. Council Member Allen stated that she would excuse herself from the discussion regarding the Conditional Use Permit because the applicant, Mr. Clark, was her son-in-law. CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT: Consider approval of a conditional use permit for an indoor soccer facility in the former Moore Business Forms building located at 400 South on Dixie Drive in an M-2 zone. Dave Clark, applicant. City Planner Ray Snyder advised that the request was for a conditional use permit to establish and operate an indoor soccer facility within the former Moore Business Forms building located at 1850 West 400 South. He said Mr. Dave Clark was the applicant. He stated that it is M-2 zoned. Mr. Snyder explained on March 25, 2008 the Planning Commission determined an indoor soccer field was similar to and in harmony with a recreational enterprise use which was a conditional use in the M-2 zone. He said the business is indoor soccer, year round, with four employees. They would have artificial turf in an enclosed field. The field is approximately 8,000 square feet and only 1 field was proposed. Mr. Snyder said the games would be two halves at 20 ? 22 minutes depending on the age of the players. There would be 10 minutes between games. He stated that there would be 16 players per game and that youth and adult teams were anticipated. He said that there would be no cost for admission for spectators and a spectator?s bench with room for 15 would be provided. Mr. Snyder referred to site plans that were displayed in Council Chambers. He said there were 137 parking spaces in one area and 20 spaces in another area. He said the applicant proposed 50 spaces per field and the Planning Commission agreed with that number. Mr. Snyder said that there was a short letter and petition that was signed by 18 neighbors. He said the Planning Commission could not accept the petition but that the letter portion was read and discussed. The letter expressed concerns about two issues: the proposed indoor soccer field and the contractor?s yard on the same site. He said that the Planning Commission could only address the soccer request. He said that the Planning Commission did inform the residents that the concern about the contractor?s yard had been turned over to the code enforcement department for action. Mr. Snyder stated the Planning Commission recommended approval with the following conditions: 1. The hours shall be 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Saturdays and 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sundays. 2. No concessions are permitted. 3. A minimum of one men?s restroom and one women?s restroom shall be provided per field. St. George City Council Minutes April 17, 2008 Page Ten 4. A minimum of 50 paved parking spaces on the west side of the building shall be provided. 5. The applicant shall comply with the following findings: A. Noise - Contain all noise inside the building B. Dust - Monitor any dust created by soccer business and comply with standards C. Odors - Contain all odors to meet standards D. Aesthetics - Existing building shall blend harmoniously with the neighborhood E. Safety ? Not applicable F. Traffic - Meet City traffic requirements G. Height ? Not applicable H. Hours of Operation ? Hours of operation limited to 10 p.m. I. Saturation/Spacing ? No applicable J. Maintain Character and purpose of zone ? Ref. 2008-ZRA-002 K. Public Health ? Comply with State standards and one restroom for each gender per field. Mayor McArthur asked Mr. Snyder if there was discussion about mixed use of the building. He said that there were certain uses that would not be compatible with one another. Mr. Snyder said that there was some discussion about mixed uses. He said that the applicant plans to have mixed uses in the future. Mayor McArthur said that there needs to be a separation from industrial uses and recreational uses. He said that he wasn?t worried about mixed use in the same zone but he was concerned about mixed use in the same building. City Planner Ray Snyder stated that the building is in a M-2 zone which has more restrictions than a M-1 zone. City Manager Gary Esplin stated that with a request for a conditional use permit the Council could approve what would be considered compatible. Mr. Roger Stratford, representative for the applicant, stated that they felt the indoor soccer would be a great use for the youth. He said that it was a different type of soccer than what is played outside. He asked the Council to consider having the last game start at 10:00 p.m. He said they had wanted to stay open until midnight and having to close by 10:00 p.m. would eliminate two games being played. He said that the area would be blocked off and said that in the letter of intent there was a caveat after 18 months that if something came up that would not work with their particular use, the owner of the St. George City Council Minutes April 17, 2008 Page Eleven building would have the opportunity to buy out the contract and use it for a different purpose. Council Member Shakespeare stated that the reason the neighbors wanted the 10 p.m. closing time was because that was the time the parks closed. She said the Planning Commission debated the issue for quite a while but in consideration of the people living in the area they recommended the 10:00 p.m. closing time. She stated that one of her concerns was that the back side of the parking lot was not separated from the homes by a wall. She said that if in the future they would want to expand that could be a problem. Mr. Stratford said that they would be parking on the west side and that part of the parking lot does have a block wall. Council Member Shakespeare asked Mr. Stratford to clarify how many restrooms were in the building and available for the indoor soccer. Mr. Stratford said that there are several restrooms throughout the building. He said that if there was a need for more than the two restrooms in the immediate area, there would be other restrooms that would be conveniently located. Council Member Bunker asked Mr. Stratford if they would be having tournaments in the building. Mr. Stratford explained that they would have leagues. Council Member Bunker said that the neighbors referred to the area as an arena. She said that she would expect that there would be more than 15 spectators at the games. She said that she estimated the parking needs to be greater than what was being recommended. Mr. Stratford stated that there wouldn?t be a lot of spectators because they would not be having school teams playing. He said the seating would be for family members. He said there wouldn?t be cheerleaders or large crowds. Council Member Bunker Gail asked if the lighting was adequate since the building would be used after dark. Mr. Stratford stated that the lighting was adequate around the building and the parking lot. Council Member Almquist said that in addition to the indoor soccer field, he would like to explore the idea of using part of the building for an indoor ice skating rink. He stated that would be a compatible use. Mayor McArthur said that he would like to add to the Planning Commission?s conditions that whatever is in the building is compatible with the M-2 zone. Council Member Shakespeare said that the applicant could come back to the Council at a later date to request changing the closing hours. She said that if they could show that there wouldn?t be a negative impact on the neighborhood it could be considered in the future. St. George City Council Minutes April 17, 2008 Page Twelve City Attorney Shawn Guzman stated the building is in a M-2 zone. He asked if the Mayor was saying that rather than open it to all M-2 uses, that instead he wanted to review and have the option of approving future uses in the building. Mayor McArthur said that he thought they would need to review future uses to make sure they were compatible with other uses in the building. City Attorney Shawn Guzman asked Mr. Stratford if he had the authority to make that commitment on behalf of the owner. Mr. Stratford stated that he did not have the authority to make that type of commitment. City Attorney Shawn Guzman explained that because the building is in a M-2 zone, the conditional use permit is for the soccer facility. He said the building is open to any M-2 use. He said that they would need the property owner to say that in exchange for allowing them to operate this facility, they would be willing to come back to the Council and have them approve any future use in the building. Mayor McArthur said he wants the property owner to make a commitment to come back to the Council for any future uses. He said that this would have an impact on all M-2 zones not just this building. Council Member Almquist asked if they couldn?t approve the conditional use permit on the condition that there would be no objection from the owner. City Attorney Shawn Guzman stated that they would have to have a written statement from the owner that said they would be willing to limit the approved uses that could go into the building because right now under the ordinance they would have several uses. Mayor McArthur said that the owner also had the option of requesting a zone change. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson stated that there were only 2 M-2 zones in the City. He said they were Millcreek Industrial Park and the Moore Business Forms property. Mr. Nicholson stated that the owner of the Moore Business Forms property had come to the Planning Staff Review meetings several times in the past year with different plans. He said that the owner intends to request a zone change on the property to something more neighborhood friendly. Mayor McArthur said he agreed with Council Member Almquist to approve the request subject to getting the owner?s agreement. City Attorney Shawn Guzman said if they move forward on the request they would not be addressing their concerns about mixed use because the request for conditional use is for the indoor soccer field in a M-2 zone. He said if the goal was to allow the conditional use subject to certain conditions, then the conditions need to be listed. One of those conditions could be that the other uses that are approved in M-2 zones would have to come to the Council for approval because of the proximity to the recreational facility. Mayor McArthur asked City Attorney Guzman if he was saying they should table the item. City Attorney Shawn Guzman said that if it is the Councils choice to address the concern then they need to articulate the conditions. St. George City Council Minutes April 17, 2008 Page Thirteen City Manager Gary Esplin stated that the requested uses in the M-2 zone could be significantly worse than what is being requested. He said they need to look at the long term use of the building. He felt they should try to work with the applicant to see if they can go forward with the conditional use. Council Member Shakespeare said that she would like to change the zoning that would protect the building and the neighborhood in a greater way. City Manager Gary Esplin stated that the building is an existing building with an existing use that has vested rights. He stated that it was his understanding that even if the zone were changed it would not affect the existing use of the building. City Attorney Shawn Guzman explained that for a conditional use in Utah they have to articulate a standard for a particular conditional use and once its met there is no going back to review it. He said that with the existing building, since it had been vacant for a period of 1 year, the owner would have to comply with the new zoning. He said if they wanted to make sure that future uses would be compatible with the recreational facility they would need to make that one of the standards for approval. Council Member Bunker asked City Attorney Guzman if he was suggesting that the item be tabled. City Attorney Guzman replied if it was the Council?s desire to make sure that there weren?t any incompatible uses they would have to go back and look at the standards. He said that if that wasn?t their concern then they would be free to approve the request. Mr. Stratford said it would be partitioned off from other activities. He explained after 18 months if someone wants to take the whole building they would be out of the building. MOTION: Council Member Almquist made a motion to table the item until they could take time to look at the standards that would apply for conditional use permits. SECOND: Council Member Shakespeare seconded the motion. City Attorney Shawn Guzman clarified that Mayor McArthur?s concern about the request was the fact that there was a possibility of other uses in the same building with a recreational facility in a M-2 zone. Mayor McArthur stated that was correct. City Planner Ray Snyder stated the owner was on his way to the Council meeting and asked if they could continue the discussion later in the Council meeting. MOTION WITHDRAWN: Council Member Almquist withdrew his motion. Mayor McArthur said they would move the item to later in the agenda. PUBLIC HEARING/AMENDED PLAT: Public hearing to consider approval of the amended final plat for Millcreek Commercial Subdivision 2nd amendment located on the west side of 3050 East Street at about 970 North. Ken Miller, representative. St. George City Council Minutes April 17, 2008 Page Fourteen Catherine Hasfurther stated that this is an existing plat located in the Millcreek Commercial development area at approximately 2950 East and 970 North. She said they were adjusting a lot line and adding a lot. Mayor McArthur opened the public hearing. There being no public comments, he closed the public hearing. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Bunker to approve the amended plat. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Almquist. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. PUBLIC HEARING/GENERAL PLAN AMEND: Public hearing to consider amendment of the City?s General Plan Land Use Map by changing the land use designation from Mixed Residential to Professional Office, Commercial and Mixed Residential on 274 acres located at the present site of the St. George Municipal Airport. Anderson Development, Inc., applicant. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson explained that there were a couple of exhibits and referred to a map behind Council Member Shakespeare which he said was also showing on the screens on the side walls. He stated the request was to amend the General Plan for the City by approving a concept plan for the Airport property. He stated there were 274 acres located at the present site of the St. George Airport with a small portion on a side hill at the southwest side of the property. The applicant is Anderson Development. He explained that the land would not be available for development until the new airport was operational sometime in 2011 or later. The applicant, as part of the purchase agreement, would like the concept plan to be approved now so they would have some assurance going forward knowing the City supports the concept. He said they would expect the detailed plans to come forward in about 2011 which would be part of the zoning request. The concept plan shows 42 acres for commercial development which is labeled as ?Town Center? on the plan, 50 acres of open space, 17.5 acres for office use possibly including mini-storage, and 154 acres in a variety of housing types ranging from approximately 70 estate type lots on the south end of the mesa that would be one-third to one-half acre lots to 658 medium and high density housing units for a total of 1,328 dwelling units. He stated that reality might dictate that there would be fewer when the actual zoning request is made. Mr. Nicholson advised that the applicant is aware of the City?s Hillside Development Ordinance and the use restrictions placed on property with slopes greater than 20%. The applicant fully intends to comply with all provisions including the 50? development setback from the ridge line. He said that traffic capacity was a major issue with the request and that two new roads are proposed to be built. He stated one of the roads would come from the south from Blackridge Drive near the location of Mitsubishi/Subaru dealership and on the west side of the property a road would cross Indian Hills Drive, a new bridge over the Santa Clara River and eventually tie into South Dixie Drive. At that point there would be three major roads to serve the property. The current airport road, a new road off the west side and a new road off the southeast side. He said the conceptual plan proposed a mix of housing types. There would be 264 resort housing units, 468 high density, 190 medium density, 70 estate lots and 336 town home units for a total of 1,328. He said that number may be in the upper limit and that based on the traffic there would be somewhat fewer. He explained that Anderson Development said that the mix of housing units could change based on what the market dictates 2 - 4 years from now. He stated that the necessary utilities are available to the property and that it would be the developer?s responsibility to extend St. George City Council Minutes April 17, 2008 Page Fifteen those through the site. Detailed utility plans would be part of the zoning change application and they would expect to get in 2 ? 3 years. He said the Planning Commission discussed traffic, hillside setbacks and building visibility, park and trails, and aesthetics. He said the developer had in concept agreed to a t...


City Council Meeting Minutes Minutes 06/15/2017:
...e a connection of the proposed open space to future donations of parks and trails. Desert Canyons, applicant.   Assistant Public Works Director Wes Jenkins presented the donation agreement regarding the donation of approximately 7.75 acres of open space to the City.  He showed the area on a map and outlined the land Desert Canyons is required and has requested to donate to the City.    City Attorney Shawn Guzman noted some of the conditions, including a title report and property taxes, including roll back taxes, to be paid prior to the City taking title of the property.   MOTION:      A motion was made by Councilmember Hughes to approve the donation agreement with Desert Canyons regarding the donation of approximately 7.75 acres of open space to the City as well as a Memorandum of Understanding to provide a connection of the proposed open space to future donations of parks and trails subject to the legal requirements outlined and legal review. SECOND...


City Council Minutes 01/24/2008:
...a final connection by The Cliffs. Jay Sandberg advised that equestrian trails have been approved only at the very southwest portion of the development. St. George City Council Minutes January 24, 2008 Page Eight Council Member Shakespeare requested a copy of the agreement between Snow Canyon State Park and the developers. Jay Sandberg explained that the developers spent quite a bit of time adjusting the boundaries with State Parks before they ever came to the City. They did a good job of adjusting the boundaries to minimize the view from the Park. City Manager Gary Esplin advised that the original property owners could have done a lot more development than is currently being done, but they have protected views from the Park and have met all conditions of the agreement with the Park. Hans Kuhni, representing The Ledges, advised he and Randy Freston were present to answer any questions. Mayor McArthur opened the public hearing. David Lundberg stated at the time of the zone change, Randy Deschamps said it would not be possible to see any buildings from the floor of the valley, but some are visible. The General Plan says that any development on the west side of U-18 should be set back far enough from the ridge line so as not to be visible from the Snow Canyon State Park valley floor. He suggested halting any further development or zone changes until amends are made. Larry Gardner advised that for 14 years he sat on the City Council and had to excuse himself from discussions every time The Ledges was discussed because of a conflict of interest as his family is the original property owner. He explained the history of negotiations with the State Park for a property trade to protect the views from the valley floor, and the agreement has been upheld. State Parks set the boundary on top for development, not his family nor The Ledges, and the Ledges should not be penalized. The term ?valley floor? refers to the view from the Galoot Campground. The agreement between the Park and his family is a private document, but he would be happy to share it. When The Ledges purchased the property from his family, they insisted that elements of the agreement be implemented in The Ledges? CC&Rs, and they are the most restrictive of any in the City. The height limitation is 20' - City Code is 35'. Colors are limited, as well as type of materials, lighting, etc. The agreement applied to just a little triangular piece of property on the north end, but The Ledges has placed it over the entire project as a guiding document in its CC&Rs. Mayor McArthur advised that the agreement states that in order to protect the viewshed and night sky of the Park, buildings cannot be located any closer than 300' to the Park boundary, and The Ledges is abiding by this agreement. Council Member Shakespeare suggested a field trip be taken to the site. There being no further public comment, Mayor McArthur closed the public hearing. City Manager Gary Esplin commented there were time-sensitive issues involved. The applicant has gone through all processes and abided by all rules. A field trip should be made, but it should not interfere with consideration of the preliminary plat. According to staff review, the plat meets all requirements. Council Member Bunker advised she went to the site and all her concerns were satisfied. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Pike to approve the preliminary plat subject to the recommendations of the Planning Commission. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Bunker. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. A field trip will be scheduled within the next few weeks. PUBLIC HEARING/ZONE CHANGE/ORDINANCE: Public hearing to consider a zone change from PD Residential to Manufacturing M-1 on two acres located at 3657 South River Road. Sun Roc Corp., applicant. Community Development Director Bob Nichoolson displayed a map of the site. The applicant proposes to purchase two acres from State Trust Lands and zone it for M-1 use. The request has been approved by both the Planning Commission and Hillside Review Board. The applicants propose to use the property for block storage. No structures are planned. Most of the property will be graded, but not all of it. St. George City Council Minutes January 24, 2008 Page Nine Mayor McArthur commented the site is not conducive to residential zoning. He then opened the public hearing. There being no public comment, he closed the public hearing. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Pike to approve the zone change by ordinance. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Allen. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a roll call vote, as follows: Council Member Pike - aye Council Member Allen - aye Council Member Almquist - aye Council Member Shakespeare - aye Council Member Bunker - aye The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. EXTENSION OF PD ZONE: Consider approval of a request for an extension of the PD zone for the Trails project located on Highway U-18 north of the City. Community De...


City Council Minutes 05/17/2001:
...esignation for commercial development along Riverside Drive and for parks, trails, water sports, and a dinosaur park along the river located between Mall Drive and 2450 East on the south side of Riverside Drive. Paul Jensen, applicant. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson explained the subject property is the Johnson farm property and consists of 63 acres. Millcreek High School, an LDS Church under construction, and the dinosaur quarry are all nearby, with a City park across the street. The current General Plan shows the area as medium density residential, but the applicant prefers a commercial use and business park on the back side with the road to be single loaded adjacent to the park along the flood plain area. One concern discussed at the Planning Commission meeting was that Riverside Drive not become a commercial strip area. However, the applicant is requesting a general commercial designation. Staff suggests this commercial use be defined more as professional office, with the back part being used for a business park. The Planning Commission recommended approval of the request, but there was some confusion about what the applicant’s request was. Staff is concerned that general commercial means retail, and the use should be defined as professional office. Mayor McArthur inquired if this change in designation would affect the value of any property when purchased for a monument. Mr. Jensen replied that it would not, as the matter has already been discussed and the area defined on a map. City Manager Gary Esplin commented a price has been agreed on to protect the site, but if river front property is affected, this would require another valuation. Mr. Jensen explained he would like to keep the monument site as small as possible, and the museum is now being designed. The change to the Master Plan will still accommodate development and will enhance the area if done properly. Mayor McArthur opened the public hearing. There being no public comment, he then closed the public hearing and called for comments. Council Member Gardner expressed surprise that the applicant wanted a commercial designation in addition to the business park. City Manager Gary Esplin commented that professional offices and a business park might attract high tech industries with its campus-like setting along the river, and this might be preferable to homes surrounded by commercial development. Mr. Jensen expressed agreement with a professional office designation rather than general commercial, but stated he hoped that as time progressed, there would be flexibility in some of the uses. St. George City Council Minutes May 17, 2001 Page Eleven A motion was made by Council Member Orton and seconded by Council Member Allen to approve an ordinance amending the General Plan Land Use Map designation from medium density residential and commercial to professional office and open space for commercial development along Riverside Drive and for parks, trails, water sports, and a dinosaur park along the river located between M...


City Council Minutes 07/11/2002:
...e put in. The homes themselves will access just the sidewalks and walking trails from the mod


City Council Minutes 10/19/2006:
...nd facilities, existing recreation facilities, key issues, community arts, trails, and next actions. Mayor McArthur opened the public hearing. Ed Baca complimented the Mayor and City Council on having one of the finest Leisure Services Department in the country. He urged the Mayor and Council to move forward in having developers support project improvements, and to adopt a plan for system improvement to be financed through impact fees. Mike McGregor commented that the equestrian community is being forgotten. There being no further public comment, Mayor McArthur closed the public hearing. City Manager Gary Esplin commented that the committee has done a great job putting together the master plan but further discussions are needed with regard to the financial aspect of the plan. The next discussion will be with regard to impact fees. Mayor McArthur read the resolution adopting the parks and recreation master plan. St. George City Council Minutes October 19, 2006 Page Fourteen Council Member Gardner commented that he also felt there were limited options for equestrian trails, but it is still part of the dialogue. Council Member Bunker com...


City Council Minutes 03/06/2008:
...his for a year and have worked through floodplain issues, road layout, and trails. All traffic crossings will require bridges through the Ft. Pierce Wash. Proposed schools and churches will have to be accessed off side streets and not from major arterial roads. There is a trail network. Staff feels the applicant has done a good job in staying out of the floodplain. There is no disturbance within the ten year floodplain, and within the 100 year floodplain there will be a golf course. The proposed resort hotel is a concept only at this time and will require a height variance. It will have to be brought back at a later date for consideration. A portion of the 100 year floodplain encroaches onto proposed commercial property, but not residential. An alternate use for the 38 acre portion of golf course could be industrial, but that will require the applicants to come back for an amendment to their application. For now it is assumed the acreage shown as golf course will be golf course. When the City Council approved the density bonus overlay area, this property was removed based on the applicant?s commitment to follow the same intent. They verbally stated they would provide neighborhood parks as part of the subdivision process, and will include this in the development agreement. They will provide parks in all residential areas St. George City Council Minutes March 6, 2008 Page Six by providing the land and improving the park. There are 6,317 dwelling units in the project. He then presented a power point presentation including an overview, issues, slope map, land use map, land use plan, walking distances, open space and trails, and circulation. Council Member Bunker inquired if there were a...


City Council Minutes 07/20/2006:
...tion on the recreational areas and trail system to connect with the City?s trails was provided. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Bunker to table the request. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Whatcott. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. City Attorney Shawn Guzman asked if a date could be set for reconsideration since it was a public hearing. Mayor McArthur said that it would be tabled until the next official council meeting. PUBLIC HEARING/PRELIMINARY PLAT: Public hearing to consider approval of the preliminary plat for Villa De Colina condominiums at the southeast corner of the Foremaster Drive and Riverside Drive intersection. Ben Howell, applicant. Kathy Hasfurther, Engineer IV, explained that this preliminary plat used to be called Foremaster Green and is located on the east side of the new Riverside Drive extension along the base of the hill. Ms. Hasfurther said that was a discrepancy regarding slope percents. She said that the hillside development plans show a 2.2:1 cut but that the preliminary plan shows a 2:1 cut. She said that both plans need to be consistent. She also stated that as part of the recommendation from the City traffic engineer, the north cul-de-sac is to extend north to eventually tie into the Netta?s Knoll entrance road that would provide access to a street traffic light. She said that they have talked to the applicant about this and the applicant is in agreement. Ms. Hasfurther said that the Planning Commission recommended approval on a 4-1 vote with the conditions that the hillside development plan and preliminary plat coincide on the hillside cut; that the old landscape plan submitted with the original hillside development permit be used along Riverside Drive and that the applicant is required to over excavate in that landscape area by 5 ft. Tim Fry stated that he is an engineer with Premier Design & Engineering. Mr. Fry explained that the new applicant is Ben Howell and that the hillside permit was obtained by the prior applicant. He said that was the reason there was a difference between the hillside development permit and the preliminary plat. He explained that the unit types have been changed to larger units with parking underneath each unit. He went through a computer animated presentation that showed the project from different angles and heights. Council Member Gardner asked about the sloughing on the cut. Mr. Fry stated that the current sloughing is because the slope in at 1:1. He said that their project has the slope at a 2:1 and that the geotechnical engineer is not concerned about the possibility of sloughing with the slope at a 2:1. Mayor McArthur asked how many units there were per building. Mr. Fry said that there are eight units per building. He explained that there is a proposed recreational area, a pool and a club house with additional parking spaces. He described the entrance off of Riverside Drive going south and the exit from the project. Council Member Gardner asked if the private streets in the project were lower than Riverside Drive. Mr. Fry said that on the north end Riverside Drive is lower but on the south end it is higher. Council Member Gardner asked about the conditional use permit. Mr. Fry explained that the conditional use permit is for height variance. Council Member Whatcott clarified that the height variance request is because the buildings are lower than 35 feet if the measurement is from Riverside Drive but when measured from the north end the buildings are up to 42?2? in height. Mr. Fry stated that was correct. St. George City Council Minutes July 20, 2006 Page Eight Council Member Whatcott asked if there was a requirement coming off Riverside Drive for a deceleration lane. Mr. Fry said there was not. He said that the traffic engineer and Tyler Hoskins discussed the need for a deceleration lane but both felt it wasn?t necessary at this time. Rick Snyder from the City?s engineering department stated that the deceleration lane will be on the adjacent property. He clarified that the main access into the project does have a deceleration lane and the south road will also have a deceleration lane. Ms. Hasfurther explained that in a memo from Rick Snyder regarding the Foremaster Green Traffic Impact Study, Item 3 of the required improvements states that they will dedicate enough right-of-way to accommodate right turn deceleration lanes at both project accesses. Council Member Bunker asked if the applicant had a 3D picture that would show what the buildings would look like from the angle of Riverside Drive toward Foremaster Drive. Mr. Fry showed a computer animation of someone driving south on Riverside Drive and entering the project on the left at the northern access. Council Member Orton asked how wide the streets were in the project. Mr. Fry stated that they are 25 feet with 5 foot sidewalks. Mayor McArthur asked about the colors of the buildings. Mr. Fry stated that the colors on the screen are more yellow than they actually will be on the buildings. Council Member Whatcott stated that the type of presentation that is being shown is the type that the Council wants to see in order to get a good idea of how projects will look from the surrounding area. Council Member Bunker asked if there are recreational areas in the project. Mr. Fry stated that the center area is the major recreational area that meets the ordinance. He said that there is also another area that they may put more grass on or desert scape based on the type of soil. Council Member Bunker asked if the south road will access Johnson Farm. Mr. Fry stated that it would. Mayor McArthur opened the public hearing. There being no public comment, he closed the public hearing. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Gardner to approve the preliminary plat and the conditional use permit for height variance. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Orton. Council Member Whatcott asked to see a low fly over on the north end on Riverside Drive to see what the elevation would be. Mr. Fry stated that it would take a few minutes to load up the actual model in order to show the view. PROCLAMATION: Mayor McArthur said that he wanted to read a Proclamation designating August 26, 2006 as Americans with Disabilities Day. He stated that he should have done this at the start of the meeting and apologized to those in the audience that he had overlooked it. Mayor McArthur presented the proclamation to a representative in the audience who thanked the Mayor. CONTINUATION OF PUBLIC HEARING/PRELIMINARY PLAT: Mr. Fry said that the computer generation on the screen shows the building on the east side of the cul-de-sac. Council Member Whatcott said that the view gives the impression that the street is at ground level rather than 6 feet higher. Mr. Fry stated that it was difficult to portray the view as accurately as it would be in real life since there is 25 feet of slope. Council Member Whatcott asked if the hillside on the north side of the end building would be cut down. Mr. Fry said that it would have to be cut down. Council Member Whatcott asked if the road would go through to the intersection. St. George City Council Minutes July 20, 2006 Page Nine Mr. Fry stated that the road would be stubbed to connect with the Riverside Drive and Foremaster Drive intersection. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. PUBLIC HEARING/ZONE CHANGE/ORDINANCE: Public hearing to consider approval of a zone change from R-1-10 to PD Administrative & Professional Office on 3.62 acres located on the southwest corner of 1400 West and Snow Canyon Parkway. Snow Canyon Holdings, LLC, applicant. Bob Nicholson, Director of Community Development explained that the property is presently zoned R-1-10 and that the request is for a PD with administrative and professional office uses. He said that on the City General Plan the area has been designated for some time as a neighborhood commercial center. Mr. Nicholson said that approximately one year ago the applicant requested commercial uses for retail and fast food and at that time the Council turned the request down because of the type of uses. Mr. Nicholson stated that now the applicant is requesting professional office use only. He said the site plan shows three single story buildings with varied rooflines, tile roof, with stucco and stone materials. The three buildings combined would be approximately 35,000 sq. ft. He stated that under the PD zone the ordinance requires the front 25 ft. along a public street to be landscaped. Mr. Nicholson explained that applicant?s site plan shows an average width of 25 ft. of landscaping, with some areas less than 25 ft. but other areas greater than 25 ft. as allowed by the code. He said that the traffic engineer has recommended a right-in only be allowed off Snow Canyon Parkway and a turning lane on Snow Canyon Parkway onto 1400 West. He said that on 1400 West there are two driveways with in and out possibilities. He stated that the proposal calls for monument type signs which would be located at 1400 West and Snow Canyon Parkway. The project proposes hooded lights to provide minimal lighting to protect the night sky and the applicants have recently submitted a photometric plan for review. Mr. Nicholson said that the Planning Commission recommended approval subject to the traffic engineer?s recommendation. Mr. Greg Griffin stated that he was representing the applicant. He stated that they have tried to create a project more appropriate to the neighborhood based on information from their last request. He stated that the project is 20% to 21% over code on parking to allow for medical uses. He said that they moved the buildings back off the corner to allow for better visibility. They have lowered the roof line down several feet below code and tried to accomplish architectural detail that is uniform around all of the buildings. He stated that the site has between 3 or 4 steps down to give it a little more natural look with the lay of the land and the combination of materials is similar to the surrounding houses. Council Member Bunker asked to clarify if the reason the buildings were moved away from the street was for safety. Mr. Griffin explained that the buildings were moved off the corner. He stated that one of the comments that came up last time from their engineer was that because there?s not quite a 90 degree angle and if there was a little more visibility around the corner this might help safety at the intersection. He said that by having the buildings clustered closer toward the center of the property it gives more open space to the project and allows better visibility when turning right onto 1400 West from Snow Canyon Parkway westbound. Mayor McArthur opened the public hearing. Mr. Tom Lukow stated that he is a resident of Paradise Canyon. He stated that he had petitions with 515 signatures in opposition to changing the zoning from single-family residential to this particular project. Mr. Lukow presented the petitions and signatures to the Deputy City Recorder. He stated that single-family residences fit the area. He said that Red Cliffs Parkway meets and blends into Snow Canyon Parkway, passes down to Halfway Wash which is very close to where the proposed project will be located. He said that the area is delightful and makes the residents feel comfortable and that they do not like the concept of changing it to anything but single family homes. He stated that living next to the park is unique and that it was represented that the park will be expanded and extended sometime in the future. He stated that the proposed parking lot would be right across from play areas in the park. He stated that he thinks this is the wrong place to put this project and that it will be dangerous to his grandchildren and to other children visiting the area. Mr. Lukow said that the increased traffic flow by this project will inhibit the 40 MPH traffic that flows down through that area. He said that the residents believe this will create a bottle-neck and a problem for those who are living there. He said that neighborhood sentiment is strongly against the project. Mr. Lukow pointed out on the map the various areas that are already commercial and he explained that many of the commercial venues are within walking distance of the neighborhood. He said that residents at the Planning Commission meeting on June 13, 2006 were told the project being proposed patterns similar things in Las Vegas, Nevada. He said that he lives where he lives because he likes the residential atmosphere and doesn?t want another Las Vegas next to him. Mr. Lukow said that there appears to be ample commercial property to rent and purchase and lease on Dixie Downs Road, Sunset Boulevard and Bluff Street. He said that he wanted to pay Council Member Whatcott a compliment by reading from the minutes of October 21, 2004 which stated that Council St. George City Council Minutes July 20, 2006 Page Ten Member Whatcott said that he would like to see some projects with R-1-8 and R-1-10. He said that the developer says that they can?t put that type of development there but the property over the fence is already R-1-7, R-1-8 and R-1-6. Mr. Lukow concluded by saying that he appreciated their attention and that twenty-one months had gone by since Council Member Whatcott asked to see plans for the property. Ms. Barbara Foust stated that she lives at 1420 West, 1370 North. She presented Mayor McArthur with a copy of letter which she then read out loud. She said the letter was written in protest of the requested re-zoning of the property at 1400 West and Snow Canyon Parkway from single family residential to PD-AP. Mr. Curt Gordon stated that he lives on that side of town and he welcomes a nice looking project like the one proposed so that he and his family can get to services they need without having to travel through the congestion at Sunset and Bluff. He said that he would encourage the Council to support the project. Mr. Glen Penrose stated that he is a resident of Paradise Canyon. He said that he doesn?t believe that they need another commercial property. He said that it was originally zoned residential and that it should stay that way. Mr. Penrose said that it?s a beautiful building but not in the right spot. Mayor McArthur explained that in the overall General Plan the corner was intended to be commercial. He said that the General Plan was adopted sometime ago and that they try to update the plan every year or two. Mayor McArthur said that when property comes into the City now it comes in zoned as Mining and Grazing which is a holding zone until a plan is adopted in the General Plan. He said that when this particular area came into the City it came in as R-1-10 which was the holding zone at that time. He said that he understood why people would get a false impression of how the property was going to be used in the future unless they looked at the General Plan to see what had been approved and adopted. Mayor McArthur explained that when this property was annexed into the City it was zoned as R-1-10 but the General Plan shows that it is to be a commercially zoned corner. He said that the City is going through this process in many areas throughout the City in order to have the zoning changed to what the City intended it to be. He said that they are trying to correct deficiencies throughout the community that had been overlooked in the past. He said that the Little Valley area was an example of that process. He said that people need to look at the General Plan to see the intended zone for an area. Mayor McArthur closed the public hearing. Council Member Gardner stated that what would happen along that drive has been a hotly debated issue. He said that it was turned down last time because it was a commercial nature. He said that he thought that the new proposal showed good faith on the part of the applicant to be responsive to the neighbors? requests regarding the height and types of use. He said the corner is not ideal as a R-1-10 area. He said that there are only so many uses to apply to the property. He said that the property owners have the right to develop their property. Council Member Gardner said that he looks at the proposed use as better than what had been proposed in the past. He said that PD-AP doesn?t have near the traffic problems as a commercial area. He stated that he thinks it compliments that neighborhood and is very much in favor of it. Council Member Whatcott stated that the original plan brought to the City proposed commercial use with two-story buildings, a gas station, and a bank. He explained that those were not the types of uses the City wanted for that corner. He said that the property was sold to the current applicant who came in with a plan that was all retail which still wasn?t what the City wanted because of the high vehicle turnover which would add to the congestion problem mentioned by some of the residents. Council Member Whatcott said that he agreed with Council Member Gardner that AP Professional is a good neighbor. He said that they are quiet at night and they are not there on the week-ends. He said the traffic turnover is quite small. He said that he hasn?t seen anyone come in with a proposal for residential use. He stated that this is probably because the property was bought at a commercial price and would have to have a commercial venture there for economic reasons. Council Member Bunker said that she agrees that the project is beautiful but said that the R-1-10 is a good use of the property because it?s across the street from a City park. She said that she would like to see it retained as R-1-10 even though the General Plan has it otherwise. She said that there is plenty of commercial in that area already. She stated that the City has approved a lot of businesses on Sunset Boulevard, the top of Bluff and on Snow Canyon Parkway. She said that she thinks it is a mistake to have more of a commercial aspect on any more property on Snow Canyon. Council Member Orton said that it?s going to be difficult to satisfy everyone. He said that the Council has reacted to the citizens very well in that they started with something that could have been very detrimental to the neighborhood and have come a long way. He said that the proposed project will make the corner very professional. He said that he thinks the project will satisfy the owners of the property and that they will be a good neighbor. City Attorney Shawn Guzman stated that the General Plan shows the property as commercial. St. George City Council Minutes July 20, 2006 Page Eleven Council Member Bunker asked if that meant the City would have to keep it that way. City Attorney Guzman said that a legal analysis was done and that it would be problematic for the City to change it because of the confines of the General Plan showing just that particular piece of property as commercial rather than a general area. He said that the Mayor did a good job of explaining the holding zones that have been brought into the City. He said that if you look at some of the steeper hillsides they are zoned R-1-10 even though a house couldn?t be built on them but that was the zone when it came into the City. Council Member Bunker stated that it is misleading to a homeowner who buys property and sees adjacent property as R-1-10. City Attorney Guzman said that the homeowner would be best advised to look at the General Plan because that shows what use the City contemplates for the area. Mayor McArthur said that?s why the holding zone was changed to Mining and Grazing which is an open space zone. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Gardner to approve the zone change from R-1-10 to PD-AP. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Orton. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows: Council Member Gardner ? aye Council Member Bunker ? nay Council Member Orton ? aye Council Member Whatcott ? aye The motion carried. PUBLIC HEARING/PROPOSED CAPITAL FACILITY PLANS AND IMPACT FEES: Public hearing to receive public input on the proposed capital facility plans and impact fees on a City-wide basis. City Manager Gary Esplin stated that this had been a culmination of many months worth of study and effort and discussion. He said that he was going to have consultants Jason Burningham and Justin Carlton make a presentation that would give the general parameters of the study and also their recommendations. Mr. Jason Burningham stated that he wanted to go through the methodology, the basis for which they look at impact fees and what they are recommending the City consider as a new impact fee structure. He stated that impact fees are typically intended to be used to defray portions of capital infrastructure, not operation or maintenance costs. He said that the capital infrastructure is more specifically related to development. He explained that it?s the demand of development that creates new capital infrastructure that has to be created. He said that the purpose of an impact fee is a financing mechanism that allows the City to collect money and then put in capital facilities in order to serve the new development as well as to equitably distribute costs across different users within the system. He stated that impact fees could be used for culinary water, wastewater, storm water, roads and transportation, parks, electric, and public safety. Mr. Burningham stated that they are in the process of updating a Master Plan with respect to parks, open space, trails and recreation which has not been completed yet so the recommendatio...


City Council Minutes 08/02/2007:
...eighborhoods 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. St. George City Council Minutes August 2, 2007 Page Nine 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 devel...


City Council Minutes 02/02/2006:
... be developed, he wondered about connectivity and design standards, parks, trails and livability standards. If Mr. Blake?s plan is approved, the project will stand by itself and there will be no connectivity to the next project, and the next. He suggested that the entire area be designed so that each project will work together and be connected with each other. Mr. Blake suggested that the City come up with a design they would like to see in the area. However, this project fronts on a busy street and too much connectivity with the street is not desired. The more intersections there are, the more expense there is for the City to maintain them. Five ideas for this project were brought to staff and this design is the final result. Mayor McArthur commented he would like to see more through streets. Mr. Blake commented that long streets encourage high speeds. Mayor McArthur commented that there had to be connectivity so that the traveling public did not have to drive in circles to get from one project to the next. City Manager Gary Esplin commented that the City?s master plan could not be changed in a month?s time, and in the meantime the applicant?s project has already been through staff. Council Member Gardner commented that there was individual ownership of surrounding parcels, and not all were ready to develop. While it would be nice to look at a larger plan for the area, not all are ready to develop. Council Member Allen inquired if the applicant was amenable to having a connecting road through his property. Council Member Bunker inquired if the applicant had considered clustering smaller units thereby keeping the density but providing green space or a park. Mr. Blake inquired if the City wanted more park space. Council Member Bunker replied that yes, the City did want more open space, and wanted to see more creativity in designs. Mr. Blake commented that his project was only 20 acres and not large enough to be carved up into a park. Council Member Bunker inquired if the applicant would consider clustering 54 single family dwellings, maybe even some affordable housing, and providing green space for children to play in. Mr. Blake replied that it would be possible, but he did not want to create a homeowners association to take care of the green space. Council Member Whatcott commented that while he understood and agreed with Mr. Blake, his project will set the precedent in this undeveloped area, and unless the City Council mandates a trail or walking path between projects, the next project will be identical, and the next as well. The project does not bring anything to the community other than wall to wall houses. There is no continuity or potential for trails or walking paths and no potential for movement between projects. ...


City Council Minutes 10/28/2004:
... Council Member Orton expressed concern about the use of Segways on bike trails due to other motorized vehicles that would also want to use the paths. Rachel Stratford indicated it is very unlikely other companies would use the Electric Personal Assistive Mobility Device (EPAMD) technology used in Segways. By using that terminology in the ordinance definition the door wouldn?t be opened to other motorized vehicles such as golf carts being used on the bike paths. She distributed information on the Segway. She indicated 47 states have passed legislation regarding EPAMD use. Council Member Orton asked Chief Stratton about his support. Chief Stratton commented the City needs to take into consideration what other vehicles may want to be used on the paths and trails if Segways are allowed. Council Member Gardner commented this iss...


City Council Minutes 03/08/2001:
...rs. He advised that SITLA requested assistance from the City to map out a trails system to create connections throughout the entire area. Scott Hirschi advised there are known mineral resources in the West Mountains, and he inquired if this was taken into consideration in the plan. Mr. Crisp replied this was taken into consideration, as well as concerns about trying to maintain livestock operations. He then displayed a map of the Washington County Regional Public Lands Trails Project. Mr. McBriar commented that land exchanges with the BLM ...


City Council Minutes 07/15/2004:
...tcott inquired of Mr. Perkins how this trail compared cost-wise with other trails. Mr. Perkins replied that it was the most expensive piece of trail the City has built so far because of the three bridges. St. George City Council Minutes July 15, 2004 Page Three Mayor McArthur inquired if all the trails were open. Mr. Perkins replied that they were just recently surf...


City Council Minutes 06/01/2000:
...by Councilmember Allen, and all voted aye. AWARD OF CONTRACTS TO FINISH TRAILS: Consider award of contracts to various consultants for finishing the City's trail projects. City Manager Gary Esplin advised the City would like to finish all remaining trail projects. All proposed contracts are for engineering services and construction management. Parks Superintendent Lynne Scott advised one of the trails to be completed is the Santa Clara River Trail. She recommended awa...


City Council Minutes 06/05/2003:
... Consider award of bid for crack sealing, seal coating, and striping of trails, parking lots and roadways. Purchasing Agent Sue Swensen reviewed the three bids received: Staker & Parsons (Western Rock) $49,035 Gordon Paving $43,085.50 Holbrook Asphalt $49,331.56 She recommended award to the low bidder, Gordon Paving, in the amount of $43,085.50. This project will consist of crack sealing, seal coating, and striping 590,000 sq. ft. of various trails, parks, and parking lots. A motion was made by Council Membe...


City Council Minutes 03/02/2000:
... meet with Planning and Zoning personnel to discuss open space, equestrian trails, and park concerns. City Manager Gary Esplin advised the City just paid $400,000 for property for a park on the other side of the hill from the Powells, in addition to Seegmiller Park, plus the possibility of a park on the north side of 2450 South. St. George City Council Minutes March 2, 2000 Page Eleven Brent Gardner advised the agricultural ground being assessed is not irrigated ground used for farming. He stated that $3,500 an acre is a fair assessment because of the increase in property value. If the Esplins are exempted from the assessment, the City would have to pick up the additional amount, or the entire SID would be delayed. Councilmember Gardner commented he had compassion for those who were landlocked yet assessed the full value of the assessment. He stated it did not seem equitable to compare a one acre parcel with a home to undeveloped property. Brent Gardner advised that these homeowners will not have any other additional development costs, while the developers of property still have to subdivide and install many other improvements. If each individual property owner were treated differently, the SID would comprise pages and volumes. Councilmember Orton commented in his opinion the offer to delay payments for five years may offset some of the hardships and make it more fair. Councilmember Gardner commented that while the offer to delay payments may accommodate some people, he still did not feel good about the assessments. Brent Gardner replied that overall it was fair for most individuals, but if concurrency had been required when the homes were built, expenses would have been much higher than the assessment. Councilmember Orton stated the City Council has been sensitive to the concerns of the property owners, and he would hate to see the entire SID scrapped if the Esplin property were removed from it. Will Powell stated it was obvious four homes per acre would impact the system much more than one home per acre. A trailer park would also impact the system more, yet it is being assessed the same. Brent Gardner replied the trailer court assessment is $9,700 per acre, while the assessment for a one acre parcel is $4,500. The worst case scenario had to be used when calculating costs. Julie Powell stated the developers do not want to pay for their own investment, and the improvements should be installed at their sole expense with hook-ups being paid for when and as needed. Councilmember Whatcott advised in his opinion the rest of the City is picking up a portion of the tab for improvements in the Little Valley area. Every one else in the City has paid their share for infrastructure costs, whether through an SID or when they bought their improved lots. It is time for improvements in the Little Valley area, and the residents of Little Valley paid less for their lots than others did when they bought improved lots in other portions of the City. While he can understand that many residents of Little Valley do not want to see changes made, and sympathizes with the Esplins and Coxes and owners of farmland, the overriding issue is the fact that this City Council has to move forward. He made a motion to approve creation of the SID by resolution. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Orton. A roll call vote was taken as follows: Councilmember Whatcott - aye; Councilmember Orton - aye; Councilmember Isom - aye; Councilmember Allen - aye; Councilmember Gardner - no. The motion carried. SET PUBLIC HEARINGS: Associate Planner Jim McGuire advised the Planning Commission, at its meeting held February 22, 2000, recommended a public hearing be held St. George City Council Minutes March 2, 2000 Page Twelve April 6, 2000 at 5:00 p.m. to consider an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance by adding Chapter 23-B, Replacement Airport Overlay Zone, for the proposed new airport to be located east of Little Valley at the old CAA runway. He advised the Planning Commission recommended approval on a 6-1 vote. Mr. McGuire advised the Planning Commission also recommended an amendment to the McArthur?s Landing PD Commercial Zone to finalize the layout of the development on the east side of the Post Office be advertised for April 6, 2000 at 5:00 p.m. Rich Lewis is the applicant. Mr. McGuire advised the Planning Commission also recommended a zone change from R-1-10 and R-1-8 to R-1-6 on 20.519 acres located on the east side of 2450 East and between 50 South and Riverside Drive be advertised for April 6, 2000 at 5:00 p.m. Jeff Chapman is the applicant. A motion was made by Councilmember Isom to set all three public hearings as recommended by the Planning Commission. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Allen, and all voted aye. PRELIMINARY PLAT: Associate Planner Jim McGuire advised that the Planning Commission, at its meeting held February 22, 2000, recommended approval of the preliminary plat for Sun River St. George Phase 2B. A motion was made by Councilmember Allen to approve the preliminary plat. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Gardner, and all voted aye. REPLACE PORTION OF NON-CONFORMING BUILDING: Associate Planner Jim McGuire advised the Planning Commission, at its meeting held February 22, 2000, recommended approval of a replacement of an addition onto a house that is non-conforming as to side yard setback at 457 South 400 East. Jeremy Black is the applicant. The home has a side yard setback of six feet where a minimum of eight feet is required on that particular side. An old addition at the rear of the home was removed and a larger new addition is proposed to replace it, with the new addition maintaining the same six foot sideyard setback as the home. The previous addition was single story, and the new addition is proposed to be two stories. Mr. McGuire advised that while he did not send notices to neighbors, no opposition had been expressed. Councilmember Orton expressed concern that staff needed to make a site visit and see if the additional story would make a difference. Jeremy Black advised the home to his south is a rental, and other neighbors are anxious for him to upgrade his home. The footprint of the home would not be increased. A motion to approve the addition to the non-conforming use was made by Councilmember Isom. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Allen, and all voted aye. CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT: Consider a request for approval of a conditional use permit for a doctors? free clinic to be located at the Dixie Care and Share facility at 131 North 300 West. Reid Pope, representing Dixie Care and Share, applicant. Associate Planner Jim McGuire advised that the Planning Commission, at its meeting of February 22, 2000 recommended approval of a conditional use permit for a medical and dental clinic (Doctor?s Free Clinic of St. George) to St. George City Council Minutes March 2, 2000 Page Thirteen be located at the Dixie Care and Share facility at 131 North 300 West. Dixie Care and Share is the applicant. Clinic services are presently being offered, but a new building is being proposed for the site. The property is zoned C-3 and medical offices are permitted in that zone, but since this is an expansion of the Dixie Care and Share facility which required a conditional use permit, this request requires a conditional use permit as well. The clinic is proposed to be located behind the house on the north side of the property and within two feet of the rear property line. The Planning Commission approved the reduced setback as part of the overall proposal. The 1400 sq. ft. building requires six parking spaces, but only four new spaces are being proposed in order to save a tree and because there is plenty of existing parking for the facility. Carol Sapp, SUHBA Executive Officer, advised this project was chosen as a Legacy 2000 Project and Homebuilders Care Project. She also lives in the neighborhood. A neighborhood meeting was held, and no opposition to the project has been received. She encouraged the City Council to approve the project as it serves a need in the community. A motion was made by Councilmember Orton to approve the conditional use permit as recommended by the Planning Commission. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Isom, and all voted aye. CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT: Consider a request for approval of a conditional use permit for a new performing arts building at Dixie High School which will be located in the parking lot between the school and the City swimming pool. Washington County School District, applicant. Associate Planner Jim McGuire advised the Planning Commission, at its meeting of February 22, 2000, recommended approval of a conditional use permit for a new performing arts building for Dixie High School to be located in the parking lot between the school and the City pool. Washington County School District is the applicant. Most of the parking spaces will be taken up by the building, but there are plenty of parking spaces on the south side of the campus. A senior high school is required to have one parking space for each faculty member and one for every six regularly enrolled students. 253 parking spaces are required, and 582 will be provided. City Manager Gary Esplin inquired if the main entrance to the school would be changed. Phil Williams advised it would be changed, but not in the first phase. Mr. Esplin expressed concern if the parking lot were eliminated, surrounding streets will be crowded with student parking. Mr. Williams presented a site plan of phased improvements to Dixie High School. He advised the first phase will commence immediately, with the second phase scheduled some time after the first phase but within 15 years. The second phase will be triggered by growth. Councilmember Gardner expressed concern about removal of parking from the front and side of the high school for those attending athletic events. Mr. Williams replied it would take training to use the parking area south of the school, and the School District is partnering with others to put in new parking on the other side of the pool. A motion was made by Councilmember Whatcott to approve the conditional use permit as recommended by the Planning Commission. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Gardner, and all voted aye. St. George City Council Minutes March 2, 2000 Page Fourteen FINAL ROAD DEDICATION PLAT: Associate Planner Jim McGuire advised that the Planning Commission, at its meeting of February 22, 2000, recommended approval of the final road dedication plat for portions of Tonaquint Drive, Mesa Palms Drive, and 2070 South Street. Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist Church is the applicant. A motion was made by Councilmember Isom to approve the final road dedication plat and authorize the Mayor to sign it. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Orton, and all voted aye. FINAL PLAT: Associate Planner Jim McGuire advised that the Planning Commission, at its meeting held February 22, 2000, recommended approval of the final plat for Paradise Canyon Phase I. Milo McCowan is the applicant. The final plat conforms to the preliminary plat. Councilmember Orton asked for clarification of equestrian trails in the area. Kent Garrett advised all issues have been resolved,...


City Council Regular Meeting Minutes Minutes 04/05/2018:
...nbsp;   Allow for recreation to continue in Zone 6 on designated trails, including hiking, biking, horseback riding, and OHV use ·         Provide mitigation credits for the tortoises protected in Zone 6 ·         Require BLM to amend the existing plans to accommodate Zone 6 ·         Clarify the width of the right of way (ROW) for Old Highway 91 as a 300 foot ROW on federally managed lands ·         Make explicit that the utility development protocol agreements developed for the HCP are included in the management plan for the NCAs ·         Clarify that the NCAs are not entitled to any federal water rights ·         Grant a 300 foot ROW for the northern corridor along the biologists’ preferred route for a northern corridor in the Red Cliffs NCA ·         Preserve existing utility and grazing rights in Beaver Dam NCA       St. George City Council Minutes April 5, 2018 Page Two   Mayor Pike stated this resolution supports these key elements is non-binding, but demonstrates the City’s support for something is needed for the future of Washington County.   Resident Craig Booth commented that about 30 years ago, there were meetings held regarding the Desert Tortoise Habitat.  Red Hills Parkway became the major east/west corridor.  He feels that this is going to break the treaty made 30 years.  He stated that he doesn’t feel there is a need for an east/west corridor and asked the Council to not let the City’s legacy be a road on the land.   Resident Tyler Webb noted he is in favor of the bill but would like to clarify some items.  He feels there should be more language regarding trails and rock climbing areas after which he requested the Council table t...


City Council Regular Meeting Minutes Minutes 04/05/2018:
...nbsp;   Allow for recreation to continue in Zone 6 on designated trails, including hiking, biking, horseback riding, and OHV use ·         Provide mitigation credits for the tortoises protected in Zone 6 ·         Require BLM to amend the existing plans to accommodate Zone 6 ·         Clarify the width of the right of way (ROW) for Old Highway 91 as a 300 foot ROW on federally managed lands ·         Make explicit that the utility development protocol agreements developed for the HCP are included in the management plan for the NCAs ·         Clarify that the NCAs are not entitled to any federal water rights ·         Grant a 300 foot ROW for the northern corridor along the biologists’ preferred route for a northern corridor in the Red Cliffs NCA ·         Preserve existing utility and grazing rights in Beaver Dam NCA       St. George City Council Minutes April 5, 2018 Page Two   Mayor Pike stated this resolution supports these key elements is non-binding, but demonstrates the City’s support for something is needed for the future of Washington County.   Resident Craig Booth commented that about 30 years ago, there were meetings held regarding the Desert Tortoise Habitat.  Red Hills Parkway became the major east/west corridor.  He feels that this is going to break the treaty made 30 years.  He stated that he doesn’t feel there is a need for an east/west corridor and asked the Council to not let the City’s legacy be a road on the land.   Resident Tyler Webb noted he is in favor of the bill but would like to clarify some items.  He feels there should be more language regarding trails and rock climbing areas after which he requested the Council table t...


City Council Minutes 10/11/2007:
...s building greenhouses at Worthen Park. Staff is doing all the trees along trails and hopes to be able to pull 1000 trees from the City?s tree farm ye...


City Council Minutes 02/11/2016:
...ATCHING GRANT: Consider approval of accepting the Utah State Recreational Trails matching grant. City Manager Gary Esplin advised staff has applied for and received a grant. This grant would be used to purchase wayfinding signs. PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AGREEMENT: Consider approval of a professional services agreement with Bowen, Collins & Associates for the Wastewater Treatment Plant roof. City Manager Gary Esplin explained that staff has hired Bowen, Collins & Associates to design the new roof; however, the cost was over the approved amount therefore the contract needs to be ratified. Because it was an emergency he approved to move forward before getting approved. MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Arial to approve the professional services agreement for $41,000. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Bowcutt. VOTE: Mayor Pike called for a vote, as follows: Councilmember Hughes – aye Councilmember Randall - aye Councilmember Bowcutt – aye Councilmember Arial – aye Councilmember Baca – aye The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. PRESENTATION ON AN ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION PLAN: Support Services Director Marc Mortensen introduced members of the Active Transportation Coalition who were present. Mayor Pike thanked the committee for their work on the Transportation Expo. Kye Nordfelt mentioned that he works for the Health Department. He presented a PowerPoint presentation covering the following topics: Building an Active Community; Southwest Utah Specific Data; How do you influence people to get active?; Bicycling and Walking Survey; Goal of Survey; Methodology; Demographic Summary; How frequently do you bicycle/walk?; How important to you is improving walking and biking conditions?; More on the survey population; How do you rate present bicycling/walking conditions?; Biking; Which term best describes your current level of bicycling activity?; Why do you not bike more often?; Which of the following changes would encourage you to bike more often?; What bicycling destination would you most like to get to?; Bike: Take Homes; Thoughts on Walking; Thoughts on Biking; Why do you walk?; What factors discourage you from walking?; and Walk: Take Homes. St. George City Council Minutes February 11, 2016 Page Three Craig Shanklin presented a PowerPoint covering the following topics: Southern Utah Bicycle Alliance; Introduction to SUBA; Who are “Cyclists”?; How we got our start?; Always advocating!; Activities of SUBA; Recent SUBA Activities; Other recent projects; More improvements; Bicycle friendly radar traffic controls; 2016 SUBA initiatives; Other initiatives; Bike solve problems; Transportation problems; Make mass transit work even better; Helps solve parking issues; Improves health; Saves money; Keep our air quality healthy; Bike are good for business; Bikes are good for the local economy; and Cycling is good for St. George. Mr. Shanklin mentioned that they are advocating for riders to wear helmets and use mirrors. Support Services Director Marc Mortensen presented a PowerPoint presentation covering the following topics: Vision; Benefits of active transportation; STG active transportation committee; What are we up to?; Bike racks; and Trail and street signs. He showed samples of signs that will be purchased with the grant discussed earlier. The goal is to have neighboring cities use the same signs. Approximately 200 signs will be installed with this grant. He continued with the PowerPoint presentation covering the following topics: What’s on the horizon for STG ATC?; Take the survey!; 2016 campaigns; At the core; and Vision. Councilmember Bowcutt stated that he has noticed that bike lanes have been painted. He mentioned that there is a bike lane on 300 West; however, people don’t know what that is. He wonders if it would help to have them painted a different color. Support Services Director Marc Mortensen pointed out that from a maintenance standpoint, it would be incredibly costly. Monty Thurber noted that some cities used green paint but only in certain areas because of cost and safety issues as it can be slick. Additionally, MUTCD standards have to be followed. Councilmember Bowcutt stated that he is a bit nervous that there will be so many signs that drivers will not be watching the roads. City Manager Gary Esplin commented that St. George is a different demographic from other cities because of its senior population. The workforce and those the City is trying to attract are changing their views on transportation. He explained that neighborhoods do not embrace commercial zoning and offices. There are significant challenges because of the beautiful community. Corridors will be maxed out based upon the projected growth. Planning now and encouraging the proper zoning in neighborhoods makes a big difference. MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Hughes to accept the Recreational Trails matching grant in the amount of $4,360. SECOND: The motion was sec...


City Council Minutes 05/03/2012:
...ludes landscaping on the side of the road way as well as connection of the trails. Mayor McArthur stated this is a significant project that will finally connect the trails in the City. MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Pike to...


City Council Minutes 01/18/2007:
...d it is recommended that the current impact fees be changed to accommodate trails, trailheads and recreation centers not previously covered, as well a...


City Council Minutes 05/26/2011:
...ks. Staff maintains 38 parks encompassing 3,000 acres; 21 trail heads; 16 trails; and 38 parking lots. Approximately 20,000 flowers, from the City greenhouse, have been planted; there are 2,500 trees on the tree farm; and there were 1,200 parks reservations. The west side of the Tonaquint cemetery will be planted with sod this year and St. George City Council Minutes May 26, 2011 Page Seven lots will be sold. Parks personnel have an average of seven certifications each. An updated Trails Masterplan will be presented to Council in an upcoming meeting. ...


City Council Minutes 09/24/2015:
...ion carried. Consider approval of accepting the Utah State Recreational Trails matching grant. City Manager Gary Esplin stated that the Park Planning Division applied for a trail grant for the Virgin River South Trail from approximately 400 feet on the west side of River Road to approximately 1200 feet on the east side including rustic trailhead, and this is a request to accept the matching grant for $50,000. Mr. Esplin further explained that all the requirements to obtain the grant are unknown at this time, so staff would have to evaluate and review the cost issues to make certain it would be cost effective to accept the grant. Councilmember Jimmie Hughes asked what requirements would prohibit staff from accepting the grant. Mr. Esplin stated that most likely it would be costly environmental issues or studies, or building requirements that would make the project cost prohibitive. Park Planning representative Millie Cockerill mentioned that in her experience, an environmental study would most likely be recommended but this particular area has already had significant disturbance due to the massive flooding, so she didn’t feel that the environmental impact would be a problem. She mentioned that there is $360,000 in funds allocated in this year’s budget to complete a portion of the trail from Rustic Trailhead up to The Springs Park. Mayor Pike also mentioned that he would still like to see this trail connected to riverside and indicated that different concepts of this idea are being considered. MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Almquist to potentially accept the Utah State Recreational Trails matching grant and approve the $50,000 matching funds. St. Geor...


City Council Minutes 01/17/2013:
...sses. AWARD OF BID: Consider award of bid for asphalt maintenance of trails. Purchasing Manager Connie Hood stated they went out to bid and Holbrook was the only supplier who submitted a bid and they were the same supplier they were using this year and have had a very good working relationship with them. The contract is not to exceed $100,000 for trails for the year and will include crack sealing and striping. MOTION...


City Council Minutes 11/15/2005:
...re valid reasons to change the master plan, such as to acquire open space, trails, parks, and attainable housing. A public hearing will be held to further consider the matter. He stated he felt that the master plan should not be changed unless it benefitted the general citizenry. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson distributed a handout entitled ?Little Valley Area Planning Issues?. He explained that a month ago the City received three applications to amend the general plan in the Little Valley area. The area is currently classified as ?rural residential?, and the requests are to change the area to low density residential which would allow up to four units per acre, doubling the current density. He suggested three options: (1) leaving the density at up to two units per acre, (2) increasing the density to up to four units per acre, or (3) establishing a base density of one unit per acre and offering a density bonus in exchange for trails, open space, parks, and attainable housing. Mayor McArthur commented that not only the Little Valley area must be considered for attainable housing, but the entire community. However, design standards are first needed. City Manager Gary Esplin stated that if the master plan is to be changed, it was critical there was benefit to the general public. This is a philosophical change and will probably not be well accepted unless the need for attainable housing is shown and accepted by the community. St. George City Council Minutes November 15, 2005 Page Two Council Member Allen commented that the point of changing the master plan would be to keep open space and provide attainable housing. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson explained that Washington City uses a density bonus program for the fields area, with a one acre base density, and bonuses allowed for trails, parks, open space, etc. He stated he did not think affordable hous...


City Council Minutes 09/30/2004:
...cause there were many unresolved issues with the proposed project, such as trails, wetlands, walls, open space, etc., the Planning Commission felt it would be more appropriate for the project to be a PD, which the applicant was willing to do. Ken Miller explained that he has now reapplied for a RE-12.5 zone with a development agreement. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson explained that the development agreement should lay out phasing for when the amenities will come on line, as well as a good description of the amenities, fencing, equestrian trails, completion dates, etc. City Manager Gary Esplin commented it appeared the City Council would like to continue with the ordinance as presently written. There is flexibility within the ordinance to have the Planning Commission and City Council make recommendations and require higher density or multi-family unit projects to present elevations as has been done in the past. Commercial PD projects will be required to have elevations, and the City has never deviated from this requirement. Mayor McArthur suggested that the PD ordinance be left as is. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson inquired if actual photos which show the detail of a project would be acceptable instead of renderings. It was the consensus of the City Council that photos would be acceptable as long as the required details of the project could be seen. DISCUSSION ON THE HEIGHT AND LOCATION OF FENCES AND WALLS ON CORNER LOTS: Community Development Director Bob Nicholson distributed copies of the current and proposed code on corner lot requirements and reviewed it. He then showed slides of actual violations throughout the City. City Manager Gary Esplin commented that the City has tried not to be bureaucratic in the past, but fence permits should now be required in order to make sure utilities are not buried under block and rock walls as well as to stop other violations. It may be burdensome, but it should be done. City Attorney Shawn Guzman suggested that the new regulations could be distributed to every licensed fencing contractor and developer to help get the word out. With regard to present violations, the City must use the ordinance in effect at the time the wall was built for enforcement purposes. The City can, however, require compliance now for those walls and fences which are safety violations. Council Member Orton commented to John Ames that his fence is a safety hazard as cars pulling out of his driveway are blinded by the fence built to the sidewalk. City Attorney Shawn Guzman advised that Mr. Ames? fence does not meet current City Code. The City can require compliance because of health and safety concerns. Associate Planner Mark Bradley suggested that the City could require that all swimming pools be built in the actual rear yard. Enforcement Officer Brad Young advised Mr. Ames how he could bring his wall into compliance. He offered to meet with Mr. Ames to explain his options. City Manager Gary Esplin suggested that a public hearing be held on the matter. Jim Painter suggested that some fences are climbable, and this poses a danger to small children when there is a swimming pool. He stated he would like to see the City adopt an ordinance requiring a safer fence, or a second fence around swimming pools to protect small children. City Manager Gary Esplin advised that the matter would be scheduled for the next City Council meeting. DISCUSSION CONCERNING RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE SIGN REVIEW COMMITTEE: Community Development Director Bob Nicholson distributed a handout entitled ?City Sign Regulations, Issues and Suggested Changes.? He explained that the City has designated certain streets as ?monument sign only? streets, and the Sign Review Committee recommends that an additional seven street be included in this designation, as follows: Blackridge Drive, Tabernacle Street, 100 South, 700 South and Foremaster Drive, Young Street, Red Hills Parkway, and U-18 north of 1250 North Street. The Sign Review Committee also feels this issue qualifies as a pending ordinance because recommendations have been made to the City Council. Enforcement Officer Brad Young advised that monument sign restrictions also apply to PD Commercial zones as well. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson commented that this was true, unless a different type of sign was included in the PD package. All signs which presently exist would be allowed to remain until there was a significant change to the sign. The City Council suggested that several other streets be designated as ?monument sign only? streets, as follows: Main Street from Tabernacle to Bluff, 200 East, 400 East, and 700 East. City Manager Gary Esplin advised that the matter would be scheduled on an upcoming City Council agenda for discussion. Mayor McArthur invited a Scout in the audience to introduce himself. ADJOURN TO EXECUTIVE SESSION: MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Gardner to adjourn to an executive session to discuss a property purchase. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Allen. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a roll call vote, as follows: Council Member Gardner -aye Council Member Allen - aye Council Member Whatcott - aye Council Member Orton - aye Council Member Bunker - aye The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. RECONVENE: MOTION: A motion was reconvene was made by Council Member Allen. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Whatcott. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. MISCELLANEOUS: A brief discussion was held on the timing of an announcement concerning the downtown project. Council Member Allen advised that the Planning Commission would like to let the City Council know that it opposes roads on steep slopes. A brief discussion was held on the use of a motorized vehicle known as a segway on City sidewalks and trails. Council Member Orton suggested that the City commission Lyman H...


City Council Minutes 04/18/2002:
...r asked if the trail system in the development will connect to the walking trails within the City. Don Lawson indicated that with proper planning it can all be connected together, but there are some major obstacles that make it complicated. Council Member Gardner asked if the developer will abide by whatever comes out in the traffic study? Don Lawson explained the study will be completed by next week and all issues will be resolved. Mayor McArthur reiterated the question, has the developer agreed to abide by traffic study? Don Lawson indicated yes the developer has agreed. He also advised the portion of road indicated on the map will be completed on both sides. Steve Lawson explained the development will be marketed as a starter homes. In the first phase homes will be priced around the low 80's. Council Member Whatcott commented the development is about 46% landscaped, which is very positive. It looks like less than ? of the landscape is in grass. He indicated the plan had conservation in mind in the design. Motion by Council Member Orton to approve the design review and preliminary plat as recommended by the Planning Commission for the Hidden Valley Condominium project. Motion seconded by Council Member Gardner. Mayor McArthur called for a vote as follows: Council Member Gardner – aye Council Member Isom – aye Council Member Orton – aye Council Member Whatcott – aye The vote was unanimous, motion carried PUBLIC HEARING Consider zone change from R-1-18 to C-3at the corner of 700 South and Main Street City Manager Gary Esplin explained this is a continuation of Dr Jim Ence's medical offices. The zone change request is for approximately one half of an acre of land. The area is zoned commercial and the Planning Commission recommends approval. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson indicated there was no opposition at the Planning Commission and he doesn't expect any now. Mayor McArthur declared the Public Hearing open and asked anyone in attendance to discuss the item to come to the microphone. Seeing none he closed the public hearing. Council Member Whatcott asked why we are looking at C3 instead of C2 zoning. He indicated there was discussion about 6 months ago regarding making C3 the minority zoning especially for commercial property located in residential areas of the City. Mr. Nicholson indicated C2 zone meets the need of the property owner, but the land they now own is C3 and they wanted to keep it all of the land C3 zone. The council discussed whether to approve C2 or C3. The discussion involved whether the zoning for C2 could be approved as the applicant applied for C3 zoning. It was decided that action could be taken on C2 zoning, although the public hearing was for a change to C3 as C2 is more restrictive than the C3 zoning. As C2 is more restrictive than C3 there is no requirement for re-notice of a zone change to C2. Council Member Isom made a motion to deny C3 zone change, Council Member Whatcott seconded motion. Mayor McArthur called for a vote as follows: Council Member Gardner – nay Council Member Isom – aye Council Member Orton – nay Council Member Whatcott – aye Mayor McArthur – aye Motion carried. Council Member Gardner made a motion to approve zone change from R18 to C2, motion seconded by Council Member Whatcott. Mayor McArthur called for a roll call vote as follows: Council Member Gardner – aye Council Member Isom – aye Council Member Orton – aye Council Member Whatcott – aye The vote was unanimous, the motion carried Request for special event permit for the use of Snow Park on May 11, 2002 by Wal-Mart Council Member Isom made a motion to approve the special permit request, seconded by Council Member Orton. Mayor McArthur called for a vote as follows: Council Member Gardner – aye Council Member Isom – aye Council Member Orton – aye Council Member Whatcott – aye The vote was unanimous, the motion carried Consider a request for approval of a business license for a mobile oil changing business City Manager Esplin explained the reason this issue is before the council is to decide if this is an appropriate use under the City's mobile catering ordinance. Council Member Isom asked how glass companies that do windshield repair on site are handled? City Manager Esplin commented the issue is do they have an existing business, with a building in a proper zone. Will a mobile oil service business without the investment in a building, utility services etcetera be competing with those that have made these investments and do conduct business in area zoned for commercial use. Mayor McArthur commented the point is well taken that they do compete with established businesses that have street addresses. He asked how will people get a hold of the company if they are not satisfied. Without a street address and phone number, will customers have any way to get concerns addressed. Council Member Orton commented that there is a lot of telephone soliciting for windshield repairs, how many of those have an established business. Council Member Isom commented that she only knows of one. Dennis Allen, the applicant, knows of 2 or 3 car wash and mobile detailing businesses going in the City. They all have signs and no central residence. He indicated he went through considerable effort and money to put together a reclaim system that was required to be done before this hearing. This has been before water district and they approved it. He said he has put a lot of money into this. City Attorney Jonathan Wright advised he never indicated a business license would be granted with the approval of a reclaim system, he only indicated the need to visit with the Waste Water Department and that Mr. Allen had to meet their approval on the environmental requirements for oil before a request for a business license could be heard before City Council. Council Member Isom commented that there is a need for this business, what is the difference between this and a taxi. City Manager Esplin explained that the issue involves the many business in town that do oil changes. Do they not need a building anymore? Is it competition to established business, which pay property taxes on building, utilities and maintain building. Mayor McArthur asked if it is the same thing as a catering wagon? City Manger Esplin indicated it's similar, but catering wagons have temporary licenses. He also explained he doesn't know how this is handled in other Cities. He expressed this is establishing a precedence, someone can go into a residential section and change oil. The mobile catering ordinance was specifically designed for the food services. He expressed that maybe there is a need to review and evaluate all the mobile businesses that do work in residential areas, if that is what the council decides. Council Member Orton asked if this is allowed, will all other businesses like tankers to go around fueling cars have to be allowed also. Council Member Isom commented that if one mobile business is going to be denied, then all mobile businesses need to be banned. She also expressed the there are people in her office that would love to have a mobile business that will come to the office to change tires, wash cars etc. Mayor McArthur summarized the comments, indicating the point is this same type of business could function if they had a physical establishment in a business district to conduct the mobile potion of the business from. City Attorney Jonathan Wright explained that in the ordinance regarding auto repair servicing is required to be done in doors. He indicated he doesn't know if this would qualify as repairs as the applicant has requested to do light repairs and oil changes. Council Member Gardner commented that he recognizes the concerns expressed, but there is competition in many areas. He struggles with how to handle this. Council Member Orton asked how do other city's handle this. Do they allow them and what is their reasoning. City Manager Mr. Esplin indicated the staff can check on that. Mr. Allen indicated this type of business is conducted in Arizona. He expressed that this is his means of survival, the job market isn't here for any high paying jobs. This is not a franchise, he is starting his own business. Council Member Orton commented that there are restrictions on what can be done in a home. A business can't be operated out of a home, but a can car be serviced at a home. Mr. Allen commented that air conditioners on the roof of a home can be repaired. He also explained that he applied for the business license in February, he's now 2 months into this and it is having a severe impact on his family. He also indicated he is doing this in Diamond Valley, Ivins and Washington where a license isn't required and also in Santa Clara which has issued license. But he said he would also like to provide this service in St. George. Council Member Orton indicated this is new territory. Mr. Allen advised his understanding is there has been a mobile request by another company. City Attorney Jonathan Wright explained it was a fleet servicing company that went to fleet facilities; which are already operating in a commercially zoned area. Council Member Gardner asked if a license can be issued on a conditional basis. City Attorney Jonathan Wright explained the City does not have a conditional business license and may not want to issue a conditional one that will then be taken away. Council Member Gardner commented that he feels it meets the ordinance requirements. The council discussed tabling this until next Thursday's work meeting. That would allow the staff to research the issues further and provide more input to the council. Council Member Gardner made a motion that we grant license. Council Member Isom seconded motion. Mayor McArthur called for a vote as follows: Council Member Gardner – aye Council Member Isom – aye Council Member Orton – nay Council Member Whatcott – nay Mayor McArthur – nay Motion did not carry. Council Member Orton made a motion to table this issue and put it on the agenda for the next Thursday work meeting and to have staff research it further. Council Member Isom seconded the motion. Mayor McArthur called for a vote as follows: Council Member Gardner – aye Council Member Isom – aye Council Member Orton – aye Council Member Whatcott – aye Motion carried by unanimous vote. Council Member Whatcott commented he's not sure he agreed to table it is so that the council can review how other communities handle this issue. He sees the positive side for consumer and it can't be denied that there will be a direct effect on those that establish themselves and have invested a lot of capital into the business and pay monthly utilities. He explained that he's not sure that what other cities do will make a difference, in his opinion they are not the same as St. George. He complimented the applicant for the attempt, but doesn't know how he can turn his back on established business. He suggested the council needs to give thought to how this will affect the City as a whole. Glen Bundy indicated he is not sure how this is different than what is done at the Airport. City Attorney Jonathan Wright explained the airport is a commercial area, this applicant will be going into residential areas. Council Member Whatcott commented that the airport is site specific. Mr. Allen expressed that he doesn't think it's fair to him to be put in the same barrel as larger business. Consider approval of a policy regarding establishing options for maintenance of landscaping on 66' wide streets. Council Member Allen arrived at 5:35 p.m. City Manager Esplin explained this involves establishing a policy for the City that requires anyone who locates a facility on 66' wide street to service the facility landscaping by paying a fee into a perpetual fund to cover the costs of the City to maintain it or require the developer to establish a homeowners association that will be responsible for maintaining the landscape. He explained it is not feasible for the Parks Department to maintain any additional areas due to the costs involved in maintaining theses areas. He indicated there are two separate actions for the council to consider tonight, one is to establish a policy and the second is to address Mr. Leavitt's issue. Council Member Gardner asked if an amount has been established for the perpetual care fee? City Manager Esplin advised Lynn Scott, Parks Superintendent has been working on it for a couple of weeks, however he doesn't have a figure yet. He explained that he wants the issue on record so developers know they have to deal with that issue either by paying a fee or establishing a homeowners association to take care of landscaping. He indicated an amount for the fee will be brought to the council. Other options were discussed, including adding a fee to the utility bill to cover the cost of the maintenance of landscape. City Attorney Jonathan Wright explained the difficulty in adding an amount to the utility bill for maintenance, contracts would have to be signed by the homeowners, collection of unpaid amounts would be difficult, and foreclosure proceedings would have to be followed for amounts that were not paid. Electric services could not be turned off for non-payment of landscape fees. It was pointed out the Parks Department does not have the staff to maintain additional landscapes. The group discussed if this can be addressed when plat is done. The fee would have to be stated at the time the plat is approved. There was discussion concerning how to establish the amount of the fee, if there is a maintenance nightmare in 30 years and no money left in the fund, how will that be dealt with. Homeowners associations have ability to raise assessments, the City would have difficulty raising the fee at any time. The option of handling this in a similar manner as impact fees was discussed. If there is not enough money in perpetual fund the fees will be raised for new developments. City Manager Gary Esplin commented that is was obvious there is not unanimous feeling from council. He suggested implementing the pending doctrine so the issue can be researched. City Attorney Jonathan Wright indicated there is no need for official motion as the issue is now being addressed. City Manager Gary Esplin advised there are three different plats involved in this project. Two of the plats have been approved and one phase is sold. He indicated he doesn't know how to go ahead with the three lots that are before the council for approval without a plan for maintaining the frontage of the entire project. He indicated the City is going to have to maintain the landscape on the first two plats. The current policy is that the City has the option to maintain it. City Attorney Jonathan Wright advised that the City doesn't have to maintain it. He asked Mr. Leavitt how he showed the frontage property on plat. Mr. Leavitt indicated he is having a hard time understanding the problem. He did request in the first phase for the City to maintain the frontage. He understood there is no set policy in place as to how to approach it and the issue was basically tabled. He indicated there was a work meeting six weeks ago that included this discussion. The possibility of adding one or two dollars on utility billing was discussed, also discussed was a perpetual care fund. He indicated several lots have been sold. He also indicated he never did form a homeowners association and he never got a decision from City to request that City maintain the frontage. Mr. Leavitt indicated the plat shows the area as a landscape easement. City Attorney Jonathan Wright indicated he will take a look at it. He doesn't remember a discussion regarding a landscape easement. He said the plat may say landscape easement, but doesn't mean it is the responsibility of the City to maintain it. City Manger Esplin explained the discussion in the work meeting was after the other two plats were recorded. These three lots are on the front of the road. He expressed concern that it shouldn't have been recorded without determination as to who was going to take care of the landscape. City Attorney Jonathan Wright indicated that if the plat says landscape easement that only means the area is limited to landscape, it does not necessarily mean the City is responsible for maintaining that area. Mr. Leavitt advised the way it's worded is so City takes responsibility. The council reviewed the prior discussions that were had with regard to the other 2 plats that were approved. Council Member Gardner made a motion to support the staffs recommendation that any developments with 66 feet wide roads, would come under one of the 2 proposals suggested, either a homeowners association or a fee paid to a perpetual fund for landscape maintenance, would apply to any future developments. The City will inherit the 500-foot section and treat like we do on the other side of the black hill. Council Member Isom seconded the motion. Council Member Whatcott asked the staff to pull the minutes when final plats were approved because he challenges that it was decided the property would be turned over to the City to be taken care of. He explained the developer needs to take care of this problem. Mayor McArthur indicated he thinks minutes will indicate we discussed a looking at a fee at that time. Council Member Whatcott indicated he thinks it was approved subject to this issue being addressed and a fee being collected. He expressed that it is unfair to the council to have to make a decision because now three lots are being developed and others have been sold. He suggested Mr. Leavitt go back to the people who bought the lots and collect a fee for landscape maintenance. The Mayor called for a vote on the motion. Council Member Isom - aye Council Member Allen – aye Council Member Gardner - aye Council Member Orton – nay Council Member Whatcott - nay Motion carried. Consider approval of an agreement with the Transportation Security Administration of the federal government regarding use of police personnel at the St. George Municipal Airport City Manager Esplin explained there will be a transition period between the time National Guard will be removed from the airports and federal government will take over. The City needs to provide security in the interim and the federal government will reimburse the City for the costs. Council Member Isom asked if we have manpower? Chief Stratton indicated it will take at least two new officers. Security is needed seven days a week for approximately twenty hours a day. City Manger Esplin advised federal regulations require security to keep the airport operating. He indicated along with the two new officers it will also some require some overtime to meet the security requirements. He explained that the federal government is scheduled to take over security functions in November 2002, however the federal government will be staffing large airports first, so it may be a few months after that before federal employees staff the airport. At that time the two new officers will be terminated or assimilated into the force. He indicated he doesn't know what the reimbursement amount will be. The agreement says the City will be reimbursed on annual basis. There is a verbal agreement that reimbursement will be for regular time and over time. He explained one issue is can next years budget include funding for two new officers? Council Member Gardner made a motion to approve agreement with the Transportation Security Administration of the federal government with regards to airport security. Council Member Allen seconded motion. The Mayor called for a vote as follows: Council Member Isom - aye Council Member Allen – aye Council Member Gardner - aye Council Member Orton – aye Council Member Whatcott - aye Motion carried by unanimous vote. Consider approval of modification of lease agreement at the St. George Municipal Airport with Avis Rentals City Manger Esplin indicated this move is to make room for the police support at airport. Moving Avis Rentals allows for security to be located closer to SkyWest Airlines. There will be some remodeling costs, but this will enhance the efficiency of the operations of airport security. Avis Rental will be moved to another area in the airport. Council Member Allen made a motion to approve the modification of lease agreement at the St. George Municipal Airport with Avis Rentals. Council Member Isom seconded motion. The Mayor called for a vote as follows: Council Member Isom - aye Council Member Allen – aye Council Member Gardner - aye Council Member Orton – aye Council Member Whatcott - aye Motion carried by unanimous vote. Consider approval of an assignment of engineering contract for the Middleton Wash trail design project from Sear Brown to Carter Burgess. City Manger Esplin explained the contract amounts are the same and the individual working on it is the same person who worked on it at Sear Brown. Council Member Gardner made a motion to approve the assignment of engineering contract for he Middleton Wash trail design project from Sear Brown to Carter Burgess. Seconded by Council Member Orton. The Mayor called for a vote as follows: Council Member Isom - aye Council Member Allen – aye Council Member Gardner - aye Council Member Orton – aye Council Member Whatcott - aye Motion carried by unanimous vote. Gil Nicola, a member of the audience commented that he lives in that area and uses the trail. He thinks it was staked about eight months ago, although most of stakes are gone. He asked if that work will have to be redone and will we have to pay for it to be redone. City Manger Esplin indicated, yes. He explained the problem is the property owner will not give the City an easement the for that trail. The cost for engineering will be same, but will have to reimburse for additional work, it's not engineers fault the stakes are gone. It had to be staked several months ago to show property owner where the easement will be. Consider authorization for the Mayor to sign an application for a trails grant City Manger Esplin explained the grant is from the federal government administered by State. The grant is a 50/50 matching funds and will be allocated for the Middleton Wash area. The matching funds will come from bond fund for the trail system. Council Member Whatcott made a motion to approve authorization for the Mayor to sign an application for a trails grant. Motion seconded by Council Member Isom. The Mayor called for ...


City Council Minutes 05/14/2015:
...ith events that benefit the entire county. He asked for an update on bike trails that need to be repaired. Mr. Perkins advised that construction is set to begin in Middleton on September 5th. He provided an update on repairs on other trails. SUPPORT SERVICES: Support Services Marc Mortensen stated that...


City Council Minutes 11/21/2013:
...which will be used for an equestrian trail. One of the current equestrian trails goes along 3000 East and will continue through their property, the other goes along the south boundary of Bridle Gate. Councilmember Almquist stated the R-1-10 to the south has already been approved. Mr. Blackmore stated the only difference between the zoning R-1-10 and RE-12.5 is the use of one large animal. Councilmember Almquist inquired if the R-1-10 is already established, and this property remains RE-12.5 who would have to provide the buffer on the south boundary. Mr. Harvey stated the buffer was only General Plan for around the Bridle Gates subdivision. Councilmember Bunker inquired if there will be frontage on 3000 East. Mr. Blackmore stated there would be no homes fronting 3000 East; they will be fronting on Seegmiller Drive. Part of the improvements include connectivity to the south, aligning the roads. The proposed zone change will allow for approximately 8 additional lots. They are hoping to keep the area larger to help with the hydrology issues in the area . Mayor McArthur opened the public hearing. Frank Crunell, resident of Bridle Gates and president of the HOA, stated there are many concerns from residents regarding the 22 acres that are low density residential, currently zone RE-12.5. He noticed the subdivision is compared with Bridle Gates; however, Bridle Gate is two dwelling units per acre, therefore he does not believe you can compare the two. Secondly, if Cornerstone would lower the density, there would not be such an issue. Smaller lots bring smaller housing and may affect property values. Thirdly, quality of lifestyle in the area. He stated the purpose of RE-12.5 is to provide permanent areas for small farms and hobby farms. When you look at permitted usage, it states that one large animal is allowed while the purpose of the R-1-10 zone is to provide for low density residential with permitted uses such as home gardens and fruit trees. Two different uses cause a problem in the making. He stated that he agrees with Mr. Spilker, who touched on the issues of the different expectations at the Planning Commission meeting. People move into this area because they love the bigger lots. Last month they dealt with a homeowner who complained about flies. He has a series of emails from this homeowner, he read portions of those emails. He stated this is not a normal residential area and appreciates the City for installing the “right to farm” signs. He asked the Councilmembers to deny the request. Chuck Spilker stated he appreciates the points of the developer. He feels strongly that there is an obligation to protect the rights of the people in that area. He read the ordinance which pertains to this request. While he understands the developer would like to do well, he feels they need to work together and find a common ground. He spoke about the fact that Bridle Gate was zoned as A-1 not R-1-5. The Planning Commission was reluctant to give a lower density to that particular zone. They came up with a bonus density overlay which allowed Bridle Gate to be built. Shortly after Bridle Gate was developed, Cornerstone subdivision came in and requested a lower density area, the Planning Commission did not allow that. He believes there cannot be equestrian trails in an area with homes of this density. He is asking to move this gr...


City Council Minutes 08/03/2006:
... the west. The recreational areas will have basketball courts and walking trails. Barry Thompson detailed the location of the trails and retaining walls, explaining the walls will be landscaped. Co...


City Council Minutes 09/30/2009:
...that the City?s prohibition on possession of firearms in City parks and on trails is in violation of 2nd Amendment rights and in violation of the State Code. Deputy City Attorney Paula Houston advised she will look into it. Joe Hagen inquired about the sources of revenue at the new airport, what services will be provided, what steps are being taken to attract air and cargo carriers, and how the new airport will be marketed. Mayor McArthur replied the City has spoken with companies who want to locate at the airport. A marketing study has also been done. He advised the runway at opening will be 9,300 feet but can be expanded to 11,000 feet. The terminal is also being built to accommodate another airline and can be expanded. The goal is to build a jetway or two. The FAA will decide when additional runway thickness is needed to accommodate larger jets. Councilmember Shakespeare advised the City is hoping to attract cargo carriers as well. Support Services Manager Marc Mortensen advised the City conducted a market assessment study on the catchment area and the data is still being analyzed. Which airlines choose to locate at the new airport will be a decision made by the airline industry, not the City. A lot of work behind the scenes is being conducted. The new airport is being built for 20-40 years into the future. Councilmember Almquist commented that without FAA funds and commitment, the City would have to limp along with its current airport, without any capability for expansion. FAA funds are making the new airport possible. Robert Sears, a resident of Ivins, expressed concern about the safety of citizens in St. George due to murders being committed by illegal aliens and the number of gang members and illegal drug activity here. He said it seems someone is protecting the City from word getting out about the crime in St. George. He stated he wanted to see this information in the newspaper. Police Chief Marlon Stratton replied the City participated in Operation Community Shield where gang task force members worked with the bike patrol in identifying criminal aliens and those with gang affiliations. 21 were arrested in St. George and are now in the custody of Immigration and will be deported. There is drug activity in St. George and the City contributed eight officers to the Drug Task Force. The Washington County Sheriff?s Office contributed four officers. No other nearby bedroom community contributes any officers. The biggest concern with drugs is prescription drug abuse and the City has one detective who works solely on prescription drug violations. The City also has eight bike patrol officers who patrol the parks, trails, and apartments buildings and work closely with the Drug and Gang Ta...


City Council Minutes 11/30/2006:
...jor areas left to develop - Little Valley, the South Block, the Ledges and Trails area, and the Lakes and area in the Tonaquint Valley. Each one will...


City Council Minutes 11/03/2011:
... in the RE-20 zoning. Councilmember Almquist inquired about equestrian trails and access. He commented he hoped that equestrian connectivity was possible along Little Valley Road. Mr. Nicholson replied that the City’s trails plan provides connectivity. Councilmember Almquist suggested fen...


City Council Meeting Agenda Agenda 09/06/2018:
...ontract with Holbrook Asphalt, Inc. for HA5 seal coat for various streets, trails, and parking lots within the City.        BACKGROUND and RECOMMENDATION:  This is a sole source award.  The HA5 product is used to put a seal over newer (5-10 yr. old) residential streets, trails, and parking lots to slow the damage to asphalt from oxidation. &nbs...


City Council Meeting Agenda Agenda 05/10/2018:
...es the construction of a bike skills area with a variety of different bike trails, jumps, and unique features. The project also includes grading, drainage, and site utilities for a restrooms, pavilion, gravel parking area, and paved shared use trails that will further connect the site amenities.  This was a forma...


City Council Meeting Minutes Minutes 02/22/2018:
...d at the previous budget discussion: the Dixie Red Hills Clubhouse; parks; trails; additional staffing requests; planning for additional office space; and SunTran. Each Councilmember spoke about their thoughts and priorities for the FY 2018-2019 budget. Councilmember Hughes mentioned his priorities would include: personnel; transportation and roads; additional automation; and healthcare costs. Further, he would like to see SwitchPoint continue without needing the City as a safety net. Councilmember Bowcutt mentioned his priorities would include: continue to look for land for affordable housing projects, especially in central St. George; revisiting the need for Curly Hollow Park; and further discussion regarding landscaping requirements. Councilmember Randall mentioned her priorities would include: personnel; aging infrastructure; adding trails instead of additional parks; and public safety. Councilmember Baca ...


City Council Minutes 12/02/2010:
...one of the main reasons people enjoy the St. George area is because of the trails and he thanked Mr. Ence making the donation. MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Almquist to accept the six (6) parcels in the five (5) different deeds that were prepared by Ence. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Bunker. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows: Councilmember Almquist – aye Councilmember Shakespeare – aye Councilmember Bunker – aye Councilmember Pike – aye The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. Councilmember Almquist stated it was important to note that when they first came to the Hillside Board on the Primrose project they made some concessions on the south end of the property and voluntarily left the area in a natural setting. City Manager Gary Esplin said it was also important to recognize the positive impact the Ence companies have had on the community through housing and employment opportunities. He thanked them for the donation and said it was a sign of their community spirit Mayor McArthur asked several students to come to the front and state why they were in attendance. The five (5) young people stated they were working together on a paper about the City Council meeting and were members of Ms. Stucki’s and Mr. Meadow’s classes. PRELIMINARY PLAT: Ray Snyder, City Planner stated this was a preliminary plat request for “Firenze subdivision”, located on 950 South between 2890 and 3000 East. He said the property was rezoned from A-20 to R-1-10 in September of 2005 and this is a re-approval of a preliminary plat with changes. The original subdivision was approved to create fifty-four 54 lots. This new request is to create sixty-four (64) single family residential lots. He explained the subdivision proposes an alternative to traditional minimum lot sizes but the overall density would remain approximately the same. The project proposes to be 64/20.32 = 3.1496 = 3.15 du/ac which is less than the maximum of 3.2 allowed for the R-1-10 zone and would be permitted. Mr. Snyder said the subdivision falls within the lot frontage requirements and they would verify all lot widths during the plan reviews. He said the exterior or perimeter lots would need to be consistent with abutting developed lots however there are no developments abutting the lots on the north, west or east and the lots along the south are smaller R-1-20 lots therefore St. George City Council Minutes December 2, 2010 Page Four it is in compliance. He stated the Lot Size Averaging applies to new subdivisions which this subdivision is and the smaller lots will be dispersed throughout the subdivision. He explained it would be subject to approval of the planning commission and city council and open space and/or trail easements may be included in the subdivision density calculations. However, there is no public trail on the subdivision’s side of 3000 East but there will be one on the east side of the subdivision where there is an equestrian trail. The Planning Commission recommends approval. Councilmember Almquist asked what the requirements would be along 3000 at the rear of those lots. Mr. Snyder said there would be a requirement for a 6 foot wall and there wouldn’t be any vehicular access in or out. MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Pike to approve the request for the preliminary plat as recommended by the Planning Commission. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Almquist. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows: Councilmember Almquist – aye Councilmember Shakespeare – aye Councilmember Bunker – aye Councilmember Pike – aye The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. PRESENTATION OF THE 2010 FISCAL YEAR AUDIT: Ken Hinton stated his purpose for attending the council meeting was to announce the completion of the City’s 2010 financial and single audits. He said the audited financial statements contained the auditor’s opinions on the financial statement as well as on state compliance and federal compliance. He explained that each of the opinions are once again clean opinions which means the financial statements are fairly presented in all material respects and they found no non-compliance with either federal or state laws. Mr. Hinton thanked Mr. Peterson, Mrs. Brklacich, and Ms. LaJoice along with others for their help and assistance. Councilmember Almquist asked if there were any changes in the federal reporting requirements with regard to timelines or anything else that hadn’t needed to be addressed last year. Mr. Hinton stated there were a number of federal compliance requirements that changed this year due to the stimulus funds that were received. He explained the City had received five different sources of recovery act monies and each came with their own special new St. George City Council Minutes December 2, 2010 Page Five requirements that they never had to deal with before. He said that all of the City staff that were in charge of the projects were up to speed and were complying with the requirements. TIME EXTENSION OF A CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT: Consider approval of a request for a time extension of a conditional use permit to construct a four story office building to exceed 35’ in height at 1100 East between Tabernacle and St. George Blvd. in a C-2 zone. Mark Dickerson, applicant. City Planner Ray Snyder explained this is a second request for an extension of time for an expired conditional use permit to construct one (1) four (4) story office building that would exceed thirty-five (35) feet in height. The building would be a professional medical office building with an adjacent underground parking structure. The applicant is requesting a two (2) year extension due to the slow economic conditions. MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Almquist to approve a two (2) year extension of a conditional use permit as requested. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Pike. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows: Councilmember Almquist – aye Councilmember Shakespeare – aye Councilmember Bunker – aye Councilmember Pike – aye The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT: Consider approval of a request for a conditional use permit to add an eighteen (18) foot tall RV garage to an existing detached accessory building at 3557 South 1550 West in the Casa Grande Subdivision located in an RE-12.5 zone. Jim Gregorius, applicant. City Planner Craig Harvey said the zoning is RE-12.5 and referred to an overhead picture of the property. He explained the garage would be approximately five feet (5’) from the back property line and ten feet (10’) from the side yard property line. He stated the RE-12.5 zone doesn’t have a set back requirement like the R-1 zones but instead says that accessory buildings cannot be closer than ten feet (10’) to any adjacent building. Mr. Harvey said the closest building would be twelve feet (12’) away. He said the Planning Commission recommended approval with the following conditions: 1. The garage is being added onto a detached shop that has a roof height of 21’. The roof height of the RV garage (18’) will be shorter than the shop’s roof. St. George City Council Minutes December 2, 2010 Page Six 2. The structure will be located one hundred and forty-five feet (145’) from the primary structure, ten feet (10’) from the side yard property line and five feet (5’) from the rear property line. 3. JUC approval; the JUC has reviewed and approved the location. 4. Bloomington Architectural Control Committee approval; per the applicant the Bloomington Architectural Control Committee has signed approvals on the construction plans (for Building Department). 5. The RV garage will match the existing accessory structure’s exterior finish materials and colors. Councilmember Bunker asked if any of the neighbors were notified of the request. Mr. Harvey stated they had been notified and that he received one comment in favor of the request. MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Shakespeare to approve the conditional use permit as recommended by the Planning Commission and with the conditions stated. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Pike. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows: Councilmember Almquist – aye Councilmember Shakespeare – aye Councilmember Bunker – aye Councilmember Pike – aye The vote was unanimous and the motion. CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT: Consider approval of a request for a conditional use permit to establish an auto salvage yard in an M-1 zone at 477 North Industrial Road. Bruce Labrum, applicant. City Planner Ray Snyder explained the intent of the business is indoor parts retrieval after the vehicles are dismantled. He said there would be some items on the site and referred to an aerial picture of the building. He pointed to an area at the back of the building that would be storage for crushed cars that would be removed periodically by a steel recycling company. He stated in another area in the back they would keep cars for miscellaneous parts. He explained under the ordinance in a M-1 zone they would need to screen the property if they have anything stored in the yard or vehicles that are disabled. He said Industrial Boulevard is lower than the site so the six foot (6’) wall would be up on the property and would screen anything stored behind it. Mr. Snyder said the business is not the typical junk yard because their intent is to get the vehicles in, get them broke down and keep the parts moving. They St. George City Council Minutes December 2, 2010 Page Seven work on vehicles that are 5 – 10 years old; nothing older. Mr. Snyder showed a picture of the street and landscaping in front of the building and explained that because of it being a conditional use permit the council may want to require the applicant to put in some street trees. Mr. Snyder referred to another picture showing some areas of damaged road in front of the building and explained that the Planning Commission felt this was something that should be repaired in the future. Mr. Snyder began to read through the staff report. Mayor McArthur asked why the applicant couldn’t have an eight foot (8’) wall if he was willing to build it rather than a six foot (6’) wall. Mr. Snyder said the height of the wall was limited to six feet (6’) in the M-1 zone per code. There was general discussion about the height of the wall. City Attorney Shawn Guzman stated the purpose of the code was to have the wall screen what was lawfully going on behind it. He said the difference in typography and grade could be looked at to see if a variance would be permitted but otherwise they would have to follow the code. Mr. Snyder continued to read the staff report and findings. The applicant Mr. Bruce Labrum stated that he was not opposed to only stacking the cars two (2) high which would keep them at six feet (6’). He said that the type of salvage yard he runs in Salt Lake City is on a 2.5 acre site and is very similar to what is being proposed. He explained the reason they keep 27 cars before they are hauled away is because the steel company that hauls the cars away for recycling requires that number to make a pickup. Councilmember Almquist wanted Mr. Labrum to acknowledge that there wouldn’t be any abandoned cars left outside of the enclosed yard. He also asked Mr. Labrum to verify that all of the vehicles received could be tracked so there wasn’t a possibility of it being a “chop” shop. Mr. Labrum stated that they wouldn’t have any salvage cars outside of the fenced area and that they used a national tracking system that was required by law to make sure the cars had proper registration. There was discussion about the need for the street in front of the building to be repaired and also improving the landscaping in the front of the building. City Manager City Esplin said the road repair would be the responsibility of the City. Councilmember Pike asked the applicant if he would be willing to maintain trees in front of the building if the City would work him on the project. Mayor McArthur said that the City could provide the trees. St. George City Council Minutes December 2, 2010 Page Eight Mr. Labrum stated he would be willing to maintain the landscaping if the City would provide the trees. MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Pike to approve the conditional use permit as recommended by the Planning Commission with the conditions stated except for a change to Condition #2 to limit the number of stacked vehicles to two (2) rather than three (3) and that the applicant work with City staff on mutually acceptable landscape plan for the front. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Bunker. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows: Councilmember Almquist – aye Councilmember Shakespeare – aye Councilmember Bunker – aye Councilmember Pike – aye The vote was unanimous and the motion. REIMBURSEMENT AGREEMENT: Consider approval of a reimbursement agreement with Corry Development for area drainage made in connection with the Foothill Commons development at 2330 South River Road. Engineering Services Manager Jay Sandburg explained Beehive Homes is building a home out on River Road on a three (3) lot subdivision that was approved not too long ago. He stated as to finish the improvements they had to do a lot of drainage and flood control. The City looked at the area and changed some pipe sizes to cut the costs to the developer and found a way for the City to share in the costs and take care of some of the problems the City was having out in the area. The City’s contribution would be $17,132. Staff recommends approval of the reimbursement agreement. MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Shakespeare to approve the reimbursement agreement. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Pike. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows: Councilmember Almquist – aye Councilmember Shakespeare – aye Councilmember Bunker – aye Councilmember Pike – aye The vote was unanimous and the motion. St. George City Council Minutes December 2, 2010 Page Nine PUBLIC HEARING/ZONE CHANGE/ORDINANCE: Public hearing to consider a request for a zone change from RCC to C-4 on .79 acre located between 163 North and 200 North on 300 West and 321 West on 200 North Street. David McGuire, Greg Collingwood, Laura Hansen and Karl Davenport, applicants. Community Development Projects Coordinator Bob Nicholson referred to a photo of the properties and stated parcels 1, 2 & 3 were located on the west side of 300 West and the fourth parcel fronts on 200 North. Mr. Nicholson referred to a zoning map and stated the red areas were zoned C-4. He explained the 4 lots are contiguous and total 0.79 acres. The property to the west is the Catholic Church and to the south is Dixie Care & Share. The applicants state it is very difficult to sell their property for residential use given the adjoin land uses. Mr. Nicholson said the City has rezoned some property along 200 North Street for commercial use and believes the request is reasonable given the surrounding land uses and trends along the south side of 200 North. He said the Planning Commission recommended approval. Mayor McArthur said commercial zoning fits the City’s plan for 200 North. Mr. Kent Sundberg a representative for the applicants stated there is no viable market for residential use for the four (4) properties. He said it would be a good fit if it were zoned commercial. Mayor McArthur opened the public hearing. Ms. Liz Smith stated she lives at 350 West 200 North. She said she doesn’t have a problem with the properties being commercial but expressed concerns about the possibility of Dixie Care & Share acquiring the properties and expanding their services which would lead to more people coming in and out of the neighborhood. She stated she has small children and doesn’t want to have transients coming and going right across from her front yard. Mayor McArthur asked if Dixie Care & Share is a permitted use, conditional use or commercial use. City Attorney Shawn Guzman said that his first thought was that Dixie Care & Share is nonconforming and therefore would have to come in and ask to expand and they don’t allow nonconforming uses to expand so they would be denied. Councilmember Bunker stated that she is on the Dixie Care & Share board and she could assure Ms. Smith that the organization doesn’t have the money to buy the properties around it and it wants to find a different location. There being no further public comment, Mayor McArthur closed the public hearing. St. George City Council Minutes December 2, 2010 Page Ten MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Bunker to approve the request for the zone change for the four (4) properties. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Shakespeare. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows: Councilmember Almquist – aye Councilmember Shakespeare – aye Councilmember Bunker – aye Councilmember Pike – aye The vote was unanimous and the motion. PUBLIC HEARING/REQUEST TO ABANDON A PUBLIC UTILITY AND DRAINAGE EASEMENT/RESOLUTION: Public hearing to consider a request to abandon a public utility and drainage easement located between Lots 2 and 3 of the Bloomington Ranches No. 7 subdivision at 477 W. Saratoga Drive. Terry and Mary Farris, applicants. Project Manager Todd Jacobsen stated the requested easement abandonment is to allow the applicants to put on addition on their home and not encumber the existing easement. He said there are currently no utilities in the easement. He referred to a photo of the property and explained that the easement is being shifted over approximately thirteen feet (13’). Mayor McArthur opened the public hearing. There being no public comment, he closed the public hearing. MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Shakespeare to approve the request to abandon a public utility and drainage easement. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Bunker. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows: Councilmember Almquist – aye Councilmember Shakespeare – aye Councilmember Bunker – aye Councilmember Pike – aye The vote was unanimous and the motion. PUBLIC HEARING/AMENDMENT TO CITY’S GENERAL PLAN/ORDINANCE: Public hearing to consider a request to amend the City’s General Plan for 1,800 acres in the Tonaquint area, generally located between Green Valley to the north and Bloomington to the south. City of St. George and SITLA, applicants. Community Development Projects Coordinator Bob Nicholson went through a short power point presentation while he explained that all of the property within the Tonaquint Area Land St. George City Council Minutes December 2, 2010 Page Eleven Use Plan is currently outside the city boundary. He said that they had been working with SITLA and Kyle Paisley, a representative from SILTA was in attendance. He stated the SITLA property represents the vast majority of the area but pointed out that Orwin Gubler owns farm land between Indian Hills Drive and Dixie Drive and Burton Burgess owns land west of Dixie Drive. Approximately half of the land area (1,159 acres) is proposed to remain in open space, primarily in the present natural condition with some developed parks scattered through the area. He referred to several pictures and maps to show that much of the land area consists of rugged, rocky hillsides with large boulder formations. He said the natural area presents outstanding recreational opportunities and may trails are currently located along the western slope of the area which is a...


City Council Minutes 12/07/2006:
...om the cozy feeling of the neighborhood. He stated he did not know of any trails that would connect to the trail in his project. City Manager Gar...


City Council Minutes 11/05/2009:
...Pro Tem Pike - aye The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. TRAILS GRANT CONTRACT: Consider approval of a trails grant contract between the Federal Fund Administration and City for ...


City Council Minutes 04/15/2010:
...PPROVAL TO SUBMIT GRANT APPLICATION: Consider approval to submit a State Trails Grant application for funding to design and construct the next leg of the Virgin River South C trail. Laura Taylor explained this leg of trail was shown in the 2006 trails master plan and is part of an agreement with Sun River developers wh...


City Council Minutes 10/02/2008:
...rize. He suggested the prize money be used to install mile markers on City trails. Mayor McArthur advised that Public Power Week will be celebrated October 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Town Square and he invited all residents to attend. Mayor McArthur advised that the groundbreaking for the new airport will be held October 17 at noon on site and he invited all residents to attend. Mayor McArthur invited all residents to walk with him in the Mayor?s Walk in coordination with the 32nd annual marathon this Saturday. Mayor McArthur excused City Manager Gary Esplin as he had a death in the family. AWARD OF BID: Consider award of bid for stone seat walls for planters at the Town Square. Budget and Financial Planning Manager Deanna Brklacich explained that as part of a plan presented at an earlier work meeting, in order to remediate a problem with dead grass, it is recommended that stone planters with seats be installed along the lazy river. Mayor McArthur commented that the Town Square has been so successful that some of the grass has been worn out. Purchasing Manager Connie Hood explained that this is a sole source award because of the need to match the stone work already in place at the Town Square. She recommended award to Lilywhite Stone in the amount of $27,611. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Allen to award the sole source bid to Lilywhite Stone in the amount of $27,611. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Bunker. Ms. Hood advised that the bid is for labor and materials. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. St. George City Council Minutes October 2, 2008 Page Two AWARD OF BID: Consider award of bid for backhoes for the Wastewater Treatment and Wastewater Collection Divisions. Purchasing Manager Connie Hood advised that three bids were received. She recommended award of the bid to Wheeler Machinery, the CAT dealer, in the amount of $115,000 each for a total of $230,000. Mayor McArthur advised that this purchase was included in the budget Budget and Financial Planning Manager Deanna Brklacich explained that funds were budgeted in the enterprise fund for this purpose, and enterprise funds are run like a business. Revenue is received from user fees. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Bunker to award the bid to Wheeler Machinery in the amount of $230,000. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Pike. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. AWARD OF BID: Consider award of bid for The Fields Phase 2 median and streetscaping. Purchasing Manager Connie Hood advised that the supplier is Red Canyon Contractors and the bid is in the amount of $40,206.75. The project will also consist of installing sleeves under the road. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Pike to award the bid to Red Canyon Contractors in the amount of $40,206.75. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Shakespeare. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. AWARD OF BID: Consider award of bid for crushing at the Reuse Center. Purchasing Manager Connie Hood explained that three bids were received and JP Excavating was the low bidder at $5.50 per ton to crush either asphalt or concrete. She recommended that a blanket purchase order in an amount not to exceed $60,000 be set up for the year with JP Excavating. This amount covers testing, mobilization, fuel, etc. Mayor McArthur commented that this is a private company bidding on something the City does not do and creates jobs in the community. The product is then used for roadbase and for trails. The City will recoup some of this cost by not having to buy this pr...


City Council Minutes 10/06/2011:
... adopted in February, 2008 with two goals - to have neighborhood parks and trails provided by developers, and to transfer the burden of providing those parks and trails from the taxpayer to the developer. A committee was formed to study ...


City Council Minutes 09/04/2008:
...e labor crews do a great job throughout the community including the City?s trails and parks and the Dixie Center. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Shakespeare to approve the blanket purchase order in the amount of $26,000. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Pike. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. AWARD OF BID: Consider award of bid for solar panels and an inverter. Purchasing Manager Connie Hood recommended purchase through the State contract with AEE Solar Inc. at a discount off the list price of 25% to 35%. The total cost is $498,798. She advised that this is a cost reimburse/cost share type expenditure. Energy Services Director Phil Solomon advised that the initial install, 1 kW, is enough for 25-30 homes. The customer will purchase units or shares in the solar farm which the City will own and operate. The customer?s discount for 1 kW will be about a 20% discount on their overall power bill throughout the year. The customer will not be buying shares in the St. George City Council Minutes September 4, 2008 Page Four solar farm for the economic benefit, but rather to lower their carbon footprint and help the City as a community meet its renewable portfolio standard. Staff is looking at ways to reduce costs and bids on excavation. The State bid was used for the panels. The City has formed a partnership with Dixie REA so their customers can also participate as long as they are St. George residents. The initial cost for one unit is $6,000, or a half unit at $3,000. Enough space at the site will be cleared for 2,000 kW, and there is additional space if needed. He advised that putting a solar panel on a private home costs between $10,000 to $12,000 for one kW, plus additional tax credits. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Bunker to approve the purchase through AEE Solar, Inc. in the amount of $498,798. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Allen. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. SPECIAL EVENT PERMIT: Consider approval of a special event permit for a haunted house at the Red Cliffs Mall. Brent Martin, B&B Productions, applicant. City Manager Gary Esplin advised that staff reviewed the request and there are no outstanding issues. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Pike to approve the special event permit. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Bunker. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. SET PUBLIC HEARING: Community Development Director Bob Nicholson advised that the Planning Commission, at its meeting held August 26, 2008, recommended a public hearing be scheduled for October 2 to consider a zone change amendment to an existing PD Residential zone at the northeast corner of Tonaquint Drive and Mesa Palms Drive for a Beehive Home which is currently under construction. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Bunker to set the public hearing as recommended. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Almquist. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. ROAD DEDICATION PLAT: Todd Jacobsen presented a road dedication plat for 2640 East and 2710 East located off Crimson Valley Road on the south side. The Planning Commission recommends approval. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Allen to approve the final plat. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Almquist. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT: Consider approval of a conditional use permit to construct an office building with four stories to a maximum height of 58' to the top of the parapet wall at 1100 East Tabernacle Street just south of St. George Blvd. Mark Dickerson, applicant. City Planner Ray Snyder advised the name of the project is the Smith Memorial Building. The site is zoned C-3. The garage will be adjacent to the building but not underneath it. There is a level parking lot around the building. The request has been heard twice by the Planning Commission and the building has dropped 6' from the original proposal. The Planning Commission reduced the setback for the parking structure itself. He then presented a fly-by of the project. The Planning Commission recommended approval subject to (1) the building color and materials shall be per the August 26, 2008 submittal to the Planning Commission and the September 4, 2008 submittal to the City Council; (2) the building height is approved for a maximum height to the top of the parapet of 58' and a maximum roof height of 51'; and (3) receive approval from the Planning Commission for a reduced setback for the south and west side of the property. The Planning Commission also asked that the roof be painted. Members of the City Council commented they would like a site visit. St. George City Council Minutes September 4, 2008 Page Five Council Member Almquist inquired about landscaping on the north side of the project. Paul Warnock, architect, advised there is an 8' retaining wall that would bury any landscaping and UDOT is the property owner to the north. Council Member Almquist advised that necessary steps should be taken to hide some of the height of the building by using natural vegetation. Mr. Warnock advised that to be effective with landscaping, UDOT would need to be approached to see what they will allow on the hill. Mayor McArthur advised that the property has to be allowed to be used for something and it is in a business district. The proposed project fits the use and area and the only question is with regard to the building height. He asked the applicants to put balloons in the air indicating the building height from all four corners and the matter would be rescheduled on the next City Council agenda. City Manager Gary Esplin commented he doubted much of the building would be seen from the south, and the building may set a tone for what the City would like to see along Tabernacle. This area is in transition and the height of the building does not seem too far out of line. Mark Dickerson, owner, commented they have gone to a lot of work to make the project attractive. The site is on a dead-end street, and the adjacent freeway is also elevated. City Manager Gary Esplin commented a crane could position its boom at the top of the building height, as has been done in the past. The fly-by was good but gave a false sense of the height from the south. He advised the matter would be rescheduled on the next City Council agenda. A site visit was scheduled for Thursday, September 18 at 3:00 p.m. Mayor McArthur advised the applicant to have balloons mark the height of the four corners of the building, or he could volunteer a piece of equipment to mark the height. MOTION: A motion to table the matter pending a site visit was made by Council Member Almquist. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Pike. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote and all voted aye. The motion carried. SPECIAL RECOGNITION: Police Chief Marlon Stratton introduced Patrol Sergeant Al Gilman and recognized him for his brave actions in trying to stop a suspected drunk driver while off-duty. Sergeant Gilman was injured in the attempt. Chief Stratton expressed appreciation to Sgt. Gilman for a job well done. Sgt. Gilman commented he and his family moved here 13 years ago to work for the St. George Police Department. He expressed appreciation for that fact that he could take action while not involving anyone else and that everything happened right that day. Mayor McArthur expressed appreciation to Sgt. Gilman for a job well done. City Manager Gary Esplin commented that Sgt. Gilman could have chosen to not get involved, but he did get involved and this says a lot about his character. Sgt. Gilman expressed appreciation to the Mayor, City Council and Police Chief for their support. AGREEMENT: Consider approval of an agreement with Lynne Clark for a sesquicentennial book of remembrance. City Manager Gary Esplin explained that as discussed in the work meeting, staff recommends approval of an agreement with Lynne Clark for a sesquicentennial book of St. George City Council Minutes September 4, 2008 Page Six remembrance up to $30,000, with only $15,000 committed at this time in order to see what the work product is in five to six months from now. Mayor McArthur commented the sesquicentennial is January 2012 and there is a lot of work to do. Lynne Clark advised she has 15,000 photos in her collection, with 3,400 of them about St. George. She advised she has a full photo history of all the firemen in St. George. Council Member Bunker inquired what the $15,000 would guarantee. Mayor McArthur advised it would cover whatever work Ms. Clark does up to that time, including the photos. The City would own the collection of photos. Ms. Clark advised not all 3,000 photos would be put into the book. The book will be 150-200 pages. She advised if for some reason she were not able to finish the book, to satisfy the $15,000 or $30,000 paid by the City, the City would own that many photos, but not the negatives and not the collection; just the photos of St. George. Council Member Bunker suggested the number of photos be included in the agreement. City Manager Gary Esplin commented that the City would make sure it is getting value for its money. MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Almquist to approve the agreement in the amount of $15,000 immediately, with the caveat that there is $15,000 more for completion of the book, and with a status review in six months. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Shakespeare. VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried. Mayor McArthur was then excused from the meeting and Council Member Allen assumed the role of Mayor Pro Tem. PUBLIC HEARING/PRELIMINARY PLAT: Public hearing to consider approval of the preliminary plat for the Painted Desert Professional Plaza with six building pads located at the corner of 2450 South and River Road. Ence Homes, applicant. Jay Sandberg explained that the City Council previously approved a PD for this development on July 10, 2008. There was discussion at that City Council meeting that no retail would be allowed, the units would be single story and would be stucco and stone with a tile roof. The units would have a residential appearance and would not exceed 22' in height. Access is from 2450 South and the first entrance shall be right-in only and the second entrance may be full access. There will be a deceleration lane on River Road. The pad grades adjacent to River Crest will be within one foot of the existing elevations. Cross sections showing the elevation grade change between River Crest and the development must be approved with the preliminary plat. There was discussion at the Planning Commission meeting about access, and there are two possible locations. Staff presented an alternate driveway location that moves the westerly driveway further west. This site provides good visibility in both directions without the need to have a 45' wide line of sight area on private property and still accommodates the site. The developer does not support staff?s recommendation because building no. 1 would need to be relocated and internal circulation and parking would be affected. The Planning Commission recommended that the driveway be located as recommended by staff. Mayor Pro Tem Allen opened the public hearing. Vince Clayton, representing Ence Homes, distributed a packet of materials showing the cross sections and read an 11 point summary. He advised that AASHTO standards are exceeded in most instances and the project meets all standards for a PD Commercial project. He advised that if the alternate suggestion of staff for location of the driveway were used, the site would have to be elevated an additional two feet and would not be as friendly to neighbors and would also bring traffic into the project at the backyards of the neighbors, as opposed to placing buildings there which are quieter and more friendly St. George City Council Minutes September 4, 2008 Page Seven and do not pollute the air. He stated the project should not be held hostage because of other projects that have not worked out, and with the low traffic impact at this location, the plan should be approved. Tyler Hoskins advised the substandard curve off River Road is a 100 foot curve and the City?s minimum standard is 185 feet. He stated he had a discussion with staff about the possibility of lowering the design criteria for a lower speed than tagged, and a 35 mph design speed may be excessive. The problem exists because of a substandard curve, and two accesses into the existing subdivision which are too closely spaced. Council Member Bunker inquired why the level of the property would have to be raised. Mark Fonger, design engineer, replied the pads in the new layout would have to be raised in order to make them flow with the existing townhomes. The pads would have to be higher to get the drainage out the west side. Council Member Almquist inquired about the detention basin. Mr. Fonger replied that detention will be above-ground and will gravity flow out into the street. Mr. Hoskins advised a traffic signal is planned for the intersection of 2450 South and River Road and traffic volumes are already approaching the warrants. 2450 South will be a 50' local two lane street. He advised that the speed limit is currently 25 mph but it could be posted lower because of the curve. He advised that they also considered straightening out the curve but this did not help. Mayor Pro Tem Allen inquired if the applicant were amenable to the idea of an island. Mr. Hoskins replied that in his opinion it would make it convoluted but he was not against looking at it. Council Member Almquist commented that staff says people at the west entrance need to see behind buildings 2 and 3 for traffic purposes. He inquired of the applicant if they would commit to not putting anything there over a certain height. Troy Ence replied that he would make that commitment. Jay Sandberg replied that staff has not had good experiences with good sight triangles. There being no further comment, Mayor Pro Tem Allen closed the public hearing. Council Member Pike commented he did not think that adding an additional two feet to the site elevation would be good for the neighbors. Council Member Almquist commented he felt this project was slightly less offensive than anything else proposed for the site. MOTION: A motion to approve the preliminary plat and outlying traffic patterns as submitted by the applicant was made by Council Member Almquist. SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Pike. VOTE: Mayor Pro Tem Allen called for a vote, as follows: Council Member Almquist - aye Council Member Pike - aye Council Member Shakespeare - aye Council Member Bunker - nay Mayor Pro Tem Allen - aye The motion carried. Mayor Pro Tem Allen called for a brief break. Upon conclusion of the break, the meeting continued. St. George City Council Minutes September 4, 2008 Page Eight PUBLIC HEARING/ZONE CHANGE/ORDINANCE: Public hearing to consider a zone change from A-1, RE-12.5, and RE-20 to Traditional Neighborhood District (TND) on 43 acres located at the southeast corner of 2000 South and 3000 East Streets in the Washington Fields area. Bart Coon, applicant. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson explained that two years ago a plat was approved for this site called Crimson Valley Estates under RE-12.5 zoning. The applicants decided not to proceed with the project and are now proposing a TND. There are single family subdivisions across the street to the west which have been approved but not built. The applicants propose 33,000 sq. ft. of commercial, either office or retail. 447 dwelling units are proposed with 35 single family homes, most on the perimeter. There are 42 twin homes and four plex units, and 240 dwelling units proposed in 10 three story buildings, each with 24 units. 100 units are proposed in the assisted living facility on the corner of the project and 30 in mixed use would be residential units above office or retail. The TND code does not have a density limit but is based on good design which means that the project integrates into the neighborhood in a good manner. The project has good aspects such as mixed use and Vision Dixie principles, but after two considerations by the Planning Commission, they unanimously recommended denial based on the mix of housing units. They felt ten three story buildings in this area was not the right mix and they asked the applicant to come back with primarily single family homes. The Planning Commission felt the project did not have the look or feel of a TND but instead an apartment complex. A number of neighbors spoke in opposition to the project. The buildings will have asphalt shingles, instead of tile roofs as spoken earlier. He advised that the project is in a rural area and a lot of the neighbors surrounding the project have large animals and are concerned about the high density project. There is an irrigation canal along 3000 East and a proposed equestrian trail. He advised that the applicant would have to widen 3000 East and improve the frontage. Council Member Pike commented he was not surprised the Planning Commission recommended denial as he did not think the project fits the area and does not appear to be a TND. Mayor Pro Tem Allen opened the public hearing. Jay Ballwinkle commented that the owners have to have the density to offset the cost of the open space. The project has a pool and trails and lots of open space. Making the units single family eats up a lot...


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Planning Commission Minutes 04/10/2007:
...e and endangered plant habitat and also a transportation network including trails. Case No. 2007-GPA-002Community Development Director Bob Nicholson said there has been a great deal of work done on this project for the last two years. This will be a mostly self-sufficient community upon build-out. There are sites designated for 7 elementary schools, 1 intermediate school, and 1 middle school/high school. He said one thing they would like to mention is the wash areas. The washes should be preserved in their natural state. The City wants natural looking washes through the area. The staff feels Orth-Rodgers has done a good job with road planning on this project. The master plan is proposing 13,007 total housing units. At some future point they will be looking for zone changes to implement the plan. Rick McBrier, SITLA official stated the history of the property is in the 1960's there was a man who was working for the University of Utah who was asked to go out and select certain lands for trade with BLM. As a result this block was put together. This block is about 10,000 acres. Today they are discussing 6,116 acres of this section of the south block. In about 2-3 months there will be work starting at the interchange. Then the road will be cut east.Rick McBrier introduced Doug Bushide who will be his replacement at SITLA after he retires. PLANNING COMMISSIONApril 10, 2007Page SixGary Wood, with the firm of EDAW from San Diego explained the Master Plan. The South Block plan has been underway for a number of years. There are some issues that need to be resolved and understood before they can move forward with this project. You really can’t do a master plan until you know where the master plan roads are going to be. Working with Orth-Rodgers they realized that they would need another major access. That is why they are looking to move River Road more to the east. A study of utilities was also completed for this project. This master plan is built upon the City’s general plan. Gary said other key components of the master plan are the infrastructure analysis of south block, and the south block street network analysis. Gary mentioned the technical reports and studies that have been conducted for the South Block area. He went over the South Block acreage inventory. The key components are the five residential neighborhoods. The neighborhoods are focused around the schools that will be located within each neighborhood. Commissioner Taylor asked about the locations of the schools. He is concerned about the location of the middle schools and high schools. Generally they are close to each other for interaction. These are some distance apart. Is there a reason for that.Gary replied that the middle school/high schools are together. The inter-mediate school is separate from these. Gary said the master plan includes retail/commercial. There is also residential and employment use. The parks and open space is about 2,200 acres. There are some future development areas which have not been identified to date for what type of use. Gary said they do anticipate higher density in some areas. The open space is connected with regional trails. The roadway and circulation plan is to been planned around collector roads. Rich Rommer a principal with Orth-Rodgers has been working with the staff on this project. To assure the traffic concerns are addressed - the roadway network exceeds the demand for this area. Gary Wood said the trails extend into Sun River. The rebuilding of the washes will provide a ...


Planning Commission Minutes 11/27/2007:
...e that gives them a 25% density bonus. They need to improve the parks and trails. They do have 2 trails on the north adjacent to the Little Valley Ranch subdivision. There is 100 ft. buffer between the homes and the property line. On their plan they have about 4.5 acres representing the development acres. They are going to have a 1.15 acre neighborhood park which will need to be managed by the HOA because it is too small for the City to maintain. Commissioner Campbell asked about the enhance landscaping. Bob replied that along Little Valley Road and Crimson Road the City requires a minimum of 10 ft. of landscape but they will need to do 20 ft. There will be a block wall on Little Valley Road but on Crimson Road there will not be. PLANNING COMMISSIONNovember 27, 2007Page Fifteen Assistant City Attorney Joseph Farnsworth said he spoke with Mr. Kulmann Assistant Secretary today and she stated they are in the process of working out a development agreement.Brent Phillips the developer said they are new to St. George. They have been developing in other parts of Utah for the last 20 years. Their homes will focus mainly on families. Their neighborhood would be a traditional family neighborhood. They have always put in parks. The trail system connects to the neighborhood master plan. They are seeking to have a zone change to an R-1-10 with a density bonus plan. On Little Valley side that is a 66 ft. right-of-way. This type of neighborhood has character. There is a park in the center of the project. There are single-story and two-story homes being proposed. There proposal would be sometime in 2008. Council Member Bunker asked about the entrance to the development, would there be a wall for the homes along that drive. Brent replied there would be walls for the residents on the entrance.Commissioner Bracken asked about the sewer lines and waterlines. Sean Glather said the infrastructure would come down Crimson Ridge. Mike McGregor a nearby resident said he is the only one that received notification on this project. He would suggest tabling this item so people can be notified that live there. He would personally like to see more of a buffer. He suggested that Commissioner Bracken abstain on voting due to the fact this would benefit his property financially. He feels this is a type of spot zoning. He said the subdivision has not been vacated. Gary Kulmann represents the applicant said they have full title reports. Regarding the maintenance on the parks they will cover that by doing a development agreement. The ordinance does require it to be in place during City Council. As far as infrastructure goes, this will be addressed during the last phase of this project. Maintenance of the some of the trails will be owned by the HOA and some by the City. That will be put in ...


Planning Commission Minutes 01/22/2008:
...ses. John said there is a design standard for 3000 East on the equestrian trails. He said the Open Space will be maintained by the HOA.Commissioner Read said is there a standard for how the equestrian trails are to be constructed and maintain. John said the parks and trails have a standard cross section that they use on 3000 East. Commissio...


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...ain the maintenance of the project. Commissioner Campbell asked about the trails. Rick said the trails come up those side canyons. Not all the canyons have the trails that have approval to date. They will have pedestrian gates that wi...


Planning Commission Minutes 10/10/2006:
...hey are looking at this parcel as an amenity type area where there will be trails. They already have in their plans to have the homes off the 100 ft. ridgeline single-story. Their water pressures are durable in some areas of the land. They will not build unless there is adequate pressure. Out of the 138 acres they would only use 54 acres as the buildable area.Thomas Partridge lives in Bloomington. He did not receive a letter from the City regarding this project. He feels that everyone in Bloomington is not in favor of this project. Dick Lee he said he thought this would remain open space. He is opposed to the change.Anne Rosa said she is concerned about the traffic. Wants to keep it open space.Todd Goss with the Southern Utah’s Climber’s Coalition said if something is open space then it should remain open space. Wayne Pace does not have an objection to having this changed. He stated that above the water tank there is a historic concrete arrow that was first used for navigation. The arrow belongs to the Sons of Utah Pioneers. He would not want development to block access to that historic arrow. Jamie Carpenter her group has been working with Kent Perkins to set aside land on the west side of Tonaquint . She indicated that SITLA owns a lot of land. She feels SITLA of all people should be accountable to preserve the open space.PLANNING COMMISSIONOctober 10, 2006Page SixLynn Taylor lives below the water tank. He has a continuous problem with people throwing things off the hill. He said if there are trails along the ridgeline then there should be some control of the area.Kamarie Naase presented slides of her backyard which backs the cliffs. She wants to know what heavy impact there will be on the site during construction. The public safety issue is a very important. She would like to see the setback from the ridgeline changed to 200 ft. Dr. Creed Evans said he is in favor of building the homes on the 53 acres. He thinks the water can be pumped up to that location. Kyle Pasley with SITLA said their overall use of the project is nothing more than what was approved with Tonaquint Terrace. This is the same vision they have as what has already being build with Tonaquint Terrace. They would be willing to do a more detail plan on the development.Raymond Kuehne stated rocks have come down from that hill. Raymond mentioned Dr. Creed Evans home and that he did not abide by the 100 ft. setback from the ridgeline. They’re concerned that the City has not been very vigilant in enforcing these types of provisions. Chairman Almquist asked staff to give a little history regarding the hillside ordinance’s requirement for the rock fall and mitigation and the history of the 100 ft. setback. Bob Nicholson said he is quite certain that Mr. Evans received a building permit before the 100 ft. setback was in place. The City has been very diligent in assuring that the setbacks are met since they had been adopted in 1991 for new subdivisions. Bob said rock fall is a serious concern. If there were blasting for a new subdivision then that would have to be looked at. Bob said he met with the Barry Barnum City Director for Water and Energy Services and he said water pressure is not there today. MOTION: Commissioner Burks made a motion to recommend to City Council denial of an amendment to the City General Plan to change the land use designation of OS (Open Space) to VLDR (Very Low Density Residential up to 1 du/ac). The site is located east of Tonaquint Drive and south (uphill) from the existing Southgate Hills subdivisions and Legacy Townhomes, to the ridgeline overlooking Bloomington. The area consists of approximately 54.0 acres. Ence Homes/SITLA applicant(s). denial for the amended Commissioner Taylor seconded the motion. Chairman Almquist asked Deputy City Attorney Paula Houston if the board needed to list any findings on their motion. Deputy City Attorney Paula Houston said it always a good idea to have them but no they are not required to do so. PLANNING COMMISSIONOctober 10, 2006Page SevenCommissioner Burks said his findings would be the aesthetics of the area and he feels this would become an eyesore for the City. Commissioner Taylor seconded that into the motion.All voted aye.Consider approval of an amendment to the City General Plan to change the land use designation of LDR (Low Density Residential) to COM (Commercial). The site is located west of River Road at about 1800 South, south of an LDS Chapel and west of Quail Valley Subdivision. The area consists of approximately 11.6 acres. Mr. And Mrs. Cottam, applicants. Case No. 2006-GPA-005Bob Nicholson Community Development Director presented a slide exhibits of the location. Bob pointed out the existing commercial areas on the General Master Plan. Bob said the comments to the applicant were that the City felt it had adequate commercial parcels on River Road. The applicant would like to limit their use to professional office uses. Jim Raines with Bush & Gudgell representing the applicant said the Cottam family has been working on this project for about a year now. Jim went over the goals and objectives of the Cottam family. One of those goals is that the commercial zone would minimize traffic and provide low impact development to residential area. Jim pointed out the green area buffer which is about 3 acres of the back side of Cottam’s property. It sits about 10-16 ft. below the Cottam’s property down in the elevation of Eagle’s Landing. Jim said they had a neighborhood meeting with about 20 or so local residents. They want to propose a professional business park. The area would be kept out the drop off area of the land. Jim presented a color rendering of the proposed business park. He presented a rendering of one-story office buildings that have the concept of a home. He feels this would be a different use for this area instead of a commercial/retail use.Commissioner Burks asked if hey have seen the letter from the St. George traffic. Jim said he has not seen the letter. Jim said his traffic impact would be about the same if it was zoned residential. Jason Griffith with NAI said the reason they did this plan is to show that it makes sense. One comment they received from the residents in Eagle’s Landing is they would like to have the tamarack’s removed and have trees planted and the area landscape. He said he has had interest with local residents to have offices in that location. Vic Lopez said he is concerned about the speed on River Road. He is wondering about traffic lights in the future. He doesn’t know if this commercial property would impact the traffic worst for this area.PLANNING COMMISSIONOctober 10, 2006Page EightCarol Green said she likes the changes they have made. She is concerned about the traffic. She said they counted 300 parking spaces for this development on the site plan. That is a concern.Mark Bradshaw spoke on the speed of the traffic on River Road. Rick Snyder City Traffic Engineer said there are traffic problems in this neighborhood. Rick explained that any time there is a change to the General Plan for it’s use then it takes time for the City to review other plans such as traffic to adjust to that use. He doesn’t know when this would be resolved. Jim Raines said if they go commercial they would go with a Traffic Impact Study and they would be able to supply a more detail report on the traffic issues. Commissioner Taylor said he can see that a professional park would be positive for the community and the City. He would like to make sure that it would be an PD zone. Jim Raines said the Cottam’s would be willing to change their request tonight from Commercial to Administrative Professional Offices.Deputy City Attorney Paula Houston indicated that the City will have a hearing at the City Council level. So Planning Commission can proceed without re-noticing residents about the change of use.MOTION: Commissioner Taylor made a motion to recommend to City Council approval of an amendment to the City General Plan to change the land use designation of LDR (Low Density Residential) to AP/PD(Commercial). The site is located west of River Road at about 1800 South, south of an LDS Chapel and west of Quail Valley Subdivision. The area consists of approximately 11.6 acres, Mr. And Mrs. Cottam, applicants and allowing this property to be zoned office professional. Commissioner Campbell seconded the motion. All voted aye.ZONE CHANGE - PUBLIC HEARING (5:00)Consider a zone change request from R-1-10 (Single Family Residential) to PD (Planned Development) for Los Colinas (formerly The Willows) Note: a name change will be required to avoid confusion with existing Villa de Colina; on 52 acres located south of Pioneer Road (adjacent to Calvary Church.) SCH Properties, applicant, Mr. Steve Wilson, Gilson Engineering, representative. Case No. 2006-ZCA-018Planner Ray Snyder presented the item by stating the item is not only requesting R-1-10 to be zoned changed but also to include OS (Open Space) land. Ray pointed out that this was before PLANNING COMMISSIONOctober 10, 2006Page Ninethe Planning Commission on September 26th as a discussion item. Ray continued to state that the property is bordered by the Virgin River along the north side, SITLA on the south and Pioneer Road along the east; generally located south of Pioneer Road and adjacent to Calvary Chapel Church. The applicant proposes to develop 193 residential lots ranging in size from 5,000 sq. ft. to more than 15,000 sq. ft. Ray went over staff’s comments;1) If the zone change is approved the applicant will proceed with plat submittals (preliminary plat and final plat).2) A TIS has been done with the following conditions attached; a. The proposed development roads should be constructed per the City of St. George standards. b. Construct and widen the west side of Pioneer Road to the full half width (Minor Arterial) and include right turn deceleration lanes at both accesses. c. Remove the Calvary Chapel driveway when the new shared driveway becomes operational. d. All signing and striping shall conform to City of St. George and MUTCD standards.3) A public trail is to be constructed within the sewer line easement.4) The sewer lift station will br removed and a gravity flow line along the river will be installed.5) Calvary Church and the applicant are making a land exchange; additional parking will result for the church.6) A deceleration lane is required on Pioneer Road in front of Calvary Chapel and this subdivision.7) The property sits on a bluff approximately 25 ft. to 30 ft. above the river, except for the lots by the proposed park.8) A City park is included in the proposal.9) All dwellings will be single family residences, with a combination fo one-story (1 story) up to fifteen (15') high and two-story homes with roof heights up to twenty-five feet (25').10) All streets within the project are proposed to be public streets.11) An agreement is required; the applicant proposes to give the City an easement for the sewer line in return for the City committing to constructing the City park and the PD zone change.City Engineer Jay Sandberg said they have been working on getting a sewer line easement. The City’s proposal is to build a trail on the easement. The City would like to move forward with that. Jay feels the park should be looked at separately. He believes this is something the Planning Commission would like to recommend. Jay also pointed out that the rock berm needs to be extended out along the Virgin River. Mike Richardson said they have been working with City staff. The conceptual layout shows what they have been working out with City staff. The park that will be in the subdivision will be PLANNING COMMISSIONOctober 10, 2006Page Tena public park. They will work with the City in putting in a trail system. Mike spoke on the land exchange with Calvary Church.Steve Wilson from Gilson Engineering wants to make it clear that they will provide the park and trail system on top of the sewer line.Rick Nuard pastor of Calvary Chapel said they like the idea of the park and they are part of the sewer plan. He feels this would be good for the community. They are in favor of this project.Jeff Franklin assistant pastor of Calvary Chapel said this will be a definite win for the church in for the public park and public trails.MOTION: Commissioner Taylor made a motion to recommend to City Council approval of a zone change request from R-1-10 (Single Family Residential) to PD (Planned Development) for Los Colinas (formerly The Willows) Note: a name change will be required to avoid confusion with existing Villa de Colina; on 52 acres located south of Pioneer Road (adjacent to Calvary Church.) SCH Properties, applicant, Mr. Steve Wilson, Gilson Engineering, representative, to include staff’s comments and recognize the public trails and park to be developed by the developer. Commissioner Bracken sec...


Planning Commission Minutes 01/08/2008:
...ensity could “ear” the increased density through the provision of parks, trails, and open space. A minimum of 15% of the developable land area would be required for neighborhood parks, trails, or open space. If the neighborhood park is at least 3 acres in size the City will take over the long term maintenance of the park. If less than 3 acres in size an HOA will be required to maintain the park and also any trails that are not part of the public trail system.Bob went over the new s...


Planning Commission Minutes 12/11/2007:
...other details as deemed applicable by staff.Dan Clark with SunRoc said the trails are block so no one will use those trails. MOTION: Commissioner Taylor made motion to recommend to City Counc...


Planning Commission Minutes 01/10/2006:
...le-family lots. The applicant will donate part of the area for equestrian trails. Mark said staff comments are; 1) the request would be consistent with the general plan land use map based on density, 2) a copy of the draft development agreement should be available at the Planning Commission meeting. Questions on dedications, improvements, and maintenance are to be addressed, and 3) the proposed layout appears to meet the City’s goal and objectives with the street layout and connectivity, lot frontage, and continuation of the equestrian trail.Cameron Cutler representing Foresite Development said in the layout of this land they have to include the extension of Seegmiller being the full width and Washington Fields canal. This limits the area of developable lots. The one thing they are trying to do is to keep these lots and homes smaller so they can be lower price homes. The draft of the developers agreement does state the right-of-ways that would be dedicated to the City for the exterior roads. The equestrian trails will be maintained by the HOA and the area just north of the canal w...


Planning Commission Minutes 06/22/2010:
...fics concerning timing, location, ownership, and responsibility for future trails, parks, and open space be required prior to approval of the construction drawings, final plat, or future phases.Staff recommends approval subject to the same conditions of approval of original development in 2006 as described above.MOTION: Commissioner Hullinger made a motion to recommend to City Council approval for a preliminary plat request Tonaquint Heights” to create three (3) individually owned residential lots. Commissioner Taylor seconded the motion. All voted aye. Development Services Manager Jay Sandberg asked the board to hear the Conditional Use Permit that accompanies the preliminary plat for Tonaquint Heights. The Conditional Use Permit was read into the record.CONDITIONAL USE PERMITA. Consider a request for a conditional use permit to cluster 73 lots on 89.58 acres within the Tonaquint Heights subdivision. The property owner is SITLA, the applicant is Quality Development, LLC, Bush & Gudgell is the representative. The property is located at approximately 2500 South on Tonaquint Drive. The zoning is R-1-40 Single Family Residential 40,000 square feet minimum lot size). Case No. 2010-CUP-008Planner I Craig Harvey said this request is to permit clustering of 73 lots into 89.58 acres that result in an overall density of 0.81 du per acre in the Tonaquint Heights subdivision. Craig went over the criteria for development in the R-1-40 zone (see Section 10, Chapter 7, Section 10-7B-6: Modifying Regulations: F.)PLANNING COMMISSIONJune 22, 2010Page ThreeCraig said each phase has to stand on its own. But Phase 4 may not meet the open space requirement. Craig said if Planning Commission recommends approval, then staff would recommend that all phases of the subdivision must meet the clustering requirements independently.Commissioner Taylor asked if this is the same design that was presented before or is this different. Jay replied it will be the same nothing has changed. The sizes of lots are still the same. Jay said the 3-lot subdivision staff is proposing to be approved tonight as well as the overall clustering for the entire subdivision. There are some comments in the development agreement that the trails and open space will be taken care of. Staff met with the developer ...


Planning Commission Minutes 09/13/2011:
...February 7, 2008 with primarily two objectives:Have neighborhood parks and trails (i.e., subdivision amenities) provided by developers concurrently with new subdivision development, andTransfer the burden of providing neighborhood parks and trails from the general taxpayer to the subdivision developer.This chapter ...


Planning Commission Minutes 07/22/2008:
...he program, additional density is achieved through the provision of parks, trails and open space. A minimum of 15% of the development area must be set aside for parks, trails or other open space in order to achieve a 25% density increase over ...


Planning Commission Minutes 06/13/2006:
... the west they have indicated they will try to match the sidewalk with the trails. The sewer is coming up from Bloomington and under construction right now. Staff comments are;1. Resolve the use for Area 1.7. SITLA has contracted with Ivory Homes to develop the remaining portion of the residential area of Hidden Valley. Staff supports the four lots fronting the Desert Hills Subdivision and the twinhome concept. Staff does not support the triplexes based on the whole concept of patio homes. The applicants make a valid point that the PD text does not state detached. However, the PD text makdes reference to 4500 sq. ft. and the applicants recognize that patio homes in St. George are interpreted as detached.PLANNING COMMISSIONJune 13, 2006Page Eleven 2, Traffic related conditions of approval are: • Require right turn lanes and left turn pockets at the intersection of Hidden Valley Drive and roads labeled “Neighborhood Entrance Road.” Right-in and right-out only at entrance to Casitas Phase 1/Hidden Valley Drive (no break in median) as shown. • Developer has agreed in principle enter into a development agreement to pay for traffic impacts - specifically Brigham Road widening, and signals on Brigham road. This agreement needs to be finalized. • The 50' local street and 58' Neighborhood collector needs to meet the City’s approved standard/alternate cross-sections. Specially City does not allow modified curb with sidewalk against curb. And the minimum asphalt width is greater than that shown.3. Subject to PD standards (i.e., building setbacks, separations, parking spaces, etc.). Planning staff will review with construction drawings. Setbacks should be determined for the single family lots.4. Walls, street trees, etc, shall be complied with.5. Elevations of the proposed building types are going to be provided to staff.Chairman Almquist asked if they have interior trails? Jay said they have some.Colin Wright with Ivory Homes said the tra...


Planning Commission Minutes 09/26/2006:
...e City gave a slide presentation regarding the parks, recreation, arts and trails on the Master Plan Update for the City of St. George. She indicated the biggest needs in the City is Neighborhood Parks. She said they would like the neighborhood parks to be 4-10 acres. Currently the City has 92 acres worth of neighborhood parks. They are also hoping for Community Parks that will be partially funded by impact fees. Community parks would range in size from 20-50 acres. Currently the City has 394 acres of community parks. She said they are recommending that in new development that the developer provide 4 acres per 1000 residents for neighborhood parks. Jan went over the recreation use for the City of St. George. Trails are the most used facility in the City from all age groups. There are currently 35 miles of existing trails. For future trails they made a list of priorities. Jan said their next action is to ta...


Planning Commission Minutes 10/11/2005:
...h Lewis the applicant said the flood did reach the southeast corner of the trails next to this parcel. He pointed out the plateau on the map stating that it is approximately 50 ft. from the flow line of the river. Commissioner Bracken said staff should look at that and the possible flooding area. Commissioner Stout said there is a small portion of land along Riverside Drive which is owned by the City, are you purchasing that property from the City? Rich said no but there has been a great deal of discussion about it. They tossed the idea around but he told the City he would like to landscape that portion and have an HOA maintain the grounds.Rich stated that some of the homes backyards will be fairly close to Riverside Drive. Rich Lewis said they would try to landscape the area along Riverside Drive in such a way that it took on kind of a Spanish appeal. He said there is nothing that cuts sound except maybe a tree line. Commissioner Campbell said berming works well for a sound barrier. Doug Pierce spoke about the trails and the water. He also spoke about chances of water getting to that site is almost none. MOTION: Commissioner Stout made a motion to recommend to City Council approval of a zone change request from R-1-10 (Single Family Residential) and R-3 (Multiple Family Residential) to R-1-8 (Single Family Residential) on 24.30 acres located south of Foremaster Ridge between the new portion of Riverside Drive and the Virgin River approximately 2000 East Riverside Drive. Mr. Rich Lewis, applicant. Commissioner Clayton seconded the motion. All voted aye.PLANNING COMMISSIONOctober 11, 2005Page ThreeB. Consider a zone change request from R-2 (Multiple Family Residential) and C-3 (General Commercial) to PD (Planned Development) Residential on 32.89 acres located southeast of the Riverside Drive and Foremaster Drive intersection. The area is referred to as Netta’s Knoll. Mr. Craig Hopkinson, representative. Case No. 2005-ZC-028Commissioner Clayton stepped down due to conflict of interest. Planner Mark Bradley said since the meeting Mr. Hopkinson has brought in some changes to his plans. They were showing 198 and the maximum was 173. There is also an update to the traffic study. The applicant will discuss the revisions they have made on these plans.Mark read into the record staff’s comments;1) Last meeting staff recommended the rezone request be taken in a two-step process. The first meeting would serve as a presentation, public input, and discussion. The second meeting could be an action item. However, there are yet some unresolved areas that have not been addressed, which would merit an additional meeting.2) The request is consistent with the general plan land use, with the exception of the proposed number of units. The proposed number of units is 198; the allowable number of units is 173.3) A revised site plan layout is required based on the number of allowable dwelling units of 173 with hillside density. The slope percentages and density formula is based on the previous hillside ordinance.4) The architectural design of the buildings (i.e., relief in the buildings heights/rooftops) and placement of structures along the hillside with the natural terrain are supportive elements of the City general plan and design guidelines.5) The Planning Commission should have a comfort level on the height of the buildings upon the knoll and where the buildings are placed on the hillside. A site visit could take plan and/or a rendering of the buildings super-imposed on the hillside could be requested.6) Subject to a hillside development permit and conditions pertaining to the permit.7) Subject to building setback of 30 ft. from ridge line.8) Subject to a traffic impact study requirements.9) Subject to working out the alignment and details (easement and/or improvements) of the Middleton Wash Trail prior to preliminary plat approval.10) The applicant is to provide additional landscape (xeriscape) area to meet the requirement. The landscape plans are to meet the hillside review board recommendation and be prepared by a licensed landscape architect.11) Determine with which phase and/or buildings the various amenities are to be completed.PLANNING COMMISSIONOctober 11, 2005Page FourNEW COMMENTSA. The Planning Commission requested exhibits that would show the building relationship to the land. On Wednesday afternoon (October 5, 2005) staff received one large revised site plan exhibit. Staff will review the plan prior to the meeting and provide comment. B. This area was part of a previous overall traffic study. The City Traffic Engineer has requested an update to the study now that the Riverside Drive extension has been constructed.Craig Hopkinson representative for the applicant said at the last Planning Commission meeting they discussed the 21 units which would have been most visible from Foremaster Ridge. They have since eliminated those units. They revised the street plan so that from Foremaster Ridge you won’t be able to see any traffic from this site whatsoever. Craig said building 8 would be the highest building on the project.MOTION: Commissioner Taylor made a motion to recommend to City Council approval for a zone change request from R-2 (Multiple Family Residential) and C-3 (General Commercial) to PD (Planned Development) Residential on 32.89 acres located southeast of the Riverside Drive and Foremaster Drive intersection. The area is referred to as Netta’s Knoll. Mr. Craig Hopkinson, representative, included are the conditions described in staff’s comments items #1 through #11. Commission Campbell seconded the motion. DISCUSSION ON MOTIONCommissioner Stout asked staff if they need to condition this motion for the update of the traffic study. Mark replied if they were comfortable with what the conditions were from the last meeting then they would at least place those conditions on the motion. It would also be conditioned upon a Hillside Development Permit which is the next item. Any traffic recommendations would need to be conditioned as well. Mark said all the standards of the PD are to be met. All voted ayeHILLSIDE DEVELOPMENT PERMITConsider a request for a hillside development permit for a proposed multiple family residential development located on the Netta’s Knoll, southeast of Foremaster Drive and Riverside Drive intersection. Mr. Craig Hopkinson, representative. Case No. 2005-HS-014PLANNING COMMISSIONOctober 11, 2005Page FivePlanner Mark Bradley said this item was tabled on September 13, 2005 because it is associated with the zone change request listed as Item #1B of this Planning Commission agenda. Mark said the Hillside Review Board visited the site and recommended approval subject to the following conditions:1) Allow additional cuts for road access width for emergency services and identify the proposed access as a pre-disturbed area.2) Building structures on blue clay are to be on piers.3) Water that falls in the developed area be captured and carried to the street.4) Landscaping shall be xeriscape with minimum waters usage using desert rocks and boulders where appropriate and contain a minimum lawn area.5) The buildings as planned will meet the required setbacks from the cuesta on the one side (southwest corner).Chairman Almquist asked if the roads have different standards when they are built on clay. Cathy Hasfurther City Engineer said they do - they excavate down 3 ft. and come back and put in a treated base. Craig Hopkinson said on the overall plan the geotech company identified the blue clay layers. Even with the geotechnical recommendations they are even saying a minimum of 15 ft. above the blue clay layer. They are not really into a blue clay situation for this parcel. MOTION: Commissioner Stout made a motion to recommend to City Council approval of a request for a hillside development permit for a proposed multiple family residential development located on the Netta’s Knoll, southeast of Foremaster Drive and Riverside Drive intersection. Mr. Craig Hopkinson, representative, subject to Hillside Review Board recommendations #1 through #5 listed in the staff’s report. Commissioner Bracken seconded the motion. All voted aye.Commissioner Clayton returned to his seat.GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENTSA. Consider a request to amend the General Plan - Land Use Map to change the land use designation of Low Density Residential (up to 4 dwelling units per acre) to Medium Density Residential (up to 9 dwelling units per acre) on property located at the southwest corner of the intersection of Dixie Drive and Mesa Palms Drive. The area consists of approximately 13.20 acres. Mr. Kelly Erickson, representative. Case No. 2005-GPA-004Planner Mark Bradley said some of this area consist of PD and R-3's in the surrounding area. Mark presented slides on the site area. The area is a phase of the Planned Development. This PLANNING COMMISSIONOctober 11, 2005Page Sixproperty is a phase of the Mesa Palms Planned Development (phase 4). Mark said the property should compliment or tie into the original Planned Development. Staff recommends the land use designation remain the same based on the existing zoning and being a part of an existing planned development. The three story buildings as shown on the exhibit for this area would be inconsistent with the Mesa Palms development based on the type of the development and the nature of the topography.Mark stated if this is approved the applicant would be allowed up to 9 units per acre. Kelly Erickson representative for the applicant said they are proposing 117 units. Mesa Palms is one of the first sites that encounter problems with expansion soils. Out of the 117 units they are proposing 27 affordable units. The remaining units would range to medium to higher cost unit. He said the whole project will be built on piers. They will have block walls which will buff them off of Mesa Palms. Kelly said part of the project will have a pool and a club house. Bob Nicholson Community Development Director said the key issue for Planning Commission this evening is to decide whether 3-story units would be appropriate in this location. A home in this area would be one story or a story and a half. You usually don’t put three-story buildings on this type of soil. Commissioner Clayton said he has a problem with the height of the building. He feels this location does not support 3-story buildings.Commissioner Bracken feels they should spread the units out and not have quite so many.Commissioner Taylor said he feels Planning Commission still needs to look at this to see if it would be compatible for this area.Rick Wells with Mesa Consulting Group said the proposed development is surrounding with single-family dwellings. He feels this would fit into the area. Commissioner Clayton said he would call a question on this but he has a proposal. He wants the applicant to come back and show how the 3-story building would impact the hillside or his motion would be to recommend denial to City Council. Chairman Almquist asked if there were any objections to the question. Chairman Almquist asked the applicant if they would be in favor of tabling this item. PLANNING COMMISSIONOctober 11, 2005Page SevenKelly Erickson said they would be happy to table their request and come back in two weeks to address the concerns which were presented tonight. MOTION: Commissioner Clayton made a motion to table this item with the applicant coming back with additional information. Commissioner Burks seconded the motion. All voted aye.B. Consider a request to amend the General Plan - Land Use Map to change the land use designation of Rural Residential (up to 2 dwelling units per acre) to Low Density Residential (up to 4 dwelling units per acre) on property located at the northwest corner of the intersection of 2000 South and 3000 East. The area consists of approximately 19.40 acres. Quality Development, applicant. Case No. 2005-GPA-003C. Consider a request to amend the General Plan - Land Use Map to change the land use designation of Rural Residential (up to 2 dwelling units per acre) to Low Density Residential (up to 4 dwelling units per acre) on property located at the southwest corner of the future intersection of 1800 South and 3000 East. The area consists of approximately 10 acres. Mr. Charles West, applicant. Case No. 2005-GPA-005Bob Nicholson Community Development Director suggested they hear item B and C together. East of this proposed area is Serenity Hills. Bob presented the current General Plan map. When the City developed the General Plan they drew a line that would be Rural Residential which would be 2 units per acre. The other section of Little Valley has sewer and this would be 4 units per acre. In recent months there have been a number of transactions where land is being sold to developers. They need to take a look at Little Valley and decide what they would like Little Valley to be. Washington City owns most of Washington Fields. In their general Plan they offer 1 unit per acre but they offer a bonus if the developer donates some of the parcel for parks/trails or open space. City of St. George needs to see what they want for Little Valley and what they want it to look like 10-20 years from now. As they look towards the future do they want to promote 1 acre lots or do they want to do something more compact. Bob said what they did on the Bridle Gate subdivision was cluster their lots but their overall density was still 2 units per acre. Bob said amenities would be trails, horse parks and even affordable housing could be put in the mix. B...


Planning Commission Minutes 05/24/2011:
... PLAN AMENDMENT – PUBLIC HEARING (5:00 P.M.)Consider amending the City’s Trails Master Plan. The applicant is the City of St George. Case No. 2011-GPA-004 Laura Taylor said the last time changes had been done on the trail system was in 2006. Laura presented a power point presentation of the propose changes. She spoke on the bike and walking trails and how they work together. Since a number of trails are in the flood plain they have to work with the environmental group. Laura said they have worked with UDOT and Washington City in the planning for the Southern Parkway. There is documentation on where they have natural trails and put them on the trails map. Laura said they are working with Road Master plan so they can work together and make connections. Commissioner Taylor asked how many miles of trail does the City have.Laura replied they have 44 miles of paved trails. She said they have recently documented the unpaved trails but she does not have the number for that. Laura said FEMA has agreed to give them 75% monetary to repair the trails from the damage was done during the flooding.MOTION: Commissioner Hullinger made a motion to recommend to City Council approval for amending the City’s Trails Master Plan. Commissioner Nobis seconded the motion. All voted aye...


Planning Commission Minutes 08/08/2006:
...ovided. Details on whether or not the developer is going to construct the trails or set a size property for the trails are yet to be discussed.13. Road construction over the washes.14. Plantations Drive alignment along the “Cottages” development. There should be at least a minimum 10 ft. offset from the privacy walls of the Cottages North development.15. All roads are planned to be public streets.16. The Hillside Review Board visited the site on July 21, 2005. An overall hillside development permit was requested. The Hillside Review Board agreed with the concept but recognized that a hillside development permit would be required for each applicable area with the exception of the man-made gravel site at a southeast corner of the project boundary. Rick Rosenberg from Rosenberg & Associates said there are some items on the condition’s list they have already addressed. They have been working closely with the City for the trails and the public concept. They have taken the existing hiking and mountain trails and redeveloped open corridors. This project in 1994 and 2000 had a golf course approval. Instead of a golf space they will put in recreation use such as trail heads, mountain bike trails. They have met with the Fire Department and have chosen a location within the project. The streets are proposed to be public PLANNING COMMISSIONAugust 8, 2006Page Thirteenstreets. This meets the requirements of Hillside Review Board. Rick said they will come back for individual zone changes on the parcels.Commissioner Burks asked if the traffic study will address the two-lane bridge? Rick replied the traffic study makes recommendations for the full development of Dixie Drive, which would encompass the bridge. It does not establish any participation costs onto this project for the bridge specifically. It does further point to the south particularly the intersections of Sunbrook Drive, Canyon View Drive, and Plantations Drive.Council Member Bunker asked if they will be using the Traditional Neighborhood idea? Rick said they will in the south area of the project and they will be looked at very carefully.Kurt Lesher a resident said he has concern about the traffic and environment. He would not like to see this change. Allan Trivino said he is concerned about the road near Cottages North and the noise. Rick Rosenberg said the distance southwest of Cottages North and the roadway varies as it goes to the north. The road is up ways to 80 ft. to 100 ft. up in that point. The most narrow point has always been at the intersection of Canyon View Drive. The overhead power poles are exactly 80 ft. from the block wall that has been built. They moved it over approximately 10 ft. right at the intersection and then it gets bigger as it goes to the north. It would probably average about 30 ft. from the back fence of Cottages North. Carl Starr from Cottages North said he is concerned about Canyon View Drive being used as a construction entrance because this is their only entrance.Rick said there are accesses via the Sunbrook Drive on the north, the Canyon View Drive entrance. The proposal right now in the first phase is the completion of Plantations Drive. There are some gravel resources on the site that they are planning to utilize. Chairman Almquist said for the record that this is very broad in nature and there will be more opportunities for public comment during zone changes and plats coming forth. Commissioner Taylor said he has not seen this property closely enough. He would like a site visit before they vote on this item.MOTION: Commissioner Taylor made a motion to table the request to have time to visit the site. Commissioner Campbell seconded the motion. All voted aye. PLANNING COMMISSIONAugust 8, 2006Page FourteenChairman Almquist made a date for August 15th at 5:00 p.m. Bob Nicholson said they will meet at the end of Canyon View Drive and will ask City Council to join them. HILLSIDE DEVELOPMENT PERMITSA. Consider a request for a hillside development permit for “Dixie View Planned Development” located on the west side of the St. George Industrial Park at approximately 1100 East and 500 North. Mr. Jim Haslem, applicant. Case No. 2006-HS-008Bob Nicholson Community Development Director said this is a site that has already been disturbed. This is the old section of the Dixie Mobile Estates. This site was mostly graded about 25 years ago for utility lines and roads. The applicant wants to change the zoning. Bob pointed out the rock outcropping area that will not be disturbed. The project development meets the requirements of the hillside code, and the fact the site has been mostly graded years ago is the reason staff recommends approval of the Hillside Development Permit.MOTION: Commissioner Burks made a motion to recommend to City Council approval of a request for a hillside development permit for “Dixie View Planned Development” located on the west side of the St. George Industrial Park at approximately 1100 East and 500 North, Mr. Jim Haslem, applicant. Commissioner Nobis seconded the motion. All voted aye.B. Consider a request for a hillside development permit for a proposed master planned community called “The Trails” located at approximately 4200 North, east of State Highway 18 (U-1). QRS Development, applicant. Case No. 2006-HS-009Bob Nicholson said this is the Trails Planned Development. There are a several trails throughout the project some are paved and some are not. Bob pointed out on the slope map the areas that are 20% slope. There are a few areas above 20% that will be disturbed. Where it is 30% slope they can only disturb 10% of it. The Hillside Review Board has recommended approval. Bob said some staff’s comments listed below are not necessarily conditions but merit discussion and resolution: 1. PD Zone; this is a Planned Development zone and conditions or development standards for such zone may be applied to the motion.2. Drainage; all drainage issues shall be mitigated to the satisfaction of the Development Services Department. The preliminary drainage study indicates that the system shall, convey the 100-year upstream runoff through the site and reduce peak flows to pre-development levels. The storm drain flows shall contain the 10-year storm event, while the 100-year stormPLANNING COMMISSIONAugust 8, 2006Page Fifteen event shall be contained in the right-of-way and storm basins. The future pads shall be raised above the right-of-way to ensure runoff will not cause damage. A detailed storm drain design will be provided with each construction phase.3) Drainage/SFR; note that a drainage plan is also required for each individual home as developed.4) Soils; all geotechnical issues shall be mitigated to the satisfaction of the Development Services Department. The preliminary geotechnical study submitted addresses the following issues: subgrade preparation, excavation, compaction, materials, grading of slopes, drainage, grading observations, potential rock fall hazards, foundations, and pavement.5) No-build zones; the no-build zones shall be conveyed to the Homeowner’s Association (HOA) and shall not be a part of individual lot ownership. This shall be included in the CC&R’s6) Insignificant & Isolated Slopes; the board recommends that those isolated areas indicated for disturbance on the slope map which are not significant and not contiguous may be disturbed as provided by Section 10-13A-5(B)(3).7) HSRB Approval; the Hillside Review Board recommended approval of the project as presented (unanimously). MOTION: Commissioner Taylor made a motion to recommend to City Council approval of a request for a hillside development permit for a proposed master planned community called “The Trails” located at approximately 4200 North, east of State Highway 18 (U-1...


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Planning Commission Minutes 04/24/2007:
...e proposed number of units will be 480 units. There will be 8.30 acres of trails, 4.17 for a central park, 1.30 for a hillside park, 1.43 acres for green courts and 5.10 preserved bluff. Bob pointed out the long term plan from the development proposal. There has been a design manual that has been adopted for TND projects and also a TND development code. Both can be purchased through the City. Bob read Section 10-8A-1 into the record on the purpose and characteristics of a TND. Bob read the staff comments which are very specific on the TND Ordinance and Design Manual. (On file at City office).Bob pointed out a proposed 5-acre neighborhood park where on the corner would be a mixed use building, possibly a daycare center.Bob presented slides of homes in other cities where subdivisions had tree line streets, 5 ft. front setbacks and driveways in the rear of the homes. Jeff Winston Planning Consultant comments were read into the record.PLANNING COMMISSIONApril 24, 2007Page NineBob said there should be a church site somewhere in the project. The number of homes and units warrant this.Planner John Willis presented slides of a typical TND. He pointed out that the commercial areas should integrate with the rest of the development. John said they had Joe Alfandre, a TND builder and consultant review the plans. His comments and suggestions were read and his drawings were reviewed.Curt Gordan with Desert Canyon Development is the representative for Summerset. He feels their project addresses everything that the TND Ordinance requires. One of the main goals is obtaining affordable housing. The difference between a single-family lot and multi-family lot is not very much. Curt presented a power point presentation. He indicated that he would not like to see single-family homes fronting arterial roads. Curt said they disagree with the comments from City staff in that there should be alleyways. He feels that single-family lots with driveways facing the street would be more acceptable. Curt feels they have created a pedestrian-friendly community. Jim Raines with Bush & Gudgell had looked at various TNDs and spent a lot of time with builders in the area and talking to them about what is marketable. They found that most TNDs are not affordable and tend to become a higher end product. In looking at the Summerset project, they are at the very outer reaches of the St. George area. They understood that the other elements were important but come later. The first building block must provide the necessary rooftops to support other uses. The specific design elements from other projects were compared. Jim said they want to take the TND concepts and apply them in the St. George market. They also want to keep them affordable. He saw a need for single-family detached homes. Density issues seemed to have gone away and quality and design elements seemed to have become the focus. They found that most young families are active and want access to trails and parks. Pocket parks were discussed. The intent was to provide something nice without having a big HOA fee. Their preference was to include public amenities and avoid large HOA fees. Setback concerns raised previously were addressed in their plan. Pedestrian and equestrian trails would be separated by a berm. Lots would access riding areas directly without trespassing across private property. Jim remarked that there are a great deal of trails proposed in the project. Trails would be 10-feet wide within a 30-foot landscaped median. They looked seriously at fronting the roads, however, they wanted to slow traffic down and make the roads pedestrian-friendly. Jim gave a slide presentation showing various examples of what was proposed. Various aspects within the proposed park were described. Curt Gordon pointed out that all of the colored areas on the map showed trails leading to the central park. Jim Raines described the different types of trails. The proposed pocket parks were shown. Two transit stops would be provided within the project. The neighborhood center PLANNING COMMISSIONApril 24, 2007Page Tenconcept was discussed. Thirteen live-work units were described which would include a mix of residential and commercial units. A mixed-use building was also proposed as rooftops are built. The central plaza area could be used for gatherings and other uses. Housing diversity issues were discussed. The intent was to have different types of housing. They tried to put different sizes and values of lots throughout the community. Lot sizes were presented. Jim Raines presented examples of alley-loaded products. Twin homes would appear to be single-family attached homes which would be attached in the rear. They would be less expensive but yet maintain the value of the project. With town homes they were trying to work with the topography of the site. A cross section of the entry was shown. An example of a typical street scape was displayed. Councilwoman Bunker was concerned about the alleyways and asked what had been seen in other projects that caused him concern. Jim Raines remarked that in other projects there were problems with circulation and parking and many thought that the property would have been better used in a backyard. He also expressed concern with garbage collection issues. The marketability of alleys was also of concern. Jim Raines commented that utilities could also not be accessed from alleyways and they would be required to be out front. Curt Gordon showed a photo of a local alley-loaded product in Coral Canyon that was very unsuccessful. Bob Nicholson brought up the issue of City-maintained pocket parks. The City’s position on alleys was to include a mixture of both homes with front driveways and homes with alleys. He referred to other products that contained a mixture of alley loaded products. Chairman Almquist opened the public hearing.Bob Roth identified himself and representing Western Rock products, which is an adjoining property owner. They were in the process of mining and excavating the adjoining site. He expected the operation to continue for at least the next 18 years. He noted that the project would be bordered on at least two sides by commercial operations. Scott Roper stated that he lives adjacent to the proposed project. He expressed concerns with traffic.David Harris a Little Valley Ranches resident, was impressed by the level of detail put into the development. He owns horse property and agreed that the equestrian buffer was too small. He asked that be reconsidered. He thought the proposed density was too high.PLANNING COMMISSIONApril 24, 2007Page ElevenAaron Prisbee lives adjacent to the proposed project. He had researched TNDs, studied the plan, and read the ordinance. He did not believe that what was proposed was a TND. He thought the maps were completely different than what was shown in the photographs. He referred to the buffer zone and remarked that he and his neighbors owned horses, goats, and other animals. Many kept their animals in the rear of their properties. He thought the proposed buffer was inadequate and should be increased. He had a 42,000 square foot lot and was concerned that directly behind him would be much smaller lots. Jeff Frazier a neighbor, commended the designers and developers for what he viewed as a great plan. He was concerned, however, with integrating the proposed project into the local area. He referred to the site map and identified geological formations in the area. He hoped the hillsides, bluff areas and Fort Pierce Wash would be preserved for all to enjoy. He urged the Planning Commission to be sensitive to the environment and avoid crowding into beautiful areas. Traffic concerns were described. Becky Roper asked who would maintain the landscaping and parks in the proposed project. Chair Almquist stated that the larger park would possibly become a City park. Maintenance of the streetscapes, pocket parks, and trails was still undecided but should be an HOA responsibility. Mrs. Roper was concerned about traffic and hoped the roads would go in first. Currently there were no sidewalks in the area and children were having difficulty walking to school safely since there were no sidewalks. She didn’t want to see homes built so close behind them. For a certain part of the year they also have permission to keep pigs for 4-H. She wanted to make sure that her rights are protected. William Winkle a neighboring resident agreed that there was need for affordable housing but felt the proposed project would work better elsewhere. He expressed concern with the infrastructure, the buffer, and maintenance of trails and open space areas. He didn’t want to see them become run down. ...


Planning Commission Minutes 04/25/2006:
...ks Planning Department (Jody Barone and Ryan Budge) regarding the park and trails. Agreements are to be finalized prior to proceeding with any preliminary plats.PLANNING COMMISSIONApril 25, 2006Page Six5. The Planning Commission should be aware of the cumulative number of dwelling units in Areas 4, 5, and 14, which are located along Highway 18. There are proposed 465 dwelling units (half of the total units) within an area comprising of 46.74 acres. A density of 9.95 dwelling units per acre.6. The 10 ft. and 6 ft.-8 ft. wide paved trails are conceptual in alignment and may change. The improved trails must comply with the disturbance limitations as identified within the Hillside Development Ordinance. A realistic trail plan should be provided to the Planning Commission, City Council, and Hillside Review Board.7. There are many double fronting lots, which creates the requirement for privacy walls. The City’s goals is to reduce walls along the streets. Lots along a 66 ft. right-of-way or lesser rights-of-way should front the street. An example of this is Area #13. There would be a row of lots backing up against the street; while across the street homes would front the street and privacy wall. The applicants should address this issue and also the type of privacy walls they plan to construct along the rights-of-way greater than 66 ft. wide.8. Sidewalks are required on both sides of the street unless replace by trails. Either a trail or sidewalk is required on each side of the street.9. Under Section 2.5 of the Planned Development written text, permitted commercial uses would follow under the category of the C-2 (Highway Commercial) zone as identified in the City zoning regulations. There is reference to uses that would be exclude or establish a list of permitted uses. Staff recommends a list of permitted uses because over time the C-2 zone may change.10. The written text needs to address the single-family lot areas as far as lot sizes (average, range, or category) along with associated setbacks.11. The pedestrian bridge, which would expand over a public right-of-way, requires review and consideration by the City Engineer.12. There is a valid concern with the site plan layout for Area #4 with buildings encroaching beyond the southwesterly area of Area #14. Other valid concerns are the proposed lots that extend into hillside areas regarding realistic hillside area and cuts/scares.Below is a summary of recommendations from the City Traffic Engineer:1. A 90 ft. minor arterial frontage road will need to be constructed from the north boundary of The Trails development to the tight diamond urban interchange prior to starting on the second phase of The Trails development.2. A 66 ft. major collector road will need to be constructed from the north boundary of The Trails development to the 90 ft. minor arterial frontage road. 3. The roads in this development must meet all City of St. George standards particularly with respect to sight distance and spacing.PLANNING COMMISSIONApril 25, 2006Page Seven4. The intersections in this development must meet all City of St. George standards particularly with respect to sight distance and spacing.5. Intersections 4 and 8 need a northbound right turn lane in addition to the standard thru lanes for a minor arterial.6. Intersection 3 needs left turn lanes and right turn lanes and right turn lanes on all legs of the intersection along with the standard thru lanes.7. All signing and striping shall conform to City of St. George and MUTCD standards.Jay Sandberg said there has been a significant traffic study done for this area. Rick Snyder City Traffic Engineer said this is a great opportunity for the City to have an interchange instead of a traffic light. Lee Cable said the traffic study included everything from Snow Canyon Park up to Winchester Hills. It also included the northern belt way that would come and tie into the Ledges project. Eric Debettia said he is a resident west of U18 there is a trail that goes into the desert tortoise trails. He would like the board to consider the development putting in a place to park for trails. Jay Sandberg said the trail along U-18 is a UDOT. MOTION: Commiss...


Planning Commission Minutes 03/23/2010:
...he program, additional density is achieved through the provision of parks, trails and open space. Density Factors include the following: Factor 1: Provide land; a minimum of 15% of the developable area must be set aside for parks, trails, or other open space in order to achieve a 25% density increase over the base of 2 du/acre. The applicant states that 2.99 acres (21% of the site) has been provided for this purpose and these photos were shown. Factor 2: Park improvements; the developer must improve the private park areas to achieve an additional 25% bonus increase. The applicant plans to make all the improvements to the private park areas.Factor 3: Additional enhancements; such as 1) additional or enhanced park amenities, or 2) additional or enhanced landscaping within the street right-of-way, or 3) attainable housing, or 4) provide land for civic uses such as fire station, etc, or 5) provide additional land area above the 15% minimum required. Compliance with one or more of these “Third Factors” results in an additional 15% (or 65% above the base) density increase. The applicant will dedicate and improve to city standards a 10’ wide public trail that runs along Horseman Park Drive (3000 South). This area is in addition to the 21% land area provided for park and courtyard amenities.To achieve the density proposed by the applicant (i.e., 6.0 du/acre) the applicant must demonstrate the following;1. Comply with the Little Valley General Plan Land Use designations.Response: This project does comply with the General Plan land use designations of MHD (7 – 10 DU) and MDR (4 – 7 DU). 2. Demonstrate that the three factors under the Density Bonus Overlay Zone are met.Response: This project complies with the three (3) density bonus factors. The base density is 2 DU/AC. With the 3 factors an increase of 65% or 3.3 DU/AC is achievable. 3. Demonstrate that “superior design” has been provided (In order to increase the density above 3.3 the applicant must show superior design) See the applicant’s narrative on “Superior Design”.Response: If superior design for the project and housing units is provided then the density of the MHD and MDR are achievable per Section 10-13E-4 (D); Medium or high density development, as defined in the city general plan, must have superior architectural design for all proposed dwelling units, as determined by the city council, upon recommendation from the planning commission. (Ord. 2008-02-009, 2-7-2008)Photos were shown and Bob said that the applicant will later comment. Bob said that the “green courts”, private park and community garden do provide a more innovative project design than typically seen. Also the attainable housing element near the two schools should help teachers and young families find affordable homes. The overall style proposed is called a “Craftsman or Prairie Style” home. The 88 detached single family homes will be one and two story homes with earth toned synthetic stucco and stone accent exteriors. Most of the homes are accessed by 20’or 25’wide private alleys and no driveways are proposed on Horseman Park Drive (3000 South) across from the intermediate school. The homes along the south property line are deeper lots with detached garages in the rear yard area with driveways accessing the public street. The “green court” or “courtyard” units are patterned after similar homes in the “Day Break” project in South Jordan, Utah according to the applicant. The applicant has provided a separate narrative describing the layout and architecture of the project.Homes along Horseman Park Drive will face a central green common area. There are four (4) common areas proposed along Horseman Park Drive with 9 homes surrounding the common area. Homes along the interior public street will have a narrow front setback in a typical ‘traditional’ or ‘new-urbanist’ neighborhood design. Homes must have a front porch and be elevated at least 18” above the sidewalk grade.There would be a small private park proposed along the east side of the project near Little Valley Road. This park will be improved by the developer and maintained by the HOA. Due to the large community park just to the northwest of this site, the applicant has relayed that a “tot lot” was felt to be most appropriate for this location. There is also a small “reading” park adjacent to lots 46 and 47. There is also a ‘Community Garden’ area planned for the southeast portion of the project.Twenty five feet (25’) and twenty foot (20’) wide private alley ways are proposed to serve most of the homes in the project. The alleys include a five foot (5’) setback to the garage.With the exception of the alley ways which are private and will be maintained by the HOA, all other streets are public and will have city maintenance provided typical of public streets.The design of this project eliminates privacy walls along Horseman Park Drive (3000 South). However a six foot masonry wall is required along the south property line.The applicant is negotiating with the City to purchase approximately 2 acres next to the Little Valley Elementary School and the property is currently shown as part of the overall project. According to the site plan there will be forty-six (46) guest parking spaces proposed throughout the project to accommodate guests. A “Community Garden” is proposed as part of the amenity package for residents within the project. A HOA (Home Owners Association) will be required. The HOA will be responsible for maintaining all common areas and also restricting the parking of vehicles in the proposed alleys. The applicant submitted a development agreement and it is being reviewed by the City Legal Department.Commissioner Taylor wanted to clarify that they are two car garages, and Bob Nicholson responded that was correct. Regarding Equestrian Separation: In the “Little Valley Sub Area Plan” Policy #10 “Buffer for Equestrian Subdivisions” located on page 10 reads: “Developments adjacent to the identified equestrian subdivisions shall provide a buffer zone that may include: road ROW, open space, equestrian / multi-use trails (see designations on Sub –area Plan), and / or be developed at a density of no greater than 1.25 du’s / acre. A minimum of 100 ft. separation is recommended between the existing equestrian subdivision property line and the nearest new residential structure. Property within a trail or open space easement dedicated for public use may be considered as part of the open space requirement. The 100 foot buffer refers to identified equestrian subdivisions and does not refer to scattered properties where horses may now exist.In the “Little Valley Sub Area Plan” Policy #21 “Existing Agricultural Conditions” located on page 11 reads: “It is recognized that there are many agricultural operations existing in the Little Valley – Washington Fields area and new residents should realize that certain farm related conditions such as odors, farm equipment on the road and occasional irrigation run-off are considered normal and acceptable conditions. The “right to farm” is considered inherent in the Plan area and agricultural operations should not be forced out due to nuisance complaints about odors or similar agricultural side effects.Commissioner Taylor asked where the 55 ft. public street will end. Bob clarified that it ends at the property line at this time and that there will be no access from the south. Bob said that is common practice in new subdivision.The residents who spoke in opposition to the project in 2008 voiced concerns about potential conflicts with current residents who have large animals and about the changing nature of the Little Valley area in general. The Little Valley Sub-Area Plan describes the reasons for the changing land use patterns in the area and the Planning Commission may want to re-read that section of the Plan.More photos of the area were shown.Bob turned the meeting over to the applicant. Jim Raines, Bush and Gudgell came to the podium and gave a history of the property. In 2006, Bonneville Builders came to them to discuss Fredonia Estates. They designed the subdivision and did the preliminary plat, submitted it to the City, Planning Commission and City Council. Bonneville Builders were asked not to proceed at that time due to the sub-area plan for Little Valley was being worked on. Bonneville Builders then waited for the sub- area plan. Bonneville Builders also worked with Vision Dixie. Jim said it is important to remember that this is a single family development. He said it should not be compared to an R-1-10 subdivision, because that is not what the General Plan directed Bonneville Builders to build. They came in with their plan. The neighbors came in and did not agree with the decision that City Council made. A committee was formed and now they have been at this for four years. They have designed the project numerous times. If you look at the old plan from 2008 and then compare it to the new plan, a circulation the City wanted was provided, the roads became public, and the lots across from the school now front the school. John from Bonneville Builders has taken up every recommendation by the City and they have modified their plans and have gone extra steps. John Fleming with Bonneville Builders came to the podium. He thanked Jim Raines for the historical background. John said this was four years in the making and is now a better project than was presented before. Vision Dixie principles were used. He can’t think of anything that they were suggested that they did not incorporate in this plan and that he went beyond the requirements. The density always comes up so he did an animation and all is to scale. A video was shown. He said there are many comparisons to Daybreak and these ideas have been adapted across the United States. John stated that he was involved in issues of urban sprawl 30 years ago.John stated that all of the parking will be in the rear of the homes, so the family living takes place in the front of the homes. All of the homes have private patios. John discussed “superior architecture”. He said this could have been townhomes and instead they went to single family homes at 6 homes per acre. He feels that this project is responsible planning allowing easy walking pedestrian access. He said it is smart, efficient land planning and complies with Vision Dixie. It is consistent with forward thinking planning throughout the United States and is what the General Plan and the Little Valley sub area Plan suggested.Commissioner Taylor said from the design, he feels the market is primarily to the younger age group. He asked what kind of accommodation is made for boats, 4 wheelers, etc, since they would not all fit in a two car garage.John responded that the market sector will be a younger market, however frequently seniors move in due to the security and he feels that perhaps 25% of the community will be seniors. He said only the homes with a driveway would have room to park a boat.Acting Chairman Bracken opened the hearing to the public after giving a small intro to what we are looking for and mentioned to please have no public clamor and to give us information that we haven’t heard before. Paul Gooch came to the podium. He said what is missing is that the neighbors were not taken into the equation. He said most are not here to argue against the type of development that he is doing, what they are arguing against where it’s going. Paul mentioned that they had their meeting about the Master Plan and the argument made over and over again is what right do we have to tell him who owns the property how he can develop. Paul said he wanted to take them back a few moments early when they listened to the prior request for RV business in his property and the Commissioners denied him due to the concern of the contiguous property owners and the type of use that was there, whether or not you had the blessing of the contiguous property owners. He said Vision Dixie has been invoked over and over again in this process and again tonight. He said if we are going to use that as a standard, then you can’t forget one of the principles in Vision Dixie is to preserve some of our agricultural use. He went on to say that there is nowhere left; you are driving a stake into the heart of the last corner of this City where you can preserve some agricultural use. The argument that they have is that it is not compatible. He said John is a nice guy, but he will be building the development and then leave and the community is left with the aftermath.Paul Iverson came to the podium. He said the committee did meet and there was one thing that everyone agreed on 100%. That was that there needs to be an ordinance, not a little deal on the plat, an actual ordinance that protects the rights of the agricultural use that says you can’t complain about dust, mud, etc. He said this was 100% and no where did he see anyone disagree with that. He asked where it is and how does that process get started.Acting Chairman Bracken asked Deputy City Attorney Paula Houston where we are on that and she responded that she didn’t know if they are working on it or not; that it has not come to her. Acting Chairman Bracken asked Bob Nicholson, Community Development Director, where we are on the ordinance to add these provisions about odors. H said Craig has prepared a draft.Deputy City Attorney Paula Houston said that now that they said that, Joseph is working on that because there were some changes for agriculture protection in the state law and he was doing the comparison on those.Acting Chairman Bracken said then that should go forward. Paul said the RE zone that Jim McArthur is in has a 50 ft. setback requirement that says he can’t have a corral within 50 ft. of a dwelling. Paul said if they build houses within 10 ft. of him, who is breaking the ordinance?Bob said this is a provision in the RE zone.Paul questioned if this limited his abilities to have animals and Bob responded no and Acting Chairman Bracken said he would be grandfathered in. Paul said Daybreak is being talked about and this is thousands of acres and is different from what we have here. Daybreak was a huge project and not 14 acres. Paul said he is hoping that the reason City Council denied this was because there was a petition with over 800 signatures gathered by a half dozen people on the spur of the moment. He hopes that the Commissioners will take into consideration the citizens and what the citizens want, not special interest groups and not City staff. He said the City government should be working for the citizens and not the other way around. Deputy City Attorney Paula Houston said looking at the code, it states no building or structure housing animals shall be constructed closer than 50 ft. to a dwelling unit. So they can build homes there without violating the ordinance but once those homes are built you wouldn’t be able to build additional animal structures or runs within 50 ft. of those homes. Paul said the citizens oppose the Master Plan and he asked if the people who are for the Master Plan sent emails like he was told they did, could those emails be seen by the public. He said this is just a thought. Jim Raines came to the podium to clarify that when Fredonia applied it paid the fees and was approved by the Planning Commission and the City Council tabled the project. It was a conscious decision; it was a decision by the City to not move the large lots forward.Jim McArthur came to the podium. He owns the property adjacent to the property they are talking about developing. He said the road that they are talking about going through there will cut through his property. He has horses and cows and likes the lifestyle he has. He doesn’t want to deal with a situation where this development would cause him to change his lifestyle or a successor if he ever did sell his house. He doesn’t plan to do this but he doesn’t want something grandfathered working for a piece of property that he owns and has owned for some time. He said he wants them to know first that he is not putting a road through, so don’t be holding your breath because it would be bad for them. He asked about the proposed commercial zone, if that is for the airport? He doesn’t want commercial out there. Acting Chairman Bracken stated that there are possible commercial spots for that in the future.Jim McArthur said that they enjoy the lifestyle they have and that is why they live there. He does not want to fear the liability from a child being hurt .He said if one of the smaller children get under his horses or into one of his cow pens, it isn’t worth a life. This whole thing is not worth a life. He said horses and cows are unpredictable. He sees that as a possible liability to him and he doesn’t want to be put in a position that a life could be affected. He said children are fast even when you keep an eye on them and he does not want this liability. He said the Commissioners could change that from happening by their vote tonight, because it is not worth a life.Lonnie Clark came to the podium. She is a Little Valley resident and she said this is like Ground Hog day with the same thing over and over again by slamming urban dwellers right up against animals. Her observation is that mankind has spent time trying to stay with themselves and smashing different lifestyles together will just result in tragedy and someone being pushed out. She is afraid that one group, the one she belongs to, will be pushed out of Little Valley. She thinks we are witnessing the collapse of our nation, if not civilization. In 2-5 years we will look back at this meeting and be stupidified about their silliness in carving up Little Valley. She said do we think people will be coming in droves to buy up this subdivision. She said the need for a community garden idea is the only thing they got right. She said the Commissioners need to help the people of this area hit the ground running in the very hard times that are coming. Tiffany Harris came to the podium. She is a Little Valley Resident. Her children raise three pigs and two lambs and they do not recognize a 100 ft. buffer zone. She said animals do get out, no matter how great you are at keeping your animals in. This is not compatible to the neighbors. This is a potential harm. Her children recognize what to do when animals band together, but you are putting a population next to agriculture that maybe does not understand the rules of agriculture and what could possibly happen. Kerry Bradley came to the podium. They have recently moved here from Whittier California. That city was built up with a bunch of houses and he always felt like he was in a cage there. There were fights at school and along the streets and no one could get along together. He said if we build this stuff over their agricultural land, that problem will arise as well. Kids at his school like to see the landscape and the agriculture and if they build this stuff, he knows that they too will start to feel bonded. He hopes theses homes won’t be built right away, because he enjoys being here and it wouldn’t be right to move from one place that is all populated to another place that starts to be populated again because that is the main reason they came to live here.Lorenzo Lot came to the podium. He lives on Little Valley Road across from the park. He said one of his concerns is that all of the lots on the side of the road where he is drain into his property. He said we have a 24 inch culvert that goes under that road and he asked how they will take care of all of that run off water. He stated that his next concern is how will they handle the transmission lines that run right through the middle of that property over there? How will you get access to it if something happens to it? He said the community looks great, but not the mix with what they have out there. He said many comments were made, and he has lived on a farm most of his life, and you can’t mix that type of dwellings and population with any type of animals out there. Someone is going to get hurt and it all starts right here.Greg Wagner came to the podium. He just heard about t his meeting and said he is a little disappointed. He has participated in the process four years or so, and on numerous occasions he has been asked to put his name and email address down so we could help provide input in these discussions. No one he talked to in the neighborhood who has also put their name down has ever received notice about any prior planning or meetings of that sort. He said he finds this frustrating that they are asked for their input and they are kind of ignored. He is a developer of affordable housing and has developed 16 sub-divisions over the last 12 years, in Iron County, Washington County and Mohave County Az . He said what he develops is affordable housing, but it doesn’t look feel like this does. He said he feels like he is in a box when he looks at the design. He said his projects are also 6 units per acre, so he is a little bit concerned about the design of that and how it feels when you walk onto his property vs. what you are seeing here. He thinks there is a need for this type of housing, and it is what he builds and it is his livelihood, but he doesn’t think this is the right spot. He knows there is a lot of places downtown where you can find a two acre parcel in the middle of town. He said what if he brought his horse, bought that property and fed the horse a certain type of food to kill the flies and has no smell, what would the neighbors do and would they have a problem with that? He doesn’t think this is the right spot. Parks and walking trails have been discussed tonight. He hasn’t seen parks or walking trails that are maintained by a home owners association that really looks t...


Planning Commission Minutes 03/14/2006:
...t and explained the City Council directives as far as connectivity between trails and streets and open space. This particular area is bound by the river. They are showing a proposed private trail that would connect down to tie into the Virgin River trail. All along the easterly side it’s fairly steep. Mark said the proposed height of the retaining wall between rear lots range from 8 to 13 ft. in height. There may be another 5 ft. above that, so that is a very significant wall. The applicant needs to explain why that would be the only layout for that site. The walls will be concrete not rock walls. Mark said the applicant could provide more open space which the HOA could use as an open park for the area. Chairman Almquist asked if they were building the homes or are you selling lots and having the buyer hire their own builder? Jacob Bean with Rosenberg Associates replied he believes that they will be building the homes. Chairman Almquist asked about the open space. Jacob said he will need to talk to Rich Lewis the applicant about the open space.Commissioner Clayton asked if they could request that much of an open space within a subdivision. Mark Bradley replied there really has not been any open space that has been addressed yet. This is one area though that could be addressed. The discussion with council is not the size of the lot but to have more open space. Chairman Almquist said what are the directive’s that were given out by City Council. Mark said there have been several City Council meetings which have been televised and also been recorded into the minutes. They want to see street connectivity, trail connectivity and more clusters of variations and size of lots. They are more concerned with the design and layout. This applicant has gone through Hillside and a zone change but the question is can adjustments be made to address the changes requested by council. Chairman Almquist said to take this rooftop and have it not look like roof tops straight across would require a great deal of a design. Commissioner Clayton said this would lower the cost of housing in this area. Removing 6 lots from a project and introduce a very expensive HOA maintenance is a very big deal. Mark said depending on the size of the area you would be looking at 4 lots not 6. Mark said it is his responsibility to point these issues out. Bob Nicholson said in recent City Council meetings the council has not been confortable with the subdivisions. They have said neighborhood parks should be the responsibility of the developer. They should develop an ordinance to put that responsibility where it should be on the developer. Maybe it is not fair to apply the rules until there is an ordinance in place. PLANNING COMMISSIONMarch 14, 2006Page ThreeChairman Almquist said this particular developer said they will develop the landscaping in the front which would require an HOA to maintain. He would suggest to delay this to see if the applicant does arrive. They will move onto another item at this time.Revisited this item after two other preliminary plats where heard when the applicant arrived.Rich Lewis said along the south and west and southeast was given to the City around 25 acres for trails and open space. He can’t understand that the City would want more open space from this property. For one thing he started out with 80 lots now they are down to 76 lots. Commissioner Bracken asked if he was for the park idea. Rich replied he is not. Rich said the entire road is on City property that come off Riverside Drive which will be paid for by Rich. Mark said the applicant is correct that they could put the road in on City property if they paid for the improvements.Jay Sandberg said the council is out front of this request. He said he would be surprised if the council would approve this today. The last preliminary plats that have been presented to council the applicant has approved There have been two work meetings with council on this issue. They are not concerned about density they are concerned about the way the subdivision looks. They want to see smaller lots and connectivity within the subdivisions. Chairman Almquist said the Planning Commissioners have not been made aware for this change of smaller lots and connectivity within the subdivisions. Deputy City Attorney Paula Houston said it is in the works but it has not been adopted yet. There will be a temporary ordinance in place for six months. The new ordinance will give more flexibility to council to make changes in the plans to what they want to see. She said they would be operating under the current ordinance for now. Rich said the streets are public streets. There will be a trail head on the west side of the project. On the east side they have determined that it is too steep so they will put a bridle trail down on the east side. Rich said there will be an HOA to take care of the landscape. PLANNING COMMISSIONMarch 14, 2006Page FourMOTION: Commissioner Burks said under the current ordinance recommends approval of a preliminary plat request for Palomar with 76 single family lots located southeast of Foremaster Ridge between the new Riverside Drive extension and the Virgin River at approximately 2000 East Riverside Drive. Mr. Rich Lewis, applicant, and include compliance with the hillside development permit conditions of approval and hillside ordinance. Commissioner Clayton seconded the motion. All voted aye. Chairman Almquist said the height of the proposed retaining wall along the rear lots could you make a motion that on top of the wall they use wrought iron. Commissioner Burks added that into the motion and Commissioner Clayton seconded the addition.B. Consider a preliminary plat request for Cornerstone with 24 single-family lots located at the southeast corner of the intersection of 3000 East and Seegmiller Drive. Mr. Bill Haltom, applicant. Case No. 2006-PP-008Planner Mark Bradley said this item came through with a zone change and was approved by City Council with a voluntary development agreement on February 16, 2006. Since they went through the Planning Commission they have made some adjustments. They have put a trail through the middle of the subdivision to connect to the equestrian trails along 3000 East Street and along the Washington Irrigation Canal. Mark said the development agreement still needs to be finalized and they did receive their revised cross sections. Jay Sandberg City Engineer there has been several subdivisions that are fronting the irrigation canal. This particular area the County has plans to pipe the canal and they are working with the City to incorporate some drainage. In the next few meetings you may see some other subdivisions where the County is not piping the canals. It is his understanding this canal will be piped in the next year or so. In the minimum the canal should be fenced.Bill Halton said they are extending Seegmiller Drive and on the north side of Seegmiller Drive they are putting a 10 ft. landscape area which will be part of their HOA. They will put a block wall along that. The future piping when that goes underground it will make a great jogging area. But in the meantime they will have a fence along the canal.PLANNING COMMISSIONMarch 14, 2006Page FiveMOTION: Commissioner Clayton made a motion to recommend to City Council approval of a preliminary plat request for Cornerstone with 24 single-family lots located at the southeast corner of the intersection of 3000 East and Seegmiller Drive. Mr. Bill Haltom, applicant, with the conditions of staff’s comments be met and applicant’s willingness to have a fence along the canal. Commissioner Bracken seconded the motion. All voted aye.C. Consider a preliminary plat request for Rocky Bluffs with 3 single-family lots located at 2155 South and 2350 East. Mr. Leon Grover, applicant. Case No. 2006-PP-009Planner Mark Bradley said this was before the board back in 2004 for a lot split. Then in March 2005 it was approved for a zone changed from A-1 to RE-20. Mark said easements will be done on the required parcels. Staff recommends the front setback or the setback from Lot 1 would be a minimum 20 ft. and the side and rear setbacks comply with the RE-20 zone of 10 ft. Lot 2 is a proposed flag lot. The Planning Commission is to specifically approve each flag lot. The retention area on Lot 3 is to be a detention area. Easements are required around each of the proposed lots.MOTION: Commissioner Burks made a motion to recommend to City Council approval of a preliminary plat request for Rocky Bluffs with 3 single-family lots located at 2155 South and 2350 East. Mr. Leon Grover, applicant, subject to staff’s recommendations. Commissioner Bracken seconded the motion. Chairman Almquist said part of the motion should also address the requirement for Planning Commission is to find that the flag lot is the best solution and cannot be subdivided within typical public street frontage either at the present or in the foreseeable future. Commissioner Burks accepted that into the motion and Commissioner Bracken seconded the motion. All vote aye.CONDITIONAL USE PERMITConsider a request for a conditional use permit to construct a detached accessory building/garage that would exceed the allowable height of fifteen feet (15') up to a proposed height of twenty feet ten inches (20'-10") located within the R-1-10 (Single Family Residential) at 517 Belmont Drive, Lot 39 Bloomington Ranches Phase 5. Mr. & Mrs. Newby, applicant. Case No. 2006-CUP-005Planner Ray Snyder said this request has been reviewed and approved by the Bloomington Architectural Control Committee. The applicant proposes to construct a detached garage. He is asking for approximately a ten-foot (10') setback from the rear property line and ten-foot (10') setback from the effected side yard property line. Staff recommends approval.PLANNING COMMISSIONMarch 14, 2006Page SixMOTION: Commissioner Clayton made a motion to recommend to City Council approval of a request for a conditional use permit to construct a detached accessory building/garage that would exceed the allowable height of fifteen feet (15') up to a proposed height of twenty feet ten inches (20'-10") located within the R-1-10 (Single Family Residential) at 517 Belmont Drive, Lot 39 Bloomington Ranches Phase 5. Mr. & Mrs. Newby, applicant. Commissioner Bracken seconded the motion. All voted aye.PUBLIC HEARING - AMEND FINAL PLATSA. Consider a request to amend the final plat for Shadow Creek Phase 2 located at 710 South Indian Hills Drive for the removal of building pad 23 and the associated limited common area from the original plat. Shadow Creek Homeowners Association, applicant. Case No. 2006-FPA-013Planner Mark Bradley said they are requesting that the City show the recorded plat as it is now. Staff recommends approval of this request.MOTION: Commissioner Burks made a motion to recommend City Council approval of a request to amend the final plat for Shadow Creek Phase 2 located at 710 South Indian Hills Drive for the removal of building pad 23 and the associated limited common area from the original plat. Shadow Creek Homeowners Association, applicant. Commissioner Clayton seconded the motion. All voted aye.B. Consider a request to amend the final plat for Riverwood Phase IV Townhomes located at 1240 West Indian Hills Drive for the removal of building pads 245, 246, and 247 with their associated limited common area and adjoining common area, to relocate and reconfigure pads 251 and 252, and to change the private ownership areas to match the existing dwellings. Brandon Anderson, representative. Case No. 2006-FPA-014Planner Mark Bradley said this particular plat has the same original changes as before. But the plat was unrecorded because of some unresolved issues. Staff recommends approval.Danny Jensen owns lot 248 and he didn’t know if his lot 248 needs to be mentioned due to the fact that he was at the end of the cul-de-sac which is no longer in existence. Deputy City Attorney Paula Houston mentioned the flag lot that was not mentioned also. Mark Bradley said these issues have been addressed before at City Council.PLANNING COMMISSIONMarch 14, 2006Page SevenMOTION: Commissioner Clayton made a motion to recommend to City Council approval of a request to amend the final plat for Riverwood Phase IV Townhomes located at 1240 West Indian Hills Drive for the removal of building pads 245, 246, and 247 with their associated limited common area and adjoining common area, to relocate and reconfigure pads 251 and 252, and to change the private ownership areas to match the existing dwellings. Brandon Anderson, representative, make a clarification that lot 252 has already been considered. Commissioner Bracken seconded the motion. All voted aye.Chairman Almquist said that Items 2C and 2D cannot be heard tonight due to a lack of a quorum. These items will be tabled to another date.E. Consider a request to amend the final plat for River Breeze Phase 2 to enlarge building pad #12 (existing home) and reconfigure building pad #13. The subdivision is located at the northwest corner of 900 South and River Road intersection. Mr. Brad Jennings, representative. Case No. 2006-FPA-017Planner Mark Bradley said Pad 12 has an existing home which is larger than the pad. Pad 13 is vacant. They have reduced the size of pad 13 to make pad 12 larger to accommodate the existing home. They will have to abandoned the easement as part of this amendment. Staff does not see a problem with the request. Brad Jennings said Pad 12 went 17 ft. over onto Pad 13. MOTION: Commissioner Bracken made a motion to recommend to City Council approval of a request to amend the final plat for River Breeze Phase 2 to enlarge building pad #12 (existing home) and reconfigure building pad #13. The subdivision is located at the northwest corner of 900 South and River Road intersection. Mr. Brad Jennings, representative. Commissioner Clayton seconded the motion. All voted aye. CONSENT ITEMS - FINAL PLATSA. Consider approval of a final plat for Foremaster Ridge Phase 5 with 43 single-family lots located at 540 South and East Ridge Drive, west of Five Sisters Drive. Mr. Doug Rogers, applicant. Case No. 2006-FP-018PLANNING COMMISSIONMarch 14, 2006Page EightB. Consider approval of a final plat for Holt Subdivision with 10 single-family lots located at 750 North and Picturesque Drive. Mr. Reid Pope, representative. Case No. 2006-FP-019Planner Mark Bradley said the two final plats are ready for approval.MOTION: Commissioner Bracken made a motion to recommend to City Council approval of final plats A and B as read into the record and authorize chairman to sign. Commissioner Burks seconded the motion. All voted aye.Commissioner Burks asked to a comment on Dixie Drive and the traffic issue. He has traveled Dixie Drive and there is not traffic signal between Sunset and Bluff Drive. By his count there are 13 projects on Dixie Drive currently. He will vote no on any projects dealing with any project on Dixie Drive. Therefore, he declares this up front since there is no quorum without his vote and if he votes no and the project fails it would give the applicant an opportunity to decide what to do. He is doing this based on the traffic issue on Dixie Drive and not the project. PUBLIC HEARING - GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENTConsider a request to amend the General Plan - Land Use Map to change the land use designation of Open Space to Very Low Density Residential (up to 1 du/ac) on 73.3 acres on property located west of Tonaquint Drive, south of the Tonaquint Terrace Subdivision, and north/northwest of the Estates of Bloomington Subdivision. State Trust Lands Administration and Quality Development, applicants. Case No. 2006-GAP-006Planner Mark Bradley stated the brief history on this item which included a site visit. The request has been changed to very low density. Staff again echos the same message, identify first the sensitive areas and then what could be reasonable to develop. Staff does feel that they have reached that point. Chairman Almquist in light of the fact they have two Planning Commissioners who are not here and Council Member Bunker not present. They need all four votes - in the past the applicant can ask for another date to be heard. Curt Gordon said he would prefer to have the full commission here. Curt said he wants to make sure that the board has the revised plan during their next meeting. MOTION: Commissioner Bracken made a motion to table this item by the request of the applicant. Commissioner Clayton seconded the motion. All voted aye.PLANNING COMMISSIONMarch 14, 2006Page NinePUBLIC HEARING - ZONE CHANGESA. Consider a zone change request from OS (Open Space) to R-1-40 (Single Family Residential) 0n 73.3 acres located west of Tonaquint Drive, south of the Tonaquint Terrace Subdivision, and north/northwest of the Estates of Bloomington Subdivision. State Trust Lands Administration and Quality Development, applicants. Case No. 2005-ZC-037Chairman Almquist said this item reflects on the previous item. Do you wish to have this tabled as well Mr. Gordon. Mr. Gordon replied yes.MOTION: Commissioner Bracken made a motion to table this zone change by the request of the applicant. Commissioner Clayton seconded the motion. All voted aye.Scout Troop 403 was introduced to the audience. B. Consider a zone change request from R-1-10 (Single Family Residential) and PD (Planned Development) Residential to R-1-8 (Single Family Residential) on 22.82 acres located at approximately 700 South and Dixie Drive (Old Green Valley Golf Course). Mr. Rob Reid, representative. Case No. 2006-ZC-004Commissioner Burks said he will make the same comment on this item as he did the previous one. Bob Nicholson said this is zoned R-1-10 today. The request is consistent with the General Plan.Deputy City Attorney Paula Houston said Planning Commission needs to be made aware that this is a City’s position that this is an illegally subdivision and that it has been filed with the County Recorder’s Office illegally. It was not approved by Planning Commission or City Council and the City intends to have them put that back so it is not an illegal subdivision. The property was owned by Mr. Renthro was sold to the Boyer Company part of his property not all of his property and that is the problem. Bob Nicholson said a few months ago when Highlands came before the City there is a little bit of remanent land that is on top of the hill. The issue of the remanent piece on top should be resolved before they go too far. PLANNING COMMISSIONMarch 14, 2006Page TenChairman Almquist said what the City is saying is by excluding that parcel from the R-1-8 proposal there may have been an attempt to hold the City hostage for land locking that property.Deputy City Attorney Paula Houston said that is why the City has allowed this zone change to come before the Planning Commission. This is an item the board can still address but the preliminary plat cannot be addressed until this illegal subdivision is resolved.Patrick Moffat with the Boyer Company they will want to postpone this until the next meeting. They can work with the City on this piece. As far as the zoning goes what he would offer to the Planning Commission is the density be capped. This is pretty straight forward. Chairman Almquist said this area is not legally a parcel yet. Deputy City Attorney Paula Houston said that is correct. Chairman Almquist asked how can they do a zone change that is not legally entity yet. Deputy City Attorney Paula Houston said you are changing the zone and so it doesn’t matter. You are not looking at the issue of the legal title to the property. Mark Bradley said the only way is to keep the layout is to go with the R-1-8 zone. It is not really increasing the density very significantly. Staff was not concerned about the request being made.Patrick Moffat said his position is if this is the way Commissioner Burks feels regarding any projects on Dixie Drive then he will wait on this zoning request. Patrick said he would like to get more information on the lot that would be land lock. Greg Houston president of Sports Village said there is one building along the rim directly west of this parcel. Their only concern is any excavation is probably going to cause further problems with one of their buildings. They have already spent $90,000 fixing their foundation of their building.MOTION: Commissioner Clayton made a motion to have this item tabled based on the applicant’s request and to have the applicant undertake some resolution from a piece of land up above and the fact that this piece of land is an illegal subdivision. Commissioner Burks seconded the motion. All voted aye.C. Consider a zone change request from A-1 (Agricultural) to R-1-10 (Single Family Residential with a voluntary development agreement on 28.04 acres located at the southeast corner of 3000 East and 2000 South intersection. Mr. Ken Miller, representative. Case No. 2006-ZC-002PLANNING COMMISSIONMarch 14, 2006Page ElevenPlanner Mark Bradley said this area is starting to receive a lot of development business. The request is to go with an R-1-10 with a voluntary development agreement to comply with the general plan of 2 dwelling units per acre and establish open space with trail connectivity. This proposal shows a connectivity to the center of the project to a park area. They show connectivity to other projects. Access is being looked at off major streets. Chairman Almquist asked for a description of the equestrian trails. Ken Miller said Bridle Gate is south of this project and provides equestrian trails. He hopes that other developers will want to do the same as to what...


Planning Commission Minutes 08/22/2006:
...he City accepting the Final Plat or Construction Drawings for review. The trails are shown as natural and they recommended that some of the trails should be designated as hard surface for the use of handicapped/older users, strollers, etc. Some parking will be provided for the “rock park” areas. Temporary fencing will be placed around all no-disturb areas during construction.Commissioner Campbell asked why they don’t show the outcropping. Jays replied that he felt this was discussed during the hillside process. PLANNING COMMISSIONAugust 22, 2006Page FiveMOTION: Commissioner Campbell made a motion to recommend to City Council approval of a preliminary plat request for Tonaquint Heights Phase 1 with 23 single-family lots. Located south of Tonaquint Terrace Subdivision and west of Tonaquint Drive at approximately 2500 South Street, Mr. Ed Burgess, Quality Development, applicant and take into account staff comments and the color showing the property shapes, disturb and no-disturb area be provided for the building inspection process during construction. Commissioner Bracken seconded the motion.DISCUSSION ON THE MOTIONCommissioner Taylor asked if they felt that Parks and Recreation people identify which trails they would like to have hard surface and show the orange fencing around the building envelope should be added to the motion. Commissioner Campbell accepted that into his motion. Commissioner Bracken seconded that.Curt Gordon from SITLA said on the trail issues they don’t want to put a paved trial in to disturb the natural area. All voted aye. B. Consider a preliminary plat request for River Crest Townhomes with 7 attached townhomes. Located near the northwest corner of the intersection of 2450 South Street and River Road (adjacent to the River Crest Subdivision). Mr. Jeff Adams, applicant. Case No. 2006-PP-038Jay Sandberg City Engineer stated this parcel had previously been before the Planning Commission for storage units. This request was denied. Jay said the biggest item there is just a little bit of concern with the grades of the existing River Crest lots with the parking. In talking with the engineers they are giving a cross section that works. This development had a deceleration lane that was already started as part of River Crest. MOTION: Commissioner Burks made a motion to recommend to City Council approval of a preliminary plat request for River Crest Townhomes with 7 attached townhomes. Located near the northwest corner of the intersection of 2450 South Street and River Road (adjacent to the River Crest Subdivision), Mr. Jeff Adams, applicant, subject to staff comments. Commissioner Hullinger seconded the motion. All voted aye.PLANNING COMMISSIONAugust 22, 2006Page SixGENERAL PLAN AMENDMENTConsider a request to amend the City’s General Plan - Land Use Map designation of an existing 730.676 acres of Low Density Residential (LDR) land use to following proposed land uses (as shown on the conceptual land use master plan for “The Lakes”); Low Density Residential (LDR; up to 4 dwelling units per acres; 180.66 acres / 24.7%), Medium Density Residential (MDR; up to 9 units per acre; 213.81 acres / 29.3%), High Density Residential (HDR; up to 15 dwelling units per acre; 45.50 acres / 6.3%), Commercial / Mixed use (28.15 acres / 3.8%), open space / parks / lakes (220.96 acres) / 30.2%), proposed roadways (41.69 acres / 5.7%), an existing substation and a proposed fire station. The subject area is located west of the Sunbrook development and the Cottages at Green Valley. The project applicants area “730 LLC - the Lakes”, Mr. Rick Rosenberg of Rosenberg & Associates, representative. Case No. 2006-GPA-003 Ray Snyder Planner stated this is to change the existing land use designation. There was a Planning Commission site visit on August 15th. The current proposal is to amend the general plat to different densities. Ray stated the Traffic Study comments and staff’s comments as follows;Traffic Study: An updated T.I.S. (Traffic Impact Study) was submitted to City staff on Tuesday, August 1, 2006. A copy of the executive summary from this report is attached to this staff report. The City Traffic Engineer has yet to review and comment upon the applicant’s T.I.S. The following are key items from this summary;1. Extend Canyon View Drive.2. Traffic Signals at Dixie Drive & Sunbrook Drive, Dixie Drive & Valley View, Dixie Drive & Canyon View, and Dixie Drive & Plantations Drive.3. Construct Plantations Drive between Trend West and Dixie Drive.4. Widen Dixie Drive to five lanes.5. Widen Plantations Drive to five lanes.6. Traffic Signals at Plantations Drive & Canyon View Drive and Master Planned road & Dixie Drive.7. Dual left lanes at Dixie Drive & Sunbrook Drive and Dixie Drive & Plantations Drive.8. Turn lanes and deceleration lanes at several locations.9. Participate in roadway improvements in network.10. Monitor traffic conditions with development.11. Construct master planned road on south edge of Phase III connecting to Plantations Drive & Dixie Drive.PLANNING COMMISSIONAugust 22, 2006Page SevenStaff Comments:1. This is a significant size project and staff believes it warrants a site visit by the Planning Commission.2. The City Traffic Engineer has expressed concerns over traffic issues. See attached memo dated July 7, 2006. (Note new T.I.S., to be reviewed and commented upon).3. The request is for a General Plan amendment which is rather conceptual in nature and a “guide” for future zoning decisions. No zone change should be considered or approved until traffic issues are resolved to the satisfaction of the city traffic engineer. The traffic impact study has not been finalized. A memorandum from the City Traffic Engineer addressing the project, impacts, and requirements should be provided prior to any consideration by the Planning Commission for a zone change.4. There are natural open space areas with unique intrinsic qualities that define this area of St. George with a sensitive ridge line, rock outcropping, and drainage patterns.5. Drainage issues must be resolved to the satisfaction of the Development Services Department prior to proceeding with a zone change.6. A detailed sensitive land use analysis should be prepared. Areas that are to remain as open space should be identified first and then potential developable areas (i.e. site specific, cluster housing, etc.)7. There should be compatible densities with adjacent developments. Staff suggests a map be prepared to show adjoining properties, property ownership, zones, and densities. For example, the Cottages North combined density is 7.2 dwelling units per acre. The proposal across the street is 15 dwelling units per acre. The Sunbrook development has both low density (less than 4 d.u./acre) and medium single family densities (6 d.u./ac) along Plantations Drive.8. Types of services are to be considered and addressed (i.e. additional church sites, fire station, school sites, etc.).9. Detailed scope on how density calculation is derived (i.e. hillside, wash, lake areas, etc.) is required.10. Phasing of the development and access to the development. This is an area that will require additional information from the traffic study. The previous plan (The Plantations) phase one would only be able to have an x number of units/lots to be built until adequate access and improvements were made.11. Source of water for the lakes. Need more information from applicant’s engineers and the city water services department. Secondary water system.12. A trail master plan is to be provided. Details on whether or not the developer is going to construct the trails or set a side property for the trails is yet to be discussed.13. Road construction over the washes.PLANNIN...


Planning Commission Minutes 02/13/2007:
...AN REVIEWConsider a request for approval of an overall sign scheme for The Trails - a residential planned development located on State Route 18. The applicant is Star Sign and Banner and PLANNING COMMISSIONFebruary 13, 2007Page Sixthe representative is Mr. Rick Boxberger (on behalf of S & S Homes). The zoning is PD-Residential. Case No. 2007-SR-001Planner Ray Snyder informed Planning Commission the request is for an overall sign for the development “The Trails.” The size of the sign will be 8 x 16. Commissioner Campbell asked if this will be a lighted sign? Stacy Young the representative indicated no. He said the sign is the same exact size sign as for the Ledges. Their sign will be further off the highway. That is why they are asking for a second sign. MOTION: Commissioner Burks made a motion to recommend approval of a request for an overall sign scheme for The Trails - a residential planned development located on State Route 18. The applicant is Star Sign and Banner and the representative is Mr. Rick Boxberger (on behalf of S & S Homes). The zoning is PD-Residential. Commissioner Bracken seconded the motion. All voted aye.ZONE CHANGE - PUBLIC HEARING (5:00 P.M.)Consider a zone change request from R-1-8 (Single Family Residential 8,000 sq. ft. minimum lot size) to PD COM (Planned Development Commercial) on 0.83 acres located at 475 Skyline Drive. Ms. Laura Carver, applicant. Case No. 2006-ZC-016Planner Ray Snyder said Planning Commission is familiar with this item. Ray said this item was originally heard by the Planning Commission on August 22, 2006, at which time the Planning Commission tabled the item to allow for a site visit on August 29th. It was determined at that time that the applicant should resolve traffic, site distance and driveway design issues prior to returning to Planning Commission. Today this item is before you for a zone change request to change it to a PD Commercial. This hotel-like property will accommodate 60 guests in a single-family home that will be converted to a hotel called the “Olive Leaf Inn”. Ray said the site presents a safety concern in terms of ingress and egress in that the site distance uphill (to the north) along Skyline Drive does not presently meet safety standards for a commercial lodging activity. The City modified Skyline Drive when 200 East was extended to Red Hills Parkway. The City Traffic Engineer has reviewed this current access proposal and supported it to come before the Planning Commission. The applicant proposes to remodel and add onto the existing house and also to construct two new detached units. Ray went on to say that the revised site plan shows 16 parking spaces. The parking requirement for a hotel is 1 space per room plus 2 spaces for the manager. The applicant originally proposed housing up to 60 guests with 10 full-time or part-time employees. It does not appear that 16 parking spaces would be adequate to accommodate 70 guests and employees. The applicant proposes an approximatePLANNING COMMISSIONFebruary 13, 2007Page Seven 1,000 sq. ft. addition to the existing home (a third level to the east wing of the home) to make the home about 6,300 sq. ft.Ray said also the new two-level units “casitas” are proposed to be built; each of these units are proposed to have a walk-out basement. The Hillside Review Board will have to determine if hillside disturbance is permitted. Ray said they will be moving their driveway access so it does not become an issue. Phil Giles from Creamer and Noble Engineering representing the applicant asked if there are any questions. Chairman Almquist asked about the new proposed driveway approach. Phil said the City does not allow the current location of the driveway so the driveway will need to be moved to create a safer access. They will need to remove some of the brush on City property in order to get site distance.Laura Carver the applicant said she is doing this because the City is developing the pond and water tank and putting in an amphitheater. With these amenities so close by she wants to transfer her property to a guest house. Most hotel rooms sleeps 6 people and her mini-suite guest house would have 10 rooms and she doubts that every room would be filled to capacity.Ray brought to the board’s attention that this request is for a PD zone. Ray spoke on the parking. He said Planning Commission has the opportunity to govern how many people she can have there and make that recommendation part of the motion. Ray said maybe also set a threshold for the parking.Laura said the home is for 8 rooms and then the casita which is for 2 guest per house. The other structure will be her home. Commissioner Hullinger asked about the number of people in a hotel room. Laura said most hotels’ have 2 queen beds and a fold out couch and this could accommodate 6 people. Lucy Christensen a neighbor said she does have a concern on how this will impact her home and the value of her home. She commented that this will devalue her property. Candace Mesa a neighbor said she has concerns about several things; 1) Skyline Drive is busy and narrow, now they are talking about reconstructing it more and there are safety issues with the hill, 2) someone has to clean those rooms and there will be laundry and cleaning services that will be added, 3) this is a residential area, she feels they’re opening the area to little mini-inns, 4) with the pond below it is a safety concern, 5) when it come to the City park she feels the guests will ruin the park, 6) she does not want to see the cotton woods removed for parking, 7) if they use her justification then they all should be given the right to turn their properties into inns, PLANNING COMMISSIONFebruary 13, 2007Page Eight8) does it encroach the desert habitat. Candace would ask the Planning Commission to consider the neighborhood. No one in the neighborhood is in favor of this.Laura Carver said she does think that what she plans is much different than the bed and breakfast that are currently in the neighborhood. Ms. Brooks a neighbor said she does not think an amphitheater should be a reason to put a hotel in their neighborhood. Dall Winn a neighbor is opposed to having this. He is concerned about the noise factor. Deputy City Attorney Paula Houston said the Planned Development “Guest House”, commercial retail trail and office and professional use is the catch all the Planning Commission can determine with the harmony in Planned Development. That decision will have to made by them. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson said the main issue is the scale of the project. He feels a Bed & Breakfast could work but not with 60 guests. If there is only 16 parking spaces then they should be thinking about half of those guests.MOTION: Commissioner Nobis made a motion to deny a zone change request from R-1-8 (Single Family Residential 8,000 sq. ft. minimum lot size) to PD COM (Planned Development Commercial) on 0.83 acres located at 475 Skyline Drive. Ms. Laura Carver, applicant. Commissioner Burks seconded the vote. All voted aye.SUBDIVISION REGULATION AMENDMENT - PUBLIC HEARING (5:00 P.M.)Consider an amendment to the City Subdivision Ordinance to require the dedication of neighborhood parks by the developer as part of the subdivision platting and approval process. Case No. 2007-SRA-001Community Development Director Bob Nicholson said part of the reasoning for this request is the City has been in the process of updating the “parks” plan for parks facilities. Park land is currently acquired by impact fees. This will be a change in philosophy. Now they are requesting to shift this forward to make this part of the developers responsibility. The developer will have the responsibility to sub-divide land for a neighborhood park within his subdivision. Presently, the acreage is calculated as 4 acres per 1,000 residents. Leisure Services Director Kent Perkins said impact fees have always been charged during the building permit process. PLANNING COMMISSIONFebruary 13, 2007Page NineCommissioner Taylor said if this was passed and became policy for the City and a developer donated the land for a park and he was considering the need for affordable housing, would he be able to ask for a decrease in the impact fee? Kent said there are potentials when the efficiency is put on affordable housing. Commissioner Taylor asked if the impact fee could be reduced to offset the property in order to make the building permit more affordable. Kent replied park improvements are paid by the impact fees. The acquisition of the neighborhood parks is not part of the impact fees. Deputy City Attorney Paula Houston said the land that is being dedicated to the City are for the small 4 acre parks, the impact fees are for the larger parks. Kent said facilities that are built are an enhancement for the neighborhood. Most developers that are building a larger development now have parks designed in their plans before they plat out the neighborhood. The developers come in early because when the parks are put in early it becomes a selling point for the developers.Kent discussed how the program is administered. There will be a new check off box on the Plat Application. They will discuss such things as if there is a neighborhood park that is nearby in the neighborhood, The developer will complete the application and attach a check. The money can only be spent within that development zone. If for some reason the City doesn’t spend that money in a certain amount of time then the money will be return to the developer. Commissioner Bracken asked if they pay right up front or pay for the whole project? Bob Nicholson said they will pay by phase of the projects.Commissioner Bracken asked why they won’t value the land based on the development. If you go in a particular area and you do an appraisal of property you can’t set your values until you do that. Deputy City Attorney Paula Houston said you don’t want this to be a battle over the value of the land. She said there is no provision to have the option - it would be the City to make that decision. They don’t want to give them the option to either give them the land or pay for the land. That is the reason they still need impact fees. Commissioner Taylor said with every plan there is a plan for open space. Is there a place to allow two developers to join together and pool the requirement of park space together? Kent said yes they could - they could pool it together.PLANNING COMMISSIONFebruary 13, 2007Page TenKent said it states that every resident should be within a half a mile of a park. Commissioner Nobis said when they are built out how do you go back and charge for more money in order to enhance the parks. Kent replied it will be done by General Funds.Commissioner Burks asked about the impact fee for parks. Kent said it is $2,700 for a new park. Kent said the plan is to balance out the expenditure and if you don’t have the fee then you have to put the funds in the general impact fee. Ron Thompson said how do you decide the ratio of 4 acres per 1,000 residents if a majority of them are not full time residents. He is concerned about the cost for the management of these parks. He feels the cost would hurt the residents because they will have to pay for the cost of the parks in purchasing price of their homes. Carol Sapp with Southern Utah Home Builders Association said she has not seen the proposed ordinance. Carol handed out a Memorandum she prepared (available for review in the City Office). Carol said they don’t look at the percentages of people that live there part-time or full-time. It is worthy of consideration but it is not a point she brought up in her comments. It was agreed by City Council that if something was in the pipe line and they had preliminary plat approval then they would not have to go through this. She said the current market conditions it should not be more than 6 months. This will slow the process down and the development plats will take longer to process. The important part is the board will be created by three people for appraisers. There are things that have to happen to be fair. Carol said what happens when they go out and they need property. This master plan for parks has increased the level of parks for this community. This will affect the affordability of housing. This will have to work on paper in the terms of costs. The developer will have to figure in the housing cost how much it is going to cost him to give 4 acres for the park. The fair way to increase parks in this area is through the bonding process. In the bonding process then everyone in the community will help to pay for those parks. Bonding removes the responsibility from the City and gives the developer the chance to develop affordable property. Don Rawlings said he is concerned about adding extra fees to property developers. The high impact fees will make it impossible for people to afford the homes. He was wondering if he would get some credit for the Seegmiller Park for 5 acres that has been sitting out there. He feels the impact fees need to be looked at a little bit closer. Curt Gordon said their concern is if you have a offset - he is concern about getting double charged. PLANNING COMMISSIONFebruary 13, 2007Page ElevenKent Perkins said if the City thinks the land in the subdivision could be a neighborhood park then the City will build that facility and return to the developer the money. Kent said they are sensitive to the type of land that is available for a park. Leisure Services took at community survey and 82% of the community who responded to the survey believed that it is important to have a park nearby by walking. He receives calls from residents who want to know where their neighborhood park is located. The park impact fees can only maintain the existing standards. Commissioner Bracken said if a subdivision does not have the land then at what point, does the City purchase the land? Kent said they will try to identify the most reasonable place for a park at that time. Commissioner Bracken asked if will they have to wait 20 years to see a park. Kent said if the City doesn’t spend the money in a certain amount of time then they will get their money back. Deputy City Attorney Paula Houston said one of the issues you have is that you can bind the City that funds will need to be spent by. The only option you have is that if you can’t build a park in that amount of time then you need to give the money back. Commissioner Bracken said there needs to be an interest factor to the person who has money setback. Chairman Almquist said this is something that cannot be voted on here tonight, due to the amount of information the Planning Commission needs to digest.Bob Nicholson said this could be continued to the next meeting in two weeks. Maybe they could have a joint work meeting with Council. Bob said someone has to pay for the parks and there are difficult choices to be made. Council Member Bunker asked if some of Carol Sapp’s comments could be incorporated into the ordinance. Bob said they could look at that. MOTION: Commissioner Bracken made a motion to table this item for 2 weeks. Commissioner Burks seconded the motion. All voted aye. GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT - PUBLIC HEARING (5:00 P.M.)Consider an amendment to the City General Plan to include the “Little Valley Sub-Area Plan”. The proposed land use designations include Agriculture, Low, Medium, and Medium High Density Residential, Commercial, and Open Space. The area encompasses approximately 3,355 acres (5.2 square miles). The area extends approximately from 700 South, southward to confluence of the airport ridge and the Ft. Pierce Wash and Schmutz Hill (Stonecliff) eastward to the Washington City boundary. Case No. 2007-GPA-001PLANNING COMMISSIONFebruary 13, 2007Page TwelveBob Nicholson said he has a few brief comments. The goal in this general plan is to strike a balance in the interest from those who have properties and want to develop and the others who have horses and wants it to remain the same. Bob said an adequate buffer is to achieve that goal. Tonight is no way a zoning action. Bob explained the difference between a general plan and a zoning ordinance. Zoning is step two in this process. The goal is to show the development intent for this area. The plan also incorporates Washington City. There will be public hearings for any zoning requests. The current zoning will stay in place until developers come up and ask for a zoning change.Commissioner Burks asked about the time line for re-zoning? Bob said it is about an 8-week process. The State law requires public hearings before City Council.Jeff Winston with Winston & Associates said at the last session there were comments raised regarding the buffer zones. One of the ideas is that they want feathering to be deferred. He presented three alternatives; 1) with trails and public street, 2) rear yards adjoined, and 3) with trails and alley. Jeff said that a 10,000 sq. ft. lot would be the normal for the area of Little Valley but there will be some smaller lots. They built in a 100 ft. buffer zone in each of the alternatives. The trails would be an equestrian trail and a pedestrian trail. Jeff said ther...


Planning Commission Minutes 03/28/2006:
...said he is present tonight to show the proposed new development called The Trails. Stacy went over the design team for this project. The project is 335 acres and is located at Milepost 7 at Highway 18. The site has some lava benches. The boundaries around the project PLANNING COMMISSIONMarch 28, 2006Page Threeare tortoise preservation’s. The design of The Trails will have a loop trail with other trails feeding off that loop trail. They should have about 8-10 miles of trails throughout the project. There are some areas of ground they plan on keeping natural. The trails will be open for public use. The trails that meet City standards they anticipate that the City will take over maintenance. There will be a main community park about 4.5 acres in the center of the project which will consist of playing fields and play grounds. Stacy said total open space is about 30% which is about 100 acres. There will be green belts between the neighborhoods. There will be low density (1-1/2 units per acre), medium density (3-4 units per acre) and then the higher density. Stacy said there will be about 950 units. There will also be a small commercial area. Stacy went over the square footage and parking requirements for the development. Stacy said there is a zone change request coming before Planning Commission soon. That is where they are in the planning processBob Nicholson said because it is such a massive project it would be good to take a field trip prior to the zone change. Either on April 7th or the 21st would be a good field trip date. Commission Burks asked if the State was involved with this project. Jay replied they are very much involved. Chairman Almquist said they will do a field trip on April 4th which is next Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. at Milepost 7.Chairman Almquist made a decision to hear the final plats 10A and 10B. CONSENT ITEMS - FINAL PLATSA. Consider approval of a final plat for Stone Cove Phase 2 with 13 single-family lots located at 2520 East and 1450 South. Mr. Brad Brown, representative. Case No. 2006-FP-020B. Consider approval of a final plat for Kachina Springs East Phase 2 Amended and Extended located on Entrada Trail off of Snow Canyon Parkway. Mr. Richard Allen, representative. Case No. 2006-FPA-021Planner Mark Bradley said the final plats are ready for your approval and authorization for chairman to sign.PLANNING COMMISSIONMarch 28, 2006Page FourMOTION: Commissioner Burks made a motion to recommend to City Council approval for the two final plats read into the record and authorize chairman to sign. Commissioner Clayton seconded the motion. All voted aye.PRELIMINARY PLATSA. Consider a preliminary plat request for Tuscan Hills Phase 4 with 58 townhome units located at Plantations Drive off of Dixie Drive. Mr. Guy Haskell, applicant. Case No. 2006-PP-006Planner Mark Bradley said they have seen this site as part of the Hillside Development Permit. Mark said staff recommends approval subject to the following:1. Conditions of approval associated with the Hillside Development Permit.2. Finalizing the access location and design on Plantations Drive and preserving the site distance corridor at the said access. The sight-distance corridor is to be free from any visual obstruction between the heights of 2 and 8 feet above the curb line elevation. Street trees that cannot meet the requirement must be planted outside of the corridor, which means the landscape width between the curb and privacy wall would be required to be widen.3. Compliance with Planned Development building separations and setbacks.Chairman Almquist asked if the density for this project has changed. Mark replied that the density is the same. The number of units are the same.Ryan Jolley with Alpha Engineering said when they receive approval they will be starting the development right away. Commissioner Taylor asked about the height of the wall. Ryan said there will be an 8 ft. wall behind the units. MOTION: Commissioner Clayton made a motion to recommend to City Council approval of a preliminary plat request for Tuscan Hills Phase 4 with 58 townhome units located at Plantations Drive off of Dixie Drive. Mr. Guy Haskell, applicant, subject to the conditions of staff’s comments. Commissioner Bracken seconded the motion. Commissioner Burks voted nayCommissioner Taylor and Commissioner Campbell voted aye Motion passes with a vote to 4 to 1 PLANNING COMMISSIONMarch 28, 2006Page FiveB. Consider a preliminary plat request for The Joshua’s Phase 3 with 53 single-family patio home sites located at approximately 2000 South Tonaquint Drive. Salisbury Homes, applicant. Case No. 2006-PP-010Planner Mark Bradley said staff has been working with the applicant’s engineers on modifications to the submittal plan. Staff recommends approval subject to the following;1. Finalize access design, north bound deceleration lane, and site distance corridor on Tonaquint Drive.2. Compliance with Planned Development building separations, setbacks, open space and recreation area requirements (for the entire PD development).3. Detention design and location.Commissioner Clayton asked if this was approved tonight would it be possible to have staff’s comments done before it goes to City Council? Mark replied that they need to make sure that it takes place first. Mark said there has been discussion on whether the road should connect onto the Legacy private road or not. Jay Sandberg City Engineer said on the easterly side by the detention basin there is a stub road there that comes out by Legacy. They have talked to the engineer’s with the road. They felt there was some grade problems because the road sits up higher than Tonaquint Drive. There needs to be an emergency access to this development.Jair with Salisbury Homes said they have agreed to put a hammer head at the end of Legacy. MOTION: Commissioner Clayton made a motion to recommend to City Council approval of a preliminary plat request for The Joshua’s Phase 3 with 53 single-family patio home sites located at approximately 2000 South Tonaquint Drive. Salisbury Homes, applicant, subject to the resolution of the conditions to staff’s comments in relation to what was talked about tonight prior to the calendering of the City Council meeting and the second meeting in April. If staff determines that it is not answered to a satisfactory level based on the comments made here tonight, then it should not go to City Council until those items are resolved. Commissioner Bracken seconded the motion. Commissioner Clayton said this motion also includes the hammer head that was just volunteered by the applicant. All voted aye.DISCUSSION ON MOTIONCouncil Member Gail Bunker said it is disturbing to her to think of the hammer head in there and eliminating the connectivity between the development site. The connectivity and the PLANNING COMMISSIONMarch 28, 2006Page Sixtraffic would then be forced on Tonaquint Drive whereas if there was some connectivity among these developments then it would alleviate that problem.Commissioner Clayton said the traffic would come from Legacy through the Joshua’s to Tonaquint. It would not be visa versa because that would be a difficult way to go. Connectivity can also be created with a walking path.Commissioner Clayton said his motion should include that the applicant consider a solution to foot traffic between the two subdivisions to City standards. Commissioner Bracken seconded that into the motion. Commissioner Burks voted nay. Commissioner Taylor and Commissioner Campbell voted aye. The motion passes with a vote of 4 to 1.Commissioner Clayton stepped down due to conflict of interest for the next two final plats for Lakota Phase 1 and 2 Amended.PUBLIC HEARING - AMEND FINAL PLATSA. Consider a request to amend the final plat for Lakota Phase 1 to change the private ownership lots to private ownership building pads with common and limited common area located on the eastside of Snow Canyon Parkway and Dixie Downs Road intersection. Ence Homes, applicant. Case No. 2006-FPA-015Planner Mark Bradley said these next two items can be taken together. Mark said the change is from lots to pads so they can end up with a 10 ft. setback instead of an 8 ft. The number of dwelling units would remain the same. Mark said all building pad separations including rear yard areas are required to meet the minimum separation for single-story dwellings as per the City Zoning Regulations found in the PD zone.Jay Sandberg City Engineer said there are some units that will have rock walls. Jay said they don’t have high rock walls. There are only about 4 lots that will be impacted by the rock walls. Mark said the City allows about 3 ft. for grading purposes. Anyone that wants a privacy wall or a block wall higher they would have to have the 16 ft. separation between the units.B. Consider a request to amend the final plat for Lakota Phase 2 to change the private ownership lots to private ownership building pads with common and limited common area located on the eastside of Snow Canyon Parkway and Dixie Downs Road intersection. Ence Homes, applicant. Case No. 2006-FPA-016PLANNING COMMISSIONMarch 28, 2006Page SevenKorey Kinder, Ence Homes, said as part of the building code this will give them the actual separation. As long as the note on the plat states there are several pads out there that would not have walls or anything else. Commissioner Campbell asked if the 10 ft. separation allows for any overhang? Korey replied no, just the roof overhang would be allowed.MOTION: Commissioner Bracken made a motion to recommend to City Council approval of final plats Lakota Phase 1 and 2 Amended, with the staff’s comments. Commissioner Taylor seconded the motion. All voted aye.Commissioner Clayton returned to his seat on the Planning Commission board.PUBLIC HEARING - GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENTConsider a request to amend the General Plan - Land Use Map to change the land use designation of Open Space to Very Low Density Residential (up to 1 du/ac) on 93.51 acres on property located west of Tonaquint Drive, south of the Tonaquint Terrace Subdivision, and north/northwest of the Estates of Bloomington Subdivision. State Trust Lands Administration and Quality Development, applicants. Case No. 2006-GAP-001Bob Nicholson said there are two related requests before the Planning Commission tonight, the General Plan amendment and the zone change request. The area is along the ridge line overlooking Bloomington. The project is owned by SITLA. The area is very unique with numerous rock outcroppings throughout the 93 acre site. In their most recently proposal, the applicant has set aside certain areas for open space. They also propose to protect areas within the private lots which are outside the building pad area. There is also a large area currently outside the City boundary proposed as open space for a ‘City Rock Park’. The rock park area has large boulders of approximately 8 to 10 ft. tall. Adjacent to this area is a smaller area proposed for a developed City park. The applicant’s intent is to donate the rock park area to the City. Bob said staff is concerned about preserving the unique rock features both in the open space areas and within the proposed lots. Agreements need to be created for the open space donation and for preservation of other unique areas with rock outcropping.PLANNING COMMISSIONMarch 28, 2006Page EightBob said let’s consider these as separate items, 1) a general plan amendment and 2) a zone change request. Some of the rock formations remain mostly at the surface. Some are 10 ft. tall and some are fairly flat. Bob said staff has some concern about pads 60, 61 and 67 which are on the far west, and pad 20 which is further east.Curt Gordon with SITLA presented a slide show. There are special areas that will be dedicated as no disturb areas. Their intention is to have larger lots for this subdivision. The homes will be custom home sites. Curt said the private deed restriction area is about 45 acres. The area around the home will be left open. They want to preserve as much of the natural landscape as possible. Commissioner Campbell asked if on the pads the builder would build the pad up. Curt said they plan to deed restrict the pads against that. Each home will be looked at very closely. Curt said they don’t plan on having fencing to separate lots. Curt said they have done a great deal of preservation on this parcel. Kent Perkins, City Leisure Services Director said Bob Nicholson indicated that the developer would plan to dedicate the public park. He was hoping that the developer would explain what they plan on doing and then he would like to make comments on that.Curt Gordan with SITLA said they plan on bringing a road around the open space. There is also a place for a trail head. There will also be a trail along the ridge overlooking Bloomington which should be a natural trail. The other trails will be a paved surface. They would like to see a public park built before the subdivision is started. It is not their intent to build a park for the City then give it to them and then have them collect impact fees for the project. That is not what they want to do. But they will set that piece aside for a park. Kent Perkins said the City’s concern is the approval process and how the proposed park is to be deeded to the City. His concern is that once they receive approval on this development that they will do something else with the discussed park area. He feels there needs to be a mechanism so that both sides are honored in that regard. Kent explained the concern of applicants going through the approval process and find out later that there is a change of heart and then the land won’t be deeded to the City and at some point it could be developed. Commissioner Clayton said it his understanding that a zone change request cannot have conditions attached and that would include this General Plan as well. Is that correct? Deputy City Attorney Paula Houston replied you are correct. Commissioner Clayton said the applicants are setting aside some sensitive areas and in the process they identify property that will be gifted to the City. Chairman Almquist said their motivation would be to keep with the General Plan.PLANNING COMMISSIONMarch 28, 2006Page NineMark Bradley said as the Planning Commission considers this they need to be aware of the comments in the General Plan. He referred to Section 6.10.1 Open Space Policies of the General Plan. 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