CENTERVILLE – The city's west side may get a makeover.
Encouraged by the growth of the Legacy Crossing development and a new mixed-use project planned just west of it, city officials are taking the first steps to change the general plan for Centerville's west side. Focusing their efforts between 1250 West and the railroad tracks, Centerville officials are beginning a months-long research process that will likely open up the previously industrial area to more residential and commercial opportunities.
"We thought there was a lot more potential for the area south of those two projects," said Centerville City Manager Steve Thacker, referring to Legacy Crossing and the newly planned development next to it.
He said that Parrish Lane would likely serve as the northern boundary for the affected area, which would stretch all the way down to the West Bountiful border. Since the west side of 1250 West is already full of relatively new commercial and light industrial businesses, the city's developmental hopes will focus most on the east side of the street.
"Right now, the area is mostly storage units and warehouses," he said. "Changing the general plan would create some maneuverability for possibly revitalizing the area."
The process is still in the earliest stages, and isn't expected to be completed for 8-9 months. Even then, a change in the general plan only affects elements such as zoning and building requirements, which means that the results may not be seen in the neighborhood itself for several years.
The city's next step is to put together a steering committee on the project, made up of local property owners and city officials. According to a calendar approved by the city council, the public information period about the proposed general plan changes is expected to begin in mid to late April.
The entire process is expected to take between eight to nine months, depending on public response and what happens during the approval process. If the amendments do encourage mixed-use development in the area, however, there could be even more changes on the way.
"UTA has also agreed to participate in this by exploring what the transit needs might be if quite a large number of residential units ended up going in," said Thacker. "We want UTA to look at the possibility of a FrontRunner stop. If not, there would be other possibilities."