BY LOUISE R. SHAW
Clipper Staff Writer
KAYSVILLE – City staff were asked to review the policy for notifying neighbors of zoning changes after a group of angry residents asked why they had not been informed about a development proposed in their area.
A zone change for a development by Henry Walker Homes south of Shepard Lane and west of 50 East had been approved by the city’s planning commission a month earlier. During a public hearing held at the time, no one testified against it.
Neighbors argued before the city council that they hadn’t seen signs and hadn’t been notified of the hearing.
Mayor Steve Hiatt invited them to air their concerns at the city council meeting that night, Tuesday, Nov. 5, though it wasn’t a public hearing.
“This was a total blindside,” said Dan Porter, a neighbor. “It came out of the blue. We’re very shocked.”
Paul Allred, a 16-year resident of Kaysville who said he works for the planning department of a community in the Salt Lake area, said notices there are mailed to all neighbors within 500 feet if a new development is under consideration.
Beyond the notification concerns, residents in nearby Quail Crossing expressed concern that the new development would impact traffic, schools and a park in their neighborhood.
Several spoke of the need for fences and addressed problems with water on the land, which had been owned by the King family.
Henry Walker Homes had requested a rezone of 37 acres, from R-A (agricultural) to R-1-LD (single family residential).
Under the zone restrictions, an average of only two homes can be built per acre.
A representative from the developer, Phil Holland, said he will meet with neighbors to work out concerns prior to the next council meeting.
Also at the meeting on Nov. 5, city council members voted unanimously to approve a four-way stop at the intersection of Via La Costa Way and Burton Lane.
Two signs are already in place on Via La Costa and the extra stop signs were not warranted by normal measurements, according to city engineer Andy Thompson.
Thompson told the council that traffic was not busy enough, there had been no recorded accidents in five years and the site distance exceeded that which is required at such an intersection, according to Linda Ross, city recorder.
The city council voted to support the neighbors’ request, and have the two extra signs installed on Burton.
In another matter, council members voted, 3-2, to take over a private street, Pine Cove Lane, despite concerns from city staff that it was not wide enough for plowing and didn’t have the proper curbing for city needs.