CENTERVILLE — City officials are giving residents a say in what they want the city’s west side to look like.
After gathering approximately 70 surveys from residents about what kind of development they wanted to see on Centerville’s west side, the results will be compiled into one of four possible scenarios outlining options for potential growth in the area. Those scenarios, along with more feedback, will eventually become a plan that will shape the future of the city’s west side.
“We can’t create the necessary zoning ordinances until we know what the preferred scenario looks like,” said Community Development Director Cory Snyder.
City officials began the process of making an amendment to the city’s general plan earlier this year, designed to cover the west side area between Parrish Lane and West Bountiful’s northern border.
The first scenario focuses on the west side as it currently is, with zoning that accommodates storage, manufacturing and industrial facilities, while the second scenario imagines the area built out under its current zoning. Both scenarios look at information such as estimated job creation.
The third scenario would focus on what it would take to make the neighborhood into the kind of area where UTA would consider putting a FrontRunner stop. Factors like ideal population density would be considered, though Snyder said that zoning the area along these lines would be no assurance of a stop.
“A lot would have to happen to create a station there,” he said.
Even if a station was built, Snyder said that it likely wouldn’t look like Farmington’s Station Park.
“It would be more of an off-peak station,” he said, referring to stops that were serviced during off peak times for commuters. “It would service residents in the area, and let them travel to Salt Lake without having to rely on a car.”
The fourth scenario will be built using the survey answers. The survey covered topics about how much residential versus commercial property people would prefer, the importance of manufacturing zoning, the style of development and the importance of a FrontRunner connection.
The project’s oversight committee is expected to look at the scenarios after press time tonight, Aug. 21, and offer their feedback. The four scenarios will then be the focus of a public open house sometime in September, where more feedback will be gathered and the suggestions will be streamlined.
“We’ll massage those into a preferred scenario, or a preferred scenario with alternatives,” said Snyder. “We’ve started the ordinance process, but that’s been tabled until we get the scenario.”