LA VERKIN CITY PLANNING COMMISSION
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 6:00pm
City Council Chambers, 111 South Main Street
LaVerkin, Utah 84745
Present: Chair Anna Andregg; Commissioners: Kelly Wilson and Karl Benson; Staff: Derek Imlay, Kevin Bennett, Kyle Gubler, and Christy Ballard; Public: Richard Hirschi, Toni Imlay, John Valenti, and Lynn Crawford.
Commissioners Hugh Howard and Allen Bice are not present.
I. Call to Order: Chair Anna Andregg called the meeting to order at 6:00pm. The Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance was given by Richard Hirschi.
II. Approval of Minutes:
Commission may approve the minutes of the September 24, 2014 regular meeting.
Motion was made by Commissioner Kelly Wilson to approve the September 24, 2014 regular meeting minutes as written, second by Commissioner Karl Benson. Motion carried unanimously.
III. Approval of Agenda
Motion was made by Commissioner Karl Benson to approve the agenda as written, second by Commissioner Kelly Wilson. Motion carried unanimously.
1. Beautification/Trails Committee-No one to report.
2. Director of Operations- Derek reported the developer has started discussion on the Sunset View Estates subdivision again. The project had been put on hold while he took care of other issues. The developer is scheduled to meet with Derek next week to give him the signed copy of the easement from the Bank and then the project can begin moving forward.
Anna was able to get in touch with the ADA person who informed her that, in regard to vacation homes, the homeowner is not obligated to provide any handicap items. If a renter would like to have anything handicap accessible they need to install it themselves, at their own expense, then restore the property to its original condition when they leave.
1. Discussion on subdivision requirements.
Kevin passed out a handout of his presentation (see attached).
He is still moving forward on getting something put together in regard to the rules and regulations for vacation rentals.
This item was put on the agenda because building has started back up again in La Verkin. The information in the packet talks about having the final plat approval sooner in the process.
The State changed the requirements last year so some of La Verkin’s current requirements are now outdated and some changes will need to be made. It also impacts our Hillside Ordinance slightly but Kevin thinks that should be okay.
The State has been making changes with security bonds and security insurances. Those changes and the pros and cons of potential changes are included in Kevin’s presentation handout.
One of the items the City may need, if they don’t have already, is objective inspection standards in writing. The Deputy Attorney from West Valley City, is working on standard infrastructure security forms which he is anticipating be done by the end of the year. That may help us to have something that is actually recognized state wide if we get challenged by a developer, if we decide to allow the alternative.
The Commissioners need to decide if they would like to make only the necessary changes to the current requirements or if they would like to allow early plat approval.
Commissioner Benson asked if the only downside to making the discussed changes is that the City could be left maintaining a road that has no lots developed on it.
Kevin replied that is allegedly the case if the property has changed ownership, so if any of the lots were sold, it becomes the City’s responsibility to ensure the infrastructure is put in.
Commissioner Andregg asked how long Kevin would need to get the paperwork completed if the Commissioners decided to move forward with the changes discussed.
Kevin was not sure, but he didn’t think it would take very long.
Commissioner Wilson feels that the City should have something in place to guarantee that the infrastructure will be completed and that may require a bond up front.
Commissioner Andregg is interested in making sure the City has the easements so they have the ability to correct problems if the developer walks away.
Commissioner Benson pointed out the downside of requiring bonding up front is pricing some developers out of the market.
Kevin replied that it could, but right now the developer cannot sell any of the property in their development until they receive final approval after everything has been completed.
Bonds are easier for the developer than the City. If we decide to require bonds we will need to be very clear on what our standards are because the first thing that will be looked at is to see if there was a violation.
Commissioner Wilson would like to see bonding required up front and roads dedicated to the City at the beginning of the project.
*Kevin pointed out the City needs to be amenable to phasing developments as long as there is a nice blend of the entire development represented (all lot sizes).
Commissioner Andregg asked what direction the Commissioners felt it should go.
Commissioner Wilson replied developers should be allowed to bond at the beginning so if the project doesn’t get finished the City has something to fall back on and also get the dedicated roads.
Commissioner Benson and Commissioner Andregg agreed with Commissioner Wilson.
Kyle pointed out that having the ability to have the roads completed if a developer walks away would probably make the project easier to sell to a new developer.
Kevin agreed and mentioned it would give more confidence to adjoining neighbors if they have developable property.
Commissioner Andregg stated the majority is in favor of making the changes.
Motion was made by Commissioner Kelly Wilson to adjourn, second by Commissioner Karl Benson. Motion carried unanimously at 6:59pm.
Minutes taken on behalf of the City Recorder by Christy Ballard.