LA VERKIN CITY PLANNING COMMISSION

Regular Meeting

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 6:00pm

City Council Chambers, 111 South Main Street

LaVerkin, Utah 84745

Present:  Chair Pro Tem Allen Bice; Commissioners: Hugh Howard, Sherman Howard and Karl Benson; Staff:  Derek Imlay, Kyle Gubler, Kevin Bennett and Christy Ballard; Public: Richard Hirschi, Bruce & Claudette Blackmore, TJ Gurule, Patty Wise, Victor Williams and Rose & John Valenti.

 

Chair Anna Andregg was excused.

 

I.              Call to Order:  Chair Pro Tem Allen Bice called the meeting to order at 6:00pm.  The Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance were given by Kyle Gubler.

 

II.           Approval of Minutes:

Commission may approve the minutes of the August 9, 2017 regular meeting.

Motion was made by Commissioner Hugh Howard to approve the August 9, 2017 regular meeting minutes as written, second by Commissioner Karl Benson.  Hugh Howard-yes, Bice-yes, Benson-yes, Sherman Howard-yes.  Motion carried unanimously. 

 

III.        Approval of the Agenda      

Motion was made by Commissioner Karl Benson to approve the agenda as written, second by Commissioner Sherman Howard.  Bice-yes, Hugh Howard-yes, Benson-yes, Sherman Howard-yes.   Motion carried unanimously.          

            

IV.              Reports:

1.       Beautification/Trails Committee-No meeting.         

2.       City Council-Councilman Hirschi reported a resolution was passed granting the La Verkin Community Theater the use of the stage for performances but they no longer have a storage room in the building.  A public hearing was set for surplus property.  The main items are the animal control vehicle and a 10-foot strip of property next to 194 N 100 E.       

3.       Director of Operations-The next meeting will have a discussion on the height allowance for a new hotel coming into the City.

Today was the final walk through for the 300 West Road Improvement.   

  

V.                 Public Hearing:

1.       The preliminary and final plats and amended development agreement for Sunset View Estates Subdivision: A development in northeast La Verkin, located in the currently-undeveloped area east of 200 East, south of 460/500 North, and north of 200 North, and abutting the base of the hillside at approximately 250 East; known as Tax ID # LV-159-K-1 in the records of Washington County, State of Utah. 

Derek explained Sunset View Estates had already received approval for the preliminary and final plats.  The public hearing is for the few changes to the layout of the lots and the modified drainage. 

 

The public hearing opened at 6:07pm

 

 John Valenti-Lives at 194 N 100 E.  He is located west of the southern end of the development.  He is concerned with the 2-foot drainage pipe that is connected to three storm drains.  When it rains the water runs very close to his home.  Several years ago, he spent a large sum of money to contour his lot and make it flat.  In many parts, the water has cut into his property 2-3 feet.  Over the years he has tolerated it being there.  He has been told in the past that at the end of the project along the front drive and edge of the property would be cleaned up for him.  He hasn’t been contacted by anyone since that time and doesn’t want the issue to go unnoticed.  He knows the City has the means to protect private owners’ interest, property and property values and he would like to see the issue corrected. 

Bruce Blackmore-He lives at 39 Flora.  He is concerned with the height difference from his home to the first road in the development.  He is also concerned with the size of the lots.  After the setbacks are met the homes will be very small. 

He wondered if the developer was going to do anything for his privacy like installing a wall or leveling the lot to his retaining wall. 

He hopes the drainage works because he is going to need it.  When it rains the water comes down like a waterfall, along with rocks. 

 

The public hearing closed at 6:10pm

 

Commissioner Bice said the agreement states the smallest house size in Sunset View Estates is 1250 square feet.  Only a few of them can be that size, most must be bigger. 

 

Derek stated there is nothing in the current Code that requires a developer to put in a screen wall.  This is not the only subdivision in town with a height difference. 

Every lot is different and will have different requirements.  The property owner will need to work with a structural engineer and the hydrology study to make sure the building is structurally sound. 

 

Kevin mentioned the drainage for Sunset View Estates is required to run away from the house and into the street.   

             

2.       A proposed ordinance amending Titles 10 and 3 of The La Verkin City Code, relative to Bed and Breakfast Facilities and Vacation Rentals (collectively referred to as Short Term Rentals) within the City of La Verkin and providing an effective date.

 

The public hearing opened at 6:14pm

 

Patty Wise-Lives in Zion View Estates.  She feels, overall, the ordinance looks fine.  She is not opposed with any of it.  Her concerns lie with enforcement of making sure the properties are maintained.  The wording that states “parking will take up no more than 40% of the yard” and that would be most of the lawn.  She has a vacation rental going in next door to her and does not want to see them parking on the lawn.  She doesn’t feel the ordinance necessarily needs to be changed but that the City needs to be very careful as to how things are worded for enforcement. 

Over the past year, there have been a lot of citizens speak to the fact when they have a complaint, because of the lack of police officers, they don’t get handled.  

During the planning process we need to think about existing homes before new homes are brought into the area and to keep in mind the quality of neighborhoods which we are all apart of. 

 

The public hearing closed at 6:16pm       

 

VI.              Business:

1.      Discussion and possible action to recommend approval on the preliminary and final plats and amended development agreement for the Sunset View Estates subdivision.

Motion was made by Commissioner Hugh Howard to recommend approval on the preliminary and final plats and amended development agreement for the Sunset View Estates subdivision, second by Commissioner Karl Benson.  Hugh Howard-yes, Bice-yes, Benson-yes, Sherman Howard-yes.  Motion carried unanimously. 

 

2.      Discussion and possible action to recommend approval for a proposed ordinance amending Titles 10 and 3 of the La Verkin City Code, relative to short term rentals within the City of La Verkin.   

Motion was made by Commissioner Sherman Howard to recommend approval for a proposed ordinance amending Titles 10 and 3 of the La Verkin City Code, relative to short term rentals within the City of

La Verkin, second by Commissioner Hugh Howard.  Benson-yes, Bice-yes, Hugh Howard-yes, Sherman Howard-yes.  Motion carried unanimously.                    

 

VII.           Adjourn:

Motion was made by Commissioner Hugh Howard to adjourn, second by Commissioner Sherman Howard.  Hugh Howard-yes, Sherman Howard-yes, Bice-yes, Benson-yes.  Motion carried unanimously at 6:18pm.

 

 

Minutes taken on behalf of the City Recorder by Christy Ballard.

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