LA VERKIN CITY PLANNING COMMISSION

Regular Meeting

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 6:00pm

City Council Chambers, 111 South Main Street

LaVerkin, Utah 84745

 

Present:  Chair Anna Andregg; Commissioners: Allen Bice, Hugh Howard and Sherman Howard; Staff:  Derek Imlay, Kevin Bennett and Christy Ballard; Public: Richard Hirschi, Patty Wise, Jan Bandringa, Theresa & John Hancock, Don Wigren, Jeff Wright, Derek Hall, Mike Downward and Tawnee Wiser.

 

Kyle Gubler was excused. 

 

I.              Call to Order:  Chair Anna Andregg called the meeting to order at 6:01pm.  The Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance were given by Allen Bice.

 

II.           Approval of Minutes:

Commission may approve the minutes of the September 13, 2017 regular meeting.

Motion was made by Commissioner Hugh Howard to approve the September 13, 2017 regular meeting minutes as written, second by Commissioner Allen Bice.  Andregg-yes, Bice-yes, Sherman Howard-yes, Hugh Howard-yes.  Motion carried unanimously. 

 

III.        Approval of the Agenda      

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

            

IV.              Reports:

1.       Beautification/Trails Committee-No meeting.         

2.       City Council-Councilman Hirschi reported the Council were informed of the hotel height public hearing.  The Sunset View Estates final plat was approved. 

3.       Derek reported the irrigation water will be taken out of the system on November 15th

Interstate Rock Products has requested a zone change for the property surrounding the Washington County School District’s property.  They had been told to re-address the high density and to add more of a general mix several years ago when this item was first presented to the Commission.  The new proposal includes about half of the amount of high density and more eight thousand, ten thousand and possibly some fourteen thousand square foot lots. 

                        This proposal should be on the next Planning Commission agenda.

 

V.                 Public Hearing:

1.       A proposed Development Agreement with La Verkin Hospitality, LLC to allow for the construction of a hotel building in excess of thirty-five feet (35’) and not more than fifty-seven feet (57’) in height, on property located at approximately 403 North State Street.

 

Derek explained the code allows for thirty-five feet of livable space with a total building height of forty-five feet.  This zone does allow for greater height with a development agreement, which had been done for the existing hotels. 

La Verkin Hospitality has requested a height agreement of fifty-seven feet for the property south of Davis Farmers Market. 

 

The public hearing opened at 6:08pm

 

Jeff Wright-He lives at 170 W 380 North, just south of the proposed establishment.  There is a pressurized irrigation easement that runs east and west just north of 170, 380 dead-ends at that field.  The entire property is not consumed with this project so he wondered if there were future plans to better the access point for the utility easement to the north of his property.  380 North seems to be the access point for a lot of utility access and a lot of outside traffic.  His property wall has been damaged because of traffic so he is curious if that had been taken into consideration. 

 

John Hancock-He lives at 171 W 380 N and is concerned that the dirt road in front of his house will have an increase of traffic, more than there already is, causing the dust to be more of an issue for him.  Both he and his parents have tried to get the City to pave the road for the last 30 years.  They were told when the park was put in that the road would get paved. 

 

Don Wigren-He lives across the street from Mr. Hancock.  The road going north to south between John’s trailer and Don’s house has 25-feet of right of way.  All of the streets going east and west go to the houses so the City doesn’t really need that road.  He wondered if the City could give the property owners the road and close it off. 

Right behind his property is an alley way that runs the entire length, the City may need that and that’s okay. 

When he got a building permit the City required him to get a survey and he found all of the houses in the area are 4 feet off.  Why can’t the City give them some of the roadway, it isn’t needed and it puts out so much dust.

 

The public hearing closed at 6:12pm

      

VI.              Business:

1.      Discussion and possible action to recommend approval for a Development Agreement with La Verkin Hospitality to allow for construction of a hotel building in excess of thirty-five feet (35’) and not more than fifty-seven feet (57’) in height, on property located at approximately 403 North State Street.

Commissioner Allen Bice said the concerns in Stowel’s should be addressed with staff, they are not something the Planning Commission has any authority over.

 

Jeff Wright-He commented everyone is aware of how congested SR9 can be at that intersection with all of the traffic coming off SR9 from Zion National Park.  The access point he sees is only one and he personally thinks it is too close to the traffic light.  He thinks it will be a headache for all of the surrounding businesses. 

 

Derek explained the State designates all access points, it has nothing to do with the City. 

The property owner will be putting up a wall so Stowel’s should not be affected at all by the development.     

 

Motion was made by Commissioner Allen Bice to recommend approval for a Development Agreement with La Verkin Hospitality to allow for construction of a hotel building in excess of thirty-five feet (35’) and not more than fifty-seven feet (57’) in height, on property located at approximately 403 North State Street, second by Commissioner Hugh Howard.  Bice-yes, Hugh Howard-yes, Sherman Howard-yes, Andregg-yes.  Motion carried unanimously. 

 

VII.           Adjourn:

Motion was made by Commissioner Hugh Howard to adjourn, second by Commissioner Sherman Howard.  Andregg-yes, Sherman Howard-yes, Bice-yes, Hugh Howard-yes.  Motion carried unanimously at 6:15pm.

 

 

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

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