Ivins council reaches compromise for woman seeking to build affordable housing – St George News
IVINS – Ivins City Council said on Thursday that a resident seeking to convert her land from a house to affordable townhouses could get her additional housing, but not the townhouses.
The decision came at the first council meeting of the year at the New Town Hall and the first for new council members Lance Anderson and Mike Scott, who were sworn in at the start of the meeting.
Council followed a recommendation from the city’s Planning Commission that the request to convert the medium density residential lot at 145 W. 100 South to a high density lot be refused but replaced by a change that will allow two or three traditional houses to be added to the lot.
Council unanimously approved the recommendation after the owner presented her case.
Scott, who was elected in November and held one of two seats on elected council members Cheyne McDonald and Derek Larsen, said the move was a good compromise between the owner and her neighbors who had expressed some opposition to the townhouses on the lot.
âWhen you look at a zoning change for me, you want to look at all the surrounding properties and you want it to be consistent. That’s the biggest problemâ¦ you really have to protect the people who are there, âScott said. âYou also have to protect the owner who is trying to develop his property. So there is a balance. It should really stay single-family, but let’s try to help the owner maximize that single-family use.
Sally Jensen, who owns the house on the largely empty property, told council affordable housing came to her mind when deciding what to do with the empty lot on her property which is right next to Troy’s Custom Body & Paint.
âThe goal is to bring more affordable housing to the area,â Jensen said. âFor me, the best use of this land is to build affordable housing. “
In addition to two opposition emails Mayor Chris Hart said he received, five other residents spoke out against Jensen’s request for high density zoning, though three said they were open to Jensen being allowed to build additional smaller single family homes on the property.
Brianna Dummar, whose home is right next to the property, has expressed concern for her four children in the face of increased traffic in the area, especially after her husband died in September.
âI work for the highway patrol in Hurricane and I’m not home when my kids come home from school on a scooter,â Dummar said.
But Beth Gale, while opposing the high density, said she was not against any new housing in the area. âI know Sally is looking for people. That’s what’s difficult for me, âsaid Gale. âI don’t mind her building a few houses there. I’m just averse to townhouses.
Update on the new police headquarters
The council received an update on the renovation of the nearby old town hall into a new headquarters for the Santa Clara-Ivins City Police Department.
Further exterior changes will take place for what will be renamed the SCI Public Safety Building which Hart says is needed to repair the leaky stairwells in the building’s basement, replace the 25-year-old roof and repair the interior to trace it back to law enforcement regulations. There are also cosmetic changes that will take place to remove the Roman columns in favor of an exterior that looks more like the entrance to the New Town Hall.
The price tag now stands at $ 154,838, which has already been budgeted for.
New role for former board member
The council voted unanimously to set in motion on Thursday an unprecedented measure to allow McDonald’s to still represent the city on the The Washington County Solid Waste District Council despite its removal from the council in November.
McDonald’s has been on the board for 12 years and is chairman of the group that oversees waste management for all of Washington County.
Usually, a council member from each local town sits on the council.
Ivins will still need to post a vacancy notice and accept further applications for the post before holding a formal board member hearing in February.
Board members expressed appreciation for the work McDonald has done on the board and said they saw no problem in him continuing in this role even though he was no longer on the board. . This included new member Scott, who borrowed a pun on waste management.
“Because of the work he has done, while he can and is willing to do it, this is too good an opportunity to waste, âScott said to laughter from those in the line. bedroom.
In another move, council member Dennis Mehr was asked by council for a second term as mayor Pro-Tem d’Ivins.
New way of seeing the board
In another first, the meeting was the first meeting of the Ivins city council to be broadcast live on YouTube.
“This will allow more of our citizens, especially with COVID raging again, to watch our meetings,” said City Manager Dale Coulam.
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