Sunrise Hills rezone request dominates city council meet
by Jeannine Wait, contributing writer
Mar 02, 2006 | 1032 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    City council chambers were full as concerned city

residents gathered to comment on a zoning change request by Charles

Pipkin for his proposed 33 home Sunrise Hills subdivision behind the

Mountain View residential area. Pipkin has already received a

preliminary plat hearing which has been conditionally approved. He is

requesting a rezone from Industrial-1 to R-2 for a 15.15 acre portion

which contains all or portions of seven of the 33 lots. Approval of the

zone change is necessary before the plan can move on to a final plat

stage. The zone change will be voted on at the next city council

meeting on March 14. The city will accept additional written comments

until then.

    A few people spoke in favor of the rezone but most

were opposed. In favor was Janie Tuft who said that housing was a more

compatible use in the area then any future industrial development.

Dwight Johnston, who is the developer of the adjacent proposed Allen

subdivision, also spoke in favor of the rezone. He said the two new

subdivisions will improve water drainage for the entire area, protect

against rock fall and increase the value of existing homes in the

Mountain View area.

    However, the bulk of citizen comments were against

the rezone. Bruce Hucko said that many of the Mountain View residents

did not want to sound like NIMBY’s (Not In My Back Yard) and had

attended meetings to discuss their common concerns. These concerns

include the danger of disturbing the shallow gas pipeline running

through many of the properties, storm water drainage and the granting

of a variance for block length. Peggy Nissen and Bette Stanton both

asked the council to use extra caution and move slowly while

considering the safety issues and increased impact this plan will have

in their neighborhoods.

    Ken Galyean was worried about the danger from the

overhead power lines and the block length variance. He wants to see

smart planning and believes the city should adhere to and enforce the

existing building codes. Sue Phillips complained of the loud noise and

dust raised by the already heavy ATV use of the utility corridor

directly behind her house. She fears that increased development will

bring even more of this activity which, although not permitted there,

is a daily occurrence.

    Other citizen concerns include the issues of

increased traffic, continued access to the BLM public lands and

protecting the privacy of Mountain View homes. Kara Dohrenwend, who is

a member of the City Planning Commission, spoke in opposition to the

rezone saying that, in lots that have the gas pipeline running through

them, fencing requirements will result in substandard size lots. She

feels this may set a dangerous precedent.

    In other business, Mayor Dave Sakrison presented the

student citizenship of the month award for February to Helen M. Knight

6th grader Shalece Guerrero. David Olsen reported the resignation of

planner Robert Hugie and complimented him on the work and contributions

he had made to the planning department. Council approved a rate

increase for solid waste collection which will bring the residence rate

up to $16.00 per month for a once-a-week pickup of a single 95 gallon

approved container.  Approval of a zone change from R-3 to C-3 for

the McDonald property at 488 North Main Street will clear the way for

construction of an 80-room Hampton Hotel.

    Council also gave approval to a moved-on structure

permit for the annual City Market garden center, for a special event

license for the Canyonlands Half Marathon race on March 18, 2006, and

for a temporary class three beer license at the Canyonlands Campground

convenience store at 555 South Main.

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