council approves rezone of ag land to residential
By Di Lewis
February 9, 2006 | SMITHFIELD -- Low-income housing
may be coming to Smithfield, after the City Council
voted 4-1 in favor of rezoning some agricultural land
to residential Wednesday.
Councilwoman Kris Monson, the dissenting vote, said,
"We have some families that will lose their livelihood
because of the gateway effect of urbanization that this
will bring. These people have been here for 150 years
and will be put out of business because of this."
Monson has consistently opposed the resolution to
rezone and proposed the amendment that was passed with
this resolution two weeks ago. City Manager Jim Gass
said that decision had to be annulled due to improper
procedure when passing the resolution and confusion
among Council members about precisely what the amendment
The Neighborhood Nonprofit Housing Corporation said
they want to use the land in cooperation with Mickelson
development for low-income housing developments.
Monson said passing the resolution puts the consideration
of Smithfield residents below nonresidents.
"I don't know where our thinking processes are if
we don't consider the residents that elected us," Monson
said. "What did Planning and Zoning recommend? No. And
what is this going to do to the people of Smithfield?"
In rebuttal to Monson's comments, Councilman Dee Wood
said, "This is an area that has been zoned for future
growth in the city general plan, the city services are
already in place in that area, and the work the NNHC
plans to do will be a huge benefit to Smithfield."
The area to be rezoned extends from 800 West to 500
West and from Saddleback Road to 100 North. At the last
council meeting the resolution passed unanimously but
was amended to cut out some of the proposed land.
The council had already voted earlier in the evening
3-2 in favor of rezoning the land that would have remained
agricultural under the previous vote on the resolution.
In other council business Rocky Taylor, the animal
control officer for North Logan, Hyde Park, and Smithfield,
was recognized for his achievement in receiving the
Outstanding Animal Control Officer of the Year for Utah.
North Park Police Chief Kim Hawks, who presented the
award, said Taylor deserves the award for his "outstanding
service and dedication.
"As I was filling out the application, it was easy
to complete because of how much Rocky does," Hawks said.
"He goes above and beyond the call of duty every day."
Mayor Chad Downs said he has been impressed by the
kindness and dedication Taylor puts into his work.
Additionally, Jessie Datwyler's request for funds
to match the $1,400 grant she received for the Smithfield
Children's Theater was approved. Datwyler said she wanted
to provide the opportunity for Smithfield youth to participate
without having to pay a fee.
The council also unanimously approved resolutions
to create a two-lot minor subdivision at 107 E. 200
North, annex the Stafford property at 50 N. 1000 East
and oppose Utah Senate Bill 170, which Gass said, will
"take away the city's ability to control zoning and
allow developers to do almost anything they want to