council sends subdivision request to planning commission
By David Baker
February 17, 2006 | PARADISE -- Differences in city
and county development procedures complicated discussion
at Wednesday night's Town Council meeting.
"The best would be if county and cities have the same
procedure," Councilwoman Margaret Obray said.
These procedural issues came up during a discussion
the council had with Ty Haguewood, a developer representing
landowners Joe Gappa and Tom and Helga Dyson. Haguewood
wants to put a subdivision north of the cemetery and
needs to secure road access to the location. Although
the land is just outside the city limits, the council
has to approve road access to the potential subdivision.
That's where the problems come in.
Mayor Lee Atwood says Paradise's procedure for dealing
with subdivisions requires three phases: sketch, preliminary
and final approval. The sketch is approving the concept
on paper. By the preliminary phase, the town requires
the property to be surveyed and have survey markers
in the ground.
But Atwood says Cache County's procedure only calls
for preliminary and final approval. The process continues
on paper until the final approval when a survey is done
and markers are placed.
"What you have on paper may not be what you have in
the field," Atwood said. "You may have more or less
ground, and that can change the lot size. It is important
that that doesn't happen."
Differences may not cause future problems, Atwood
said, because there are "changes in the wind at the
county." But they didn't say what those changes would
Such changes may affect Haguewood's subdivision down
the road, but for now the procedural differences are
still causing some hang-ups in the process. Since the
county doesn't require it at this point, Haguewood hasn't
had the property fully surveyed. Without the survey,
the council raised questions about the actual amount
of property and how that may affect the city's right
of way and the lot sizes.
The council sent Haguewood to the Planning and Zoning
Commission so it could review the plans and make a recommendation.
"We can't give anything to you until we have their
recommendation," Obray told Haguewood. "We have to go
off their recommendations."
Haguewood said he is scheduled to have the plan reviewed
by the county on Feb. 23 but will have to push that
-- the council closed the meeting from 9:05 to 9:25
to discuss issues concerning a lawsuit between the town
of Paradise and the Upper Stream Water Rights owners
Vere Johnson, Merv Weeks and Andy Johnson. The lawsuit
came from a water usage dispute between the town and
the property owners.
-- the representative from the Cache Chamber of Commerce,
who was scheduled to give a presentation about Cache
Valley in 2020, wasn't able to attend because of snowy