shows possibilities for further development in Mendon
February 9, 2009 | MENDON -- A community analysis report
detailing possible development restraints and opportunities
was presented to the Mendon Planning and Zoning Commission
last month, said Keith Christensen, assistant professor
in the Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning
(LAEP) department at Utah State University.
The report, done by a group of LAEP students from
USU as a course project, detailed feasible locations
within and around Mendon for further residential development,
Christensen said. The report also showed areas where
further development would be unwise due to geological
Christensen said the biggest roadblocks for development
in Mendon are hydrological restraints.
"One of the unique things about Mendon is they have
an intact stream corridor that runs right through the
city. Development has historically been worked around
the stream, there is still a nice green area around
there that has not been chewed up by recent development,"
Areas that were designated as less inviting for development
due to hydraulic reasons were on the east side of Mendon,
Christensen said. These areas need to have great attention
put on them when considering further development, he
Christensen said Mendon is unique for its ability
to maintain a rural community, and suggested that development
in areas like the wetlands or too near the stream corridor
could ruin the rural essence of the city.
The report addressed 11 concerns of the planning and
zoning commission, including the impact of topographic,
soil and geologic factors on future development, unique
features which should be retained, methods to minimize
the visual impact of future and existing development,
The students also looked at existing pedestrian circulation
system, and more specifically, routes designated as
safe for children to take while walking to school, Christensen
"In their research [the USU students] watched school
kids going to and from school, and in doing so, found
discrepancy between what routes students should take
and what routes are designated for them," Christensen
said during his explanation of the report.
Christensen said the report given to the council was
only an intermediate compilation of findings and could
be expanded or deflated upon review.
"This is an offer from the extension program to evolve
this work," Christensen said to the commission. "[The
commission] needs to review it and decide what they
like and what needs changing."
Christensen said the response he received from the
commission upon hearing the report was entirely positive.
"They were very receptive," Christensen said. "We've
done the analyses work, and made the community aware