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--Ernest Hemingway, writer (1899-1961), on William Faulkner, writer (1897-1962)

After lengthy discussion, Paradise approves access to subdivision

By David Baker

March 3, 2006 | PARADISE -- A miscommunication between the Town Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission made for a long discussion at Wednesday night's council meeting. The miscommunication stems from access approval to a subdivision just outside city limits. The council eventually voted unanimously to approve the access.

"I'm not saying we're going out of here happy campers. We have some exposure here," Mayor Lee Atwood said.

Ty Haguewood, developer for the Gappa/Dyson property where the subdivision is going in, was sent by the council to the planning and zoning commission for a recommendation on a right of way issue. The commission told Haguewood they would accept a 99-foot right of way, which he didn't have.

In order to get the 99 feet, Haguewood shifted the right of way onto the property he is developing. By signing off on the access, the town would be abandoning the current 8900 South and creating a new one on the property.

"If the grid isn't vacated, we would essentially have two roads next to one another," said Ryan Obray, a member of the commission.

The miscommunication occurred when the commission was under the impression that the council had voted to vacate the current 8900 South. This vote never happened.

Councilwoman Margaret Obray said the issue had been discussed, but the council did everything but vote to vacate the current road. "We've gone through three months where we thought it would be vacated," Obray said.

After more discussion, Councilmen Dale Anderson and Gerry Winn spoke up in an attempt to move the approval process along.

"We're splitting hairs here," Winn said about vacating the road.

"We've run him around like crazy and he's done everything," Anderson said. "How can we turn down a 90-foot road when we were going to allow a 60-foot road?"

By approving the access, the matter is out of the council's hands, Atwood said. It is the final approval for them and they won't have any more control over the process, including the construction of the new 8900 South.

So before approving the access, the town had Haguewood sign an agreement saying before building permits for the houses were issued, the improvements to the road would be made, or sufficient funds for those improvements would be put into an escrow account.

In order to get his plan in, Haguewood had to receive signatures from the council and all the landowner's involved -- most of which live out of state.

"All people have to be signed and notarized," Haguewood said. "So this thing has been in the mail all week."

One signature he wasn't able to receive was from the planning and zoning commission. Since he had to get a new plan that included the new right of way, Haguewood wasn't able to get their signature at the meeting he attended. Obray, the only member of the planning and zoning commission in attendance, didn't have the authority to sign the plan outside of a meeting. Haguewood will turn it in without the signature.

Atwood said it should still go through without the commission's signature, because they are the recommending body and the council is the governing body.

The council also:
-- approved a building permit for Randy Hill.
-- reviewed the RAPZ tax application prepared by Dave Anderson for funding on the riding arena. They also voted to give Atwood the authority to sign the application after a few changes were made. The application needs to be turned in by March 3.
-- renewed their contract with North Cache Veterinary Service, which does animal control for the town.

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