Park council approves Northern Meadows plans despite
traffic safety concerns
November 14, 2008 | HYDE PARK -- Preliminary plans
for a hot topic subdivision that borders North Logan
were approved Wednesday 3 to 1 at the City Council meeting.
Northern Meadows Subdivision, at 730 South and 50 East
streets, is getting attention because it brings up development
of new roads in the future and may create busier roads
in the meantime.
Residents brought concern towards Phase 1 development
because it will increase the traffic flow on 50 East,
an already busy street. Phase 1, 22 acres for residential
homes, runs on 50 East in Hyde Park. With 50 East being
a main street for many residents most are concerned
with safety problems.
At last week's planning and zoning meeting, resident
Ben Clegg said adding ten times the cars on the 50 East
road will only increase the busy problem. According
to minutes of that meeting, the original plan for Northern
Meadows Subdivision had an east to west road that took
care of safety concerns and gave drivers more options
to take than the 50 East road. However, because of the
voice of the people, the property was not rezoned as
requested, states the minutes. So, the developers are
left to plan possible traffic problems as well as they
can with the current zoning.
Councilman David James said he thinks the development
will actually decrease the amount of traffic on 50 East
since the 730 South road will be there for use.
Councilman Kelly, who joined the meeting by phone,
voted against preliminary plat approval. "I expected
more open space than so much development," he said.
"Is it in the spirit of what we want for the city?"