Heights P&Z asks mayor to state city's position on EIS
for 500 South access
By Clay Möffitt
October 19, 2006 | RIVER HEIGHTS -- River Heights is
faced with the issue of a few residents misrepresenting
the majority of views of the people in the city. In
order to prevent this, the Planning and Zoning Commission
decided Tuesday to have Mayor Bill Baker formulate an
official statement for the city in regards to Environmental
Impact Study (EIS) conducted by the city of Logan.
"We need to get our opinion in about the EIS," Commissioner
Blake Wright said.
In March of 2005, a group of River Heights citizens
signed a letter sent to the Logan City Council about
their feelings about the study. The residents particularly
opposed creating an access route to 500 South from 100
or 200 East.
"This is signed by a group of citizens who are very
adamantly opposed to any kind of connection," Commission
Chairman Chris Himmel said.
The commission was also concerned that restricting
access would also discourage developer DeLoy Hansen
from building his planned conference center, which the
commission hopes to bring commerce into the city.
"We should be talking to Logan City and the engineers
about allowing for that or accommodating that or taking
that into consideration for a future time," Himmel said.
"But now it should just be limited access, but when
they design that intersection, it should be it could
accommodate larger access."
The commission acknowledged the letter is over a year
old and it should have taken action sooner, and it might
be too late now to impact the study, but it is still
important to let Logan city officials understand how
River Heights city stands on the issue.
Also on the agenda, certain residents sought boundary
realignment to accommodate the 8,000-square foot minimum
First a young couple, John and Kristin Reem, who are
looking to building a house in the city, reached an
informal agreement with Grant Matthews to purchase the
adjoining lot next to their lot if the commission would
grant the realignment to give them necessary size requirement.
"It's all on paper, pending what you do here," Matthews
told the commission. The main concern from the commission
was regarding an 80-foot width at the setback line,
because even with the addition of Matthews' land, the
lot is a very narrow lot.
The commission told the couple if they get a sketch
plan that shows the 80-foot width by the next planning
and zoning meeting on Nov. 5, they will be granted the
David Rasmussen also sought realignment because he
expects to sell part of a rental property he owns that
has a garden on the back part of the property.
"We're planning on selling the rental property, and
before we do that, we'd like to take a small portion
of the back of the property and maintaining the garden,"
Rasmussen also owns the lot adjacent to the garden,
and if granted the realignment the combined lot will
meet the 8,000-square foot requirement. One of the procedures
necessary for the approval would be to have a survey
performed, but Rasmussen found out the surveying companies
would take at least a month before they could do so
and it would cost $1,800.
The commission chose to exercise its option to allow
Rasmussen to bypass the survey and have the title company
to provide the legal description of the property.
In both cases the commission didn't officially grant
the requested realignment, but the group counseled the
citizens in the next step to take to meet the requirements
for the ordinance.