Park council OKs flag lot
By Natalie Cook
September 29, 2006 | HYDE PARK -- "This land is your
land, this land is my land" was the running theme of
Wednesday night's City Council meeting.
A flag lot was approved on a 3-2 vote after nearly
two years of debate. Alan Peterson's flag lot will be
located on his current property on Mountain View Drive.
Several neighbors expressed concern that the current
safety issues on the narrow, dead-end street will be
exacerbated if another driveway is added, making tight
quarters even tighter.
"There were a lot of emotions here tonight, but if
opinions can outweigh the law then why even try?" Peterson
said of the long-awaited approval.
Approving council members said pre-existing safety
issues are not the fault of Peterson, and that they
approved the lot because he had done everything necessary
by law to have the plan passed.
Representatives from the U.S. Forest Service and the
Bear River Watershed Council notified the council that
they are producing a plan to enforce a law which restricts
individuals from using motorized vehicles in designated
wilderness areas in the hills on the east side of town.
They asked the council for their support and help
to make the enforcements possible by donating the use
of machinery or volunteers. The plan is still in its
beginning stages, so they will return to have it approved
at a later date when it is finalized and citizens can
have an input.
Mayor Kooyman anticipates that citizens may be opposed
to losing use of that land after it has gone on for
so long. Lisa Perez of the Forest Service said the plan's
objectives will be to conserve water and keep the wilderness