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Lot split, annexation for RMV, LLC, on the north side of Cedron, along Highway 33

RMV annexation, lot split and zone change
Travis Thompson, representing RMV LLC, requested from the P&Z commission an annexation, lot split, and rezoning of forty-four acres on the north side of Cedron along Highway 33.  The location is currently surrounded by city property and makes perfect sense for annexation, and the commission approved the request unanimously.  

The applicant also requested a zone change to General Business (from ag-2.5, which allows one dwelling unit on every 2.5 acres).  VARD spoke in opposition to the rezone, recognizing that the location is appropriate for general business but citing the situation with the sewer treatment plant as a reason to wait.  Simply put, it’s an issue of timing.  The applicant and the commission both acknowledged this concern and stated that the sewer issue will be dealt with when it is time to issue building permits.  The commission unanimously approved the zone change on the condition that it is bound by a developer’s agreement in order to curb real estate speculation.  A general business zone fetches a higher market price than lower density residential.  The lot split was also approved, creating a lot of approximately six acres within the larger lot to accommodate a proposed hotel.

Painted Skies subdivision
Ben Squires presented a sketch plan of the proposed Painted Skies subdivision, located on 950 South, across the street from Teton Springs.  The commission wished for more connectivity to surrounding developments but since they all have existing culs-de-sac, at this point through-roads are not really an option.  VARD suggested that the applicant consider walking and biking trails in lieu of full roads to connect to adjacent developments.  The applicant and the commission were amenable to the suggestion and the applicant will return with revisions for a preliminary approval.

Homestead Estates subdivision
Vern Woolstenhulme represented the proposed Homestead Estates subdivision, located between Aspen Lakes and Copper Ranch, north of Victor along 50 West.  During the sketch plan review the applicant proposed 92 lots on approximately 60 acres.  The commission had a few concerns, focused mainly on the proposed open space and the impacts of the development on city services and roads.  The commission wants more detailed traffic analyses and an up-to-date analysis on the school impact.  As for the open space, the applicant is proposing roughly 7 acres as a privately held single lot, claiming that it will be better maintained by an individual than it would be by a Home Owners Association.  The commission questioned this reasoning and wants to explore other options.  Other details addressed were street lights, sidewalks and curbs, and safe routes for children to travel to town and within the development.

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