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Victor Development Map; Underhill annexation recommended; Teton Lodge design; dogs; downtown lot split approved; downtown parking requirements

Victor Development Map

Take a look at our new Victor Development Map which shows the location of pending annexation and subdivision requests as well as details such as number of proposed lots.  We hope this will help give you a visual perspective on growth in Victor. Maps


Underhill Annexation Recommended
Approximately 38 acres was recommended for annexation by the P&Z commission.  A hearing by the city council will take place April 25th, at 7:00pm, for final approval.  The 38 acres was assigned an R1 zone, which allows 1/3 acre lots, for a maximum density of 101 lots.  The applicant, Mike Underhill, has previously met with P&Z and shown plans of a 42-lot subdivision with a 4-acre central park.  Concessions requested of the developer are: upgrading and paving 950 South from the highway to Pole Canyon Road; providing safe bike routes between the development and city parks; construction of a sewer line to hook into the Crystal Road line at the Settlement; and dust abatement (per state regulations) during construction.  Five members of the public spoke—four neutral and one opposed.  The neutral comments came mostly from neighbors and focused on: 1) dense housing in the midst of existing 2.5 acre lots; 2) trash and dust control during construction; 3) annexation and city-limit expansion from the outside in instead of from the core out; and 4) costs to the city versus benefits of annexing the property.  VARD spoke in opposition to the annexation not because of this specific request, but rather because of the cumulative impact of the ten annexation requests that are coming before the city, with a total of approximately 1,000 lots.  VARD believes that before these annexations are approved, a Capital Improvement Plan ought to be created and that financial impact analyses be paid for by each developer for each annexation request.

Teton Lodge and Outfitters Design
John Brunt, an architect working on the Teton Lodge project, represented the development and discussed a height variance as well as lighting options for the large, upscale lodge proposed at the intersection of Cedron and Highway 33.  The six-building lodge will be three stories with underground parking, and each building is approximately 275 feet long and 70 feet wide.  The P&Z commission helped the applicant scale down the height by a few feet.  The buildings will still exceed the height restriction for their zone but will be in compliance with the Central Business District (CBD) height standard.  The P&Z commission reasons that the location will in due time be surrounded by CBD uses anyway.  The commission also requested that the hotel use amber lights to stay within compliance of the city’s dark sky ordinance.  This meeting was designated as  a design review and when the preliminary plat is considered the commission will take public comment.

Dogs in Victor
Victor’s latest sewer bill had a friendly reminder to keep dogs leashed.  The note prompted one city resident to make his “annual pilgrimage to City Hall” to complain about what he says are the packs of roaming dogs who not only root through garbage but also attack other dogs, chase kids, and harm (and kill) his livestock.  The commission is open to any suggestions on how to deal with loose and threatening dogs.

Downtown Lot Split approved
Jeremy Besbris requested a lot split to bisect his property at 140 E. Birch.  The lot is in the transitional business zone and the commission approved the lot split as setback and minimum size requirements were met.  As Victor grows, such lot splits will help build greater density downtown.

Downtown Parking Requirements
Bob Heneage of Plan 1 Architects suggested changing the downtown parking requirements so that future business development does not need to be surrounded by expanses of parking lot.  He brought a table showing many regional examples of parking requirements in other downtowns, and the commission agreed that lighter parking requirements would be a benefit to a pedestrian-friendly downtown.  They decided to address the issue in a future meeting.


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