Tonight the South Jordan City Council has the opportunity to vote in favor of better connectivity, wise growth, and keeping taxes low by voting NO to a Land Use Amendment that would allow residential development on prime commercial land. As your next city councilman I am in favor of developing land in harmony with the surrounding community, encouraging commercial growth, and adding greater connectivity to our city.
Here is the letter I sent to the City Council concerning this issue:
City Council & Mayor,
Tonight you have the opportunity to vote on the Catholic Diocese/Ivory Homes, Land use Amendment for the property at 3667 W. 10200 S. I urge you to vote NO to amending the land use.
Amending the land use will further compound issues our city is already experiencing.
The proposed amendment to the land use does not develop the land in harmony with surrounding land use. The proposed land use amendment has a higher density than that of the adjacent community. The properties west of Catholic Diocese’s land are zoned R1.8 and are allowed large animals. Our city has already experienced many issues where homeowners are displeased that neighboring property owners are able to have large animals and end up complaining to the city to do something about the large animals. It has been stated in the documents for the proposed land use amendment that a 6 FT masonry wall along the adjoining property lines will solve this problem. As we are all aware a 6 FT masonry wall will not eliminate the smells, but will only isolate the existing neighbors from those that would be moving into this proposed development.
This land use amendment will also stop and hinder future connectivity options for the city. The first instance of connectivity that would be stopped is the ending of the Copper Ridge business access road that currently stops at the Catholic Dioceses property. If the city denies the land use amendment the city could evaluate future possibilities that would connect the business access road to 10200 South. This would help restore Whispering Sands Drive to the residential road it was designed to be.
Furthermore, due to the city giving away 25ft of right of way, the rezoning of the land will almost guarantee that the city will be unable to connect the east and west side roads of 10200 South. With 10200 South eventually connecting to Mountain View Corridor, and serving Welby Park, and the northern end of Daybreak's commercial corridor, it is imperative that the city keeps all its options for the future completion of 10200 South so there are alternate routes for those traveling west.
Lastly, but most importantly, for the last 4 years, South Jordan City has touted lowering taxes. One of the easiest ways to lower taxes is to establish more businesses in the city. As you are aware, our existing commercial land is a limited resource. While the Catholic Diocese has had a difficult time in finding a suitor to develop this commercial land, once UDOT has made its long overdue improvements to Bangerter Highway, this land will be a prime commercial location. It would therefore be unwise for the city to amend the land use to capitalize on a quick deal instead of exercising patience and prudence in making sure the land is developed in a way that strengthens our city.
So please vote YES to better connectivity, wise growth, and keeping taxes low by voting NO to the Catholic Diocese/Ivory Homes Land Use Amendment.
Since I am unable to attend tonight’s city council meeting due to an ecclesiastical responsibility you have my permission to share this email at the city council meeting on my behalf.