Farmington development gets OK despite concerns
A new housing development is coming to Farmington, but not without a few reservations among Farmington City Council members.
The original plans called for smaller lots than Giles is planning, and the development would have been governed by a housing association. Giles has made modifications to include larger lots and homes, as well as slightly wider streets, which eliminated the need for an association to care for the streets.
However, the development does not include sidewalks through the residential area. A public park is included in the plans, and a trail and sidewalk connection will border the housing area on all four sides. Council member Doug Bonar did not like the lack of sidewalks in a neighborhood that is expected to draw families with younger children.
“While I appreciate there are pedestrian opportunities around this particular subdivision, I find myself somewhat disappointed there are none within,” Bonar said.
Though the roads are not as narrow as had been planned in 2006, special parking arrangements will still be needed in the neighborhood, according to city planning manager Tony Wippler. On-street parking will be limited to one side of the street, which is another area of concern for council members.
Mayor Todd Larson also asked whether fire trucks would be able to access the neighborhood and turn around if necessary. City engineer Kevin Schorzman said he had reviewed the plans with Farmington fire marshal John Powers, and that Powers had indicated there would be enough room for firefighters.
Council members approved the proposed development on a 3-2 vote, with Bonar and council member Jason Bartholomay casting the dissenting votes.
Approval of the New Sunrise Addition signals the beginning of another new housing development in Farmington. It’s a development of 59 homes, but nine of the homes were constructed before the previous developer lost the land.
Farmington is seeing a gradual increase in the number of single family homes. In this week’s council agenda packet, Farmington building official Ken Lewis reported that 21 single family homes were built in the first quarter (January through March) of 2014.
That is on schedule with 2013, when 20 new single family homes were built in the first quarter. A total of 123 single family homes were built last year, according to Lewis.