National mine rescue competition conducted in Carbon County
|The roads around 1100 West in Carbonville have been the subject of a traffic study that the planning commission is utilizing to determine zoning situations around the area.|
Approval for a subdivision planned near the Questar gas station in Carbonville will have to wait for approval just a little longer because officials want to confer with Price City about the traffic that may flow through an area near Mont Harmon Junior High once the houses in the development are completed.
"The commission decided to table the zoning request until we can go to the city and discuss the impact issues with them," said planning and zoning director Dave Levanger.
A recently completed traffic study of the area shows that the roads are adequate to handle the traffic generated by the projected 150 houses in the development. At present the vehicles on the roads involved take up between 12 and 15 percent of its capacity.
"The study shows that each house will generate between three and four trips back and forth on the road per day," says Levanger. "That works out to less than 600 driving trips. The study also says that it appears that the trips will be evenly divided between heading for Carbonville Road and traveling along Wood Hill Road."
Levanger pointed out that it will take quite some time for the subdivision to be developed into that many homes, based on the economy and growth in the area.
"Those numbers reflect the total growth over a period of years," he said.
The traffic study was done by a private contractor who measured traffic from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. during a recent two week period of time.
"Another thing we are going to check on is to see if the Price River Water Improvement District is going to run a sewer line up the area from farther down the road," stated Levanger.
Once the city's input is brought into the equation, the planning commission will work on what to recommend to the county commission on zone changes.
The planning commission also dealt with the possibility of more development on some land in the Spring Glen area.
The development would consist of a minor subdivision of five lots with four being on an existing road and one being behind with a much larger piece of property connected with it.
"Dino Kiahtipes, the developer, was asked to take some fire flow readings in the area," said Levanger. "He did that with Price Fire Chief Kent Boyack and they found that the flow was 410 gallons per minute."
At present few counties in the state, including Carbon, have standards for gallon flow per minute. The state however requires 20 psi as a minimum pressure for water systems so that fires can be fought if need be.
Finally the planning commission looked at some draft revisions to the county master plan that is being proposed. Involved in these considerations is the fact that the federal governments plans must be consistent with county master land planning.
Carbon's master plan was adopted in 1997 and must be kept updated frequently to keep it up with the realities of development and the economy in the area.