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Planning panel favors approving Westwood subdivision proposal

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The county planning board forwarded a favorable recommendation to Carbon commissioners April 4 on a request for preliminary approval of phase one of a proposed subdivision adding 84 lots in Westwood.

Phase one consists of 45 of the total number of lots planned in the area. The area proposed for development is southwest of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints building in Westwood.

Carbon Commissioner Michael Milovich, who sits on the planning board, noted that many residents are concerned about traffic in the area.

"It's pretty loaded when everyone is headed to work in the morning," said Milovich.

The commissioner said additional ingress and egress into the development will be necessary to avoid adding additional traffic load to Westwood Boulevard.

Robert Torgerson, who requested subdivision approval, explained that plans show three routes in and out of the development. However, the routes connect to Ranch, Balsa and Evergreen Road. The three roads connect directly or indirectly with Westwood Boulevard and none provides an alternate access to the subdivision.

Planning officials pointed out there is a county road south of the planned subdivision. The route is an improved gravel road that leads to the model airport and facilities at the county fairgrounds. Still, it is a possible route that would add additional access to the subdivision.

Milovich said the additional route must be finalized before the subdivision is finalized.

The subdivision was originally planned with 85 lots, but one has been dedicated as a drainage area for the development.

Planning board member Richard Tatton, representing Price, encouraged Torgerson to look into measures to abate mosquitoes that might breed in any standing water in the drainage.

Introducing a separate item for review by the planning board, Jeff Spainhower requested preliminary approval for phase three of the ballpark subdivision near 2300 North and 1400 West in Carbonville.

Planning officials said they visited the subdivision and questioned if the existing roads could handle the increased traffic generated by 20 additional lots.

The roads were built to the county specifications of 24 feet, explained Spainhower. And property descriptions contained a 50 foot right of way for the road.

The concern, however, related to mailbox posts placed within the county right of way. Further, because the road was narrow, vehicles parked on the side restricted traffic, obscured visibility and created a possible safety concern for the area.

Spainhower told the board he was willing to address the issues with individual property owners. Deputy zoning administrator Gayla Williams said the county department could enforce the proper placement of the mailbox posts.

With possible solutions presented to remedy the existing problem, Spainhower said he would add necessary clauses into future neighborhood covenants to avoid those types of problems in the future.

Another issue raised with the expansion to the ballpark subdivision related to how roads connected and their relation to various lots.

The developer agreed that some of the lots were situated in relation to roads in such a way that driveways could only be placed in certain locations.

He stated that the lots would be sold with the stipulation that vehicle access be limited to certain locations.

With the proposed expansion of the subdivision, the planning commission reviewed the flood water drainage plan for the development.

One problem that often arises after construction relates to the additional runoff from the development. Even when water is channeled into the natural waterways, the volume of water often increases after an area is developed.

This is in part because the areas occupied by buildings, driveways, sidewalks and roads no longer absorbs water into the ground.

Instead, that water remains on the surface and is directed into washes and canals.

The planning commission sent a favorable recommendation to the county commission for approval with the requirement that Spainhower address drainage issues with the state water engineer.

Specifically, the board wanted certification that the washes and ditches that will channel water away from the subdivision are suitable for the runoff that will be generated.

In two separate and unrelated matters, the board sent favorable recommendations to the county commission for a five-lot subdivision in Wellington and a conditional use permit for expanding the Questar Gas facility at 322 W. 1100 North, Price.

The subdivision will have no public improvements or roads added, so preliminary approval was not required. Instead, the planning panel gave final approval to developer Karl Kraync.

In the Questar expansion matter, the board verified that the gas company will be complying with all safety and pollution requirements.

When questions arose regarding the possibility of explosion or noise pollution, company officials said the facility would not generate more pollutants or present additional hazards not already present at the facility.

The Questar officials added that the company policy requires that the facility meet extremely high safety standards.

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