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Zoning panel delays acting on Desert Hills subdivision's request

Sun Advocate community editor

The county planning and zoning board delayed acting on a request for preliminary approval for the Desert Hills subdivision on March 1 until the developer provides additional information about the plans for the project.

The subdivision, planned by Greg Marsing, is in the Gordon Creek area and consists of six lots.

"I know you had water pressure and drainage concerns about this development," said Marsing, referring to comments voiced at a previous planning meeting. "We had the fire department check the fire flow and it was 890 gallons per minute and they also checked the pressure and it was adequate."

According to documents submitted to the board by the Price City Fire Department, tests also showed that the system in the area had a static pressure of 102 psi as well as a residual pressure of 89 psi, which more than meets the needs of the county.

Marsing stated that the county engineer had been working on the drainage problems in the area. But that the work hadn't been completed.

"I really did think we would be finished with it," said Marsing.

Evan Hansen, the county engineer, told the board that the present culverts are basically in the washes.

Dave Levanger, director of planning and zoning, pointed out that what really needs to be done is to show that they are adequate to carry water through the area.

Levanger also had a question about whether the subdivision roads were to be private or if they were to be turned over to the county, which would require certain specifications.

At that point, the discussion turned to a proposed high pressure Questar gas pipeline that will run through the area.

"You know, Questar still wants to put its pipeline down the middle of the road," said Marsing.

But Carbon Commissioner Mike Milovich, who sits on the planning board as a representative of the county, said he had talked with Questar officials and the company was willing to consider moving the pipeline.

"I told them from the beginning that I didn't think that pipeline should go down the middle of the road and, after talking with them this morning, I think they will agree to move it to the bar pit by the road," indicated Milovich. "I told them we as a county are not willing to take the risk of such a pipeline being in the middle of the road in a subdivision."

But Marsing said that he wasn't sure, as a developer, that he wanted to see the pipeline there either because he wanted to use that area as a utility corridor.

Board members discussed where the pipeline could be routed, and many wondered why it couldn't be run around the subdivision. However without Questar representatives present those questions couldn't be answered.

"You can do what you want with the road, but the county won't accept it with the pipeline in the middle of it and if it is to be a public road it must also meet county standards," planning board member Richard Tatton told Marsing.

While the discussion was progressing, planning and zoning staff were reviewing the county development code and came back to the board with a recommendation that action on the subdivision be delayed.

"After reviewing the code and looking at what has been done on the drainage plan, it appears that plan needs to be completed before the commission can grant preliminary approval," noted Levanger.

The board agreed to schedule a special meeting, if needed, on the Desert Hills subdivision when the plans were ready to speed up the process for the developer.

In other business, the planning board:

•Tabled actions on the Shelter Bay subdivision in Carbonville and the Eagle Cliff subdivision near Kenilworth because the principals in the projects were not present to explain the details of the developments.

•Granted preliminary approval for Summit View subdivision phase two, consiting of 11 lots, in the 1000 South 750 West area of the county.

•Provided approval for Lambson subdivision, a one-lot development located adjacent to Madsen Bay near Scofield Reservoir.

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