County approves new mountain development ordinance
Emery County Commission held a public hearing to receive input on an ordinance concerning the development of certain properties in the Mountain Zone. Planning and zoning administrator, Mike McCandless said the revision to section 11-4-5 was put together by the planning and zoning board over the past two years. They have worked hard on it and it clarifies development rules in certain parts of the mountain zone.
McCandless said the existing language has been in place since 1970, and was in response to the subdivisions at Joe's Valley that were already there at that time. There has never been any type of development under this part of the ordinance since it was created. The section wasn't usable and had many conflicts.
The change request for the modification came from the Trail Mountain Resort property manager. McCandless said this is how most changes to zoning ordinances come, at the request of a property owner or manager. The buildings and dwellings at Trail Mountain resort were grandfathered in to the 1970 ordinance because they were there before the ordinance came into effect, but without this change, upgrades to the property are impossible.
SITLA has decided to sell the Trail Mountain resort property. To bring everything there into compliance prior to a sale, a new ordinance was needed. There are a number of new requirements under the new ordinance. One of the new requirements is the development of a lot owners association. There will be some clearance procedures in effect, for example, open space will have to be maintained.
Some land space within the development must be dedicated as open space. Sub-divisions can not be larger than 20 acres. Up to 19 one-acre lots would be the maximum that could be developed on a 20 acre developmnet. The subdivision must have direct frontage onto a class B road or a state highway; not just a forest service road. Only one road would lead into the subdivision, not 19 separate roads into each lot. No facilities or camp sites within 50 feet of water.
All developments must comply with state laws and urban interface fire)codes. Water shares and points of diversion are required the responsibility of the developer. All private roadways will be the responsibility of the land owner association. They will not become part of the county road system. All concerns about water to a development and waste disposal will be the responsibility of the developer. One acre lots may not be big enough to address all concerns so it is expected that typical lots may be two acres or more. It is the hope that the new ordinance will clean-up and address the concerns found there at the Trail Mountain Resort. Properties there are subject to county regulations even if they are located on SITLA land. Following the public hearing, the commission approved the new zoning ordinance language in 11-4-5.