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Castle Dale changes ordinance to allow children's justice center

The new subdivision is located to the north across the street from the new pool in Castle Dale.

Following a public hearing, the Castle Dale City Council voted unanimously to amend the land use development code to allow a new facility. The Children's Justice Center had previously applied to build a facility in the city and the decision has been on hold awaiting a planning and zoning ruling.

Kerry Lake, planning and zoning administrator for Castle Dale, appeared before the city council to inform them of the decision. Their decision is to allow the justice center, and to make the necessary changes to the ordinance to allow the building of the facility.

In section 5 -2 of the land use development code, additions were made under permitted conditional uses. The city council approved the changes to allow the Children's Justice Center to be installed, with the stipulation that it will be under the direction of the Utah Children's Justice Center program.

One other stipulation in the changes to the ordinance notes that only one such facility will be allowed in the city.

In other planning and zoning issues, the Castle Dale City council also accepted the plat changes to the Roger Peay subdivision.

This subdivision will be built near the swimming pool on 800 North. Changes have been made to make more lots available and buildable under city codes. Four of the lots in that subdivision will belong to the Emery County School District for use by the construction classes at Emery High.

Peay stated five lots along 800 North will be available soon and the streets and city utilities will be installed prior to any construction of homes. Gas and electric service will be put in at the time of the home construction. The subdivision will be named Cottonwood Heights.

Mayor Neal Peacock and Councilman Brad Giles explained an ordinance change concerning home construction which may take place outside the city in which the property owners may request water and sewer service by the city. This ordinance would require the property to be annexed into Castle Dale before service could be granted.

With the expectation the Emery County Commissioners will pass the 10 acre down to two acre building requirement, the Castle Valley Special Service District has suggested each city and town accept this ordinance change. At present, the special service district services each town and is funded by the special service district taxes the residents pay. If someone were to build on a piece of property adjacent to a city and want water and sewer service, they would not be paying the same taxes as those inside the city limits. The cities and towns, along with the CVSSD, feel the proposed county land use change would affect their capacities and ability to supply services.

The city council discussed the issue and accepted the ordinance change for outside the city limits water and sewer service. Now if someone builds adjacent to Castle Dale, the property must be annexed into the city before water and sewer service will be approved.

Castle Dale's next city council meeting will be held April 3 at 7 p.m. in the city hall. This is a change from the previous schedule to allow the council members and the mayor to attend the conference for the League of Cities and Towns in St. George on April 10.





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