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Three major residential projects to impact south Murray

Mar 07, 2018 02:23PM ● By Shaun Delliskave

The first foundation has been laid in the Murray Cove subdivision development. (Photo/James Delliskave)

The once-tallest structure in Murray has come down, and taking its place will be a low-density housing subdivision, recently approved by the Murray City Council. The radio tower located at 1187 Bullion Street had been the tallest structure since the implosion of the Murray smokestacks in 2000; that distinction now goes to Intermountain Medical Center. The zoning change allowing for the subdivision comes with some concerns from area residents.

In the Dec. 12 city council meeting, the council considered the Murray City Planning Commission’s recommendation that the property be rezoned from R-1-10 (10,000 square foot lots) to R-1-8 (8,000 square foot lots). This area’s zoning designation changed a few months prior; however, the applicant at that time had a different legal description, which is what prompted the new change. 

The development titled Murray Cove borders the Jordan River to the east, I-215 to the south, and the Treasure Farm Circle subdivision to the west. Residents from this and other nearby subdivisions expressed concern that the reduction of lot sizes that Ivory Development is proposing will bring significant traffic problems.

Murray City Administrative and Development Services Director Tim Tingey clarified at the meeting that, “The original applicant was not Ivory Development, it was Citadel. Citadel came in with a legal description that went through the process, but that legal description didn’t match up with the description that Ivory Development brought in with their plans. This cleanup is about matching the preliminary subdivision, which was already approved by the planning commission, with the correct zoning designation.”

Jacquelynn Morgan, who lives west of the planned subdivision, expressed concerns that this zone change will greatly impact her life. She has heard rumors that the developer is going to put in additional units, which is why they want to reduce the lot sizes. She spoke about the density of the area and said she heard the sewer and water for the development will impact her current services.

“There are already 30 homes on Bullion Street, and adding another 80 homes will have an impact on the traffic flow in the area,” said Morgan.

Bryon Prince of Ivory Development commented to the council there was an error in the legal description of the property. Prince said Ivory Development was not asking for an adjustment to the plat and is not adding more units. 

According to Tingey, the preliminary subdivision has already been approved and

Ivory Development will have to come back to the city for final approval on other phases. The public can then address the planning commission and city council regarding the specifics related to water, sewer, roads, and the subdivision in future meetings.

The city council unanimously approved the motion to rezone the property.

•At the Jan. 16 city council meeting, Mayor Blair Camp announced that Winchester Park Estates mobile home park will pursue expanding eastward towards 700 West. The 200-unit 57-acre mobile home park is designed for those aged 55 and older. Residents lease the land at $300–400 a month but own the mobile homes they live in.

In 2016, the park was in jeopardy as the landlord had decided to sell the property. The mobile home community organized and was able to attract the IGP firm to purchase the property. IGP has since made its intentions known about growing the residential manufactured home subdivision.

•At the Nov. 2 planning commission meeting, approval was given to a final subdivision plan for a 126-lot single-family subdivision. The Wynwood subdivision is planned for 6600 South and 700 West. The developer, Garbett Homes, was required to produce a traffic study, which will require sidewalk improvements along 700 West. The city will also require the developer to clean up old slag contaminants on the property before any construction may commence.

•Also, the planning commission granted preliminary approval for a planned-unit development subdivision for 61 townhomes slated to go into the 4800 South lot formerly occupied by the historic Bennion Flour and Feed Mill (Silver Cup Fish Feed) that was destroyed by fire in 2015.