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Kanab City Council changes land use ordinances
Changes to the Kanab City Land Use Ordinances dominated the Kanab City Council meeting on July 28. Questions from business owners along Center St. precipitated discussion amongst council members as to what building materials and building paint colors should be deemed acceptable in downtown Kanab.
The more significant changes to the ordinances, formerly known as the Uniform Zoning Ordinances, include the following items, which will be included in the revised document to be printed and subsequently available to the public at the Kanab City Office.
•Fences, hedges and walls will be no higher than eight feet.
•On premise freestanding signs in the Transitional Commercial Overlay (TCO) zones shall not exceed 25 feet in height nor in the Entry Corridor Protection Overlay zones 35 feet.
•Off-premise signs, meaning those signs directing attention to a business that does not front Hwy 89/89A, must be located no further than 600 ft. from the advertised business'' property and cannot exceed the size of their on-site sign.
•Electronic changeable copy signs messages cannot change sooner than every three seconds.
•Any permanent installation of an art object in the Downtown Overlay (DO) zone cannot be placed closer than 30 feet from the UDOT right-of-way (Hwy 89).
•In Rural Residential Zone 1, e.g. the Kanab Creek Ranchos, (KCR) regulations adding private kennel requirements were added including these stipulations: a) the parcel is two acres or larger; b) the parcel is adjacent to at least (one) two acre parcel; c) meets all city regulations, ordinances and conditions as part of the approval.
*Accessory building heights for KCR where changed to read a maximum eight foot wall height.
*In commercial zones, where combination commercial and residential buildings are permitted, the commercial use area of the building(s) must be on the ground floor.
During the public hearing discussion of the ordinances, businessmen in the DO and TCO areas questioned what constituted acceptable building materials and paint colors for downtown and transition zone stores. The ordinances state low maintenance exterior finish materials like stucco, brick or rock are preferred and painted surfaces are encouraged to be in earth tones.
Tom Forsythe, co-owner with his wife Jen of Frontier Movie Town, argued that wood is a traditional and historic building material and should not be slighted in its permitted use despite being considered high maintenance. Councilman Terril Honey reminded Forsythe that wood materials may be approved in the site plan review process and are not excluded in the design standards and guidelines.
The question of what paint colors were acceptable provoked considerable discussion with no apparent answers. Victor Sandonato, owner of Denny''s Wigwam, asked, "Do I need the city''s approval every time I find the time to have my staff do some maintenance painting at my place? I want to be conforming, but I don''t really care what color my neighbor paints his building. If he paints it pink or purple that''s OK, it will just draw more people into my store," he quipped.
Forsythe seemed happy that his self described "purple periwinkle" colored facade at Frontier Town was not located next to Sandonato''s business.
Honey stated the intent of the ordinance was to protect neighboring businesses by promoting some consistency, but does not prohibit other colors from being considered for use.
Everyone agreed that the issue was too involved to be settled then and a more complete and exact criteria needs to be elucidated by the Planning and Zoning Committee.
The question of maintenance painting requiring a conditional use permit was settled by striking "refurbishments," which painting with the same or very similar color would constitute, from approval by P&Z or the building inspector under Exhibit A; Sec. 1-3-A of the land use ordinance.
Other agenda items included a request by Danny Mason for an extension on his development project by Goodboro Corp. of 1100 acres south and west of the Ranchos. Financing for the development has been slow to materialize and plans have yet to be submitted to the city. The council voted to extend the time for Mason''s group to come up with the required documents by six months, after which the city has the option of voiding previous zoning designations and effectively denying the development of that property as it is now proposed.
United Parcel Service asked the city to freeze their monthly lease agreement payment of $192 for the next leasing period beginning on June 1, 2010, citing the economic downturn as warranting that consideration. UPS uses space at Kanab''s airport to transfer shipments. Their current lease contains an escalation clause that the city figured to be 5% of the current payment when renewed. Considering the current status of the economy, the council voted to continue the present rent on a month-to-month basis when the current lease expires.
Councilwoman Nina Laycook announced a $100 donation by the Kanab Lion''s Club in memory of Ute Gardner, which was much appreciated.
CEBA spokesman Kelly Stowall announced the coming of a Utah Fast Pass event to Kanab on Wednesday, August 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Main St. in front of the city offices. This is a group of adventurous, philanthropic, sports car enthusiasts that drive Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, Maserati, Corvette, Ford GT and other very fast cars around the country giving contributions to towns and often townspeople - in the form of scholarships as they stop to visit communities along their path. The city will host a luncheon for these generous sportsters at noon when they will present the city with a $2000 donation.
Their classic automobiles will be available for viewing during their visit at the north Main St. location.
In a potentially very exciting yearly event being planned for the southern Utah communities of Kanab, Springdale and St. George, Councilman Tony Chatterley told the council of a meeting he attended in St. George of "a group of very talented, intelligent and profound individuals" determined to bring an international documentary film festival to southern Utah for two weeks starting in September, 2010.
The Southern Utah Documentary Film Festival would use existing movie screens in those southern Utah locations and possibly some temporary screens to show documentaries generated from producers around the world. Content in the submitted documentaries would be monitored as a matter of procedure. It is anticipated that a "Sundance Film Festival" like atmosphere could eventually be generated with this event.
Considering Kanab''s long history with the film industry, and the expected positive economic impact a festival of this nature would bring to the community, the council voted to pledge a donation of $10,000 toward the $100,000 plus start-up costs associated with bringing this project to fruition.