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Bills recently passed by Utah State Legislature effect land use ordinances
The monthly meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission was held on April 8, 2009. Chairman Jim Baker called the meeting to order.
Kane County Commissioner Daniel Hulet advised the commission on approximately 28 bills passed this last session by the Utah State House of Representatives and the Utah State Senate pertaining to requirements for State Land Use Authorities. Ordinances effected deal with taxes and impact fees, subdivision regulations, billboard signs, open meetings, land use exceptions and the Federal Housing Act Amendment and more.
As of April 1, 2009, the state has made it mandatory all public “bodies” post their agendas and meeting schedules on the state website.
The Planning and Zoning Commission Panel is comprised of seven volunteers who are residents of Kane County and represent different areas of the county. They contribute their time in an effort to benefit and strengthen the community.
Hulet requested the members participate in the planning and zoning training classes provided by the state to be held in St. George on April 16, 2009. The classes will go into more detail on how the new legislative bills will affect the county and its effort to be in compliance with state laws.
County Planning and Zoning Administrator Gary Smith presented changes to Chapters 7 and 8 of the subdivision ordinances.
Chapter 7 specifies the design standards of subdivisions. Smith stated the changes work in conjunction with the revised Kane County Standard Specifications and Drawing Details for Design and Construction. The county entities of Garkane, Sunrise Engineering, Southwest Communications and the Conservancy Districts were asked for input on compiling this information. There are set standards implemented throughout the country. A guideline for enforcement is done through the subdivision ordinances.
Chairman Baker asked for public comment: the response was in favor of the revisions, the changes were long overdue, and should improve communications and compliance between the developers and the county.
Terril Honey suggested being more specific by adding geological hazards and soil composition as a design standard.
Hulet recommended making reference to Utah State Geological Survey that has identified and mapped geological hazards within the state. Other constructive changes were notated. Chapter 7 was adopted as amended.
Chapter 8 refers to Rural, Mountain and Desert Subdivisions. The panel members discussed topics of slopes, erosion, soils conditions, stability and percentage of average grades as a basis of construction. Approval for this chapter was tabled for further study.
A Public Hearing: Rudy de la Paz of Cedar Mountain Home Furnishing requested a zone change from C-1 (commercial one acre) to C-2 (commercial two acre). Location Lot # 77 & 78 Movie Ranch Road, Duck Creek Village. Intended use: Entertainment, food and beverage including beer, summer use only. Recommended to the county commissioners for approval.
Final plat approval for Elk Ridge Estates was removed from the agenda for lack of participation.
Conditional use permit for Cave Lakes Canyon represented by Lynette Foster and Tom Avant requesting a lodge and five “out” cabins be allowed. Cabins will be a single room with a bathroom and small kitchen area. Utah Department of Transportation saw no problem with placing five small cabins in the development but informed Smith that placing any additional units would require an egress and regress to Highway 89. Cave Lakes Canyon is five and a half miles north of the Kanab City limits. Request approved as stated on application.