City Council Update: The council approves to raise the height of the Prominent Point town homes

The council modified the number of units in the agreement at The Village at Prominent Point. Call said they were modified in another part of the agreement previously but they weren’t changed in all parts of the agreement.  Changes include 107 town homes instead of 101, 28 patio homes instead of 26, and 68 independent living units instead of 80.

The council approved to increase the height for the town homes and a few of the cottages in The Village at Prominent Point . John Call said “Right now it shows a height of 39 ft [for the town homes]. The developer has come with some preliminary plans that show it might be a more attractive if we give an additional 7ft that would bump the height to 46 feet. Call said for the cottages which are further away from the property, they can make use of the provision in the MPC zone that says you can go up a foot for every foot beyond 20 feet you move back. The council added language that limited the height of the cottages at 35 feet. Call said, “There is desire for two units to have a third garage and maybe have a bonus room above the garage.” Councilman Phillip Swanson was hesitant to accept these changes. Swanson clarified with the council,  “[These buildings] will be bordering the assisted living facility.  [They] will be a long ways away from any single family homes. It would all be interior height.”

The developers will provide a public pedestrian connection from 300 E to 1700 N. The walking path is public access but the playgrounds and the clubhouses are not meant for public use. The council said the owner can still limit access to the property beyond the public access walkways.

Craig Winder, the VP of development for Ironwood Development, said they will be using Hardboard as their siding material for their units. “It is waterproof at the particle level…We prefer it for [its] durability and longevity.” The developer plans to use natural stone rather than a veneer stone. They are raising the bar on their materials.

The city approved to keep options open to restrict access to the senior community contingent upon fire marshal approval.

The developer will follow the SWIPP plan to handle dust.

The council approved the annexation of the former countryboy property.

The City’s Moderate Income Housing Report

John Call, The City Attorney,  reviewed the City’s Moderate Income Housing Report they send to the state once every two years. Call said they look at the average mean income in the Weber County level to determine the cost of moderate income housing. He said “To be considered moderate income housing, it must cost $200,000 or less to buy a home.” He said the goal of moderate income housing is to make sure people can live and work in the same community. Councilman Jim Urry said he has a friend who owns the McDonald’s at Kimball Junction and he brings his employees in by van from Evanston. “He can’t get employees out of Summit County.” Call said,”Luckily we aren’t’ in that situation yet”

Call said, “We are suppose to be adding 100 new units of moderate income housing per year. We’ve only added 75 in the last two years and those were only single family units.”

Call said, “Requiring moderate income housing can leave people wondering “why is the state trying to micromanage us?” and it’s because they’re taking a global view.” Mayor Brent Taylor said “The biggest threat is that the Legislature will put something in a statute that will take this out of the hands of the cities.” He said some cities are not taking this seriously and are saying they aren’t doing anything to increase moderate income housing in their reports. The state [has] not put a penalty for not complying but Taylor said he worries they might if other cities don’t start. “The legislature is seriously discussing ways they can enforce this… This report shows we are making a good effort to meet the legislature’s intent.”

Call said “Moving forward, [the city] will have to look at strategies that will encourage cheaper starter homes, for lack of a better word, or more rental units.” He continued, “You can get a better quality unit for rent or a town home unit that qualifies for moderate income housing than you can with a single family unit. They don’t have to deal with acreage and infrastructure costs that drive the prices up in a single family unit.”

Annexation petitions

Changes were made that allows property owners requesting annexation to North Ogden City to move forward with the development of their property. The council approved and voted unanimously to accept the petitions for annexation. Properties approved included the Moshure property on 1700 N along with the Web property on 2521 N Mountain Road.

Daniel Web said he wants to get his utilities build underneath the canal while it isn’t filled with water. He was wondering what needed to be done to move forward. “I don’t know if that can be hurried in any way while the water is out of the canal so we can get our utilities under it in a safe manner.”   City Attorney John Call said, “When the council approves this agreement… we send it to Weber County and they’ll approve the agreement as well.” He said that was the last thing that needed to happen before they could move forward. He also said, “We are free to give you all the approvals you need as well.”


The council canceled the Nov. 7 city council meeting.

Please watch the entire meeting here.

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