Wednesday, February 17, 2016

City Council 2-Feb-2016: Moratorium on Final Plat Approvals N of 11800 N,

Over 50 people attended the council meeting. We held an executive work session prior to this meeting.

Council Meeting AGENDA / MINUTES

Public Comment

  • Korry Siggard told the council that it had no legal standing to issue a moratorium on building permits North of 11800 N and warned against doing so – somewhat implying a legal challenge. See item 8 on the agenda

  • Rob Gulbrandsen, the developer of Highland Oaks asked that the city allow him to file the permit but hold off on approving the final platt. See item 8.

  • Michael Burns was unhappy that three rooms in the community center were being used for storage rather than allowing residents to utilize the rooms for classes or other activities.

  • Kyle Pettit discussed a personal concern regarding eliminating the neighborhood trails in the Wimbleton development. He provided a short presentation to the council on this issue. His primary concern is that eliminating the trail will reduce or eliminate safe routes to school or parks for neighborhood children. Click here to view his presentation.

    2016-01-19 Save the Trails Kyle Pettit


  1. PRESENTATION: Utah Valley Women
    Did not come

  2. REPORT: Water Advisory Board – Tavis Timothy, Chairman
    The water board authorized the purchase of 10 meters to be used to monitor Pressurized Irrigation water use at selected locations. The city is presently using more PI water than we should but since we don’t have metered service it had difficult to understand the issue. This should help us in getting a understand of what the issues are. Note, it would cost around $5M to put meters on all PI connections.


  1. MOTION: Approval of Meeting Minutes for the City Council Regular Session – January 5, 2016. Unanimously approved. Click here for details.

  2. MOTION: Approval of Meeting Minutes for the City Council Work Session – January 12, 2016. Unanimously approved. Click here for details

  3. MOTION: Approval of Meeting Minutes for the City Council Work & Regular Session – January 19, 2016. I moved that Brian Cook’s deer report be included with the minutes as well as other presentations made by staff and other presenters. Brian’s report will be added and the minutes brought to the next council meeting.  Click here for details

  4. MOTION: Ratification of the Mayors Appointment to the Planning Commission – Ronald V. Campbell. Unanimously approved. Click here for details

  5. MOTION: Ratification of the Mayors Appointment to the Highland Library Board – Ed Dennis. Unanimously approved. Note, Ed is being appointed to fill the remaining year of Tim Irwin’s 3 year term. Click here for details

  6. ORDINANCE: Adopting A Temporary Land Use Regulation To Prohibit The Application And Approval Of Final Plats For Development – North of 11800 North. Unanimously approved. Note, the city may be subject to a significant payment that would result in higher impact fees to new developments north of 11800. The temporary halt will give us time to assess the circumstances and set fees appropriately. Once someone has paid the filing for a final plat it is difficult to charge them more later (hence the moratorium). We did agree to ensure that staff moves as expeditiously as possible.  Click here for details.

  7. ORDINANCE: Speed Limit Change – Highland Blvd. South of 11800 North. Unanimously approved the speed reduction to 35 MPH. Click here for details.


  1. MOTION: Approval for a Preliminary Plat Application, a 60 Lot Single Family Subdivision Approximately 36.61 Acres, Located At The Corner Of 11800 North And Highland Boulevard.– Highland Oaks.  The preliminary plan was unanimously approved with the following stipulations:

    1. The final plat shall be in substantial conformance with the preliminary plat dated January 22, 2015.
    2. Final civil engineering plans to be reviewed and approved by the City Engineer.
    3. Prospective homebuyers shall be informed by an affidavit of the proximity of agricultural uses.
    4. Written approval from Rocky Mountain Power is required for the landscape plan prior to approval of the final civil construction plans.
    5. Add a note to the final plat regarding Rocky Mountain Power easement restrictions for lots with the power line easement.
    6. The conservation easement shall be recorded with the final plat.
    7. All required public improvements shall be installed as per City Engineer’s approval.
    8. Any street exceeding 600 feet shall have at least two points of independent access. Note, this stipulation will require more changes to one road (West Oaks Circle).

    2016-02-02 Highland Oaks Prelim Plat

    Click here for details.
  2. ORDINANCE: Amending Article 4.7 Town Center Overlay Of The Highland City Development Code To Remove Residential Uses - Town Center Flex Use District.  The council unanimously approved the following changes to the Town Center Flex Use District. “Highland City Development Code, Article 4.7 Town Center Overlay District is hereby amended to remove residential; live work; residential; mixed use attached, residential; multifamily attached from Ground Floor Uses and residential; live work attached; and residential exclusively attached residential from upper floor uses are hereby prohibited.” Click here for more details.

  3. DISCUSSION AND MOTION: Water Maintenance Plan – Culinary Water. The council reviewed and unanimously approved the maintenance plan for the culinary water system and stipulated that it should be reviewed with the council annually. Click here for more details
  4. ORDINANCE: Amending Article 12.24. City Parks and Cemetery – Banning E-Cigarettes in Public Parks. There is a county ordinance that prohibits smoking and drinking in public parks. The ordinance does not address e-cigarettes. The county health department is asking cities to pass an ordinance in advance of the county dealing with the issue. After some discussion the council passed such a motion 5 to 1 (Tim Irwin opposed). Click here for more details. Note, a representative from the county health department shared information on e-cigarettes with the council. Click here to see the info.


  • Parks Storage Building Update – Justin Parduhn, Public Works O & M Director. We will need a new storage facility for next year. All equipment has been removed from the old one (between Meier's and the power station on SR 92) and is scattered in 5 buildings. We discussed a  2 building strategy (which I am in favor of) and stated that  multiple properties in the area of Mountain Ridge Middle School are being looked at.
  • Speed Signal Information. Justin Parduhn, Public Works O & M Director. Justin shared with us data from all 4 radar speed signs operated by the city (2 on Country Club Dr and 2 on Highland Blvd). Click here to review the Highland Blvd data..  Something I found interesting that come from a response to why do studies care about 85% threshold (speed at which 85% of the drivers are at or below) was that the least amount of accidents occur with drivers that travel in the 50% to 90% range (regardless of the actual speed limit). It was also interesting to note that the Federal Highway Dept. also conducted studies on 200 roads with speed limit changes and found that speed limit changes of up to 20 mph results in 1 to 2 mph change in driver behavior.
  • 2016-2017 Fiscal Year Budget Calendar – Gary LeCheminant, Finance Director. Below is the budget calendar the Gary provided:

    Proposed 2016-2017 ~ Budget Calendar

    • Feb 18: Distribute Budget Input Worksheet to Depts.
    • Mar 10: In-house tentative budget due from Depts.
    • Mar 11: Revenue Projections from Finance Director.
    • Mar 17: 2013 Budget Working Draft distributed to City Council.
    • Mar 18 – Apr 8: City Council meet with staff individually for questions, clarifications and reasons for budget item requests.
    • Apr 12: Work Session: City Council comments and proposed changes on budget are due.
    • Apr 14: Post working draft and Council comments on City website.
    • May 03: Adoption of Resolution setting budget public hearings for May 17, 2016.
    • May 12: PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE on proposed budget 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Highland businesses included at open house.
    • May 17: Public Hearings on FY 2016-2017 budget. Adoption of tentative budget by Resolution.
    • May 24: Work Session: City Council Finalize Budget
      Report findings of open house and other comments received (if necessary).
      Any additional work sessions as required.
      Jun 7:Public Hearing on FY 2016-2017 final budget amendments. Adoption of FY 2016-2017 final budget and FY 2015-2016 budget amendments; adopt resolution setting the annual Certified Property Tax rate OR if needed set public hearing for “Truth in Taxation” in August.



Requested by / Owner

Due Date


Road Capital Improvement Plan for FY 15-16. Prioritize and Communicate to Residents

City Council

Est. June 2016

Study underway

Determine Park Use for Recreation

City Council
Parks Staff


Staff to make recommendations

HW Bldg. – PW Storage Status

City Council

End of 2015

In progress

Moratorium for the Town Center Overlay

City Council

Jan 2016

Closed tonight
Salt Storage Building


Feb 2016 Engineering review


  • Council agenda with my rough notes. If you click on the comment button on the top right of the Adobe Reader application or in the Tools Menu, depending on the version of Adobe Reader you are using, you will see a list of all comments in a panel on the right side of your screen. Note, this is a large file and may take a minute to download.

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