Monday, September 14, 2020

Highland City Council Agenda Preview for Sept 15, 2020

This could be a longer meeting depending on resident input. The most interesting items on the agenda are:

  1. Preliminary plat approval for a 64.5 acre 69-lot subdivision to be known as The Hollows located at 10250 N 6531 W. There are two aspects to the development which have generated public interest. The first is preservation of wetlands in Mitchell Hollow and the second is a northbound connection to 10250 N.
  2. Whether or not to allow temporary signs (e.g. political signs) on public property.
  3. Authorization of additional CARES act spending by the city and a report of what we have spent to date.

An abbreviated meeting agenda together with my thoughts is shown below. This meeting will be held at city hall but there will be limited space because of distancing requirements. We will also stream it on our YouTube channel (click here to watch). 

Note, individuals, especially those in a high-risk category, are strongly encouraged to participate in the meeting virtually!

The complete agenda (245 pages) which includes the staff reports associated with each item can be accessed by clicking here.

Highland City Council Agenda
Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 7:00 PM
Individuals, especially those in a high-risk category, are strongly encouraged to participate in the meeting virtually via YouTube live at If individuals participating electronically would like to make a comment during the Unscheduled Public Appearances section of the agenda or during one of the Public Hearings, they may call 1-346-248-7799 and use the Meeting ID: 857 7410 7218. Comments may also be emailed to prior to the meeting.
    Time has been set aside for the public to express their ideas, concerns, and comments.

    1. Waste Management Blake Leonelli
    2. 2020 Fling Review – Corrine Prestwich, Civic Events Coordinator
    Items on the consent agenda are of a routine nature or have been previously studied by the City Council. They are intended to be acted upon in one motion. Council members may pull items from consent if they would like them considered separately.

    1. ACTION: Approval of meeting minutes for regular City Council meetings on August 18, 2020 and September 1, 2020. Administrative
    2. ACTION: James Loveland is requesting Preliminary Plat Approval for a 14-lot subdivision. The property is approximately 15.215 acres and is located at 11020 N 5500 W. Administrative
  4. ACTION: Approval of Mayor’s appointment of Becky Lewis to the library board. Legislative
    I met with Becky for about 45 minutes. She is well qualified and has a positive outlook. She will be a great asset to the city
  5. PUBLIC HEARING/ORDINANCE: a request by Highland Nity staff to amend several sections in the development code relating to nonconforming uses (TA-20-15). Legislative
    This is part of a long-term cleanup project of our code to ensure that it complies with current state statutes and is consistent with current legal standards.

  6. ACTION: Millhaven development is requesting preliminary plat approval for a 69-lot subdivision known as the Hollows. The property is 64.46 acres and is located at 10250 N 6531 W. Administrative
    The wetlands concern will be resolved by the Army Corp of Engineers which has jurisdiction over all wetlands in the US. It must approve the boundaries defining wetland areas. Construction is very limited within these boundaries. Moreover, subsequent to the Planning Commission meeting the developer approached the city with a proposal to dedicate the wetlands area to the city, move lots to the west and drop 1 lot to accommodate the move.
    The connection to 10250 N shown below is generating some traffic and safety concerns. From a traffic perspective the subdivision will add less than 200 trips a day to 10250 N. Traffic on this road is currently about 300 trips a day and while the increase on a percentage basis will be high. residential roads are designed to accommodate over 1,000 trips a day. With regards to safety the connection is being graded and 10250 N will be widened which should mitigate safety concerns. Additionally, where the connection to be eliminated all northbound traffic would route through the Wimbleton Subdivision on 10200 N and 6580 W.
    This is an administrative decision; meaning if the developer complies with code requirements the council must approve the action. While public hearings are not required for preliminary plat approvals we will be taking public input after the staff and developer presentations. Since, we are am providing this as a courtesy to residents to share their views, comments will be closed if they turn into personal attacks.
    2020-09-15 Reinhart Property 
    2020-09-15 The Hollows Site Map

  7. RESOLUTION: Declaring the intent to annex 36.95 acres located approximately North of 6204 W Sutherland drive (ANNEX-20-03). Legislative
    Note, this is not a final action. The purpose of the resolution on intent is to provide a window of opportunity for anyone opposed to the annexation to express concern or file an official protest. This parcel is included in our long-term annexation plan.
    2020-09-15 GCLLC Annexation

  8. ORDINANCE: A request by Mayor Rod Mann to amend several sections of the development code to prohibit temporary signs on public property (TA-20-06). Legislative 
    Note, we are the only city in N. Utah county which allows temporary signs on public property. We cannot constitutionally regulate the content of signs so if we allow campaign signs on public property we must allow sigs with any content on public property. Additionally, staff provided an estimate several years ago of the cost per year (~$9,000)  to move signs to mow and repair the damage caused by signs to our sprinkler systems. Signs can also create visibility issues for traffic and block sprinkler spray.

  9. RESOLUTION: Approval to purchase window replacements and repair services to address ventilation needs associated with pandemic mitigation at four City facilities: City Hall, Justice Center, and Public Works. Administrative
    This purchase will be made with CARES funds that can only to mitigate COVID related issues.

  10. RESOLUTION: Approval of bids for front counter renovation at city hall and court clerk office renovation at justice court. Administrative
    This purchase will be made with CARES funds that can only to mitigate COVID related issues.


    1. Future Meetings
      • September 22, Planning Commission Meeting, 7:00 pm, City Hall
      • October 6, City Council Meeting, 7:00 pm, City Hall
      • October 13, City Council Work Session, 7:00 pm, City Hall
      • October 20, City Council Meeting, 7:00 pm, City Hall
      • October 27, Planning Commission Meeting, 7:00 pm, City Hall
    2. Council Meeting Broadcast
    3. CARES ACT Funding Update
    4. Public Works Expansion


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