Once again Utah’s Highlander put together an excellent summary of our previous meeting where the council made a couple of important decisions.
Below are three of the more interesting and/or important items on the agenda:
- Agenda item 2: Highland resident and American Fork High School senior Ryan Bazzelle will receive a mayor’s award. He has delivered flowers to every girl in his school each Valentine’s Day since the 8th grade. Click here to read about how he got started. Note, this was originally scheduled to be given at our previous council meeting.
- Agenda item 7: Request to amend the no-build policy for lots on the periphery of Country French estates to allow ground-level and below ground structures with a 42 ft. setback rather than the current 50.
- Agenda item 9: Council will discuss the process for disposing and placing a value on orphan parcels of land. Over the years this has at times been a difficult and contentious process. No decision will be made at this meeting but we will discuss options.
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!
You can find an abbreviated meeting agenda together with my thoughts below. The complete agenda (95 pages) which includes the staff reports associated with each item can be accessed by clicking here.
Highland City Council Agenda
Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 7:00 PM council meeting
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The time and duration listed at the end of agenda items is my guess as to the start time of this item and how long it will run..
UNSCHEDULED PUBLIC APPEARANCES 7:05 (10 minutes)
Time has been set aside for the public to express their ideas, concerns, and comments. Comments are limited to 3 minutes.
PRESENTATIONS 7:15 (10 minutes)
- Mayor’s Award – Mayor Rod Mann – This item was continued from the previous meeting due.
The Mayor and the City Council will recognize Highland students for their acts of service and kindness to fellow students. American Fork High School Senior Ryan Bazzelle has given a flower and card to each young woman in his school every Valentines Day since the 8th grade.
Presentations 7:25 (5 minutes)
- Highland City Youth Council report on recent and upcoming activities – Youth Council Representative
- CONSENT ITEMS 7:30 PM (5 minutes)
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.
- Approval of council meeting minutes for February 2 and 16 2021 Administrative
- PUBLIC HEARING/ORDINANCE: TEXT AMENDMENT - STORAGE FACILITIES IN THE PROFESSIONAL OFFICE ZONE Legislative. 7:35 (15 minutes)
City Council will hold a public hearing to consider a request by Isaac Patterson to amend Section 3-4929 in the Development Code to allow: (1) for the leasing of moving vehicles as part of storage facilities in the P-O Zone and (2) for up to two moving vehicle to be displayed outside of the enclosed storage facility. A maximum of six moving vehicles may be stored inside the storage facility, meaning they are stored in structures containing a roof with no side walls where screened from outside views.
This was reviewed by the Planning Commission who unanimously recommended adoption of the change. Note, no citizen input was received by the commission on this matter nor has city staff received any resident input to date.
PUBLIC HEARING/ORDINANCE: GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT – NEIGHBORHOOD OPTION TRAILS Legislative 7:50 (15 minutes)
The council will consider a General Plan amendment to reclassify Neighborhood Option Trails to Neighborhood Trails. This is a logical follow-up to the action the council took on Nov 10th to repeal the process to remove Neighborhood Option Trails. The proposed change was reviewed by the Planning Commission and they unanimously recommended the change be implemented. Note, the planning commission received no written input on issue. The reclassification to Neighborhood Trails means that in order to remove a trail, the City must go through a General Plan amendment. This will require a more extensive review of the removal and public hearings before the Planning Commission and the City Council.
The Google Map below shows all of the trails in Highland color coded by type. Those in yellow are the trails which would be affected by this change.
RESOLUTION: COUNTRY FRENCH SUBDIVISION NO BUILD POLICY AMENDMENT Legislative 8:05 (20 minutes)
The City Council will consider a request by Guy and Marilyn Masters to amend the no build resolution for the Country French Subdivision. This amendment would allow below grade and ground-level structures, such as pools and sport courts, provided there is a 42-foot setback from the rear property line. In 2017 the council clarified the definition of the 80 ft no-build zone on the south and east boundary of Country French Estate to mean that ground-level and below-ground structures (e.g. pools and sports courts) could be built within 50 ft. of the property line. At the time the city also approved a development agreement with one resident to allow a pool within 30 of the property line. This represented a negotiated agreement with the property owner and the Bull River HOA. This should be an interesting discussion.
ORDINANCE: CHANGING PARK HOURS OF OPERATION Legislative 8:25 (10 minutes)
The City Council will consider a request by City Staff to amend Section 12.24.010. Hours of Public Use For Parks and Cemetery from 5:00 am to 11:00 pm to Dawn to Dusk. This proposed changed was driven by issues the city is experiencing in Highland Glen Park (these generally occur after dark). We will be installing a gate to prevent vehicle access which will that will be opened at dawn and shut at dusk.
DISCUSSION: ORPHAN PROPERTY DISPOSAL AND VALUATION PROCESS Legislative 8:35 (30 minutes)
The City Council will discuss a policy for the disposal of orphan property and for determining the valuation of said property.
MAYOR/COUNCIL AND STAFF COMMUNICATION ITEMS 9:05 (20 minutes)
- Timpanogos Special Sewer District Report – Brian Braithwaite.
- Council Committee Reports – Nathan Crane
- Future Meetings
- March 10, Lone Peak Public Safety Board Meeting, 7:30 am, City Hall
- March 16, City Council Meeting, 7:00 pm, City Hall
- March 23, Planning Commission Meeting, 7:00 pm, City Hall
- March 16, City Council Meeting, 7:00 pm, City Hall