Proposed apartment complex put on hold while traffic, crowding debated
NORTH LOGAN -- More than 35 people showed up at the City Council meeting Thursday, though only a few spoke during the public hearing on converting community commercial land to a multiple-family residential zone.
Developer Blake Parker is seeking to turn the land, at 1500 North and 400 East, into an apartment complex. He will have to wait though, because the council decided to table the decision until a later date.
The council wanted to see what could be done about adding a new 1600 North road.
"North Point [apartments] was built so 1600 North could happen," City Administrator Jeff Jorgensen said, "though just not master-planned."
The apartments Parker wants to build would be just east of the North Point complex, and adding a road could infringe into North Point's parking lot and private property to the north.
"Not a good plan," resident Hazel Stettler said during the public hearing. "Sorry to tell you, but you need to know."
Other people who spoke conveyed concerns about land values, school overcrowding and traffic.
"Traffic is an issue," said North Park Police Chief Kim Hawkes. He suggested that, if approved, a traffic light or other measures be put in place to ease the flow of traffic.
Councilman Trent Wentz was also concerned about traffic and wanted to find solutions to the city's "transportation arteries."
"Community commercial land allows for office space, parking lots and a mortuary," Jorgensen said after Councilman Llyod Berentzen expressed concern at the prospect of turning commercial land into residential.