lengthy discussion, Paradise approves access to subdivision
By David Baker
March 3, 2006 | PARADISE -- A miscommunication between
the Town Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission
made for a long discussion at Wednesday night's council
meeting. The miscommunication stems from access approval
to a subdivision just outside city limits. The council
eventually voted unanimously to approve the access.
"I'm not saying we're going out of here happy campers.
We have some exposure here," Mayor Lee Atwood said.
Ty Haguewood, developer for the Gappa/Dyson property
where the subdivision is going in, was sent by the council
to the planning and zoning commission for a recommendation
on a right of way issue. The commission told Haguewood
they would accept a 99-foot right of way, which he didn't
In order to get the 99 feet, Haguewood shifted the
right of way onto the property he is developing. By
signing off on the access, the town would be abandoning
the current 8900 South and creating a new one on the
"If the grid isn't vacated, we would essentially have
two roads next to one another," said Ryan Obray, a member
of the commission.
The miscommunication occurred when the commission
was under the impression that the council had voted
to vacate the current 8900 South. This vote never happened.
Councilwoman Margaret Obray said the issue had been
discussed, but the council did everything but vote to
vacate the current road. "We've gone through three months
where we thought it would be vacated," Obray said.
After more discussion, Councilmen Dale Anderson and
Gerry Winn spoke up in an attempt to move the approval
"We're splitting hairs here," Winn said about vacating
"We've run him around like crazy and he's done everything,"
Anderson said. "How can we turn down a 90-foot road
when we were going to allow a 60-foot road?"
By approving the access, the matter is out of the
council's hands, Atwood said. It is the final approval
for them and they won't have any more control over the
process, including the construction of the new 8900
So before approving the access, the town had Haguewood
sign an agreement saying before building permits for
the houses were issued, the improvements to the road
would be made, or sufficient funds for those improvements
would be put into an escrow account.
In order to get his plan in, Haguewood had to receive
signatures from the council and all the landowner's
involved -- most of which live out of state.
"All people have to be signed and notarized," Haguewood
said. "So this thing has been in the mail all week."
One signature he wasn't able to receive was from the
planning and zoning commission. Since he had to get
a new plan that included the new right of way, Haguewood
wasn't able to get their signature at the meeting he
attended. Obray, the only member of the planning and
zoning commission in attendance, didn't have the authority
to sign the plan outside of a meeting. Haguewood will
turn it in without the signature.
Atwood said it should still go through without the
commission's signature, because they are the recommending
body and the council is the governing body.
The council also:
-- approved a building permit for Randy Hill.
-- reviewed the RAPZ tax application prepared by Dave
Anderson for funding on the riding arena. They also
voted to give Atwood the authority to sign the application
after a few changes were made. The application needs
to be turned in by March 3.
-- renewed their contract with North Cache Veterinary
Service, which does animal control for the town.