2022 priorities explored by Springdale Planning Commission – St George News


Springdale City Hall, Springdale, Utah, December 6, 2021 | Photo by Stephanie DeGraw, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Housing and property removal orders were the top 2022 issues facing the Springdale Planning Commission during its recent business session.

The Commission recommended 99-year deed restrictions on all employee housing to provide long-term housing for city employees. The commission said restrictions on deeds should prioritize housing for Springdale municipal employees, city employees and Zion National Park staff.

“Some research has been completed in the past year. Some cities in Utah have created ways to allocate development percentages to affordable and accessible housing,” said Tom Dansie, Director of Community Development. “They would reserve it for owner-occupied housing, as well as affordable housing.”

Park City and Moab are working on affordable housing with deed restrictions. Springdale commissioners hope by encouraging affordable housing for local employees; they will contribute to the community.

“We don’t have city, national park or city business employee housing to rent or buy,” said Barbara Bruno, former commissioner and mayor of Springdale.

The proposed requirement for employee housing for each transitional housing unit would include:

  • A certain percentage of units will be developed as restricted employee units.
  • Developers could provide suitable land for employee accommodation.
  • Creation of an Affordable Housing Capital Account that developers could fund in new construction based on the number of transitional housing rooms.
  • Actively engage Utah Housing, Habitat for Humanity, and other nonprofit organizations to build units using goodwill, available tax credits, and other federal incentives.
View from George Barker River Park facing Zion National Park, Springdale, UT, November 1, 2021 | Photo by Stephanie DeGraw, St. George News

The Commission will also recommend that council gain more undeveloped open space throughout the community to maintain the rural feel of the community, especially along National Highway 9.

Depending on the general plan of the city, these areas may have single-family residences surrounded by large fields, pastures and orchards. Another priority the commissioners will focus on are setback requirements for different ownership zones this year. This issue includes the commercial area of ​​the village, the river corridor and development along the SR9.

Recently, at public hearings, residents expressed concern about the setbacks to their property, particularly in the commercial area of ​​the village.

The commission said the removal orders have a significant impact on individuals and businesses in Springdale and have a significant impact on the character of the town. The consensus of commissioners was that setbacks are a high priority issue, as some of these codes are confusing and inconsistent in places.

To determine which issues the commission focuses on, city staff recommended using the following criteria:

  • What proportion of the community is affected by this problem? The wider the impact, the higher the priority the problem.
  • How prevalent has this problem been in the past and is it expected to be in the future?
  • If the problem is a response to an isolated incident, it may not be as high a priority as a problem that will come up frequently.
  • What are the consequences of not addressing the problem? If not resolved, will significant negative impacts occur as a result of the issue?
  • What are the benefits of solving the problem? Do the benefits to the community justify the amount of me it will take to solve the problem?
  • Are the benefits of addressing this issue significantly greater than the benefits of addressing other issues?

the general plan which covers the objectives of the planning commission is available to the public.

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