Housing, transport, art among priorities of general plan for Springdale adopted by commission – St George News


View from George Barker River Park facing Zion National Park, Springdale, Utah, November 1, 2021 | Photo by Stephanie DeGraw, St. George News

ST. GEORGE- The final revision to Springdale’s general plan was adopted at a recent meeting of the Planning Commission.

Springdale is located immediately outside the boundaries of Zion National Park, Springdale, Utah, November 19, 2021 | Photo by Stephanie DeGraw, St. George News

The plan prioritizes the preservation of the city special character and sensitive location as it is surrounded on three sides by Zion National Park, where wildlife migrates between the city and the park, which is managed by the National Park Service.

The commission tweaked some of the plan’s wording, as an additional land use strategy for the city’s appearance goals. The Planning Commission can use zoning and land use regulations to minimize vacant commercial buildings on State Route 9. The commission can also provide incentives so that buildings are not empty. In reference to this, Barbara Bruno, chair of the commission, said that vacant buildings are a “scourge”.

Another goal of the plan is to continue to promote Springdale’s image as an artistic community and to encourage the development of more commercial art galleries. Additionally, public art and performing arts throughout the community will enhance the quality of life and add interest to the visual appearance of the city. The city is advised to support Z-Arts, the Historic Preservation Society and The Mesa Project.

Striking a balance between locals and tourists is also suggested by the commission.

The plan states: “The City continues to recognize that full-time, productive residents are the backbone of the community; therefore, home ownership for long-term residents and community employees is a priority.

Other services and amenities for residents and visitors to the Greater Sion area are also included in the plan, as well as the designation of public spaces to be used for gathering and enjoying views of Sion and a streetscape and a carefully designed and well-maintained public art to add interest and beauty to the city.

The commission also advises the city council to find ways to fund the acquisition of more undeveloped open space throughout the community in an effort to maintain the rural and agricultural feel of the community, particularly along the road. national 9.

“These areas may feature single-family residences surrounded by large fields, pastures and orchards,” the plan says, adding that farm animals such as horses, cows and goats found in this area should continue to be permitted.

A bighorn sheep in Zion National Park, Springdale, Utah, December 6, 2021 | Photo by Stephanie DeGraw, St. George News

The commission also clarified economic development goals and resident amenities are prioritized over tourist amenities. The Planning Commission may consider increasing required setback distances for commercial uses that may cause adverse effects, noise or loss of privacy to adjacent residential properties.

Additionally, some commission members expressed support for the idea of ​​having a larger medical clinic. The existing medical clinic is owned and operated by Springdale residents Mike and Helen McMahan, who have reportedly expressed a desire to retire one day and work on an exit plan. The clinic has been affiliated with Family Healthcare for many years. Bruno said Family Healthcare is willing to operate a medical clinic in Springdale. Currently, Family Healthcare operates St. George, Hurricane and Cedar City clinics with integrated medical, behavioral and dental care.

If given the option of having a clinic and pharmacy in Springdale, Family Healthcare would offer prescription drugs at deep discounts, Bruno added.

“Springdale doesn’t currently have a pharmacy, so it will be a great addition to the town,” Bruno said. “We are working on finding a suitable location for them in Springdale.”

Another priority of the plan covers transportation issues, and the city plans to analyze and prepare for the traffic and visitation impacts of the proposed developments. The street department should have traffic and transportation policies to avoid traffic control signals.

A variety of modes of transportation are addressed in the plan, including walking, cycling, public transit, and private automobiles. The aim is to minimize and manage traffic and parking congestion for vehicles of all types.

Visitors disembark from the Springdale Shuttle, Springdale, Utah, July 20, 2016 | Photo by Reuben Wadsworth, St. George News

The commission said the city will plan for and adapt emerging transportation technologies such as electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles, charging infrastructure and other future transportation innovations. And the commission supports walking and cycling as the main modes of travel in the city.

The commission said Springdale will participate in regional transit planning efforts and partner with Zion National Park and the Utah Office of Tourism to support and promote the Zion City Shuttle System.

In the plan survey, some residents suggested promoting cultural tourism.

“Cultural tourism is generally defined as travel with the purpose of experiencing and learning about the culture of a region,” Bruno said. “In our case, we want visitors who respect the historical and cultural resources of the area and of Zion National Park.”

The commission encourages people to take the Zion National Park Pledge of being a good steward and protecting the fragile environment. The public may stay on established trails, pack trash, do not pile rock cairns, etc.

Bruno said the city of Springdale is building a history center for those who want to learn more about the area’s human history.

Water conservation

Water conservation was also discussed at the meeting. According to the plan, the commission would adopt and enforce water conservation policies to ensure an adequate water supply for the city, especially during times of drought.

“These policies could include water interdiction, intense landscapes such as large areas of grass, and a water pricing structure that encourages conservation,” the plan says.

Another priority of the plan addresses the need to strike a balance to preserve Springdale’s rural residential character from the impacts of increased commercialization while meeting housing needs.

According to the plan, the city would have low-density residential units, higher-density multi-family units in some locations, and secondary suites. This would then allow the city to maintain housing for families with diverse incomes, which ideally would benefit local businesses by providing a larger labor pool, while helping people work locally and contribute. to the community by having access to accessible housing.

Every five years, the plan is reviewed. There were two hearings and two surveys were sent to residents. The Planning Commission said it has studied the topics of the plan with experts and relevant stakeholders.

After being unanimously adopted by the planning commission, the general plan is now being examined by the municipal council.

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Aurora J. William