This proposal was discussed here in September. It hasn't improved in the interim and will allow a near certain guarantee of an increase in RA-1 density over pre-moratorium (2005) days by 30%.
Growth has been the prime election issue in Wasatch County for years and county (and city) government continues to lead in allowing MORE density.
Consider this, for each average house built a NEGATIVE fiscal impact of $1 to 2,000 must be imposed on all of the taxpayers. A ONE house increase to a developer is worth about $100 to 200,000 in profit. So who is looking out for the taxpayers and who is maximizing the developer profit? (answers - NO ONE and your elected officials)
What are the potential results of this change?
Current number of houses existing in the Eastern Planning Area (EPA) = 625
- potential houses under current law ca. 4700
- potential houses under new law ca. 6250
- A potential 33% INCREASE in an area with a current approval of about 1500 houses
NOTE also that there are currently development approved in Wasatch County (not including municipalities of Heber, Midway, etc.) of over 13,000 housing units which are yet to built. There are currently about a total of about 10,000 houses in the County. Oh, the 13,000 does not include an additional 3,600 recently awarded to the Sorenson development (Jordanelle Ridge)
Where are we being led and why are being led there? Answer - Wasatch City and I have no idea.
Click here or on the zoning or planning links in the left column for more information.
The current downturn in the real estate market may provide us with the breathing room to do a little proper planning - of we would only use it!!!