Showing posts with label Planning. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Planning. Show all posts

Thursday, July 13, 2006

More Developments - Pre 2003

Many of these developments were approved by the old County Commissioners prior to the cahnge of government. Some of partially complete, most are still waiting for who knows what.

At an average of merely 3 persons per Household, these 7600 ERU's could account for 22,800 people in Wasatch County. (Many may be secondary homes, which are generally an economic benefit to the county.)

pre 2003North Villageestimated1000
pre 2003Sorensonestimated1000
pre 2003Beaufontaine1600 E Lake Ck Rd.estimated100
Nov 2002Crossings(150 shown above)538336
2005Strawberry Pines3161002
pre 2003Cobblestone1200 Ssome remaining12798
pre 2003Lake Creek FarmsWild Maresome remaining
pre 2003Greener Hills
pre 2003Victory Ranchestimated1000
pre 2003Aspens at Jordanelle1348
pre 2003Tuhayeestimated600
pre 2003Hideout Canyonestimated100
Midway ???
Heber City???
Aug 2006Red Ledges14681900
Aug 2006Spring Hollow3200 E Lk Ck1926
Aug 2006The Woods600 S 2200 ECobblestone912

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

The Cost of Growth

The Planning Department has a cost analysis program for developments which should provide breakdown of government cost numbers per family - at least per household. A minimal rough estimate was a $1000 increase in tax expenditures for every home built.

County portion of school costs are about $4,000 per student. The county budget will also provide the overall costs of government provide services, but it's difficult to allocate the costs by a per capita basis of increase in population. More people does not necessarily mean increase in use cost, in fact sometimes it may decrease per capita. - but you already knew that.

Admittedly I have not read the Wikstrom report, but according to Lisa Parkin's letter (very Pro BigBox) in the Wave today, we have a tax leakage on $29 million per year in sales. That amounts to an expenditure of about $6000 per year for every family in the county or $500 per month. Do you spend $500 per month on "groceries and general merchandise" outside of Wasatch? If so, would you stop because WalMart comes to town? Those figures, IMO, are grossly exaggerated. What is the actual sales projection for a Wasatch big box? How are those "tax benefits" computed. Personally, I'd be surprised if my family spent $20 last YEAR and I sincerely doubt that, WalMart was here that we'd spend $200 per year for some item of convenience that I could not get elsewhere. This is the same faulty logic used in the Airport economic analysis.

It is important to note that the sales tax goes mainly to Heber - not the county, Parkin quotes $77K to school (which would be offset by increased people moving in) and $89K to Wasatch.