Bluffdale stalls on zoning decision

Desert Morning News/September 9, 2007

Bluffdale — The Bluffdale Planning Commission last week put off voting on a rezoning application from the Corporation of the Presiding Elder of the Apostolic United Brethren. The plan would apply an overlay zone for a campus over the current agriculture zone. That would allow the Apostolic United Brethren to expand the campus and build housing on the property. The polygamist group proposed to build 24 four-plexes and six-plexes on the 31 acres they own at 1224 W. 16580 South.

Commission members decided they needed more time to think about the implications of allowing an overlay campus zone. One concern was how feasible it would be for any group to apply for a similar rezone.

"One of the things that concerns me is once these facilities are here it's an overlay zone, it's ideal for someone to come in with a group of troubled teens," said commission member Von Brockbank. "We have to be careful when we create that when someone in the future comes in and asks for it."

Other members agreed, saying they wanted the language specific for schools only and not help programs in which attendees are housed, such as treatment facilities.

Commission chairman Stan Mitchell said other types of educational facilities, such as an equestrian center with summer camps, would fall under the category of a campus with the current language.

The commission unanimously voted to have staff change the language of the rezone to specifically state the zone is for a school, as well as to allow multifamily housing on the property. The current zoning laws allow only for single-family housing.

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