September 18, 2014 04:06 PM
Article Date: 18 Sep 2014 - 14:14

In a 5-2 vote, the Morgan County Council gave 56 building lots known as the Whittier Estates Subdivision in Peterson the nod to move to the next development stage.
The 104-acre subdivision at 4000 N. Morgan Valley Drive includes 34 half-acre lots, 20 one-acre lots and two 20-acre lots.  Twenty-one half-acre lots will likely be in the first of three phases in the development’s upcoming preliminary plat approval application, said Blair Gardner, representing both the buyer and seller.
The applicant applied for a rezone of the property last year, and the Council granted concept approval Tuesday.
However, the council wants to make sure no lots overlap onto a 120-foot wide pipeline easement that crosses through the entire property.  Reconfiguration of lots may need to be done before the next approval is granted, council members suggested.
Councilmembers Robert Kilmer and Ned Mecham voted against granting concept approval.
Kilmer said the pipeline should be surveyed and accurately reflected on drawings before the council grants approval.
“Anything we can fix now saves us and you (the developer) problems later on,” he said.  “I don’t want to see people coming in and mad at us for something the developer didn’t do that we asked them to do.”
Gardner said the developer is planning to use individual septic tanks.  Councilwoman Tina Kelley encouraged Gardner to look at alternatives to septic tanks.
He has been meeting with the health department, conducting soil tests and solidifying the rights for 33 culinary water connections with the Peterson Pipeline.  Gardner said future phases of the subdivision would likely not proceed until the Peterson Pipeline adds another storage holding tank, which the developer is willing to help pay for.
He said the 56 lots is roughly half of what density is allowed by current zoning.