Springdale Town Council accepting comments on changes to public parking, food truck regulations

Springdale Town Hall, Springdale, Utah, date not specified | St. George News

ST. GEORGE — The Springdale Town Council is accepting public comment up to and during their regular meeting on Wednesday, at which point they will potentially vote on a number of issues, including food truck regulations, limiting the number of off-street public parking spaces and an amendment to the budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal years.

The Sept. 5 meeting will take place at Springdale Town Hall at 5 p.m.  They are discussing six agenda items at their meeting. 

Regulation of off-street public parking

In order to preserve Springdale’s village character, prevent excess vehicle travel and create minimal hard surface areas – which result in a higher heat index and increasing storm runoff – the council is discussing a proposed amendment to section 10-23-10 regulating off-street public parking.

The Town Council is proposing to regulate the number of parking spaces in a public parking lot to between 25 and 100 spaces, and make it so that no more than 550 off-street public parking spaces can be developed in the town. They will re-examine this limit every every five years or more to ensure it meets public parking demand.

They also propose to require commercial use at all public parking areas, such as a retail store, restaurant or other similar services. It would also be required that these commercial places provide separate, on-site employee parking.

Food truck operation

The council will discuss an ordinance revision to allow food trucks in Springdale as required by state law, as well as standards and regulations for food truck operation, including how long a truck can stay in one location and the designation of zones where food trucks would be allowed, either with or without permit, or prohibited. Among prohibited zones would be public property.

They also propose to prohibit the sale of anything other than food from the trucks and that no more than one food truck can park or conduct business on the same property at the same time.

Prohibiting long-term placement of storage containers

Because the industrial appearance of most storage containers threatens the town’s village atmosphere, the Springdale Planning Commission is proposing to prohibit the long-term placement of them in town. Temporary placement would be allowed for construction purposes.

Zone change request

A zone change request has been submitted to change some property on state Route 9 from a valley residential zone to a valley residential-cottage housing development overlay zone to allow nine cottages to be built on 1.5 acres.

Amendment to FY-2018-19 budget

A budget amendment is being requested to take $20,000 from the general fund to make small building repairs at the Springdale Town Offices and remodel one of the offices. They also need to replace some computers, Town Manager Rick Wixom said.

Conditional use permit

The council is looking at permitting a transient lodging facility in the VC zone. It is requested to convert two rental apartments to nightly rentals.

The Springdale Town Council will decide whether they want to vote on these items Sept. 5 or discuss them further and vote at a later meeting.

The public is invited to comment on any of the above issues. Written comment is also welcome and should be emailed to the Community Development Department at dcd@infowest.com and the Town Clerk office at dcarlson@springdaletown.com no later than Sept. 3.

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