Commissioners to hear controversial zone change request

Dammeron Valley, Utah, May 21, 2016 | Photo by Julie Applegate, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – The Washington County Commission will consider a controversial zoning change proposed for the Dammeron Valley area Tuesday.

The issue is on the agenda for Tuesday’s commission meeting.

“What we’re doing is, we’re putting it on the agenda to be heard,” Commissioner Zachary Renstrom said.

The planning commission unanimously recommended denying the application after a heated public hearing May 11 which was attended by more than 50 people.

The zone change is being requested by Dammeron Corporation for a 127-acre parcel adjacent to Dammeron Valley and would allow a new subdivision to be built.

At the hearing in May, residents expressed a number of concerns about the new development including the lack of an adequate sewage system, the loss of open space and the rural quality of life.

One resident even promised commissioners a “revolution” if the zone change was approved.

Read more: Residents threaten uprising; Dammeron Valley subdivision denied

The commission could approve the zone change; take no action, which would result in the zone change being denied; or pass a motion denying the change. This is the usual procedure for handling a zone change, Renstrom said.

After a zone change request is heard at a planning commission meeting, it goes on the county commission agenda at the next regular commission meeting provided there is time to properly issue public notices.

At the meeting, commissioners will hear reports and a recommendation from county staff and then hear from the applicant for the zone change. After that the public will be allowed to speak, usually with a time limit.

“We kind of look at it completely new, with this new information, and then we’ll vote on it,” Renstrom said.

Renstrom said he has received a number of emails  and phone calls about the issue.

The community is very much opposed to it, Renstrom said, and that is something he takes into consideration.

“They bring up some very valid issues, that we have septic issues up there, we have drainage issues, we have a lot of issues that are life and safety issues that need to be addressed,” he said.

The Washington County Commission meeting will be held Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the commission chambers, 197 East Tabernacle Street in St. George.

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  • tcrider June 6, 2016 at 11:58 pm

    this is about one person making a profit, and no one around the development wants it,
    what will it take for this one person to start having consideration for the community and
    to quit chasing his god, the almighty dollar?

    • An actual Independent June 7, 2016 at 10:55 am

      Whoever you are, it’s nice to see that you apparently feel you speak for every single person in the community.
      News flash. You don’t.

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