Thursday, September 19, 2013
Homeowners are signing petitions in protest of a proposed sandpit in Park City.
"That's what's really got everybody up in arms because what's the difference in two years?" asks Gary McCutcheon, homeowner. "It wasn't in the codes then. It's still not in the codes today."
The proposed site is on the southeast corner of 61st Street North and Armstrong, next to the railroad tracks. The developers plan to put a sandpit and eventually build homes around it.
"I didn't get the feeling from the planning commissioners that they felt that was realistic due to the number of trains that use that track and the noise level that it generates," said Jack Whitson, city administrator for Park City. "However, it's up to the owner of the property as to whether or not they will pursue that."
On Monday, planning commissioners unanimously approved a special use permit for the land and included 23 conditions, such as limiting operation hours and requiring a bi-annual water test to monitor water quality.
In 2011, the developers applied for a conditional use permit but the city determined their regulations did not allow sand mining. This was the email send to KAKE News at that time.
"After further review of the City's Zoning Regulations it has been determined that the regulations do not allow sand mining as a use within the corporate limits of Park City. If additional uses not otherwise allowed in Light Industrial District are proposed for the property in question, those who have received notices will receive notices in the future."
Two years later, the same developers have now applied for a special use permit, which relies on the planning consultant, Bickley Foster's interpretation.
"The developer's engineer talked to our consultant and convinced him that yes we could, within our regulations, do a special use permit," said Whitson. "According to our consultant, who wrote the special use regulation, that his interpretation of what he wrote would allow that type of operation."
Homeowners plan to present their concerns to the city council on October 8th.
"We've already got a community already established and people live here. They chose to live here under the conditions that are here, not to have a sandpit put in around them," said McCutcheon.