December 2019 | Vol. 16 Iss. 12
HOLE IN THE HOUSING MARKET:
EMPTY-NESTERS’ QUEST FOR A HOME IN THE ‘MISSING MIDDLE’ By Zak Sonntag | email@example.com
HOLLADAY’S MISSING MIDDLE
Growth is great. At least, that’s the sense given by politicians and business leaders who tout (and take credit for) the state’s recent economic gains. Utah’s GDP is growing at the second fastest rate of all states in the nation, according to recent reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, showing a remarkable 4% growth increase in 2018. But growth is a double-edged blade. Economic increases correlate with population increases, so more jobs means more people, and more people means, well, yet more people, with Utah’s highest-in-the-nation per-capita birthrate. This is a large factor in the state’s current housing crisis, in which a rocketing demand has pushed mortgages and rents rapidly out of reach of middle-income families. This is evident especially in Holladay, where the median new-home sale price is third highest in the state. The solution to the crisis, we’re told, is to build more households. Yet even as we experience a “building boom” across the county and state, prices continue to rise, which has sent policy makers in urgent search for solutions to keep prices in check. Lately, the debate has focused on what city planners call the “missing middle:” smaller, single-family homes, whose size and price range lands between condos and apartments at one end and double-story family homes at the other. This middle range is a vital component to housing markets, planners argue, because it helps families at both ends of the generational spectrum — both young, starter families, along with older empty-nesters, each looking for smaller-sized homes in a reasonable price range.
Ron Hilton, rezone applicant, with application posters. (Zak Sonntag/City Journals)
The issue was thrown into relief recently in Holladay when spread their wings and left the nest, the last departing earlier the City Council weighed the merits of a rezone application that this year. The hallways stood quiet. The bedrooms lay vacant. The would allow a property zoned to accommodate two homes to swing hung still in the yard. instead accommodate five. EMPTY-NESTERS “We felt like we were rattling around in there. It was more Ron and Melissa Hilton raised six boys in Holladay. The space than we needed. We wanted to downsize and down-cost boys grew, graduated from high school and then, one by one, because we’ll be retiring and on a fixed income before long,” Continued page 24
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Gateway to Holladay: New zone to create a sense of ‘arrival’ By Zak Sonntag | firstname.lastname@example.org
olladay City held an open house in November to solicit public feedback on the newly created Holladay Crossroads zone (HCR), one of the city’s most economically vital locations on its southern boundary. The zone is oriented around the junction where Van Winkle Expressway, Highland Drive and Vine Street intersect, and is considered a “primary gateway and critical transportation node” for Holladay, according to a land use and transportation study completed by city consultants. The specially designed HCR zone comes on the heels of the city’s Holladay Crossroads Small Area Master Plan (SAMP), written to enhance and “contribute to the ‘gateway’ functions of the area,” and “provide an opportunity for increased human interaction and protect and increase the economic vitality of the city.” The new zoning standards do not impose restrictions on existing businesses and property owners, but will require new developments to abide by certain design and utility standards that promote “aesthetically attractive” and “easily accessible” mixeduse structures, which may produce outcomes “similar to the Holladay Village Zone but unique to the Holladay Crossroads area.” “The city wants the area to have a feeling of ‘arrival.’ We’d like it to be similar to the Holladay Village with smart design and accessible areas that create a sense of ambiance, because that adds a lot of value to communities,” said Paul Allred, community development director. No projects have been slated as of now, but early considerations include a triple turning lane from Highland Drive on the Van Winkle Expressway, walking paths and bike lanes, and a potential roundabout, which could help mitigate congestion at a heavily trafficked throughway.
Paul Allred speaks with Katie Godfrey and others at open house. (Zak Sonntag/City Journals)
Significant priority has been placed on the zone’s architectural aesthetics and function. No massive monolithic facades. No bright neon-painted exteriors. And all mechanical equipment, like elevators, must be screened to dampen the sound so it does not create a “nuisance for the occupants of any abutting residence,” according to the plan. Instead, the plan envisions stonework plazas, water fountains, arcades and trellises. Any interested re-developers must incorporate at least three preapproved design styles, which may include door treatments and window embellishments, decorative paving, unique grillwork and enhanced landscaping. The plan hopes these standards will “complement the pedestrian activities” “and promote walkability.” While residents applauded the zone’s focus on walkability and aesthetics, some expressed concern that denser development might impact their quality of life. “There’s already so much traffic on 6200 South that it’s hard to turn out of my subdivision,” said Katie Godfrey, who lives
in the Quail Hollow subdivision along the new zone. Godfrey also bemoaned the idea that new apartments may only be required to provide 1.5 parking spaces for each two-bedroom unit. “That’s ridiculous — if you have two bedrooms and two people then you need two spaces. What are they going do then? They’ll park on the street in the neighborhoods and people that want to visit will have to walk forever to get there,” Godfrey said. Allred was quick to rebut Godfrey, saying, “The types of apartments [allowed in the HCR zone] will have a lot of single people, and trends show that many people are living without cars. They use public transportation and they walk and bike.” Allred also pointed out that parking lots pose certain quality-of-life problems of their own. “Additional parking spots add a lot of extra expense for both businesses and residents. And they add a lot of heat — the more parking spaces you have the more you have to run the air conditioning.” Some residents questioned the burden new residential units might place on schools.
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“What will they do with all the new kids coming into the schools? They’re going to fill the classrooms and overwhelm teachers,” said Bonnie Felts, who lives just outside the new district. Again, Allred had an answer, citing studies that indicate the majority of apartment dwellers do not have school-age children, bringing their household size significantly below the current 2.72 Holladay household average. “The studies show that by the time they have school-age children, they’re moving out of apartments. So the impact on schools in the area will be negligible.” Tom Lloyd, a developer who lives in Holladay, questioned the need altogether. “I don’t see what the hurry is. You’ve already got retail, grocery, a gym. It’s not like it’s wide open space. Unless you were going to do something with significant density increases it wouldn’t be worth it.” For Angela Brandon, whose property abuts the zone, the biggest concern was privacy. “If they put up one of these complexes, the only thing that separates them from me will be a chain-link fence.” The maximum height allowed in the zone is 65 feet. However, buildings within 200 feet of abutting residential boundaries are restricted to 32 feet. Still, Brandon worries. “Form a higher vantage I’m nervous whoever’s there will be able to look right into my yard and see me. I don’t want to have to worry about people watching me.” The city is encouraging residents to submit their comments on the area. “We want to hear those concerns. Please, submit your opinions in writing so we can have them be part of our records and use them to help create better options that people are comfortable with. We want to hear from everyone,” Allred said. l
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Holladay residents say cheers to boozier beer By Zak Sonntag | firstname.lastname@example.org
or the first time in 86 years, grocery and convenience stores filled their drink aisles with boozier beer, as a new state law took effect Nov. 1. The law raises the allowable alcohol by volume (ABV) level from 4% to 5%, popping the top on a new era of increased consumer selection and quicker beer buzzes, advocates of the law say. “I’ve heard customers talking all this week, saying things like, ‘I can’t wait to see the new beer selection.’ Shoppers are very excited,” said Andrew Haidenthaller, store manager at Harmons in the Holladay Village. “There’s more selection. We’re now stocking beer that I used to only see outside the state,” he said on Nov. 1, pulling a purple-tinted can of lager beer out of the cooler. “This is Rouge Brewery, from Oregon, at 5%. We couldn’t have sold this before today.” The transition, however, comes with some casualties. The new law prohibits state-run liquor stores from selling beer beneath the 5% threshold because, as an entity of the state, they cannot participate in broader consumer markets. “We can no longer sell it because that would put us in competition with private enterprise,” said Terry Wood, spokesperson for the Department of Alcoholic Beverages and Control (DABC). “We’ll have to dispose of whatever we don’t sell. We might take it to the dump and pour it out,” Wood initially told the City Journals. Some in the beer industry did not appreciate this logic. “It doesn’t make sense to me. I feel like they could do something else instead of just dump it in the ground. Because all these exact beers that are discounted here are going to be getting sold at grocery stores this time tomorrow,” said Rob McEllaney, an employee with Carlson Distribution, speaking on Oct. 31 while he nudged beverages off a dolly at the Holladay liquor store. For beverage distributors, the change has created a lot of extra work, as employees hustle to replenish inventories with new products throughout the state. “It’s been a crazy week. We’ve been to at least 60 stores already trying to get them the new product in time,” said one Carlson employee as he hurled boxes onto a pallet in the loading zone at Harmons on the day the law took effect. “It’s been insane.” Anticipating the law, the DABC discounted the soon-to-be unsellable beer. The product moved rapidly, leav-
ing behind empty shelves and a small selection on the last day before the law took effect. “I’ll be surprised if there’s much we have to dispose of, if any at all, by the time it’s said and done,” Wood said on Oct. 31. On Halloween day, blue discount signs hung above barren beer shelves at the state-run liquor store in Holladay. Still, many hadn’t heard about the changes. “New law? What new law?” asked Sarah Huerta, leaving the store with a case of White Claw beer. “I noticed there were discounts but I didn’t know it had to do with a new law.” Despite the sales, consumer savings may have been less than expected. State liquor stores impose a 64.5% tax markup, one of the highest of such markups in the country. Because the beer tax in convenience stores is significantly less, even the liquor store discounts may not seem like savings in hindsight.
Grocery and convenience stores filled their drink aisles with boozier beer, as a new state law took effect Nov 1. “Lots of the same beers that are discounted here at the liquor store will probably be cheaper in grocery stores, anyway. And they will be colder, too,” said McEllaney, referring to the absence of refrigeration at state-run stores. While most seemed to support the changes and feel good about the law generally, many expressed reservations. “I support the change, but it continues to feel like an arbitrary regulation cap on a consumer product. I think that the state doesn’t realize that beer is a big consumer market, and even though they’re opening the market up, they’re still keeping an unnecessary cap on it,” said a 30-year-old named Josh, who consumes two to four beers per week. A man named Dale said, “I think it’s a decent thing. But honestly it’s only a 1% difference. Is that really that big of a deal?” One man, a 30-something who asked not to be named, said he was pleased by the law, even as he admits it
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will not affect him. “I was surprised when I heard about the change. Our legislature has a reputation for being kind of weird about these things. I think it’s probably a smart move, but it won’t impact me because I come for the heavier stuff,” he said, lifting a six-pack of “high point” beer. “This is 9%. I drink one with dinner every night.” The unsold beers were pulled from shelves and shipped back to DABC’s central inventory. “We ended up with about 240 cases of beer that we’ll have to dispose of,” said Wood, speaking a week after the law kicked in. “We’re pleased because it’s a small figure in the overall scheme of things. We sold almost half of what we had left on Halloween day.” Rather than dumping the beer out as presumed, Wood said the plan to “destroy” the beer had changed. “Instead of just dumping it into the ground, we’re going to send it to a company that will ‘anaerobically digest’ the unusable product. It is an environmentally sustainable way to get rid of it. Then we’re going to send the containers to Momentum Recycling, who will recycle the aluminum, paper, glass — everything.” And what about all that empty shelf space? “We’ll keep trying out new items and just see which ones sell and what the customers want, and slowly we’ll replace all that beer. It might be beer or it might be other items. We’ll have to see. And after that, it will be back to business as usual.” l
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An atmosphere of reflection has imbued Holladay in its 20th year. The September birthday fete sparked a renewed fascination with the city’s beginnings and sent the community clamoring for knowledge of its past, as we saw in October when the annual Holladay History Night gathered its largest turnout ever — over 300 people and standing room only. But as we look back, we see that the origins of incorporation are rooted in a movement beginning long before the year 1999, and it was made possible by the unification of two separate but similar communities — Holladay-Cottonwood. The truth is that cityhood was never a shoo-in. In fact, it might have come about much later, if at all, were it not for the devoted efforts of small but impassioned groups of organizers who, against the odds, successfully challenged the galling power of Salt Lake County Commission’s “Three Kings.” “Becoming a city is not easy. It’s very hard. But it was necessary if we wanted to have a real say over the future of our community,” said Eunice Black, one of the five original signatories on the 1999 petition to incorporate what was initially called Holladay-Cottonwood. “We knew the only way to maintain our vision for the community was to move power away from the county and put decisions in the hands of people who actually live here and are vested in deeper ways.” Black, whose father built a home in Holladay in 1921, articulates a sentiment that dates back much further. Some argue the contentious relationship with the county began when they approved the Cottonwood Mall, which replaced an open-space park that encompassed an area known as Brinton’s Pasture, where salamanders and pollywogs and frogs flourished in the crisscrossing streams. A group named Cottonwood Incorporated purchased a foot-wide strip of land bordering the mall site to prevent further expansion. In many ways, that bordering strip stands as a symbol for myriad incorporation efforts that came after, driven by a desire to contain the county’s development-centric intentions.
The first official incorporation vote came in 1985, when a group called Neighbors for Holladay City mounted the campaign “Preserving Paradise” with the hope of creating a city called the Cottonwoods. The campaign was
the new city would raise their taxes.” Beat but not defeated, organizers never lost sight of a self-determined community, and worked behind the scenes for almost a decade before broaching another attempt to assert themselves as a city.
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Eunice Black and David Black stand with original Holladay-Cottonwood incorporation placards. (Zak Sonntag/City Journals)
spurred on after Salt Lake County green-lighted the Guarantee Savings and Loan Building of Harrisburg Arkansas, a six-story office complex on 4800 South, whose size and aesthetic design was repudiated by locals who called it “an oversized and ill-conceived imposition on the landscape,” according to campaign literature. (The building was later torn down and eventually replaced by the Holladay fire station.) Residents were nervous the building would exacerbate traffic along arterial roads. Neighbors also argued that developers and county officials had similar designs elsewhere, including the Old Mill Valley, which would be “submerged in concrete.” But when the ballots were cast on Sept. 3, 1985, the effort failed. “The opposition defeated us with scare tactics, paid for by a lot of outside money coming from the manufacturing lobby, because they knew we’d shut down their gravel pits and cement plants,” said Tom Nelsen, board member of Neighbors and life-time Holladay resident. The opposition campaign was headed by Randi Horiuchi, who would later serve as a county council member. “They manipulated people into thinking
In 1993, organizers geared up again. They gathered petition signatures and contracted a feasibility study, pursuant to state law, which entitled the effort to a vote. However, this time the vote was stymied by a decisive clause in the last section of the state law governing incorporations, which said: “Notwithstanding the above, the county will call for an election,” meaning the election couldn’t move to a vote until the county said it could. Unsurprisingly, the county did not hold a vote. So Nelsen took the community’s case to the court. Initially, the lower courts sided with Nelsen and said the county must hold a vote. However, politics got in the way. At this same time, the community of Magna was attempting to incorporate, and its aggressive boundary proposal lassoed Kennecott Copper Mine, a massive tax base, which made county officials fearful that few rules existed to prevent communities from absconding with all their major revenue sources. So the county refused to comply with the lower court’s ruling and appealed Nelsen’s suit to the Utah Supreme Court. “At the high court, we didn’t exactly win but we didn’t exactly lose. Instead the court punted, referring the incorporation law back to the legislature to ‘clarify,’” Nelsen said. The result was the “township law,” which set a clear framework for aspiring cities. But by now the battle had bled Holladay’s incorporation coffers and sent organizers back to the drawing board. And now that the playing field had changed, new players attempted to conscript the Holladay and Cottonwood communities into a city whose immense size stood in contrast to the vision of locals.
TOO BIG TO WIN
In 1995, state senator Delphi Baird constructed a proposal that would see Holladay subsumed into a much larger city along with other communities to create expansive entity colloquially called East Valley City. “There would have been hundreds of thousands of people in it. From State Street to the mountains, and all the way down to Sandy. Those of us who were involved with incorporation efforts
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The Cottonwood Mall, though eventually appreciated, was initially resisted. (Zak Sonntag/City Journals)
were immediately upset with it,” said Barry Topham, who worked on “Preserving Paradise” and also served on the Cottonwood Community Council. “It had the advantage of local control, but it also meant that a small community like Holladay might get steamedrolled. We might only have one representative on an eight-member township commission.” Topham led the effort to stop the Baird proposal. “We had to get 3/5ths of all the assessed value property owners to sign against it. I was the guy that did that. It took hundreds of hours, but we wouldn’t be the City of Holladay today if we hadn’t stopped it.” Nelsen said the “Baird attempt failed miserably, because it was the opposite of what we wanted. We didn’t want to be swallowed up by a big entity that wouldn’t pay attention to us because that was already our status.”
FOURTH TIME’S A CHARM
Seventeen years after the first official attempt, organizers returned to make one last effort. This time they were ready for all the obstacles. “We learned from the earlier mistakes. We knew what happened and why they failed, so we had a sense of the challenges. But we still knew it wasn’t going to be easy,” said Eunice Black, 1999 signatory and chair of District 1. David Black, husband of Eunice Black, served on the Holladay-Cottonwood Community Council, and he explained that the issues that drove the 1999 campaign were the same
as they’d always been. “The county wanted Holladay to become a second downtown, with much more density, but that’s not what the community wanted. The problem was our community council didn’t have the power to stop them. We were a non-binding body. We could make a recommendation but we were just a sounding board. We had no legal authority. So if the county wanted a development but we didn’t, the county got what it wanted,” David Black said. David continued: “The thing about the county is if you wanted anything done, you’d have to get on the agenda, take a day off work to make it to the county offices, then wait around all day and they still might not get around to hearing you, and if they did they were unlikely to side with you. It was slow and frustrating.” As the Blacks began to press the issue of becoming a city, they discovered the anti-incorporation opposition had revamped their old tactics. “They’d convinced people it was going to add another layer of government and add another round of taxes. But that just wasn’t true,” said Eunice Black. “Our initial feasibility study showed that we were likely going to pay less in taxes once we incorporated.” The opposition had shown itself adept at controlling the narrative, but Eunice and other grassroots organizers implemented a fullpress education campaign. “It’s about bringing the government
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functions closer to home. A city’s job is different than a county’s job, and a city can handle the needs of the community so much more efficiently. Once people started to understand these roles and functions, and we showed them the feasibility study, they were totally on board,” Eunice said.
COUNTY IN DECLINE
Salt Lake County was not excited about what the Blacks were doing. Holladay’s incorporation meant a diminished tax base for the county at a time when it was beset by financial woes. In 1998, the county settled a lawsuit with utility companies that required it to refund taxes collected on over-valued land, leaving it with a $2.1 million budget shortfall. The budgets challenges were worsened by the fact that the number of unincorporated (fully taxable) households were in quick decline. Between 1994 and 1998, the number of unincorporated households fell by 17%, lost to annexations by the City of Midvale and to the newly formed City of Taylorsville. Also, it was around this time that the county began discussions about its own restructuring. Many were calling for the elimination of a three-member county commission form of government in favor of a multimember, mayor-council form of government, which entailed significant additional administrative costs. The county, in other words, was less than thrilled about losing taxable households.
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But for many this only seemed to solidify the logic of incorporation. In 1998, Deseret News columnist Jay Evensen urged unincorporated areas to join cities because “the county will strain harder and harder to act as a city to far flung unincorporated neighborhoods, like a boatman trying to keep one foot on the dock and the other in a boat drifting without a tether.” Evensen made a point that grassroots organizers like Eunice and David Black had been making all along. For them, it was about putting the point into action. “I would get my kids off to school by 9 a.m., and I was out knocking doors by 9:30,” Eunice Black said. “I walked. I drove. I spent all day talking with the community and didn’t come back until dinnertime. It was all about educating. We helped people understand where we came from and where we’re going and what, when you get down to it, the benefits of becoming a city are. And they got it, because the benefits were huge. And the funny thing is that some of the neighborhoods north of 4500 South had total apathy — no interest in joining whatsoever. But afterward, some of them came to me and said, ‘Why didn’t you bring us with you?’” On May 4, 1999, the citizenry voted by over 83% to approve incorporation. The City of Holladay-Cottonwood was officially recognized on Nov. 30, 1999. The following year the name was shortened to City of Holladay. l
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oanne McGillis is earnest and organized. This is one first impression of her. The other is the unusual color of her eyes — somewhere between amber, yellow, gold and brown. A longtime resident of both Cottonwood Heights and Holladay, McGillis has been a presence in the social and philanthropic scene for years. The crown jewel of her philanthropic endeavors is the founding of the Joanne S. and Richard L. McGillis School (Richard “Dick” McGillis is her late husband and co-founder of the school). She said, “It looks like something out of the United Nations because it’s the diversity that I love so much. The school is secular, but it’s based on Jewish ethics. So, we have such things as just learning for learning’s sake, respect, charity, repairing the earth, thoughtfulness, and kindness and all the good things that are really universal values.” “We also stress freedom of intellect, and to explore and to be the best at what you can be whatever that may be. If you’re a plumber, be the best plumber you can be.” She is particularly proud of the art and drama programs. The McGillis School incorporated on April 12, 2002 and opened its doors on September 2, 2003. Richard and Joanne McGillis purchased the old Douglas School on 1300 East, which later became the home of the McGillis School. You would be hard-pressed to find anyone more enthusiastic about the structure of a school than McGillis. “Our good friend Gary Eckman, who was a contractor to refurbish the place, brought it up to seismic code. That’s not easy to do right. We unearthed beautiful hardwood floors that had been sealed over and all kinds of beautiful marble that had been painted,
and he just brought it back to restore it to its original glory.” When it came time to expand, McGillis said, “They sent to Europe for the brick because they wanted to make the building look like it hadn’t been added onto. They replicated even the façade and the moldings so the building looks like it was originally intended to be one building.” Additionally, it is environmentally friendly. The gold-LEED-certified building is flooded with light from solar panels (LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). McGillis was driven to open a school. “I’m an ardent admirer of education. I think it’s the path to a lifetime. It opens so many doors. It’s so important just for the sociability of meeting other people and learning to get along with other people. And you know, if you are lucky enough to have one teacher impact you during your lifetime, that’s a blessing. It really is. I was so lucky. I was sent to Roland Hall when it was a very small girls’ school up on B Street. I was just born with curiosity. I love to learn.” McGillis later earned a scholarship to Mills College outside Oakland, California. “I have always based my love for this school (the McGillis School) on Michael Masser’s song. ‘I believe that children are the future; teach them well and let them lead the way.’ That’s it.” This is made more potent by the fact that McGillis met Masser in California. “‘I believe that children are the future.’ It’s true. It’s kind of my mantra,” she said. If you’re interested in learning more about the McGillis School, visit their website: mcgillisschool.org. Funding is available, and as McGillis said, “Well, I would say our growth and our waiting list speaks for itself.” l
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onnie Borup can engage in conversation as well as anyone. In fact, as a former art professor at the University of Utah and high school art teacher at Brighton High School and Rowland Hall St. Mark’s School, she commanded classrooms in what she calls her “teacher voice.” Still, there is subtlety in her delivery, and one gets the feeling she hasn’t always been given her due at a cocktail party. One would never know from her demeanor that she was named one of Utah’s 15 most influential artists. But she was. To add to her accolades, she is Holladay Artist of the Month. She creates eerie reproductions of water and its reflections. “The water that I paint is usually very complex, and I have a lot of patience. I kind of exploit that. I take advantage of the fact that I can stay with it that long,” she said. “I started doing trees and then branches with no leaves, and then I just kept getting closer and closer. And finally, I’m looking down at the ground and water to see it has so Connie Borup portrays water and its multifaceted remany really interesting visual qualities.” flections in “Colmar Shadows.” (Jan Stevenson/Salt Borup is a practicing Buddhist. “We talk Lake City) about what’s real and what’s not. Is the shad-
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ow a real object, or is the object casting the shadow the real object? I just think it’s kind of interesting to puzzle that way, and I’m doing things that are above the water, reflecting on the water and below the water. There’s at least three different levels of results that this one object is putting out physically.” “I don’t want evidence of human activity to show in the painting,” she said. “I also don’t want an energetic kind of brush work to be there so that the observer is saying, ‘Oh and the artist did this.’ I want it to be a very quiet experience. I want the viewer to feel they are discovering this place on their own and the complexity. I’m hoping it will hold a person’s attention and put them more into that meditative, observant state.” “I grew up in Kaysville, Utah, which was a really rural town when I was growing up,” she said. “So I was used to seeing farmland, but also the Great Salt Lake in the distance was always this horizontal band out there.” In addition to a rural landscape, Borup’s time as an exchange student in Germany was life-changing. “That just opened my world in a huge way, and that’s where I made the de-
cision. I want to be an artist and a teacher.” Her greatest influence was an art history teacher who was very enthusiastic about his subject. “I just thought yeah, I want to do this,” she said. She obtained her BFA in painting and drawing without ever having taken a painting or drawing class in high school. Borup taught high school art and German for 20 years and then returned to the University of Utah to obtain an MFA in painting and drawing. She completed her career at the University of Utah as an adjunct instructor. Now, for one week a year, she teaches at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts. She is affiliated with the Trove Gallery in Park City and Phillips Gallery in Salt Lake City. In her upcoming exhibit at City Hall from Dec. 2 through Jan. 31, she said we can expect muted colors. To learn more about Connie Borup, visit her website: www.connieborup.com. If you would like to nominate yourself or another Holladay artist, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. l
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Olympus football falls just short of chance to play on big stage By Josh McFadden | email@example.com
nother region title: check. Another season with double-digit wins: check. A return to Rice-Eccles Stadium: barely off the mark. The Olympus football team made a valiant comeback but narrowly lost at home to Orem, 31-28, in the Class 5A state quarterfinals Nov. 8. Olympus’ season came to a halt, as the team finished 10-2 overall and 6-0 in Region 6, winning the league. In many ways, the 2019 campaign was similar to the 2018 season. Last year, Olympus cruised to an undefeated region title, winning most games by ridiculous margins. This season, the Titans outscored league foes 251-64. Their closest region game was a 33-20 win over Brighton on Sept. 13. In 2018, Olympus reached the semifinals with a 12-0 record and lost a heartbreaker to Corner Canyon, 20-15. This time around, the Titans also lost a close postseason game. Which meant they were one round short of getting back to the semifinals to play on the home field of the University of Utah. Olympus drew a difficult quarterfinals matchup. Orem has won two straight state titles and entered this game with a 7-4 record but had won five of its last six games, all by Frankie Goodson rips off a long run during the second quarter of its playoff game against Murray. (Tra- at least 15 points. The first half of this contest was a back-and-forth affair. After falling bevis Barton/City Journals) hind 7-0, Olympus scored touchdowns in the
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ast season, the Olympus girls basketball engineered one of the biggest turnarounds in the state. The Titans aren’t done yet. Olympus finished 12-10 overall last season and went 6-4 in Region 6, typing Murray for the runner-up spot in the league standings. The Titans narrowly lost to Farmington in the first round of the state tournament. Not bad for a team that didn’t win a single region game the year before. The 2017–18 squad had a rough 1-20 campaign, making last season’s success quite a comeback. Head coach Whitney Hunsaker has directed the rebuilding effort and likes where the program is headed. She’s optimistic that the girls will continue to progress and be a difficult matchup for foes. “This year, expectations are high,” she said. “Coming off a great rebuilding year, we are looking to improve our record even more. But we are going to stick to what we do best so we can reach our goals of getting far into the state tournament and competing with each opponent.” Olympus senior Monet Clough (No. 2 in white) is one of the Titans’ top Hunsaker has some firepower and returning players this season. (Photo courtesy of Ed Askew) leadership returning from last season.
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MAYOR’S MESSAGE Our Interfaith Service was held at St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church on November 24th. The annual Tree Lighting Ceremony followed on Monday, December 2nd. These community gatherings traditionally ring in the holiday season. As you begin assembling your holiday shopping list, let me take this opportunity to once again endorse our “Shop Local First” initiative. Local entrepreneurs invest signiﬁcant time and risk personal capital to serve our community. I certainly understand that your resources are ﬁnite; I simply ask that you consider a local business as a ﬁrst option. If you feel as I do, that a healthy mix of local vendors undergirds our economic stability and helps in establishing a unique sense of community, join me in supporting friends and neighbors operating businesses in Holladay this season.
2019 proved to be a relatively quiet year, here are a few highlights: • Harmons celebrated the one-year anniversary as the anchor to our Village Square. • The Village Terraces Condominiums project is complete. • Orange Theory Fitness celebrated its Grand Opening, bringing Village Square occupancy to 100%! • Installation of arbor swings; pickle-ball courts and the basketball court substantially complete City Hall Park open space improvements. • Ribbon Cutting celebration for Knudsen Park, protecting and improving 8-acres of critical open space for our citizens. • 8 Summer Concerts on the Commons offered free to our residents. Attendance grew from 450 in 2018 to approximately 700 in 2019. We hope to hit the magic 1000 number next year. • Blue Moon and 4th of July celebrations continue to grow in popularity. • The Cottonwood Mall site changed hands. You can expect to see more information regarding development plans in future issues of The Journal, on the city web site, and at Holladayhills.com. Holladay is the envy of communities around the state. The Village development continues to receive awards for its forward-looking vision and design. The Knudsen Park project has also received numerous awards since it’s completion in May of this year. Rising property values reﬂect the overwhelming desire of young families to locate in our city. We will continue to do our best to balance the need for appropriate economic development with the preservation of current quality of life amenities. The future continues to be bright! As always, the opportunity to serve as your Mayor continues to be my high honor and privilege. On behalf of my family, and the entire Holladay City Council and Staff, I wish you and your family a blessed holiday Season, and a happy and healthy new year. –Rob Dahle, Mayor
Wishing You a Safe and Happy Holidays! Chief Justin Hoyal, UPD Holladay Precinct As we approach the holiday season, we have found that there are those who put extra effort into taking your gifts that may be in your car or delivered to your home. We hope that you will take every precaution to prevent these thieves from taking your packages, even during the holidays. Many of us have packages delivered to our homes and even more so during the holiday season. Take time to track the packages and get them off your porch as soon as they are delivered. Suspects will spend a lot of time driving neighborhoods looking for the unattended packages. If you are not home, talk to your neighbors about picking up the packages for you. You can also have the packages shipped to an alternate address. Lastly, many of the companies have a ship to the store option if you are not going to be home, or not able to pick your package for an extended time. Check with your shipping company to see what other options may be available to protect your shipment. As you are out shopping, keep items and valuables out of plain view in your car. If you have to leave items in your car, make sure that they are out of view. Either lock your items in the trunk or put them somewhere that is not easily seen to passers by. Often suspects are looking for something they can grab quick and be gone before anyone notices them. This also includes ensuring that your car is locked. An unlocked vehicle is the easiest way for someone to get in and out of a car quickly. As you are out in the community, be aware of your surroundings and watch for anything that may be suspicious. We want to continue to make Holladay City a great and safe city to live in. We appreciate your support and help when you watch out for your neighbors and report suspicious activities. We hope you have a safe and happy holiday season!
CONGRATULATIONS Welcome and Congratulations to our three newly elected Council Members: Matt Durham – District 2 Drew Quinn – District 4 Daniel Gibbons – District 5 There will be a swearing in ceremony on Thursday, January 9 at 6pm in the City Council Chambers..
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The last pickup date for Green Waste Collection in 2019 for Holladay will be Tuesday, December 10. We remind residents to not place the green cans out on the curb after that date. They will not be picked up nor emptied. Green Waste Collection for Holladay will resume Tuesday, March 17, 2020.
Artist Carol Sharp has been making stained glass windows for years, and after a recent downsizing move, she gifted one of her masterpieces to Holladay, where it is now permanently installed in the City Manager’s ofﬁce. The window was made in 2000 and took a solid month to complete. Carol chose fuchsia ﬂowers as her subject because they grow profusely in Wales, where she was born and raised. She says, “My mother had them in her garden. I love their colors, and they swing like little bells in the wind.” Carol explains, “We lived at that time in a large home on Maywood Drive, which had a clear, 25-foot square window in place. I had wanted to make a stained glass window for the space for some time, but I knew how expensive it would be. I was also worried because we had ﬁve big kids and they played basketball out front. Much thinking and planning later, though, I decided to go for it!” The cranberry glass is antique, which means the sheet is made one sheet at a time and no two sheets are the same. The bevels were added for strength and had to be ordered and made. Carol adds, “Two old chandeliers in our home provided the crystal droplets, which formed the stamens of the fuchsia.” When it was ﬁnished, Carol had reinforced glass installed on both sides to protect the window from errant basketballs and newspapers. The window was eventually removed by the new owner of the Maywood house, who didn’t care for it, and was returned to Carol’s children while Carol and her husband were out of the country. She is grateful for the window’s new home, and says, “Next year the window will be 20 years old, and I am so thankful it will be where it will be safe and enjoyed by many people.”
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Season of Giving: Help YOUR Pets in YOUR Community You never know when your pet may end up at your municipal shelter. While they wait at Salt Lake County Animal Services, we like to give them treats, toys and enrichments to make their stay less stressful. Annually, we care for about 10,000 lost and stray pets every year. Our enrichment program is funded entirely by donations. The dogs enjoy yummy canned food, soft treats, canned pumpkin, applesauce, and of course durable squeaky toys! The cats love canned cat pate, soft treats, scratching posts and toys. Since we began our FREE microchipping program at Salt Lake County Animal Services, approximately 40% of the pets make it home to their families. The rest are adopted out or are sent to rescues. You also have a variety of volunteer and foster opportunities at Salt Lake County Animal Services. If you’re interested in more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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What Is Storm Water Management and Why Is It Important? The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) deﬁnes storm water management as the effort to reduce runoff of rainwater or melted snow into streets, lawns and other sites and the improvement of water quality. When storm water is absorbed into the soil, it is ﬁltered and ultimately replenishes aquifers or ﬂows into streams and rivers. However, when the ground becomes saturated by heavy rain or other water event, the excess moisture runs across the surface and into storm sewers and road ditches. This water often carries debris, chemicals, bacteria, eroded soil, and other pollutants, and carries them into streams, rivers, lakes, or wetlands. HOW DOES STORM WATER MANAGEMENT HELP? In urban and developed areas, like Holladay, impervious surfaces such as pavement and roofs prevent precipitation from naturally soaking into the ground. Instead, water runs rapidly into storm drains, sewer systems and drainage ditches and can cause ﬂooding, erosion, turbidity (or muddiness), storm and sanitary sewer system overﬂow, and infrastructure damage. Detaining storm water and removing pollutants is the primary purpose of storm water management. Pervious surfaces that are porous and allow rainfall and snowmelt to soak into the soil; “gray infrastructure”, such as culverts, gutters, storm sewers, conventional piped drainage; and “green infrastructure” that protect, restore, or mimic the natural water cycle, all play a part in storm water management. WHO’S RESPONSIBLE FOR STORM WATER MANAGEMENT? The City of Holladay is responsible for storm water management within its boundaries. However, Salt Lake County is charged with ﬂood control management. WHAT IS HOLLADAY DOING TO IMPROVE STORM WATER MANAGEMENT? Holladay is required to develop, adopt and follow a Storm Water Management Program (SWMP) that addresses the implementation of the minimum control measures and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). In addition, Holladay continues to monitor its existing storm water management system. As an older community, much of the existing infrastructure is aged, in need of repair and/or has gaps. For
the past few years, staff has been documenting ﬁxes that would improve the system and working to implement projects as grants and other funding becomes available. HOW CAN YOU HELP? Educating yourself on where rainwater and snowmelt ﬂow on your property when it doesn’t get absorbed into the ground is a huge ﬁrst step. Implementing best management practices to reduce runoff and to make sure that it is clean when it leaves your property is the next step. Here is a list of ideas to consider: • Redirect your downspouts: Direct downspouts and gutters onto your lawn and plant beds, or into rain barrels, cisterns or containment areas. • Protect Waterways: If there is a creek, canal or irrigation ditch on or adjacent to your property, protect the banks from eroding and do not dump grass clippings, leaves or any other thing into the waterway. • Police your yard and storm drain: Don’t dump anything down storm drains. Be sure to clear away branches, leaves, trash and other debris to prevent obstructions. Sweep grass clippings, fertilizer and soil onto your lawn so they don’t get washed into storm drains. Pick up pet waste to help reduce bacterial and nutrient pollution. • Mow your lawn less often: Try to keep your lawn at least 3 inches in height, which reduces the need for watering and increases absorption of rain water. Leave grass clippings on your lawn to block weeds and retain moisture. • Clean up your driveway: Clean up oil spills and ﬂuid leaks from your car when parked in your driveway. Use cat litter to absorb oil and be sure to sweep up the litter once it absorbs the oil and dispose of it in a trash bag. • Plant more plants: Incorporate plantings, especially in areas where runoff collects. As runoff soaks into soil, plant roots help absorb and ﬁlter out pollutants. When runoff soaks into and percolates through soil, the soil also acts as a ﬁlter, removing some pollutants. • Consider Permeable pavers: An alternative to traditional paving methods for driveways, walkways and patios, permeable pavers are typically honeycombed 3D grid-cellular systems, made of plastic and other materials, that naturally ﬁlter storm water and reduce runoff that can pollute waterways For additional information on storm water management, including Holladay’s SWMP, visit the City’s website, www.cityofholladay.com; click on the “Departments” menu then “Stormwater”
Holladay Hotel ‘held hostage’ By Zak Sonntag | email@example.com
he planning commission in November postponed the approval for the Holladay Hotel site plan, protracting an already drawnout process and setting the stage for a potential lawsuit between developers and the city. The site plan, located at 6433 South Highland Drive, has stalled over concerns with its “access capacity,” which relies on a single, northbound entry point that many argue would intensify traffic problems on a precarious stretch of roadway. Nobody gushed over the design. “It is not an ideal plan,” admitted Steve Lovell, who represents the developer. “But it’s a good plan.” The underwhelming proposal is a shift from an earlier, and far more desirable, design that’s been “held hostage” by a resident who stalwartly declines to sign an access agreement allowing the hotel to use a portion of a shared easement in the abutting neighborhood. But the holdout, a former army sergeant named Neil Lund, sees it differently. “This [access agreement] locks me into a contract that is disingenuous at best and fraudulent at worse. They have the right to terminate an agreement, but I don’t. That doesn’t benefit me to tie myself up this way,” Lund explained to the commission. The easement lies on a private lane and is shared by six households with a total of nine legal signatories, all of which must sign the access agreement if the hotel wants to pursue its preferred initial site plan. Residents, city officials and developers agree the initial design is safer and smarter. But unless lane residents reach unanimity, plan A will not leave the runway. “We’re only missing one signature. One half of one household, and without it we’ve had to move on to site plan B,” Lovell said. Pressure on Lund to sign the agreement is mounting, and his continued refusal is generating frustration with neighbors. “He is trying extort money from the de-
velopment. He is singlehandedly trying to stop site plan A, beyond our comprehension. I think it’s going to cost us all significantly if he is able to stop the progress we’ve made in working out a reasonable site plan agreement.” said Camille Andersen, a lane resident whose home sits directly next to the hotel property, speaking with the City Journals after the hearing. “The better and safer plan is being held up by one half of one household. Even his wife has signed the agreement.” But Lund doesn’t agree, and he told the Journal, “They can call it extortion, and yet they want to build a multimillion-dollar hotel that will hurt our property value. I think if you have property then there’s value there. It’s not improper that your paid for value.” The commission nonetheless reproached Lund for his obstinacy. “Rational minds should prevail, and it is irrational to me that people have come up with a plan that the city agrees to, the developers agreed to, and the majority of residents, and it’s being held hostage,” said planning commissioner Allyssa Lloyd, thumping her hand at her desk. “I would like to explore and consider eminent domain.” For the project developer, the time has all but expired for negotiation. Lovell adamantly pressed to commission to move forward with the “back-up” site plan. “Were on the clock. We’ve got 18 months [because] we are in a contract with Marriott. To get the construction up and running is a very long process,” said Lovell, indicating the developers may face financial penalties if the process is stalled longer. But residents are aghast with the new proposal, and derided the move as a “baitand-switch.” “It is a farce. I think this is a mockery to our whole system if developers can change a plan at the last minute. We now have to drive through a hotel parking lot to leave our homes,” said Bonnie Felts, one of the lane
Brenda Felts gestures down her private lane easement. (Zak Sonntag/City Journals)
residents. “This new plan is not safe. It’s not secure.” The biggest issue for the community is safety. While the site plan B did gain approval from Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), who conducted a traffic study to confirm the project would not hinder public safety, neighbors strongly disagree with UDOT’s verdict. “UDOT quite frankly doesn’t care about the City of Holladay or any other city. They’ll approve it one way or the other,” Lund said, speaking to the one point neighbors uniformly agree on. Andersen told the commission, “Guests are going to have to have to make a U-turn to get into the hotel when going southbound, and when they pull out they’re going to immediately switch lanes and make another U-turn to head back southbound. The road gets blocked with people doing this already — imagine how bad and dangerous that will get when you add a hotel full of people.” Earlier in the process, the developer
himself told the commission the hotel was proposed on an accident-prone stretch of road, the result of its notorious “flag intersection.” Site plan A was designed to improve traffic conditions by adding infrastructure, including a stoplight at 6400 South, paid for by the developer, which allayed neighbors’ concerns. The back-up plan, albeit, does not include those same infrastructure enhancements because they’d require a right-of-way agreement to the easement. “I don’t know what they were thinking when they all the sudden agree to implement a design they know is flawed. It’s horrible for us. But it’s absurd for the whole community. It will create a nightmare on an already narrow and busy section of highland drive,” said Felts. “None of us thought UDOT would okay something like site plan B. When we went to contest UDOT on the matter, they said there was no appeal process. We’re getting let down by our government at every turn.” l
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Olympus wrestlers have high expectations for new season By Josh McFadden | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Olympus wrestling team has started preparations for the new season. The team placed seventh at the Class 5A meet a year ago. (Photo courtesy of Devin Ashcroft)
espite losing their best wrestler to graduation, the Olympus Titans might be even tougher this season than last. The Titans placed seventh at the Class 5A state meet in February, highlighted by the individual title from Isaac Wilcox in the 160-pound class. Wilcox was one of the state’s most dominant wrestlers, but his departure hardly left the cupboard empty for Olympus.
Head coach Devin Ashcroft returns an experienced, eager group for the 2019–20 season. The Titans bring back nine returning state qualifiers, plus a few other talented competitors looking to make the strides. Ashcroft isn’t shying about laying out his objectives for the season. “Our goals are to win the region championship, place in the top five teams at state, have two to three individual state champions
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and place five or more wrestlers at the state tournament,” he said. He’s got plenty of proven athletes. Sophomores Noah Paxton, Isaac Wirthlin and Ashton Thorn excelled as ninth graders last season. Junior Stan Butera also placed at state as a sophomore, while seniors Cameron Wallace, Owen Hall, Tyson Dahle and Emerson Conlon are hungry to once again advance at the state meet. Though he’s optimistic for a successful season, Ashcroft knows his wrestlers have plenty of improvements to make. “We need to work hard, develop stronger technique and learn to work together as a team to help individuals succeed,” he said. Though they didn’t place at state last season, team members Jacob Giauque and Dahle should bolster the Titans’ outlook. They bring added depth to the squad, something Ashcroft said is a defining strength of Olympus wrestling. “We will be really deep in numbers and talent in our upper-weight classes,” he said. “We have lots of experience and solid leadership qualities. They help us to feel more like a team than we have in the past.” Ashcroft opened practice for the Titans on Nov. 11 in preparation for the first meet, which was set for Nov. 27 at Granger. He’s excited to see how his wrestlers have devel-
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Holladay citizens will have the opportunity to give this season with Operation Chimney Drop. (With permission from Antonio Lexerot/Holladay)
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Continued from front page said Ron, a computer engineer. “The problem is we want to stay in Holladay, and there’s none of the smaller, single-story homes in our price range. [Available housing] jumps from $300,000 to $700,000. There’s nothing in between.” For the Hiltons, the solution was clear: buy a bigger lot. They sold their home and moved less than a mile away onto an acre-sized plot on Murray Holladay Road, where they now live under the shade of a giant sycamore in a sagging, historic home, whose original brick was laid in 1895. Although the arrangement is temporary. They bought the land with the intention to subdivide the deep “flag pole” property and build up to six single-story homes. “We couldn’t find the type of home we wanted, so we figured we’d build it. But we also liked the idea of creating the opportunity for others in our same situation,” Ron said. To pull it off, they needed to rezone the land. But when they sought approval in January 2019, the planning commission bulldozed the proposal, saying six homes was completely out of the question. The Hiltons went back to the drawing board and came up with another proposal with a reduced figure of four homes. But the commission again refused to budge. Melissa, whose father taught math at Olympus High School, begged the commission to reconsider. “We want a Holladay that is rooted in the past but looking to the future. There are many empty-nesters who don’t have small-home options. So the fundamental question is, are you going to ask us to go away and look somewhere else?”
Many neighbors, however, see it differently. Kevin Andersen lives two doors down from the Hiltons and believes unbendingly that the rezone violates principals in the general plan. Andersen, a private attorney, argued before the planning commission in October against the re-zone.
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“The general plan calls for ‘supporting stable neighborhoods,’ and changing zones like this doesn’t achieve that. The plan says projects need to be accommodated according to current zones,” Andersen said. “And look at the number of people, not just the number of houses. Their trash cans will have to be stacked in my front of my yard. When people come to visit, they’ll be parking in front of my house.” Liz Korgan, the Hiltons’ neighbor to the east, agreed with Andersen, telling the commission, “Before we purchased our home, we called the city and they assured us zoning is difficult to change, but now [the city] is thinking about putting land use over people and communities.” Other neighbors also expressed worry over safety. Drew Nebeker told the commission this neighborhood is being affected by more car traffic. “Traffic has increased and we recently saw an accident. A bicyclist was hit because the driver could not see past the cars parked in front of the terraces. This is now a very dangerous street.” The Hiltons, however, see their plans in keeping with the stylistic character of the neighborhood with single-story homes, but also provides a natural transition from the medium-density zone of the Holladay Village to the low-density residential area to the east. Residents nonetheless expressed skepticism that such developments would stop there. “It sounds like it’s a benign request, but I urge the commissioners to look at this big picture,” said Clark Richards, a neighbor. “Because it adds up. A little bit more [density], and little bit more, then a little bit more. That’s not what this community wants.” Ron said he wasn’t asking for anything but fair treatment. He pointed out that a similar home on a similarly sized lot across the street is zoned in a way that allows for precisely the type of project he’s pursuing. “It’s directly across the street. I’m just asking to have the same zone as my neighbor across the street,” he said. Andersen doesn’t agree. “He knew exact-
ly what he got when he got it. If he wanted a home with that zoning, then he should have bought a home in that zone. Don’t buy a place and then go mess up the zoning. That’s why you have a master plan, to have stability and predictability in neighborhoods.”
INCONSISTENCY IN THE GENERAL PLAN
By the time the council met in November to issue the final declaration on the Hilton proposal, it had been over a year since the Hiltons started putting together a proposal that, in their words, would allow them to stay in “the city we’ve always known and always loved.” The council did not take the decision lightly. Councilmember Sabrina Petersen, who represents District 1 where the property is located, said, “This has been on my mind heavily. It’s been on my mind constantly. I represent both sides of this. I represent the people for and against. I know them personally and they are all really great people.” What makes the decision so difficult, Councilmember Steve Gunn of District 4 said, is “that there seems to be an inconsistency with our general plan. On the one hand, it says ‘future growth should be accommodated by current zoning,’ but elsewhere it notes that new development should be accommodated by using unclaimed parcels ‘where possible,’ and that growth should be promoted around existing transportation corridors, which this property is near. I think the planning commission misinterpreted the general plan.” Councilmember Paul Fotheringham seconded Gunn’s point. “I believe when you look at the general plan in its entirety, it’s a very reasonable request, because it’s along one of our major transportation corridors,” Fotheringham said. “The thing mattered to me was: does this zone change make sense in the context of the zones already there? Is this request unreasonable? No, because it’s surrounded by R2-10’s [the zone designation sought by the Hiltons].” Councilmembers Gunn and Fotheringham voted in support of the rezone.
The property where the Hiltons currently live and hope to develop. (Zak Sonntag/City Journals)
But then Councilmember Brett Graham of District 2 said, “I came to a different conclusion. When it comes to zoning, a few feet do matter. This is the right project in the wrong location,” Graham said. “Something must meet a high bar to overrule a unanimous decision by a planning commission.” The vote was brought to a tie by Petersen, who explained, “I’m not pro-development or anti-development. I am for appropriate development. And with the zoning that this parcel has, it already allows for what is appropriate density,” Petersen said. The deciding vote was in the hands of Mayor Robert Dahle. “This decision has been involved and difficult,” Dahle said. “We’ve spent a lot of time digging into this issue. There is justification on both sides. But I tend to fall more with Councilmember Graham. I have no problem with this concept. But it’s in the wrong place.” Speaking with Ron Hilton a few days after the council’s decision, he said, “We’ve been failing at every turn. After three separate rejections, we’re starting to get kind of philosophical about the whole thing. We keep trudging along.” The city is expected to make amendments to the land-use chapter of the general plan next year, in accordance with a new state law, SB 34, which is requiring cities to take proactive steps to address the state-wide housing shortage. The amendments could make rezone proposals likelier to succeed. Also, by that time the city will have three new council members, which tempts the Hiltons to stick around and see if their favor turns. “We don’t know exactly what we’ll do,” Ron said, “but we haven’t given up hope completely for this property.” l
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or some reason unbeknownst to me, us Utahans get way too hyped over holiday lights. Perhaps, we really like them because of the creative designs. Or maybe it’s because it’s a cheap or completely priceless way to spend a magical night with friends and family. It might even be a way for many of us to fight the seasonal depression that comes along with the winter darkness. Whatever the reason may be, we love some holiday lights. If you haven’t checked out these locations yet, I recommend them for a usually-completely-free experience (unless you’re buying some hot chocolate). My favorite light events over the past few years have been the Trees of Life. While originally named the Tree of Light, many residents have nicknamed the trees “Trees of Life,” for various reasons. One of the most stunning trees grows in Draper City Park (1300 E. 12500 South). Every year, over 65,000 lights are carefully strung throughout the tree. When lit (which occurs the first Monday evening after Thanksgiving) all of the branches of the tree are illuminated; making it seem like a tree from a magical world. Throughout the valley, many more Trees of Life are being decorated. The closest one to me personally resides in a cemetery. That’s where I would check to see if there’s a Tree of Life near you. Temple Square arguably has the most famous lights within the valley. Located in
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