Grapevine Wash development continues to meet opposition

Welcome monument, Leeds, Utah, June 19, 2012 | Photo by Joyce Kuzmanic, St. George News

LEEDS – The Grapevine Wash development remains in draft as additional comments were heard on Wednesday but no action taken at the Leeds Town Council meeting. Leeds citizens signed a petition before the meeting to deny agreements with Grapevine Wash developments in order to secure the development’s main access road is within Leeds’s city ordinances.

The petition, signed by various members of the community, stated the following:

“We the undersigned, believe that it is the duty of our local elected officials to consistently enforce our Town Codes and Ordinances without the fear of whether doing so could result in possible future legal repercussions. The Grapevine Wash development’s designated main access road right of way (and as of this date, the only one) is not within the legal requirements that are prescribed by Leeds Town Master Road Plan, and we request that any possible agreements with the Grapevine Wash applicant(s) be denied until the legally prescribed road right of way requirements are met and fulfilled.”

The original Grapevine Wash development plan was passed by the Leeds planning commission with a recommendation for approval by the Town Council in 2011. At that time, the agreement included 2,500 units, an area encompassing 600 acres. There were also a number of elements within the original draft that some Leeds residents found disagreeable and wanted changed, such as implications of eminent domain being used against property owners, potential traffic impacts, unit density per acre and so on.

The current condition states that Grapevine Wash must have a designated primary access road width of 66 feet or more. The funds required to upgrade the current roads or to create a new road will fall to the responsibility of the developers.

The draft of the grapevine wash development states that it must have a primary access road of 60 feet for units one to 100 and primary access road of 66 feet for units 1195 to 1403.

Representing the developers of the Grapevine Wash development, Matt Ence gave the following statement.

“The proposed agreement between the Town and the Grapevine property owners represents the positive result of years of hard work by the parties to balance the property rights of the owners with the concerns of the Town,” Ence said of Snow Jensen and Reese Law. “We do not believe that the agreement varies any current requirement of Town ordinances, but requires the owners to comply with current ordinances and lays the foundation for the Town’s review of the many future development applications still required of the owners.”

Ed. Note:  It was originally reported the petition was available upon request at the Leeds Post Office. This information was a sourcing error and has been clarified.

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Welcome monument, Leeds, Utah, June 19, 2012 | Photo by Joyce Kuzmanic, St. George News
Welcome monument, Leeds, Utah, June 19, 2012 | Photo by Joyce Kuzmanic, St. George News

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