Say Heli-No; Save Draper and Steep Mountain's peacefulness

Say Heli-No; Save Draper and Steep Mountain's peacefulness

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Ian Gillespie started this petition to Draper City Council

Dear Neighbor,


On Tuesday, November 9th, 2021, the Draper City Council plans to vote on whether to rezone 166 E. Highland Drive and change it from a Commercial Regional (CR) Zone to a Commercial Special District (CSD) Zone as outlined in a proposal put forth by a developer. As written, this proposal would adversely affect Draper. We are urging community members to sign this petition and tell the City Council that significant changes need to be made to the proposal before establishing a new CSD.

 

Two aspects detrimental to the community are:

An increase of existing height limitations
A helicopter landing pad


·        HEIGHT LIMITATIONS

The current proposal includes a request to build taller than the current zoning allows.
The Draper City Code §9-11-2 establishes a total height limitation of 45 feet for buildings in CR zones. We believe this limitation should be adhered to in the proposed CSD.


Currently, 13 approved CSD zones exist in Draper.  Those granted exceptions to height limitations are in areas where residential neighborhoods are not affected. (§9-18A-010 - §9-18N-010)


Current height limitations protect the views and concerns of area homeowners. Granting an exception would destroy the view residents treasure and would devalue properties in the area.
City Code §9-11-070 notes explicitly that, before being granted permission to deviate from the height constraints in §9-11-2, the following must be considered:


“The proposed height shall not have a material adverse effect upon the character of the area or the public health, safety, and general welfare.” (§9-11-070, A-1)
“The proposed height shall be constructed and arranged to be compatible with the use and development of neighboring properties with respect to scale and massing.” (§9-11-070, A-2)


We contend that the currently proposed height deviations fail to meet the requirements outlined in §9-11-070.


·        HELICOPTER LANDING PAD

The current proposal includes a request that the CSD be granted permission to build a helicopter landing pad within the zone.


Currently, the City Code makes no references to helicopters; none of the 13 existing CSD’s have a helicopter landing pad. (§9-18A-010 - §9-18N-010)
The proximity of the proposed CSD to residential neighborhoods would result in thousands of residents being inundated by noise pollution from helicopters. This consideration is an important factor for property values and quality of life in local neighborhoods - both would be negatively impacted.


The proposed location of the CSD is in the immediate proximity of the Point of the Mountain Flight Park (POM-FP), a major and world-renowned paragliding and hang gliding flight park, and a Utah State Park.


Creating a helicopter landing pad within the CSD would create a severe risk to paragliders and hang gliders, due to regular helicopter traffic close to pilots and increased air turbulence created by the extra height of the building.


Non-profit Project Airtime utilizes the flight park as a training ground for disabled and military veteran pilots. Several local business owners rely on POTM as a training site.  Countless residents and visitors enjoy watching pilots learn and fly.

In summary, permitting the proposal to go forward, as currently written, would:

  • Adversely affect the surrounding neighborhoods by destroying views, negatively impacting property values, and lowering the desirability of homes in the area
  • Increase noise pollution, causing a nuisance to residents
  • Threaten one of the top paragliding and hang gliding flight parks in the United States
  • Harm local businesses which rely upon paragliding and hang gliding instruction and tourism

As such, the undersigned urge the City Council to reject the proposal to rezone 166 E. Highland Drive from a Commercial Regional (CR) Zone to a Commercial Special District (CSD) Zone until the proposal is rewritten to:

Respect the 45-foot height restriction listed in City Code § 9-11-2
Remove the inclusion of a helicopter landing pad

Please note, the signers of this petition do not totally object to the establishment of 166 E. Highland Drive to a CSD. However, they believe that the current proposal does not take the concerns of residents into account. We urge the City Council to ensure the proposal is altered to protect the interests of the neighborhoods and those who would be affected.


Thank you so much for your support.

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