Help save the last of Riverton City's open space

Help save the last of Riverton City's open space

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Chris and Marci Seegmiller started this petition to Riverton City Planning Commission, Jason Lethbridge

Riverton City is in the process of updating the Master Plan. Included in these citywide changes is a proposal from the Planning Commission to change the designation of the land along the Jordan River running parallel to Reeves Lane (referred to collectively as Reeves Property for this petition - these parcels include the Reeves Ranch, Jorgensen and Maxwell properties). Currently this land is listed as ‘Preservation Area’ on the Master Plan and it is the last parcel in Riverton to have this designation. The Planning Commission proposes to change this designation from ‘Preservation Area’ to ‘Estate Density Residential (1/2 acre lots)’. This designation will not change the underlying zoning from A5 to residential as it would still need to go through a rezoning process.

The Reeves Property runs along the Jordan River and the Jordan River Parkway. A portion of this land falls within the meander corridor of the Jordan River and is in the flood plain. When the homes along Reeves Lane were built in the early 1990’s a committee of nearby residents was formed to study the land and how far from the river the subdivision should be built.  With the help of several outside agencies the committee determined a buffer zone should be left between the river and the homes. This was due to the high water table and potential flooding issues along with a desire to preserve open space along the river. This agreed upon buffer zone is what the Planning Commission would now like to designate as 1/2 acre lots on the master plan.

We are opposed to the Riverton City Planning Commission changing the designation of this land from ‘Preservation Area’ to ‘Estate Density Housing’ for the following reasons:

1.  Any home situated in the Reeves Property would have potential water issues. Several homes along Reeves Lane and within the South Jordan Sterling River Ivory development have already experienced water issues. Water is currently being pumped out of basements in the Ivory development. Additionally, several homes along Reeves Lane have installed hydraulic piers to stabilize their foundations due to the shifting soil and high water table. Each affected home sits on 30-70 piers and this has cost each homeowner between $50k to $100k.

2.  The Reeves Property is some of the last open space in Riverton City. Citizens value the wildlife and natural setting.

Citizens who sign this petition oppose the change in designation from ‘Preservation Area’ to ‘Estate Density Housing’ of the Reeves, Maxwell and Jorgensen Property. They also oppose any future efforts to rezone this land for residential housing. We would like these properties to remain as open space, protected as ‘Preservation Area’ on the master plan or designated as open space.

 

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