With the recent mudslides, flooding and devastation to our mountains, we are all on high alert as to the dangers that are present in the Box Elder area. To build a 59 lot subdivisionin the same Box Elder area that is already dealing with widespread flooding and mudslides, is a concern for our homes, our land and the safety of our families.
Those who have been affected by the devastation on the mountain have seen the damage created to the existing subdivision deemed "safe" previously. To build more homes in this area, is irresponsible, as evidenced by the dangers that do exist to the property as seen by the video above.
Regardless of any geologic survey, we see the instability of the mountainside, and we have continued to experience it. In fact, it is shocking that in the middle of a year of flooding, fires, avalanche and mudslide danger in the very mountains proposed for development, that Utah County would even consider approving such a project.
With the recent mudslides, flooding and devastation to our mountains, we are all on high alert as to the dangers that are present. It is SHOCKING that in the middle of a year of flooding, fires, avalanche and mudslide danger in the very mountains Patterson is proposing to develop, that Utah County would even consider approving such a project. This development is immediately adjacent and directly below new mudflows and paths which continue to threaten our city. The concern for our homes, our land, and most importantly, our family and friends should be of utmost importance in this decision.
It is our concern that there is no way to safely mitigate the danger that exists today. Wilderness space is designated ABOVE the mountain, with no inherent protections built in. And the regulations Patterson Construction must meet to assure the county the development is safe would require a plan to divert safely any mudslides, avalanche or flooding danger. It is our concern that the current proposal would be to create a diversion into Lambert Park, which is unacceptable. Furthermore, recent history would suggest that there is still much to be learned about the dangers that exist with further development on our already fragile mountainside.
Furthermore, this development is already designated in a County Natural Hazards Overlay Zone which would suggest hazards may exist and must be addressed. For Utah County to approve development, Patterson Construction must meet standards, some of which include “no use, construction or grading performed which would conceal, misrepresent, aggravate or cause to be unrecognized the presence of any natural hazard”. There already has been much done to conceal and repair the damage. And there are continued repairs to the mountain with each new rainfall.
The Overlay regulations also include indicate that when deciding whether to approve this development, the County must consider “the likelihood during a geologic event that “materials may be moved onto adjacenet land areas causing property damage or injury to others” (E Variances. Paragraph 2). It is unacceptable to us that the solution rest in draining water into our treasured Lambert Park, already damaged so fiercely in the existing mudslides.
Lastly, we understand there are 59 proposed lots in this new development, which would create an additional traffic flow of at least 100 cars coming in and out the Box Elder area. This is unacceptable with the existing and proposed road plan.
We implore the County Commissioners to obtain an independent geologic study at a minimum and to reject the proposed development. Citizens of Alpine will hold liable decision makers for the inevitable damage caused in the event this project moves forward.