FARMINGTON -- City leaders have agreed to new plans for a development on the city's west side that includes less green space, not more.
The city council las week approved a new outline for the Miller Meadows conservation subdivision at approximately 600 South and 650 West, which will increase the number of lots in the project from 110 to 117.
As part of that action, the council also voted 3-0 to approve a fee-in-lieu proposal of $120,000 to waive some open space requirements on lots 305 and 324 of the proposed development. The fees will be dedicated to parks and other improvements on the west side, said Mayor Scott Harbertson.
In waiving the green space requirement, city leaders also voted to clean up a complicated development that included lots of small fingers of green space, Harbertson said. The mayor called the old outline for green space "ridiculous."
City leaders claim the fingers of green space in other areas of the city's west side have led to problems with weeds and issues of the encroachment of agriculture into residential areas.
The council also voted to formally amend Phase 3 of the plat development, vacating Lot 305 in the subdivision.
That and the change in the green space requirements will allow up to 2,000 more square feet for the new proposed lots, said Brock Johnston, of Rainey Homes, the project developer.
A public hearing on the proposal drew comment from two residents, including Jeff Tye, who has expressed interest in some of the adjoining property made available by the vacation of a lot near his home.
The property is being developed by Rainey Homes, but is owned by the Ron Rigby family.
The Rigbys have expressed an interest in allowing Tye and other neighbors bordering vacated lots to potentially add to their lot size.
The new design is proposed around the existing Rigby home adjacent to 650 West. That area is where existing horses, corrals and farming operations are located.
Rigby, longtime owner of the property, said the change will allow an open farming area and animals surrounding the location for future generations.