BOUNTIFUL -- The city council has unanimously rejected a resolution to amend stipulations for a development on Orchard Drive, first approved in 2007, despite a change in ownership of the property.
The council voted 5-0 at a recent meeting to reject an amendment to ordinance 2007-04 that would have allowed the new owner of the property at 2084 S. Orchard Drive to construct remaining residential units at the Orchard Condos without beginning construction on the commercial portion of the property.
The original ordinance stated that building permits for the last 25 percent of residential units would not be issued before the building permit for the commercial building had been issued and construction commenced.
Key elements of the original construction agreement -- including the installation of a fence and a retaining wall and landscaping and grading -- were never completed, and council members wanted to know if the new owner, Karen Anderson, of Ammon, Idaho, would complete those requirements.
Anderson said she couldn't afford to meet the original conditions, so after some back-and-forth discussion, the council opted not to move forward with the amendment.
The original agreement also calls for sections of sidewalk and driveways to be replaced before the final occupancy of any new residential units.
Staff had originally moved forward with the potential amendment because, they said, there is a surplus of commercial space in the area of Orchard Drive and bringing additional commercial space to the region would only have exacerbated the problem.