PLEASANT VIEW -- Harris Hills subdivision was recently given preliminary approval by the city council, which also approved the exchange of property connected with the subdivision.
"There is a parcel of property owned by two different owners," said Community Development Director Bruce Talbot. He said the city also owns two small adjoining properties next to the proposed project at 1100 W. 300 North. Talbot said there is an existing stub road that will become a connection in the future and said Harris Hills subdivision's plans include 39 lots. Talbot stated the LDS Church property was purchased from Roy Harris, so a portion of the property already has a dedicated street.
"I don't know which phase will come first. Mr. Harris and the church both have commitments to do street improvements," Talbot said. "There is the Little Missouri water facility there and a storage facility there. There is water from a spring. It's not a huge amount of flow, but it is significant enough that it serves the town."
Talbot said another interesting aspect of the property is a triangle-shaped piece that has been added to Roy Harris' property. Talbot said the city has suggested Harris pursue development of that piece of property as well and ensure that utilities could be run through that property and be connected to Harris Hills subdivision.
"It is not intended for this project to take off tomorrow," Talbot said. "But it will move forward at a reasonable rate based on how the economy goes. We may have to wait awhile before anything happens."
Talbot said the city would be exchanging a remnant piece with property for a temporary detention basin until something is developed at a later date to take its place.
"We haven't seen actual construction drawings of anything," Talbot said. "There are two aspects of fencing: re-fencing the Little Missouri area after we swap parcels and any other fencing necessary on the perimeters of the subdivision."
Talbot said there was a question of the city or homeowners fencing that area.
Mayor Doug Clifford asked if it needed to be a requirement to have the perimeters fenced.
City Administrator J.J. Allen said fencing might resolve some problems in the area, such as ATV use and trespassing on city property.
"It has become a real problem, according to Fred (Hellstrom, a city employee)," Allen said. "It is in the city's best interest to require fencing along the city property."
Talbot said the city ordinance states the city cannot require fencing on any project unless there is good reason to do so.
"Won't this all come up when the developer comes in with plans and asks for final approval?" said Councilman Michael Humphreys.
Talbot said it would, but pointed out that the city tries to lay out as many issues at the preliminary approval as possible, so those issues can be resolved.
The preliminary approval and land swap was unanimously approved by council members. Councilmen Tim Hjorten and Scott Boehme were not present and so did not vote.