PLEASANT VIEW — Council members recently approved the change of zoning from residential to mixed use east on property at 600 W. 2550 North following a public hearing. Councilman Michael Humphreys abstained from the vote.
The applicants for the zoning change, Jeff and Bonnie Clark, plan to build an outdoor/indoor tennis facility at the site, and the zoning change is just the first step in the process.
Community Development Director Bruce Talbot said this is the very first request the city has had to use the new mixed-use east zone, and said the planning commission had reviewed and recommended the change in zoning. Talbot also said it’s just the right fit to have this zone and a tennis facility in this area, and it will work with the city’s general plan.
“The plan is to have access on 600 West and 2550 North and it meets that,” Talbot said. Utilities also would not be problematic for the development, he said, except perhaps culinary water.
“It’s not too close. We will have to figure that out, the best way to do that (culinary water).”
He said the site will include a building, expansion area and outdoor courts with parking access and landscaping areas.
“They might want to consider a little bit more parking in the event of tournaments they might want to sponsor,” Talbot said.
He said the project would dovetail nicely to the North Ogden swim center and would be an asset for Pleasant View, surrounding cities and the developers.
“We have looked at this a lot since our boys got involved with tennis,” said property owner Jeff Clark. “There are not many indoor tennis courts here in Northern Utah. We spent time going around the country looking at very successful tennis facilities. We looked at the layout and how to run these things. We’ve put a lot of thought into that.”
Clark said he and his wife have a whole layout to propose to the city eventually and would like to develop the facility in phases. He said the facility could be used by local high schools and Weber State University, with plans for six indoor and six outdoor courts. Another plus is the close Interstate 15 access, Clark said.
He also said if everything clears with the city, they would like to start construction by June. If everything runs as planned, the facility may be ready for use by this fall.