PLEASANT VIEW -- Council members recently approved what Community Development Director Bruce Talbot calls a "unique" subdivision.
Talbot said it is unique because it will actually form only one lot with a remainder of property. The subdivision is at approximately 1400 West and Mountain Orchard Drive, and property owner Cody Craven requested the unusual subdivision.
"This is an interesting subdivision, to create one lot and leave the remainder portion," Talbot said. He also pointed out that it is at the end of the master plan road on Mountain Orchard Drive.
Talbot said eventually the road will be completed curving down to Highway 89. He said sections of Mountain Orchard Drive have not been completed and it has never been connected to 600 West. It is not connected to Country Fields Subdivision, either, he said.
All the burden of developing the road in front of the requested subdivision, Talbot said, will fall to Craven.
"It will allow some improvements to be completed that will allow access and an emergency turnaround," Talbot said. "It would be dedicated now so the city has a dedicated right of way, but wouldn't be done until development of the next lot sometime in the future."
Talbot said that for now the road will end where the lot is, and the fire department has approved a modified hammerhead turnaround. He also said there will be curb, gutter and asphalt on the road in front of the lot on both sides, and roughly 27 feet of road will be put in.
Mayor Doug Clifford noted that a sewer line currently goes through the property, and he asked if there is an easement over the sewer line.
"Yes, that's a public utility," Talbot said. "There shouldn't be any issue. It works fine because of the setback of the house. That's another unique circumstance on this, the road starts to curve and the sewer line was put in years ago."
Talbot said the road does not follow the sewer line.
Clifford asked Craven if he was happy with the agreement as it is, and Craven said he was. Craven's family owns the property to the north of the subdivision.
Clifford told him, "You do need to fully understand the maintenance. The improved portion is the only thing we are going to maintain."
Councilman Michael Humphreys said, "The property to the north is not a typical situation. Typically, when anyone comes in for a building permit, we make them go all the way to the end of the property, but where the road is not aligned with the sewer ... I feel bad for the family. There is going to be issues when it's developed; it's kind of a messy deal."
Council members unanimously approved the subdivision. Councilman Jerold Burns was absent and so did not vote.