FARMINGTON -- Preliminary steps for a small subdivision project on the city's west side already are bringing a flood of concerns.
The city council approved the rezone of 9.9 acres at about 300 South and 1350 West on Tuesday, then minutes later voted unanimously to approve a plan to develop 15 lots on the site.
Even though no specific plans have been presented for the project, neighbors are already raising issues about flooding problems, and are pressing for the chance to offer input on a street master plan for the region.
City officials voted to table a street plan pending a public hearing and vowed to address the groundwater issue.
Groundwater is an ongoing problem in the area, according to neighbors, who aren't convinced a planned unit development for Phase 2 of Chestnut Hills, if allowed to proceed, will adequately address the drainage concerns any more than the project's first phase did.
Symphony Homes is the developer of the Chestnut Hills project. Resident Ken Williams said Symphony may present a solution that looks good on paper but translates into a far different scenario for neighbors.
"There are more problems involved with this than meets the eye. I highly suggest the city weigh hard on this drainage issue. I just don't believe we can believe we can go off what Symphony says," Williams said.
Williams said any solution to drainage issues would be very expensive.
Even though project specifics aren't addressed until the developer provides a preliminary site plan, John Wheatley, vice president of development for Symphony, said the developer is aware of drainage problems in the city west of Interstate 15 and will detail the issues as the project moves forward.
Councilman Cory Ritz lives on the city's west side and voted to approve both the rezone and schematic plan, but he raised significant concerns about the project anyway. Ritz said Phase 1 of the project in the region has created a situation where many neighbors have ponds in their back yards because of poor drainage.
"I say we have to do it right, because this is our last shot. We either make a lake there, or we make allowances for the drainage issues," Ritz said of the project.
Councilman Jim Talbot also worried about moving too quickly on the project. He stressed the need for careful review of existing issues as the project moves forward.
Susanne Phillips said she's nervous the new project will further encroach on the rural lifestyle of longtime residents. She has goats, and fears new neighbors won't welcome the sounds and issues associated with raising animals in a rural setting.