Farmington council discusses drainage, approves subdivision

Tuesday , March 18, 2014 - 12:56 PM

Antone Clark

FARMINGTON — City officials have given the green light conceptually to a new seven-lot subdivision on the city’s south side.

The city council recently voted unanimously to approve a schematic plan for Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the Legacy Estates Subdivision, south of Glover Lane at 487 West.

The approval came after several neighbors raised concerns about potential drainage problems the project could cause. City officials have vowed to address those specific concerns as the project moves through the review and approval process.

“I’m concerned about where the water will go. A good portion of drainage is on my property and the water has nowhere to go except through my property. I want to make sure we don’t end up having more water problems,” resident Eva Gisseman said of the proposal.

Mike Gisseman shared some background on the proposed site with council members and said he put a lot of money into a road in the area. He said he would like to be reimbursed for some of that road base, if the project moves forward.

Mayor Scott Harbertson promised all issues in regard to the project will be looked at carefully.

“The concern is basically a drainage issue. It’s a huge one. I know the engineers are worried and concerned about the drainage issues and will make sure they are addressed through this process,” Harbertson said.

Councilman Jim Young made sure his motion to grant schematic approval of the project included findings which outlined drainage concerns.

Besides drainage, there were concerns raised about the length of a road leading to a proposed cul-de-sac in one of the phases of the subdivision.

The city standard for dead-end streets is 1,000 feet, according to Dave Petersen, of the community development department. He said the proposed layout shows the length of the road to the beginning of the cul-de-sac at just less than 1,000 feet, if measured from the center point on Glover Lane.

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