BOUNTIFUL -- A unique, mixed-use project for Main Street has been given the green light.
A mixed commercial/residential project at 305 N. Main St., involving a restaurant and development of approximately 12 housing units, was unanimously approved recently in two separate votes.
The development involves 1.23 acres of property near the existing Smedley House and includes landscaping near Barton Creek.
Brian Knowlton is the developer, and the plan calls for residential units similar in design to what Knowlton built behind the old Bountiful Lumber Company on Main Street. Knowlton has been involved in several development projects on Main Street in the past three years.
The project will involve shared parking between the restaurant and the residential units, according to Aric Jensen, director of community and economic development.
The council voted to approve a planned unit development plat, and in a separate measure voted to give preliminary and final site plan approval for the residential multiple-family project.
The site plan approval followed significant discussion about what the standards for landscaping should be.
Councilman Fred Moss was concerned landscaping plans for the project were not as detailed as a proposal they approved earlier in the meeting, and wondered out loud how the council could consider approving a project he termed incomplete in details.
Moss said he was not singling out Knowlton but said he has seen too many projects come before him without specific details, such as landscaping.
"How come we don't have to have a set of guidelines before you get approval? You need to fill out these plans. I've seen a lot of this, and I'm not real comfortable. Sometimes we have to have it and sometimes we don't ... We as a council will never see what it looks like until it is finished," Moss said.
Knowlton said he provided plenty of pictures for the project when going before the planning commission, and said when it comes to landscaping guidelines, he always makes it a point to exceed existing city standards.
Jensen said landscaping plans often change as construction for a project is going on, because designers see the placement of some trees and shrubs doesn't work in reality as well as it might have appeared on paper.
Mayor Joe Johnson praised the developer for being willing to build on Main Street and said he has gotten a lot of positive feedback regarding some of the things being done on the historic center of the city.