Mixed-use zone near FrontRunner station approved

Jan 13 2013 - 11:12pm


CLEARFIELD -- A new mixed-use zone has been approved, and it is expected to play a role in development of land near the city's Front-Runner station.

The new mixed-used zoning district provides leeway for developers to apply for customized developments.

The ordinance allows the combination of commercial, office, entertainment, recreational, civic and residential uses in a single building or within neighborhoods. Though it will allow non-

residential development, such as commercial or employment, alone or as a combination with residential, it will not allow residential development without a substantial nonresidential component.

City Manager Adam Lenhard said the zoning does not specify a certain mix of types of development. Instead, it leaves it open so a developer could submit a plan that includes a number of development types, from residential to commercial.

"This will be a new zone that will be in our books and can be applied where criteria are met," Lenhard said. "Specific rezoning would happen when the planning commission provides a recommendation, and the city council approves it."

Lenhard said that this zoning change is a proactive move in preparation for development of the 70 acres of land around the FrontRunner station, located at 1250 S. State St. He said the city is working with the Utah Transit Authority.

Eventually, UTA will choose a developer, the mix of development will be pinpointed and applications submitted to the city.

Lenhard said that this a zoning district that could also be utilized elsewhere in the city, though he knows of none in the planning stage at this time.

The mixed-use developments will be located at transportation nodes and along transportation corridors, according to the ordinance. The zone would exist within a fourth-mile or a 5-minute walk to other components, such as community facilities, parks, housing and commercial developments.

Creating this new zone does not currently change the 70 acres near the station. That land remains as a mixture of manufacturing and commercial.

"This just gets the ordinance on the books," Lenhard said. "It is a whole separate process where UTA or the developer would apply to change the zoning. The ordinance gives the ability to create a true mixed-use development."

The ordinance outlines regulations to govern how the various uses would interact, including identifying building heights, right-of-way widths and open-space percentages.

A developer's master plan, upon approval, would ultimately dictate what uses are in the development. The proposed uses would trigger which provisions in the ordinance are applicable.

"We want to create projects that are going to be successful," Lenhard said.

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