CLEARFIELD -- City staff has been given approval to draft an amendment to the city's general plan allowing multifamily housing in the proposed Clearfield Station project.
The decision during a joint work session of the planning commission and the city council Tuesday followed an update on the $33 million project for the land surrounding the FrontRunner Station at 1250 S. State St.
Project developer Mike Christensen, of Thackery Engineering, said he hoped to have "everybody on board" by the end of October. He said the site plan has stayed essentially the same with some buildings reconfigured to work with
existing topography on the site.
The project includes business space, traditional office space, a business park area and multifamily housing. He said the housing was sought by the Utah Transit Authority, which owns the ground, to boost ridership at the nearby FrontRunner station and the proposed bus routes.
Plans also call for a charter school within the project to help cope with the influx of children from the housing
The residential component was added to the project to allow commercial and industrial development on the rest of the property. It had been originally thought the project would be rezoned to commercial-residential, or CR, but city staff later determined that a new zone should be created, specific to large mixed-use projects, the mixed-use or MU zone.
City officials also looked at amending the plan to allow other multifamily projects, such as the Wilcox Farms request to rezone its commercial property for multifamily housing. While some members were sympathetic to the request, council members recalled the upset when the city decided to limit additional multifamily development and said they were concerned about ignoring the overall vision created for the city and looking at projects "piecemeal."
City officials looking at the planned industrial and commercial development expressed some disappointment that there were no plans for more retail development in the project. But Christensen said after a study of the existing commercial and retail development in surrounding cities, he felt the demand would be for flex business space and the traditional office space. He assured the group there are plans to have retail businesses like coffee and sandwich shops to support transit riders.
City officials also questioned plans to turn the housing component so it was facing State Street and were assured it would be heavily landscaped. City officials requested the developers look at adding a screen wall to shield the development from traffic and to enhance the safety for children living in the development.
Initially, Christensen said, the existing street will be widened and used to handle the traffic, but as the project continues to develop, the street will be realigned and receive traffic signals and will also connect with the
Depot Road project for enhanced traffic circulation.
City staff will draft the amendment to the general plan and will present it to both the planning commission and city council for approval.