FARMINGTON -- The spooky legends of Kay's Cross could be part of Halloween festivities this year, if event organizers meet the county's conditions.
The Davis County Commission approved on Tuesday a conditional permit that will turn the 100-acre piece of land near Boyington Road into a "haunted woods" as "The Ghosts of Kay's Cross."
The Davis County Planning Commission had denied the permit a week earlier, but the event organizers appealed it.
Scott Hess, planner with the Davis County Planning Department, said the planning commission denied the conditional permit because of safety concerns. He had visited about a week ago and saw large trees, branches and other debris, along with areas of dry, tall grass. Most of the dead vegetation was the result of the Dec. 5, 2012, windstorm.
Hess visited the site again Monday and said he was impressed with how much work the organizers have done in a week's time to clean it up.
Based on what he saw, Hess recommended that the county commissioners approve a conditional permit.
"I was surprised at the capacity of what they did to address those issues," Hess said.
County Commissioner Bret Millburn made the motion to approve a conditional permit, with the condition that the county officials inspect the grounds one week before it opens.
Neighbors had expressed concerns about the number of trespassers and the traffic the event would generate and worry about parking.
Jared Peterson, of Woods Cross, is one of the event organizers.
He said he appreciated the comments from those who live close by, because there were issues they had not thought about or had overlooked.
There will be no fire pit for storytelling, because of the dry vegetation. Grass has been mowed down in the parking lot areas. The times the event will be open have been changed to get the crowds out of the area earlier.
Regarding trespassers, Peterson said he thinks that will be a non-issue, because people will be able to be in the area legally, even though they will pay a fee.
Kay's Cross was built in the 1940s or 1950s, according to Google searches. No one knows exactly who built it, but stories circulate about a man who built it as a monument for his wife. Teenagers have sneaked onto the property over the years for drinking parties or to see the ghosts.
In 1992, the cross exploded. Police said someone had put explosives inside it and tried to blow it up. The stone cross is still on the property. Who exploded it is still unknown.