Improved economy resurrects Clearfield housing project

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 1:32 PM

Beverly Bradley, Standard-Examiner Correspondent

CLEARFIELD -- Thanks to improved economic conditions, a long-delayed residential development is moving forward.

City planning commissioners this week approved a plat for the delayed Jon’s Park subdivision, 125 North and 150 N Pacific Ave. The project was first brought to the city several years ago but with the faltering economy, developers opted to hold off on the project. Now, they say they feel the economy has improved and are ready to move ahead with their project.

The commission expressed concerns about the proposed green spaces in the project and who would be responsible for maintaining and developing the green area. Larry Wall, Layton, developer of the project, said he would be happy “to take a look at what we can do to mitigate your concerns.”

The plat was approved with the commission directing city staff to be sure a valid homeowners association document was on file before issuing building permits.

In another HOA-related matter this week, city council members heard Monday from homeowners association members for Springfield Estates about problems in maintaining the green spaces in the development. They say they have long been concerned about the lack of maintenance but those concerns were heightened following a transformer explosion that started a fire in one of the neglected spaces.

Homeowners said they were unaware they were part of an HOA and the city conceded that while HOA agreements had been recorded for phases one and two, the remainder of the development was allowed to proceed without the required HOA on file.

After considering several potential solutions, including a special assessment district, city officials agreed to approach the developer to see if he will deed the open spaces to the city for care.

“We should have made sure that (HOA) happened... it needs to be done the right way,” said City Manager Adam Lenhard. He said the agreement was signed but never filed with the county to finalize the agreement.

Property owners said the developer has indicated to them that it is cheaper for him to pay the fines for violating city codes than to create and maintain the green space. City staff was directed to approach the developer to see if they can broker a deal to sign the spaces over to the city. Staff indicated they would likely contract out care of the spaces rather than have staff maintain the green spaces.

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