ROY -- The city council recently approved a zone change and a conditional use permit that could bring 150 townhomes at approximately 4800 South 2700 West near the rail lines.
Also, a roundabout is planned on 4800 South to move the flow of traffic expected with the additional population in the area.
Traffic will also be controlled with an island at the exit of the Roy West Park, across from the new subdivision, so drivers cannot turn left out of the park. They would be directed right and must use the roundabout to turn around.
Council members Willard Cragun and Brad Hilton voted against amending the future land map. However, after much discussion, the council voted unanimously to approve the zoning change from light industrial to high density residential and a conditional use permit to allow the development by developers D.R. Horton.
The council discussed several concerns regarding the addition, including traffic, which is a major issue in the area.
"For as long as I can remember the intersection at West Park has been an issue," Councilman Michael Stokes said.
A traffic study was done by engineer and traffic expert Joe Perrin to figure out if adding up to 300 cars to area was feasible and not cause a major traffic jam. Perrin explained why a roundabout would be the best solution, and that not allowing left turns out of the park would also help. Perrin suggested a two-lane roundabout.
Perrin suggested that putting in traffic lights and traditional stops would only add to the congestion.
Councilman John Cordova said he drives 4800 South every day.
"I thought there was zero chance we can do this without creating some kind of bottleneck, but I think this is an excellent solution," Cordova said of the roundabout.
Stokes agreed. "We are never going to get rid of traffic on 4800 but that stretch right there is a mess."
The townhomes are expected to range in price from $150,000 to $200,000 and will include garages. there will also be a homeowner's association.
The city will maintain the roads.
Developers said they liked the spot because of the proximity of the new walking trail and the park.