SOUTH OGDEN -- City council members have decided to re-evaluate a 2007 decision to restrict gated communities.
In October 2007, the city granted permission for Hidden Creek Estates subdivision with the stipulation that there not be an entrance gate.
OEI Investments took over the development after a foreclosure in 2009 and asked the city to reconsider.
"We're just trying to improve the development and make it as beautiful as possible," OEI representative Morgan Keyes said.
According to the minutes from the 2007 meeting, council members opposed gated communities in the city due partly because of the exclusivity associated with the neighborhoods.
Keyes explained that OEI wanted to give the "illusion" of a gated community by adding a semiprivate gate that would allow anybody who approached it access through a sensor that automatically opened regardless of the automobile that approached.
"Really anybody can go in ... there's no (inter)com or button to push," she said. "It's just kind of the illusion of the gated community."
In addition to the privacy added by the gate, Keyes cited safety issues associated with keeping traffic in the subdivision to a minimum, and added that the gate could be opened in case of a power outage, in accordance with city requirements.
City Attorney Ken Bradshaw explained that the council first needed to decide if it was interested in reconsidering the 2007 decision, not whether the gate would be allowed.
After several residents voiced opinions opposing the gate, the council chose to examine the situation further before making a decision.
"What we're looking at here today is to determine as a council if we want to re-address this or not," Mayor James Minster said. "The more information we have, obviously the better it is."
Keyes was optimistic about the council's opting to re-visit the previous decision and not deny the request outright.
"I'm pleased that they'll at least take it under advisement to hear our side of the issue," she said. "It's probably the best I could ask for."