OGDEN — The Ogden City Council is mulling a proposal that would bring a new, 30-unit town home community to a decades-vacant lot along Wall Avenue.
A petition filed by Eduardo Hernandez-Orozco of Strategga Design and Construction, LLC asks the city to rezone just over three acres of property on the northwest corner of Wall Avenue and 2nd Street to allow for the 30-unit development. The existing zone allows for multi-family housing facilities only up to 25 units.
Ogden Planning Manager Greg Montgomery said the development would feature a single internal road, which would be private and wouldn’t connect to roads in nearby neighborhoods. The town homes would be single-story units and there would be significant green space, a fitness park, a small dog park, and pathways throughout the development.
Montgomery said the proposed rezone and development are consistent with the Lynn Community Plan, which guides growth in neighborhood. The plan is also consistent with other rezoning policies in the city’s general plan, Montgomery said.
But there will be some challenges if the development moves forward.
A functioning, underground ditch cuts through the property and would need to be routed around the perimeter of the development. Montgomery said the developer would have to work with the Lynne Irrigation canal company to get permission to relocate the ditch.
Bob Giboney owns a home adjacent to the proposed development and he’s also president of Lynne Irrigation. Giboney told the city he’s concerned with the impact that drainage from the new community could have on the existing private wells nearby. He also expressed concerns about traffic and adequate visitor parking. According to Montgomery, there is not enough depth between Wall Avenue and where garages would be situated to allow for driveway parking.
The Utah Department of Transportation would also have to approve accesses to the community from Wall Avenue. As it stands now, an access into the development is planned on Wall, just north of the 2nd Street intersection. According to traffic numbers from UDOT, the intersection saw an average of about 22,000 vehicles pass through it every day in 2016.
Tammy Creager lives in the neighborhood and told the city she’s witnessed several car crashes at 2nd and Wall and thinks there must be thorough traffic studies undertaken before construction on the development begins.
Montgomery said initial word from the state is that the Wall access point could work, despite the heavy traffic in the area.
The city’s Planning Commission previously voted to approve the rezone earlier this year. The city council will consider the rezone sometime after the new year.