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May 20, 2020

 

 

  • Moratorium on large scale subdivisions in Mona takes effect immediately

By Myrna Trauntvein
TN Correspondent

No large scale subdivisions will be allowed in Mona for the next six months.

A public hearing to establish a moratorium on new subdivisions for the next 180 days was held in Mona prior to the beginning of the regular council meeting. While large subdivisions are prohibited, minor subdivisions were excluded from the ruling.

There were no community members in attendance and there were no outside comments made.

“We need to have the moratorium in place until we can get the water issues straightened away,” Bill Mills, mayor, said. “We have two large subdivisions that want to come to Mona and we need to be ready.”

The ordinance to enact a temporary land use regulation establishing a moratorium on all subdivision applications and approvals for a period of 180 day, formally initiating proceedings to amend the city’s land use regulations and related matters, was unanimously passed by the council.

Utah Code allows a city to enact an ordinance establishing a temporary land use regulation for any part of all of the city if the city council “makes a finding of compelling, countervailing public interest.”

Additionally, a temporary land use regulations under Utah Code “may prohibit...any subdivision approval,” said Mills.

Part of the new ordinance read as follows: “Whereas, the city council finds that the proper provision of culinary and irrigation water is a critical issue facing current and future residents, and the improper or inadequate construction and maintenance of water facilities can have lasting impacts on infrastructure and residents that are difficult and expensive to remedy; and

“Whereas, the city council finds that city’s code regarding subdivision improvements and requirements regarding culinary and irrigation water needs to be reviewed and updated to match current standards and best practices; and

“Whereas, the city council finds it is in the public’s interest to not process major subdivision applications while the city’s code is being updated to avoid decisions and construction of improvements that may end up being contrary to or insufficient under the updated code.”

The city council, because of the water issues, voted to impose a temporary moratorium for the review, acceptance and approval of major subdivision applications for 180 days while the city code is updated.

“The approval of minor subdivisions, as defined in city code, do not raise the same risk of lasting impacts to the provision of culinary and irrigation water as do major subdivisions,” said Mills.

Minor subdivisions do not involve significant water utility expansion or construction.

With passage of the ordinance, the city provides notice of a pending update and amendment to the city’s land use regulations regarding the provision of culinary and irrigation water and water facilities.

Lyla Spencer, recorder, said that the ordinance became effective upon adoption and publication.