The area, near Industrial Road would be a change from industrial use to residential.
Land Surveyor Bob Platt with Platt & Platt Inc. spoke on behalf of the matter that the land is being considered for married student housing area. Southern Utah University President Scott Wyatt had emphasized the need for the housing, Platt said, but the University isn’t funding the project.The proposal would be cottages not apartments, Platt said. The area would hold about 12 units per acre with park areas added as well, he said.
Resident Tom Jett said he is a big property rights fan and a big fan of avoiding conflicts with other uses and property owners.Jett said his family would be affected by the change because they are considering the property across from the proposes location for use.
“Once (this property) is rezoned, the city loses a great deal of control.” he said. “This is a precious area when it comes to industrial use and adjoining a major road, which is Industrial Road.”
He said while the road is named for the very reason of being an industrial area once the zoning is changed from industrial to residential it would be difficult to change as the city would lose control of it.
“I think we are giving up an industrial if we allow this residential use, in my experience in my reading I think this is up for conflict,” Jett said. “I just do not think this is necessarily the property use for this area.”
Other concerns from citizens included traffic congestion in the area as well as if a fire happened in the area. Cedar City Fire Chief Mike Phillips said it shouldn’t be an issue.
The council will consider the amendment on the action agenda at this Wednesday’s meeting.