A proposed zone change that would allow the development of married student housing off 1400 West and 500 North in Cedar City passed with a 3-2 vote with opposing votes from council members Fred Rowley and Ron Adams.
The proposal, previously discussed in a public hearing at the previous meeting, brought concern to citizens of the area being an industrial property being made into residential, the city losing control of the property and traffic congestion.
Rowley compared the proposal to wearing brown shoes with a tuxedo.
“It’s a wonderful project, but for me it’s just in the wrong place,” he said. It just does not fit. It’s just too industrialized. It’s like wearing brown shoes with a black tuxedo.”
Adams said he couldn’t support the proposal because of no second access to Industrial Road. Paul Cozzens and Terri Hartley voted in favor of the change with the thought that the property would be a great place for a subdivision and it would be a good way of exercising private property rights.
“I just feel very strongly that when someone has paid property tax for years they have the right to do what they choose with their property,” Cozzens said. “This wasn’t easy for me as I have friends in that area but I have always tried to be consistent with my vote.”
Within the work meeting, public comments and discussion about another zone change at a property located at 4300 West off state Route 56 near the Lamplight subdivision.
The area is currently zoned residential agriculture and planned on the city’s land use map for medium density residential. The proposed change is for high density residential in order to build several fourplexes, which would allow about 28 units for rent.
Brent Miller, a resident near the property, said that neighbors would be staring into his yard and the property value would go down if the zone change is approved.
“My concern all along is, if we are putting two-story apartment complexes in here my entire kitchen view will be a balcony with potentially four neighbors staring down into my yard,” Miller said. “I’m not really happy about that.”
Derek McDonald, who owns the home next to Miller’s also agreed with Miller.
“This is not downtown SUU,” McDonald said. “This is rural living way out west of town. “We didn’t move out there, didn’t buy property out there, to have 28 units of housing right next to us.”
The proposal was put up for consideration on the council action agenda for the next council meeting.
The City Council will have a two-week absence and reconvene with its next meeting on April 12 at 5:30 p.m. in the council chambers.