As far as further residential growth is concerned, Lehi residents say they're not opposed to the idea, but if Lehi is going to grow by leaps and bounds they want that growth to be orderly.
The city has annexed or granted zone changes for considerable amounts of land over the past few months, and some residents say they're concerned that the city may be expanding too quickly - before water, sewer and other utilities can handle increased loads.During the City Council's meeting Tuesday, more than 50 residents showed up en masse to protest the proposed annexation of approximately 20 acres near Lehi Junior High School, as well as a request for a zone change for 36 acres in the same area from agricultural and commercial uses to residential.
Mel Frandsen, a private developer, intends to use the land - plus more than 25 more acres near Lehi Junior High and Sego Lily Elementary School - to develop more than 200 new homes in Lehi.
Residents who live near the school and in the vicinity of Cedar Hollow Road say that the city has not adequately provided essential services to their part of the city, and that further growth would just make a bad situation worse.
Gina Christofferson, one several residents who collected signatures for petition opposing the annexation, said 600 East, 1200 East and Cedar Hollow Road - streets that would be used extensively if the annexations had been passed - cannot adequately handle existing traffic, much less an increased flow.
In fact, Christofferson said those roads are badly in need of upgrades as it is, and that schoolchildren and others who have to travel those roads daily may be in danger.
"Over the last two days our group has collected more than 125 signatures urging you to make sure there are adequate provisions for growth before you allow this development," Christofferson said.
Another controversy arose when Mayor Guy Cash revealed that he was involved as a real estate agent for some of the parties involved in the proposed annexation and zone change request.
Cash said that he had asked to be removed from any discussions or actions on the proposals but that the council had asked him to conduct the public hearings.
In the case of a tie on council actions, the mayor does have a tie-breaking vote, so he could have still been involved in the requests, Christofferson said.
"As an elected official, your involvement in the deal is a letdown to several of us in attendance tonight," Christofferson said.
Cash did not have to take any action, though, since the council elected to delay any action on the proposals until city engineer Loren Israelson could make an impact study the residential growth could have on existing city services. Israelson is scheduled to make that report to the council in its next meeting on Sept. 22.