Highland residents are getting a junior high, but ironically, some of them don't want access to it.

Residents of the Pebblewood subdivision, just north of the school site, presented their City Council with a petition last week with more than 100 signatures indicating they were against the building of a road accessing the school from their subdivision."The road at 5600 West developed for the school would endanger the 230 children that live in the area. We would have major traffic at certain times of the day," said Highland resident Kim Bartholomew. "We don't want the luxury of driving our children to school."

City officials met with residents of the subdivision regarding the building of the street on Sept. 2. In response to the meeting, Councilman Brent Cook said, "Residents of the Pebblewood subdivision are concerned that the vehicular access to the junior high would create a safety hazard."

The Planning Commission was originally in favor of the development of 5600 West because it would reduce the amount of parking currently planned, would provide access to proposed ballfields and a place to loop needed waterlines through the area, Planning Commissioner Al Schellenberg said.

But the school district is also concerned about putting a road there because it would present a safety hazard and be a distraction to the school, Schellenberg said.

"It is my feeling that we have a very well-prepared and well-educated school board. Out of respect for their concerns, it is my feeling that the Planning Commission will make a recommendation for a different plan that will work."

If 5600 West is not developed, residents of Pebblewood would need to gain access by going onto the Alpine Highway and then onto 10400 North.

"In the future, the roadway will probably be extended westward when the property on the west develops," Schellenberg said, "This will make access more difficult, but the purpose of residential roads is to discourage through traffic."

The Council put it back to the Planning Commission to make a decision. The Commission will meet Tuesday to propose alternate plans.

"This is the American way at work. People are able to step forward and show their concerns. Then the Planning Commission and the school district can come up with an alternate plan," Schellenberg said, "Hopefully when it is done, it will be in everyone's best interest."