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SPRINGVILLE OKS MORATORIUM ON MOBILE-HOME PARKS

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It's been more than 20 years since any developer has put a mobile-home park in Springville and, after Tuesday night's City Council meeting, it will be at least six months more.

The council, in a unanimous vote, approved a six-month moratorium on mobile-home developments to give the Planning Commission time to review the city's current mobile-home-park ordinance. In a work session before the regular council meeting, council members said they are concerned about density requirements of the current ordinance - which was written and approved two decades ago."It's been so long since anybody wanted to build a mobile-home park that I'm not sure our ordinance is consistent with the city's needs anymore," Councilman Glade Creer said.

The action came with no public opposition, probably because developers of a proposed 112-mobile-home development in northwest Springville were not aware the city was considering the moratorium. Last week the Planning Commission gave approval to an initial proposal from Jamestown Homes to build the mobile-home park at about 1000 North and 200 West. The city rejected an earlier proposal from the developers to rezone property in the same area so the project could be expanded to 240 mobile homes.

"I would have thought that it would be proper to contact us since we've had an open dialogue with the city for some time," said Jamestown developer Steve Strong when he learned about the moratorium.

Even though council members said the moratorium is not specifically aimed at delaying the Jamestown development, most dis-cus-sion centered around that project. The only likely access for the proposed development would be from 900 North to Main Street. Because the development could add as many as 80 left turns each day onto the already-congested traffic arterial, council members want a study to determine what traffic impact the Jamestown development would have and possible remedies.

"I think there's a lot of concern about the size of the project, where it's located and the impact it will have," Councilman Grant Pal-frey-man said.City Attorney Harold Mitchell warned council members that a moratorium can only be established to address guidelines and standards with the current ordinance, not to address concerns about a specific project.

"If the traffic impact of this one specific development is your concern, then a moratorium is not the way to go," Mitchell said.

Council members, however, said the city has received other proposals for mobile-home parks and each of them would likely cause traffic problems because of density.

"I have some real concerns about the impact on traffic all of these parks could have," Councilman Chris Sorenson said.

Jamestown officials said they will request a meeting with city officials as soon as possible but would not comment on whether the moratorium jeopardizes their project. They believe the city's concerns with their project can be worked out.

"I can understand and sympathize with Springville, but we have every intention of doing a first-class project," Strong said. "We just want to provide some quality affordable housing for the many people who need it, and we think we've picked an ideal spot for a project like this."