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ROSEWOOD LANE PROJECT STIRS DEBATE

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Country lanes are disappearing in this boom town whose population has now surpassed 50,000.

Several years ago, East Gentile Street - a winding, narrow road lined with trees - was in the news because of concerns over development. Now a similar controversy involves Rosewood Lane - another narrow street with new subdivisions - prompting residents to voice concerns about safety.About a dozen residents attended a public hearing June 2 to tell the City Council they believe Rosewood is already an unsafe road and that a plan by Salt Lake Investment Corp. to rezone 6.6 acres from residential/suburban to allow for a minimum of 8,000-square-foot lots would make the lane even more dangerous.

The City Council ended up voting 4-1 to approve the rezoning. The move would allow construction of a 21-lot subdivision - almost twice as many homes as could have been built under the previous zoning regulation.

"Rosewood is a unique street to the city," Lyndia Graham, the City Council member who voted against the proposal, said.

The council agreed there are some safety concerns on Rosewood and asked residents to meet with them and city staff in the near future to discuss the issues.

"I think the issues brought up can be addressed," Mayor Jerry Stevenson said.

Joseph Morgan, who lives near Rosewood Lane, said there's just too much development in the area, and he doesn't want any more building until sidewalks can be built there.

Several women who live in the area said the street is already a safety hazard for children who have to walk to Whitesides Elementary School.

"Somebody is going to have to die on Rosewood Lane before you're going to hear us," Terry Sheffield told the Council.

Scott Carter, Layton director of community development, said Rosewood has 21 feet of asphalt and his studies show the road generates about 2,000 trips a day. The new development planned would add about 230 daily trips to that total.

City staff will evaluate the possible creation of a special improvement district along the street and also will determine how many lien waivers for sidewalk improvements have been given along the street. Residents were also advised to express safety concerns when the subdivision comes up for approval with the planning commission.