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CITIZENS AND DEVELOPERS HAVE MADE PROGRESS ON EAST MOUNTAIN ISSUES

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Agreement has already been reached on several East Mountain development issues a citizens committee and developers have been negotiating, according to City Councilwoman Phoebe Blackham, the council's representative on the committee.

The goal of the negotiations is to resolve a planned referendum that would reverse annexation of the mountains."No one really wants the referendum," Blackham said. But residents do want to resolve certain issues before development of subdivisions on the mountain proceeds.

The Willow Canyon Annexation Alternative Committee consists of Scott Wood as chairman, David Blake, Teresa Cosper, Lauralee Lind, Planning Commissioner Larry Brown, Rob Thorpe, Brian Egan and Blackham. The committee doesn't include the original five sponsors of the referendum, but they will all be kept informed and may be added to the committee later, Blackham said.

Issues that the committee and developers have reached agreement on include:

- Reducing one subdivision from 15 lots to six.

- Making an area in Willow Canyon that was designated as public open space a conservation easement instead.

- Enlarging certain trails.

- Changing six half-acre lots to three-quarter-acre lots. However, that agreement fails to meet city ordinances.

- Having a geological engineer look at designated sites for debris basins to see if better and safer sites can be found.

The Planning Commission and City Council must still act on those agreements.

Still in negotiations are issues over where certain lot lines will be and the bonding of all roads that need to be bonded. A variance may be required to leave one road unpaved. That road would provide another access to a long dead-end road.