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Developers offer revamped Draper project

DRAPER — The developers whose 417-lot subdivision was rejected by the city last year have come back with a revamped proposal for a 343-lot housing community on the same land — the historic Ballard farm.

But some of the same complaints residents voiced about the former Heritage Farms proposal were expressed Tuesday night during a public hearing for its latest incarnation, the Bellevue Residential Special District.

The council is expected to make a decision Tuesday on whether to approve a zoning change that would give the development the go-ahead.

Traffic still seems to be the biggest concern of neighbors, mostly those on the south side of the proposed development at 13200 S. 300 East.

Several residents who spoke to the council Tuesday said they weren't buying a traffic study commissioned by the developers that concluded Bellevue would have "no significant impact" on surrounding streets.

Mike Brinton said he believed Bellevue residents would turn what are residential streets into major arteries to the interstate. He said speed bumps or other aggressive traffic-calming devices were needed and said the new development should have more than one exit onto 300 East.

Marcia Day said "a ton of traffic" has used nearby streets since a new skate park opened and Bellevue will only make the situation worse.

"It's critical that we address this traffic now," said Loyal Hulme, another resident who lives nearby. "We've already got a traffic problem there."

Residents complained the traffic study was more than a year old and failed to take new information into account. But Bellevue representative Mike Scala stood by the study, saying the existing traffic problems are not the developer's responsibility.

Residents also complained Bellevue's developers were using the city's Residential Special District as a way to create a housing community with higher density. But Scala said the Planning Commission and council have accepted the proposed number of lots and called that concern "a smokescreen."

The city's RSD ordinance allows developers to mix the size of housing lots in a residential project in exchange for amenities the developer proposes.

The 343 lots, from as small as 10,000 square feet to more than a half-acre in size, will be spread over 148 acres, along with sites for a park and an elementary school. The developer is adding a walking trail, a masonry wall surrounding much of the property, landscaping, architectural details, better lighting on Lone Rock Drive and some traffic-calming measures.

"We do feel what we have proposed offers many, many different elements" from a typical subdivision, Scala told the council.

Brian Berndt of the city's planning department said most of the 42 conditions the staff proposed for the Heritage Farms application have been resolved. Only a few minor issues remain to be worked out, he said.

Residents also complained about the inclusion of commercial space in the development, but Berndt said that has been removed from the plans.