Logan planning commission approves solar farm permit, denies private property rezone

The Logan City Planning Commission denied a zone change on three parcels of open property on 1000 North near 400 East. The property is owned by Craig Champlin, who has built several active adult senior communities in the valley. “I think I’ve got a pretty good reputation,” Champlin said Thursday. Champlin plans to one day create another private living community for citizens aged 55 and older. His detailed plans for the senior community include 44 homes, a 24-apartment complex and space for a wellness center or doctor’s office. He asked the commission to consider changing the property’s zoning from neighborhood residential outer core to mixed residential medium and commercial, allowing for the apartments and small commercial building where the doctor’s office would sit. The property is a good location for a senior community, Champlin said, because it’s close to the city and yet still in a neighborhood. At a commission meeting Thursday, 12 members of the public spoke against the rezone. Some commented they feared what a senior community would do to traffic on the already busy 400 North. Others said they worried that rental housing would destabilize the neighborhood. Champlin said he has been contacted by residents over the age of 55 who can’t afford homes and are looking for a place to rent. “I’m not sure our senior citizens should be relegated to substandard properties where you’re willing to put up rental properties,” he said. Robert Anderson and 2 others spoke for the rezone at the meeting Thursday. “We have a tendency to use regulations to get people to do what we want them to do,” he said. Ultimately, the commission didn’t feel comfortable rezoning the land without tying a specific use permit to the property, and the rezone proposal was unanimously denied. The commission approved a conditional use permit for a community-owned solar farm at 2655 west 200 North. The 2-acre farm will have room for 250 solar panels creating 100 kilowatts of energy. The first 84 solar panels will be installed by the city, and installments in the future will depend on community involvement. The commission expressed concerns of glare from the solar panels and how that would affect nearby motorists and airplane traffic. One of the conditions of the permit states the panels must be angled to minimize glare. – rachel@cvdaily.com

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