Nibley Mayor Gerald Knight said the city council decided to maintain the age restriction of 55 and older for The Cottages development. He said the council previously agreed to allow developers to build more units in the same area, from half-acre lot sizes to sixth of an acre. “The development was originally approved with the understanding that those 55 and older would have less of an impact on the neighborhood if we granted a higher density development. “Generally in a PUD (planned unit development) there are trades; the city will give the developer some concessions and the developer will give the city some concessions. The Cottages said they would improve a trail system around their parcel, give some open space and landscape the retention basin that’s in the area.” Mayor Knight said in return the developers requested a higher density allowance – constructing more units in the same space. “They said the impacts of the higher density would be mitigated by the age restriction,” said Knight. “So last week the council decided, based on those original concessions, it wasn’t in the best interests of the city, i.e. the residents around that area, to change that age restriction.” Knight said on their parcel the Cottages would originally have been able to put 11 lots. “With the PUD that was granted they were able to put 22 lots. The density has been doubled in that area. Nibley City is not opposed to that type of thing as long as there are some tradeoffs. One of those tradeoffs, one that the council obviously feels is a big tradeoff, is the 55 and older age restriction.” Apparently the developers of The Cottages requested removal of the age restriction because currently there is almost no demand for this type of housing. “I believe they have only sold seven or eight of the lots,” said Mayor Knight.
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