Residents, planners disagree on future of Logan gravel pit

Both sides were aired Tuesday night but no decision made on whether a controversial parcel of land in northeast Logan should be single family homes or a project proposed by councilmember Tom Jensen that includes multiple apartments, a high-rise structure and a couple rows of homes.

Prior to that proposal the planning commission had voted to leave the land between 1200-1400 East in a single family zone where one resident, Craig Peterson, said it should remain.

“What we would ask is that if you authorize any review,” Peterson said, “that you authorize that at a level playing field. A level playing field is the zoning for that property over the last 35 years, and that’s single family residential.

“One of the consequences of not doing that is that you basically issue a vote of no confidence to the unanimous decision of your planning commission.”

The project was defended by Johnson-Sackett architect Lyle Beecher of Salt Lake City.

“So we propose that through good design,” Beecher said, “and the management of massing of the buildings – as well as the landscaping and the full orchestration of the pallet of tools that we have as architects, landscape planners as well as engineering – there’s buffers that can be done in such a way that allows this project to work very well with the neighborhood to the east.”

More than 500 residents have signed petitions opposing that plan. The council decided to remand the issue back to the planning commission, which satisfied very few of the residents. It looks like a committee that includes residents, property owner Dick Sackett, Utah State University officials and city council members will be formed to study the issue.

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