MT. PLEASANT—Growth continues to pop up everywhere in Sanpete County.
At a meeting Nov. 23, the Mt. Pleasant City Council reviewed proposals that could add more than 150 homes to the city.
The council approved a preliminary plat map for Phase 1 of Mountainville Farms, to be located west of the Mountainville Highway between 400 and 900 East and between 335 and 500 North. The developer is McKay Quinn from the Provo-Orem area. The 40-acre project could eventually have 76 home lots.
The council tabled a proposal from Glen Peel for a 20-acre planned unit development behind (south of) Sanpete Valley Hospital that could contain 80 town homes. The council wanted Peel to revise the road plan to provide more access points into the development.
David Oxman, the city finance director who also oversees planning and zoning, said the city’s affordable housing plan—a plan all cities are required to prepare—lists town homes as a housing type the city wants to attract.
Some years back, the Pleasant View subdivision was developed in the same general area as the proposed Mountainville Farms. The 36 lots in Pleasant View have all been sold, Oxman said.
One downside of Pleasant View is that there is only one road in and out. The council is “excited,” he said, because the road Quinn will be developing to serve Mountainville Farms will also provide a second access to Pleasant View.
Mountainville Farms will be developed in three phases. As presently proposed, the first phase will include the road, which will connect both Pleasant View and Mountainville Farms to the Mountainville Highway, along with 36 lots. Most lots will be a quarter-acre, some one-third of an acre, and a few will be a half acre.
The proposed Peel development is east of the one-time Picadilly plant. Based on the plat (which is subject to change), Picadilly Lane would be extended and become the main road through the site.
Referring to the town homes, Oxman said, “We don’t want people to be homeless. We have to come up with some housing they can afford.”
There are four steps in creating a housing development. First, the developer needs to get preliminary approval of a plat map, or general site plan. Second, he or she has to submit detailed engineering drawings for the site plan showing specific locations and measurements of roads, lots, etc. The city council has to approve the final plan.
Third, the developer must install roads, curb, gutter, sidewalk and utility lines and get city-council sign-off on the improvements. The fourth step is selling the lots, or, in a planned unit development, building housing for sale or rental.