Maple­ton ask­ing res­i­dents for in­put on fu­ture com­mer­cial de­vel­op­ment

Serve Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By Christi C. Bab­bitt

Maple­ton City is ask­ing res­i­dents for their opin­ions about the look of fu­ture com­mer­cial de­vel­op­ment along High­way 89, a ma­jor traf­fic cor­ri­dor stretch­ing from north to south through the city that is largely un­de­vel­oped.

A com­mer­cial de­sign stan­dards sur­vey has been posted on the city web­site, www. maple­ton.org, with pic­tures of var­i­ous com­mer­cial building styles that res­i­dents are asked to rank in or­der of their pref­er­ence.

“Maple­ton City is cur­rently work­ing on de­sign stan­dards for com­mer­cial build­ings and sites on the High­way 89 cor­ri­dor to en­sure that as new de­vel­op­ment oc­curs it is con­sis­tent with the char­ac­ter of the com­mu­nity,” states the web­site. “The pur­pose of the sur­vey is to re­ceive in­put re­gard­ing pre­ferred ar­chi­tec­tural de­sign char­ac­ter­is­tics such as building styles, heights, ma­te­ri­als, and other site de­tails.”

“The city’s get­ting to the pop­u­la­tion now where we’re start­ing to get some in­ter­est (in the High­way 89 area),” said Sean Conroy, com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment di­rec­tor for Maple­ton City. “This is kind of our first step to get peo­ple in­volved and in­ter­ested in what could hap­pen along that cor­ri­dor and kind of get what peo­ple like and what they don’t like.”

The spe­cific area be­ing ad­dressed is the stretch of High­way 89 ex­tend­ing from 1600 South to 800 North. Cur­rently that en­tire area is zoned to ac­cept com­mer­cial de­vel­op­ment, Conroy said.

In ad­di­tion to ask­ing ques­tions about the look of com­mer­cial build­ings, the sur­vey asks res­i­dents for their opin­ion on po­ten­tial land­scape de­signs and which in­ter­sec­tion on High­way 89 they would pre­fer to act as a “Town Cen­ter.”

While some gro­cery stores have ex­pressed in­ter­est in the area and there are a cou­ple of com­mer­cial build­ings un­der con­struc­tion now by the Har­vest Park com­mu­nity, there are no im­mi­nent ap­pli­ca­tions for com­mer­cial de­vel­op­ment

along High­way 89, Conroy said. “The goal is re­ally to get the stan­dards in place be­fore so that when de­vel­op­ment does come, we’re not try­ing to be re­ac­tionary,” he said.

Res­i­dents have un­til Nov. 21 to com­plete the on­line sur­vey. When the re­sults are ob­tained, city com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment staff will share those re­sults with the city coun­cil and be­gin to de­velop writ­ten stan­dards.

Once a writ­ten draft is com­pleted, Conroy said there will be an­other op­por­tu­nity for pub­lic com­ment, most likely through a com­mu­nity open house.

Im­ages from www.maple­ton.org

Maple­ton City is ask­ing res­i­dents to rank photos like th­ese from most to least de­sir­able as part of an on­line sur­vey about fu­ture growth along High­way 89.

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