Com­mis­sion OKs Da­mon’s BBQ Ex­pan­sion On Main Street

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By Lynn Kut­ter

FARM­ING­TON — A new de­vel­op­ment next to Briar Rose Cafe and Deli on Main Street in Farm­ing­ton will in­clude a new restau­rant, an­other build­ing for re­tail shops and a pav­il­ion.

Farm­ing­ton Plan­ning Com­mis­sion, vot­ing 4-2, ap­proved the large-scale de­vel­op­ment plan for the prop­erty, called Farm­ing­ton Vil­lage, at its Aug. 28 meet­ing.

En­gi­neer Ge­of­frey Bates with Bates & As­so­ci­ates pre­sented the plan on be­half of Larry Bow­den with Briar Rose. Bates said Bow­den pro­poses to ex­pand Da­mon’s BBQ & Grill and in­stall a pa­tio for the restau­rant, along with build­ing a new shop­ping cen­ter. A large park­ing lot will be in­stalled in front of the fa­cil­i­ties.

“It will be a nice de­vel­op­ment for Farm­ing­ton,” Bates told the Plan­ning Com­mis­sion.

Plan­ners Gerry Har­ris and Judy Horne voted against the plan based on a rec­om­men­da­tion from city en­gi­neer Chris Brack­ett not to ap­prove the cur­rent plan be­cause the de­sign for the de­ten­tion pond was not fi­nal.

Brack­ett’s let­ter to the Com­mis­sion noted the city’s Drainage Cri­tieria Man­ual re­quires the de­ten­tion pond de­sign to be a “fi­nal” de­sign as part of the pre­lim­i­nary drainage re­port sub­mit­ted along with the large-scale de­vel­op­ment plan.

Brack­ett said he be­lieves the

de­ten­tion pond needs to be larger, which would mean other changes would have to be made to the large-scale de­vel­op­ment plan.

“I’m still not con­fi­dent 100 per­cent it’s go­ing to work,” Bracket said. “What I was given did not make a lot of sense. I think it would be a ma­jor change and you would want to see it again.”

Bates said he sub­mit­ted the wrong num­bers for the pond’s de­sign and was con­fi­dent he could get it to work. He asked the Com­mis­sion to ap­prove the large-scale de­vel­op­ment plan con­tin­gent on Brack­ett’s rec­om­men­da­tions be­ing sat­is­fied.

“I’ve run the num­bers and I know it’s go­ing to work,” Bates said. “I’m 100 per­cent con­fi­dent of that.”

The ex­pan­sion of Da­mon’s first came up for dis­cus­sion last fall. Bow­den asked to be ex­empt from in­stalling a paved park­ing lot for a tim­ber pav­il­ion he planned to build on the prop­erty lo­cated be­tween Briar Rose and Dol­lar Gen­eral Store. The Com­mis­sion de­nied his re­quest in Novem­ber 2016. His pro­posal has not come up again since then.

Har­ris won­dered why Bates couldn’t wait an­other month and bring back a fi­nal de­sign in Septem­ber to meet the re­quire­ments of the or­di­nance. Bates’ re­ply was that Bow­den wanted to move ahead with his plans.

Bates said he had sub­mit­ted plans for the de­ten­tion pond’s de­sign and Brack­ett did not re­view the lat­est plan un­til the day of the Com­mis­sion meet­ing. Brack­ett’s re­sponse to this was that he had given Bates ex­tra op­por­tu­ni­ties to make the changes and the changes were not what he re­quested.

“I’m just rid­ing with what the or­di­nance says,” Brack­ett told com­mis­sion­ers. “This is what you pay me to do.”

The Com­mis­sion ap­proved the large-scale de­vel­op­ment plan, con­tin­gent on the plan com­ply­ing with Brack­ett’s rec­om­men­da­tions. If those rec­om­men­da­tions are not met, the pro­ject can­not move for­ward and Bates would have to come back to the Plan­ning Com­mis­sion.

In other ac­tion, the Com­mis­sion de­nied a variance from street im­prove­ments for a multi-fam­ily de­vel­op­ment on Old Farm­ing­ton Road. The de­vel­op­ment, called Old Farm­ing­ton Road Town­houses, pro­poses a three-plex build­ing and a four-plex build­ing.

Bates, rep­re­sent­ing owner Cedar Moun­tains LLC, said the rest of Old Farm­ing­ton Road does not have street im­prove­ments and it didn’t ap­pear the road would be im­proved in the fu­ture. He asked to be ex­empt from build­ing a side­walk and in­stalling curb and gut­ter along the street in front of the prop­erty.

Melissa McCarville, city busi­ness man­ager, said the city usu­ally did not rec­om­mend these vari­ances for city streets.

Com­mis­sioner Gerry Har­ris added, “I agree with Melissa. We have to start some­where.”

Har­ris said she wanted side­walks and Bates said the owner was OK with side­walks but not curb and gut­ter.

Har­ris asked why and Bates an­swered be­cause of the ex­pense.

The Com­mis­sion voted 6-0 against the variance re­quest.

The large-scale de­vel­op­ment plan for the town­houses also was on the Com­mis­sion’s agenda but Bates asked for it to be tabled.

In ad­di­tion, the Com­mis­sion ap­proved a variance for a lot size in Twin Falls sub­di­vi­sion at the re­quest of Jeremy Scott and Jen­nifer Sharp­shair. The Plan­ning Com­mis­sion de­nied this re­quest last month but Jeremy Sharp­shair brought ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion to the meet­ing last week. The vote had sev­eral con­tin­gen­cies that must be met be­fore the city would is­sue a build­ing per­mit for the lot.

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