COMMUNITY Input MAde all the DIFFERENCE

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AFter 18 months of Community input, Cottonwood heights won

  • The apartment community was approved by the city council after a lengthy approval process including multiple public meetings where Cottonwood Heights’ citizens provided meaningful input on the plans. The developers were pushed by this input to give 15 significant concessions to the benefit of Cottonwood Heights based on the community feedback.

    • These concessions included redesigning buildings to increase setbacks, well above code requirements, adding public open space to the community with a family friendly walking path, reserving 10% of the units as rent caped to fit the budget of valuable community contributors that may not be able to afford a home (e.g. police and school teachers), public safety improvements (fire suppression and emergency building access), tree preservation, and several measures to enhance privacy for neighbors (redesigned all three buildings to enhance setbacks providing significantly greater space than code requirements).

  • Many of these concessions were brought about by the use of an innovative zoning law that enabled our city leaders to negotiate effectively and ensure the community met the higher standards of this zoning type. All of these concessions were at the developer’s expense and will provide a community that matches the surrounding apartments and condos and Master Plan intent, while preserving the character of Cottonwood Heights.

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“We have been going through the city’s process of selling and developing our property for nearly two years and there has been substantial community input. There were more than 20 publicly noticed meetings that had significant participation from the community. This citizen involvement really helped shape the final project and forced the developer to make numerous concessions, like the creation of a creek-side path that will be open to the public.”
— The Walsh Family

 

EXTENSIVE PUBLIC PROCESS WITH HIGH LEVEL OF ENGAGEMENT FROM NEIGHBORS

  • The public hearing process was robust and included regular city wide-notices, web notices, neighborhood specific notice, and a regional print media notice. The table below outlines the relevant city meetings and public notices. Each city meeting allowed for general public comment, during which citizens were able to comment on the development and share ideas and preferences. Multiple city meetings also included public comment specific to the approved proposal.

Timeline of public notices and public meetings:

  • September 2017 - Property owners decide to partner with developer to create new community from dilapidated private family property.

  • October 5, 2017 - Public Notice

  • October 18, 2017 - Public Notice - Web

  • October 18, 2017 - Public Meeting

  • November 1, 2017 - Public Meeting

  • November 14, 2017 - Public Meeting

  • November 27, 2017 - Public Notice

  • November 18, 2017 - Public Meeting

  • December 17, 2017 - Public Notice

  • December 18, 2017 - Public Meeting

  • February 21, 2018 - Public Notice

  • February 24, 2018 - Public Notice - Regional Media Distribution

  • March 7, 2018 - Public Notice - Web

  • March 7, 2018 - Public Meeting

  • April 4, 2018 - Public Meeting

  • April 24, 2018 - Public Meeting

  • May 22, 2018 - Public Meeting

  • May 2018 - Developer Public Notice - Mailer to 1,000’ Notice Area

  • May 30, 2018 - Developer Open House

  • May 31, 2018 - Developer Open House

  • June 11, 2019 - Developer Open House

  • June 20, 2018 - Public Notice

  • June 20, 2018 - Public Notice - Web

  • June 20, 2018 - Public Meeting

  • July 11, 2018 - Public Meeting

  • July 31, 2018 - Public Meeting, Site Visit

  • August 1, 2018 - Public Meeting

  • September 5, 2018 - Public Meeting

  • October 3, 2018 - Public Meeting

  • October 17, 2018 - Public Meeting

  • November 7, 2018 - Public Meeting

  • January 8, 2019 - Public Notice

  • January 8, 2019 - Public Meeting

  • January 22, 2019 - Public Meeting

  • February 5, 2019 - Public Notice

  • February 5, 2019 - Public Meeting

  • February 19, 2019 - Public Notice

  • February 19, 2019 - Public Meeting - Unanimous City Council Approval