Shumway annexation not a done-deal...
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I want to thank whomever distributed the flyer around Westwood and Palisades streets trying to alert residents to the Shumway annexation and zone change — which was submitted to Moab Planning and Zoning Commission on Aug. 4, then immediately approved on Aug. 10.

This is outrageous.

Supposedly public comment is open through Aug. 31, I assume to the city council, since planning and zoning made sure no one had time to respond.

Call, email or attend the Council meeting. Even though the owner is already bulldozing and preparing the land, legally this shouldn’t be a done-deal. This project is bypassing numerous requirements, such as clearly posting (for one month) the annexation and zone change request and the proposed zone change totally goes against the Master Plan, which advocates buffer zones between R1 zoning and commercial zoning.

Further highlights include [creating] walkable neighborhoods free of high-speed traffic, protecting stillness, visual integrity, night skies and establishing lighting ordinances, protecting riparian areas, and protecting wetlands and water quality.

While I’m not against the annexation, this project violates the property rights of everyone in our neighborhood by making a major zoning change that will allow a towering motel and high-density commercial development directly behind Westwood Street. Noise, bright lights, flooding issues, toxic run-off (from the parking lots) into Westwood yards and the wetlands, destruction of riparian areas (creating further conflict between people and wildlife), increased crime from ‘tourists’, reduced property values and privacy, plus major traffic issues are just some of the problems.

The new development is right at the intersection of Hwy 191 and 500 West. I seriously doubt UDOT will allow direct access that close to the traffic light, meaning nearly all the traffic will be routed down Westwood and Palisade Drive. We have already experienced speeding traffic brought about by connecting the Preserve Subdivision onto Palisade Drive, which according to their original plan wasn’t supposed to happen.

Our neighborhood is an R1 zone, according to the map posted on the city’s website.

Now is the time to speak-up and say “no” to the requested zoning of R4 and C4. Make this a buffer zone of R2 and R3, with height and light restrictions and open space requirements for whatever development is submitted and with no building on the extreme west end of the property adjacent to the Wetlands.

Hopefully our council, with your input, will prevent the disruption and destruction of what’s left of our neighborhood, while allowing true residential home zoning that won’t be manipulated into commercial uses.

—Katherine McGill

Moab

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