Wohali Project Application Updates
Disclaimer: This purpose of this link is to provide general progress updates of applications submitted to the city and are currently in the review process. It is not intended to replace the project record on file with the city. Please contact, the City Project Coordinator, Don Sargent at (435) 901-0201 or firstname.lastname@example.org, for more detailed information. This link should not be relied on for any official purposes.
Wohali Partners - Application #1 (MPD, Rezone and Phase I Preliminary Plat)
The initial MPD, Rezone and Phase I Preliminary Plat application was approved by the City Council in December 2019. Following the action by the City Council, a citizen referendum petition opposing the development was filed with the City. The application is on hold pending the outcome of a special election by the voters in June 2020.
Wohali Partners - Application #2 (MPD for Permitted Uses Under Existing Zoning)
A new Wohali MPD application proposing permitted uses on the property within the existing Agricultural Zone (AG-20) was submitted in January 2020. A work session was conducted with the Planning Commission in February to review and discuss the issues of the proposed development including residential lots, detached nightly rental units, resort support amenities, recreational uses and open spaces.
Another work session with the Planning Commission was scheduled in March but was cancelled due to COVID-19 meeting restrictions. The application is currently on hold.
Wohali Partners - Application #3 (Golf Course Excavation and Building Permit)
In January, the Wohali applicants discussed the options with staff for obtaining approval to construct only the golf course on the property. The Staff preference was to process the golf course application concurrent with the new MPD application. The applicants subsequently filed an excavation and building permit application in February for the golf course. Due to COVID-19 restriction preventing meetings with the Planning Commission the new MPD application went on hold. The applicants requested that their golf course excavation and building permit application proceed forward as they did not require approval before the Planning Commission or City Council. These are administrative applications which are processed at the Staff level as a permitted use.
Unlike an MPD or Rezone application, which is somewhat discretionary, a permitted use application is not viewed as discretionary and if the application satisfies the requirements of the applicable code or ordinance provisions of the city, it must be approved. The information submitted with these applications did not require review or evaluation by the Planning Commission or City Council. However, Staff regularly updated and informed the City Council on the application.
The City Council is the appellant body for administrative decisions and that is why Staff is the land use authority for administrative actions.
Staff including City Project Coordinator Don Sargent, City Community Development Director/Engineer Shane McFarland, City Public Works Director Zane DeWeese and City Attorney Sheldon Smith were all involved in the review and approval of the golf course permit.
The approval of the golf course excavation and building permit allows Wohali to stage equipment on the property. The execution of the required performance guarantee has been finalized and a pre-construction meeting with Staff has been conducted with the developers and their contractors. Construction on the golf course is anticipated to begin soon.
An Appeal of the golf course excavation and building permit approval was filed with the City on April 24, 2020. An appeal hearing was conducted before City Council (appellant body) on May 11, 2020. After hearing testimony from City Staff, Appellants and the Applicant, the City Council voted to deny the appeal and uphold the approval of the excavation and building permit.