Frankly, I believe this to be the biggest problem facing our community. I believe high density housing to be a large consumer of services like water, police, schools, and streets. I live just north of 12600 south and it takes 3-5 minutes to turn left onto 12600 south almost every time I exit that way. At the same time, we continue to build more and more high density housing west of Bangerter Highway. We do not have the necessary infrastructure in place to help with this massive influx of residents.
High density only seems to exacerbate shortages in our city of things like water. I am going to now have to have my secondary water metered. What sense does it make to continue to add housing - specifically high density housing - that will only place a larger demand on an already stressed system?
The real threat, I believe, is when folks start passing larger horse properties onto their descendants. If those descendants choose to sell the properties, we run the risk of a developer buying that property, petitioning the city for a zoning change, and building townhomes in neighborhoods that weren’t designed for that volume of traffic.
A good example of things that can happen with developers occurred with the Wright Homes development on 12600 south just west of Bangerter Highway. The southern tip of that development was zoned with a 55+ overlay. Wright Homes built three level townhomes (see pictures below). I don’t know of a person around retirement age that is looking for three flights of stairs in their golden years. They then petitioned the city to remove the overlay (after construction had started). The mayor questioned why they would build such dwellings in an overlay like that. Councilwoman McKay didn’t like them at all. Councilman McDougal suggested the city would be unwise to sully their reputation with developers. As it stands, four or five buildings of these are already built and it looks like several more have already had the plumbing and electrical laid for future construction.
A vote for me is a vote for a councilman who will NEVER vote to increase the density for a single piece of property in Riverton.