A waiver that would have allowed development of the city's new cemetery without curb, gutter and sidewalk was denied Thursday night by the City Council.
The developer, Lindquist Mortuary, requested a lien waiver exempting it from having to install curb, gutter and sidewalk along Church Street and Fairfield Road, where the cemetery is being developed.Lien waivers are agreements by the city exempting isolated residential and commercial developments, usually in agricultural or semi-rural areas, from installing the improvements immediately. The city can eventually require the construction when other, adjoining property is developed.
Lindquist requested the waiver for the first phase of the cemetery, being developed on what used to be agricultural land. The property is under the Hill Air Force Base overflight zone, and adjacent land will remain agricultural or be developed for low-density commercial or industrial uses.
Although approved by the Planning Commission, the waiver was at least partially opposed by the city's planning staff. Community Development Director Scott Carter said he would like curb and gutter installed on the cemetery's frontage along Fairfield Road.
The cemetery is being developed in phases, Carter said, and the first phase has about a 400-foot frontage. Curb-and-gutter installation is running between $6 and $6.50 per linear foot, he estimated, and curb, gutter and sidewalk about $10 per linear foot.
Requiring curb and gutter will add about $2,500 to development costs and curb, gutter and sidewalk an additional $4,000, he estimated.
But the council decided with the high anticipated public use the cemetery will receive it should have curb, gutter and sidewalk.
"I would think we could use a little bit of class in our cemetery," said Councilman Jerry Stevenson. "This is going to be a cemetery with a lot of public use. It shouldn't be like walking into a bean field or hay field."