The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to adopt the resolution annexing 464 acres of the Cannon property into the city, paving the way for a new golf course.
"In the long run it's just going to be great for the city," North Salt Lake Mayor D.W. Simmons said of the annexation, explaining that this is only the first major step toward the development of a first-class, 18-hole city golf course.The annexation became effective with the announcement of the vote.
Simmons also expressed his belief that the golf course will raise land values in the area.
Prior to the vote by the city council, a public hearing was held on the proposal, and about 30 residents attended the meeting. The main concern was voiced by nearby residents worried about increased vehicle traffic or crime in their neighborhood.
The residents were told that police patrols would increase in the vicinity after the golf course is built and that the projected course should actually produce less traffic to the area than would a residential development.
One study indicated a 500-unit residential area would result in 3,000 vehicles a day traveling through the area, while a golf course and its limited number of players would result in only 280 vehicles a day.
Residents were also reminded that the golf course would probably operate only five months out of the year and that the new roads yet to be built would handle most of the traffic to the course rather than side routes from existing neighborhood streets.
When residents asked why the city even needs to include access to the golf course with side roads such as David and Gary Way, officials said the city must have side street connections for adequate fire and police access.
The course will take up 170 of the 464 acres, and a residential development will fill the remaining land over an approximate 12-year plan.
Simmons said two to three months will be needed for golf course funding to come together, with construction to follow. Plans have seeding scheduled for the spring of 1992 and the course open for play in the following spring.
Expecting adequate water available for the new course, water officials are considering an off-beat idea. The South Davis Sewer District believes it can purify and recirculate sewer water, which would be as clean as regular irrigation water and could be piped to the course. Some other U.S. cities are already reusing purified sewer water for irrigation.
Simmons said that any secondary water supply selected for the new course would also be available for nearby residents, most of whom currently lack such water options.
Bountiful City has indicated support for the new course and is interested in having streets - such as Bountiful Boulevard - extended in conjunction with the golf course project.