City officials slapped a six-month moratorium Friday on growth, but not before developer John Henrichsen slipped in under the wire with an annexation proposal for a large golf community on the city's southeast side.
Henrichsen has battled city officials for more than five years trying to obtain approval for his golf community. City officials, riding on the sentiment that most residents prefer more open space and want mountainside property protected, have repeatedly denied Henrichsen's plans.His latest annexation application of 825 acres on the southeast side of Mapleton was received at 11:30 a.m., said city planner Karen McCandless. The deadline was 12:30 p.m.
The moratorium stops all applications for annexations, rezonings and new subdivisions not submitted by Friday's deadline while the council works out a unique growth management plan that allows property owners to buy and sell development rights, much like water rights are traded.
Henrichsen's mixed-use plan includes an 18-hole golf course, 200 acres of deeded wildlife preserve, 2.5 miles of walking, hiking and equestrian trails, commercial and retail shopping areas along U.S.89, 200 home sites, 75 town-home lots and 75 resort-style rental town homes tied to a convention facility and clubhouse.
The land Henrichsen wants to annex borders Ensign-Bickford Co., an explosive manufacturing plant on the south, U.S 89 on the west, about 2800 South to 3100 South on the north and traverses up Maple Mountain on the east.
At one point, Henrichsen attempted to keep his project in Utah County. He received conditional approval from county commissioners, but the city refused to provide water and sewer service to the project.
Henrichsen even filed a lawsuit against the city, claiming officials violated his rights by conspiring to defeat his project. He also filed a lawsuit against Ensign-Bickford Co., claiming the plant is a public nuisance and is polluting his land.
However, plans for Henrichsen's proposed Maple Mountain Golf Community will now be considered by a new City Council.