Faring better than its Ivory counterparts at the August 11 Salt Lake City Planning Commission Hearing, Sequoia Development’s plans for Soleil Cove (formerly Solei Cove and Nielsen Gardens) was mostly approved.
A request to modify the height limitation from the code approved 28’ to 32’ was requested by developers, who, planning custom homes reflecting similar designs within the neighborhood, suggested that the height maximum be increased for those designs with a steeply pitched roof. Many neighbors had objected to this; in fact many associated two story designs with ‘monster houses,’ claiming that they did not reflect houses within the area, which are mostly ramblers.
Citing both the McKonkie residence, just west of the proposed development and other two story homes throughout the neighborhood, one just east of the development, and another home remodeled on Blaine Avenue to the south (in actuality, there are five existing one and half or two story houses on Blaine Avenue between 2100 and 2300 East and another on the corner of 1700 South and 2100 East) reflecting two story designs, Planner Michael Maloy felt that this was unfair to potential home buyers and others in the area who may want to remodel in the same fashion. The two story option was retained; the request for the 32’ height limit denied.
Developers requested elimination of the parking strip with a modified curved curb, arguing that many surrounding residents have either xeriscaped or paved over them since some feel they waste water.
Planner Maloy disagreed, noting that trees planted in parking strips provide shade and encourage walkability. Commissioners asked if the trees could be moved to the front yards instead. Maloy stated that they could, but then became resident, rather than City property and potentially removed. Moreover, the absence of parking strips tends to encourage parking on or partially on the sidewalk. That request was also denied; parking strips were retained.
A request for privacy fencing was another issue of discussion. Although the development started out as a subdivision, it had to be modified to a planned unit development due to the flag lot (lot behind a lot) to the rear of the existing McKonkie residence. Despite this, no HOA, or common space is planned. Since the goal is inclusion, rather than exclusion from the surrounding area, one Commissioner felt that fencing thwarted that goal and possibly hurt the existing vegetation, especially since it was only the flag lot that prevented the development from being a subdivision.
However, privacy fencing was requested by the neighbors to the south on Blaine Avenue concerned about privacy issues associated with potential two story houses. Additionally, the McKonkies requested a block wall since they will now not only lose their previous park-like view, but will be subjected to construction noise and debris during the construction period.
Commissioners approved the McKonkie’s request along with the surrounding privacy fencing, limiting the front side yards to transparent-type strip fencing.
Those issues resolved, the Planning Commission approved Sequoi’s request for an eight unit subdivision planned development at 2178 East 1700 South.