On October 18, the Spanish Fork City Council approved the Escalante Preliminary Townhouse Flat Plan. Project approval was recommended by the Development Review Committee and the Planning Commission.
The project is planned for 2.11 acres of land at 1060 East and 400 North in the city. The project, planned by Atlas Engineering LLC, is to construct 20 townhouse residential units.
Dave Anderson, director of community and economic development for Spanish Fork, said a townhouse project was first proposed more than a decade ago.
“Since then we have seen a few other proposals to put houses on this property as well; each of them, for different reasons, disappeared,” Anderson said.
The price of the whole project, as well as the precise dates of construction, are still undetermined. According to the applicant, the planning process was not difficult with the help of Spanish Fork City.
“It’s a much better version than what we’ve seen before,” board member Kevin Oyler said.
According to the submission to the planning commission, there will be significant amounts of open space surrounding the townhouses.
On the east side of the property, a lot with a connection to the town trail will also be included, therefore the project will follow the town conditions listed in the Escalante Townhomes report.
“That a detail of the two-rail wooden fence with an 18-inch mowing strip along the path be provided,” condition five of the report reads. The project members opted for an open space, that is to say without a fence, from the path, but with a dividing line. The remaining eight conditions are listed on the first page of the report.
Preliminary plans show that the exterior of the townhouses will resemble a farmhouse look, featuring stone, stucco and hardy on the exterior. They are expected to have three to four bedrooms per unit and two or two and a half bathrooms. The ground floor consists of a two-car garage, bathroom, office and mechanical systems. There are also 12 visitor parking spaces provided for the property.
Townhouses will be designated on property previously zoned R-3 as a triangular-shaped parcel, which will also incorporate a landlocked area. If it weren’t for the project, Anderson said it would be “useless property.” During the planning commission meeting, it was briefly discussed that it would be used as an additional parking space.
Due to rising construction and development costs, specifications are yet to be determined.