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Council nixes zoning request

PRINCETON — The Princeton City Council has denied a request to rezone property in the Epperson Hills Subdivision from residential to manufacturing.

At Monday’s meeting, the council voted to uphold a unanimous recommendation from the Princeton Plan Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals to deny a rezoning petition from Phillip Erickson to rezone Lots 2, 3 and 4 of the Epperson Hills Subdivision from Residential 1-A to Manufacturing M-2.

In giving some history to that area, zoning officer Pete Nelson said the Epperson Hills Subdivision, which is located on the west edge of Princeton, was not annexed into the city limits when the first house was built there. The area appeared to be destined for manufacturing and was home to the Jack Davis concrete business. However in time, the area became more residential. The entire 15 acres were later annexed into the city limits and are zoned for residential, other than the Jack Davis property which is zoned M-2.

In discussing the Erickson rezoning request, Commissioner Ray Swanson asked about a possible conditional use for the property which Erickson wants rezoned to manufacturing.

Nelson said the plan commission could have done a conditional use permit but opted not to do that.

After further discussion, the council voted 4 to 1 to follow the recommendation of the planning commission/zoning board of appeals, with Swanson casting the no vote.

In other business at Monday’s meeting, the council had the first reading of an ordinance authorizing Princeton City Manager Jeff Clawson to negotiate a purchase and sale agreement with McKeown International, Inc. for property located within the Princeton Technology Park.

McKeown International is already located on a three-acre property in the northeast corner of the technology park. The new property under consideration contains approximately 3.646 acres and would be sold at a total cost of $25,522.

As reported earlier, McKeown International Inc. opened its business in the city tech park in 2010 and produces frames which will serve as sound muffling components for electric motors.

The city council is expected to take action on the McKeown International purchase ordinance at its next meeting.

Also, Commissioner Joel Quiram thanked Clawson for his negotiating work on two bundled change orders for work at the new water treatment plant. The first bundled change order contained 38 separate requests, requiring $376,325 in additional funds. Clawson has worked with Vissering Construction on the bundled change order for quite some time, rejected some of the changes, and reduced the balance of the change order to $74,824. A second bundled change order was approved at $2,372. Clawson is to be commended for this work, Quiram said.

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