PROJECT CONFERENCE RECORD Project: US-89, Farmington to South Ogden No. : 8031 Place: Farmington City Hall Conference Room Date: December 29, 1993 Attending: Brooks Carter, Corps Jeanette Gallihugh, Corps Max Forbush, Farmington City Greg Bell, Farmington City Earl Kemp, Farmington City Marda Dillree, St. Rep. Joel Hall, Versar Lindi Gregory, Versar Subjects Lynn Zollinger, UDOT Dist. 1 Denis Stuhff, UDOT Dist. 1 Dave Berg, UDOT Environmental Congressman Jim Hansen Peter Jenks, aide Aaron Richards, property owner Craig Peterson, Versar
Following introductions, Craig Peterson, Versar, explained the purpose of the meeting was to select an access option from I- 15/US-89 for the west Farmington area. Access is needed to reduce future congestion through Farmington and along 600 West. Wasatch Front Regional Council projects 30,000 daily vehicle trips in this area within 15 years. All traffic from the west Farmington area must currently pass through Farmington City, with much of it passing through the Clark Lane Historic Homes District and travelling in front of a junior high school and near an elementary school. The road will be built and maintained by the state. A handout showing the three options was passed around and
the pros and cons of each option was explained. The reason for the variety of options is avoidance of wetlands. Two of the options tie into Clark Lane at 1100 West, while the third option ties into Clark Lane east of 1100 West. Wetlands Discussion - Brooks Carter, us Army Corps of Engineers (COE) , took a few minutes to explain the regulations concerning wetlands. First, you must look to avoid wetlands if at all possible and practicable. If you cannot avoid wetlands, then you must minimize the impacts in the most practicable manner. Finally, you mitigate by creating new wetlands to replace the lost and impacted wetlands. Currently, the COE does not prefer anyone option. If one option which impacts more wetlands then another option is selected, then UDOT and Farmington must prove to the COE, by providing safety standards, traffic projection, and air quality information, along with City planning information, that option is the most practicable option. 1 Aaron Richards, a resident of the area where the access road would be located, stated that his fields are wet because they have been farmed and irrigated, not because they are wetlands. There are some drains through the fields and he pointed out their locations. He is not happy about his fields being called jurisdictional wetlands. Congressman Jim Hansen explained in general terms problems that have arisen with the Threatened and Endangered Species Act and Wetlands under the Clean Water Act. He stated that both these acts will be in for some congressional changes during 1994 because they create a land "taking" without offering just compensation. Mr. Hansen feels that economic impacts need to be weighed along with biological impacts. Marda Dillree, state Representative for Farmington, expressed her belief that wetlands are taking economic value from Davis County because of the costs involved to identify and avoid or mitigate. Farmington city Transportation Master Plan Issues - Mayor-elect Bell explained the importance of the Burke Lane access to Farmington's transportation master plan. Access over 1-15 between Farmington and the developing west Farmington area is limited to two streets - Clark Lane and Glover Lane.
Connections between Clark Lane and Glover Lane on the west side of 1-15 is also limited to two streets - 650 West and 1525 West . The City's master plan calls for the development of something like a loop system around Farmington to improve traffic circulation and emergency response times. The streets involved in this would be 1100 West, Clark Lane, Glover Lane, and Main Street/US-89. The Burke Lane access needs to tie into this loop to take west side traffic away from schools. Burke Lane Access Options - option "A" is the original access proposal. It is the most direct access to Clark Lane and 1100 West, with one long, gentle curve. However, it impacts over seven acres of wetlands. Option "B" has been dropped from further study because it does not provide reasonable access to the projected growth area in the west Farmington area. Option "C" has two curves and impacts less than one acre of wetlands, but it does not tie into Clark Lane at 1100 West. option "C" creates two intersections which will decrease safety and increase air pollution problems. Option "D" is a compromise between options "A" and "C". It is estimated to impact approximately four acres of wetlands by snaking around them before tying into Clark Lane at 1100 West. 2 Closing Comments - Versar will provide the COE with user costs and safety ratings for options "A," "C," and "D". Farmington City will provide the COE with a copy of the City's Comprehensive Master Plan. The COE will use this additional information, along with the wetland impacts information, to determine which option is a "practicable permitting" option for the Burke Lane access.
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