Diane Christensen is living her dream in east Erda.
With a 5-acre plot of ground with chickens, ducks, and horses along with dogs and cats, Christensen said her dream has always been to live in a rural area and raise animals, till the earth and ride horses.
Christensen moved to Tooele from out of state around 2005 to be closer to family.
Landing first in Tooele City, she and her husband eventually rented a home on Bates Canyon Road for two-years before buying their current place near the corner of Droubay Road and Erda Way.
“It’s beautiful here,” she said. “When my husband gets home from work we feed the animals and then sit outside and enjoy the view.”
Christensen said it’s that rural way of life that led her and her husband to buy a home in Erda.
“Most people in Erda bought their home here intentionally for that reason – the rural life,” she said.
That’s why Christensen is involved in the current movement to gather signatures on petitions to allow voters to decide the fate of several new developments in the Erda area, she said.
“It’s frustrating, she said. “We know there is going to be growth, but we want it to adhere to the current zoning.”
At the petition signings set up around the county, Christensen said she hears several common concerns.
“People talk about having to dig their wells deeper, they’re worried about schools being overcrowded, and traffic congestion and accidents,” she said.
For Christensen it’s about preserving rural Erda and it’s rural way of life.
“When you start getting smaller lots and more people from the city moving out here, there is just more conflict because they don’t value the rural lifestyle and animals like the people that are already here for that reason,” she said.
Christensen said she is worried that more people on smaller lots means eventually animal owners, like her, will be forced to move if they want to keep their animals.
“That’s why we have zoning,” she said. “And the general plan called for 5-acre lots on the east side of SR-36 and 1-acre lots on the west side in Erda. We just want to keep it that way.”
Keeping Erda rural is why she is helping collect signatures on petitions for the referendum to repeal the rezone to planned community from RR-1 for the Tooele Valley Temple Subvision.
“It’s not the temple,” she said. “It’s the housing, a total of 446 homes with some lots as small as 4,000-square-feet.”