August has been a busy month for the Tooele County Planning Commission due to a surge in new residential developments.
The Aug. 6 planning commission meeting included a review of proposed plats or concept plans for 495 new homes in five projects.
The planning commission also gave a nod to two rezone requests for parcels near Box Elder Canyon in the foothills of the Stansbury Mountains west of Mormon Trail Road.
Final plats approved by the planning commission included the plat for the Reserve Subdivision phase 2 at the southwest corner of SR-36 and Bates Canyon Road. Phase 2 of the Reserve includes 13 new lots.
The Reserve is a project by Perry Development of Murray. It will have 138 lots when completed.
The planning commission also approved final plats for Benson Mill Crossing phase 9 and Northport Village phase 2.
Benson Mill Crossing phase 9 will be the last phase in the Benson Mill Crossing Townhomes development located near the Benson Gristmill, northeast of SR-138 and Stansbury Parkway. Benson Mill Crossing phase 9, built by Ivory homes, will add 38 townhomes to the development.
Northport Village phase 2, built by Centerville-based Henry Walker Homes, adds 20 lots to Northport Village on Delgada Lane, south of SR-138.
The planning commission approved the preliminary plan for four lots in Field of Dreams Phase 1.
Field of Dreams is being built by local developer Jack Walters. The concept plan for Field of Dreams shows 23 lots on Cochrane Lane in West Erda.
A concept plan for three parcels south of SR-138 near Stansbury Park was tabled by the planning commission.
Penelope Rose, LLC, the development arm of Salt Lake city-based Clear Water Homes, presented a concept plan for 420 lots on 158 acres on three parcels that it bought from Leucadia National Corporation.
The planning commission tabled the Penelope Rose concept plan and requested additional information about access roads and a proposed rezone of commercial property included in the plan to a residential zone, according to Tooele County Planner Blaine Gehring.
The planning commission also gave a nod to two rezone requests in the Box Elder Canyon area.
One request was from Tool Box Realty, of Tooele. Tool Box Realty requested a rezone of their 40-acre parcel from multiple use with a 40-acre minimum lot size to agriculture use with a minimum lot size of 20 acres.
The rezone will allow the property owners to divide the property into two parcels, Gehring said.
The other rezone near Box Elder Canyon was for 40 acres owned by the Manning family of Stansbury Park.
The Mannings requested that their property be changed from multiple use with a 40-acre minimum lot size to a general manufacturing zone.
The Mannings desire to build a film studio with an outdoor amphitheater along with a cattle and horse ranch on their property, according to their rezone application submitted to the county.
“Things are picking up in the county,” said Gehring. “We have seven more applications for items to be considered at the September meeting.”