Heber City Council May Finalize Sorenson Annexation On Tuesday

May 4, 2020

Heber City Hall
Credit Heber City

Heber City Council will be meeting remotely Tuesday evening and could possibly annex a huge development and double the size of the city.

The buildout of the 8,000-acre area known as the Sorenson property will ultimately result in 5,700 residential units north of Heber City.  The project will include three village centers, one clustered near the UVU campus, another near the southern end of the Jordanelle Reservoir and the final in the Jordanelle Mountains.  

The development was previously approved by Wasatch County Council. Heber Mayor Kelleen Potter says the 5,700 units will be built on about 3,000 acres with the remaining 5,000 acres preserved for open space. 

“The density is .07 per acre,” Potter explained. “That means less than one home per acre overall. This is density that was already entitled by the County and the city has committed in an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) to not increase the density above what was already given to them by the County.” 

The city and applicant have previously met their requirement to hold final public hearings for the project back in February. Despite that Mayor Potter says they will continue to take public comments for the online meeting via email. 

“If you have comments, if you email them, I’ll read them into the record during the public comment period,” Potter continued. “If there's things that people want to say, we will handle it like a regular meeting. You don't just blurt out anytime, but I'm happy to try and get any public comment to the council into the record that people have. We're very interested in hearing the publics comments and want to make sure that those are heard by the council.” 

The council may vote on the annexation at the meeting or may continue it to another meeting. Mayor Potter says the council will consider some other items at the Tuesday evening meeting. 

“We're going to be looking at some master plan ideas for the cemetery, an exception to the sewer policy for an area on the south end of Mill road,” Potter said. 

At the meeting council will also consider updating criminal, traffic and parking code, including tightening regulations for Off-Highway-Vehicles to comply with state law.