Here's what is planned for Oakley city center development
The development team Steve Smith hired to plan Oakley’s new city center has submitted its application to city planners. Residents can weigh in about the future in a survey.
Planning commissioners will give the Oakley City Council a positive or negative recommendation before the council ultimately approves or denies the plans.
At the Oakley City Planning Commission’s latest meeting, development consultant Kris Longson presented the current plan, plus plans for the three homes Smith acquired across state Route 32 and the barn down Millrace Road.
The post office would move to a new building north of its current location, alongside new retail space. Oakley would get an expanded Ken’s Kash grocery store and mixed-use buildings too.
There would be additional road connections between Center Street and Weber Canyon Road, including pedestrian walkways.
The development team is also asking for the three homes across state Route 32 to be rezoned as commercial land so they can move Dutch’s Service Station there, with space to fuel tractors and trucks.
The barn down Millrace Road would be preserved and transformed into a restaurant with special events space.
After Longson’s presentations, planning commissioners opened the floor for public comment.
A common critique among the nearly 20 residents who spoke was the amount of parking in the updated diagrams. Some residents said they would prefer more community gathering space than paved parking space.
Residents were not uniformly opposed to or supportive of the city center project.
Kerbee Leavitt spoke against the plan, expressing heartache over expanding her grandpa’s store and moving her uncle’s gas station to the land where her grandparents lived across the street. She called the plan “clear out in left field.”
But another resident, Kaitlyn Blacksher, said she knows the Smith family and said they have the best interests of the community in mind, not money.
Blacksher owns a business close to the proposed development and sees a need for parking, especially during peak times like the Oakley Rodeo and Fourth of July Celebration.
Residents can also voice their thoughts and help shape Oakley’s future by taking the city survey. The last day to participate is Saturday, Sept. 30.
Click here to complete Oakley’s city survey.