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West Valley City Journal

Flag lot approved after council revisits request

Jun 02, 2017 10:12AM ● By Travis Barton

Property located at 6000 W. 3771 South where the West Valley City Council voted to approve a zone change that divides the property allowing for a house to be built behind the existing one. (Travis Barton/City Journals)

By Travis Barton | [email protected]
A property has been split in two.
The West Valley City Council voted 4-3, its closest vote in over a year, to approve the creation of a flag lot on 6000 W. 3771 South.
A flag lot describes a property found at the end of a long driveway typically, as in this case, located behind another property like a residence or building.
The decision will see the property divided making the 12,100 square feet behind the house available to be sold and developed under certain standards.
Councilman Steve Buhler, who voted against, said he’s generally not in favor of flag lots and losing agricultural lands.
“I think there is value to the city in general to have a great variety of housing opportunities,” Buhler said during the meeting. He added that if the land is sold, it’ll probably change hands multiple times with a house eventually being built.
This same request was originally denied by the city council in a 4-2 vote on Jan. 10 only to be revisited due to a noticing issue. The applicant for the change, Gail Warr, was inadvertently not included in the mailing list when notices were sent out. Warr is the trustee for the property that belongs to her family.
She told the city council prior to the vote on April 11 that they are preparing to sell the property and splitting it would make purchasing the large property easier.
“We want to be able to divide it if we need to, but if someone wants to buy the whole property, we’re okay with that,” Warr said.  
During the Jan. 10 meeting, neighbors voiced their disapproval stating they did not want another house squeezed into the area, but no neighbors appeared during this second iteration with city officials saying nearby residents were notified again.