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Eagles Landing housing project flayed

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PROVO — Brent Gordon shares the frustration of residents of a tiny Spanish Fork Canyon town who are worried that a proposed 300-acre development near their homes will gain approval.

Gordon, a Utah County planning commissioner, joined concerned residents of Birdseye this week at the commission chambers in an attempt to derail the Eagles Landing project.

A final decision from the commissioners on the mountainside development may come as soon as next month.

Gordon said the seven-member planning panel unanimously denied the plans — proposed by Birdseye resident John Wilding nearly three years ago — and he doesn't understand why it keeps getting tossed back by the commission.

"This whole deal has been frustrating. It's been back and forth, back and forth," Gordon said. "My problem is, I just don't feel this is good planning."

Gordon said there are too many proposed houses, and the canyon already is dangerous without the addition of 100 more commuters.

Leaders of Spanish Fork, the nearest city that could offer services, also have opposed the project on the record.

Gordon criticized the commission for allowing comment at a commission work session from the developer's attorney but not from the public.

"This is not planning," he said. "It's accommodating."

Birdseye resident Randy Butler said the project goes against the guidelines established in growth blueprints. He said the drinking water for Spanish Fork could be contaminated if the septic tanks at the 95 new homes failed to hold waste water.

"Thistle Creek runs into the Spanish Fork River," Butler said.

"There will be pollution. It will show up, and then what will you do?"

Butler said the 26 families in Birdseye feel ignored and frustrated because the process seems unbalanced.

"I acknowledge the developer has rights, but so do we," he said.

"We want to have a city when we decide to have a city. This way, the developer decides for us."

Commissioner Jerry Grover said the county shares concerns about water issues. That's why county officials would insist on annual maintenance of the septic tanks.

Grover said the project is going through a legal process that demands all sides be heard.

Tom Scribner, the developer's attorney, said corners weren't cut to work through the approval process. His clients have abided by requests from the county.

"It's been a three-year process," he said.

"That tells you something."

Commissioner Gary Herbert said he will need reassurance that the septic-tank system will work before he agrees to approve the project. He also said it's always difficult to balance the property rights of the developer against those of the individual homeowners.

Commissioners voted to continue the discussion until July 25 to allow the developers time to set up a special service district for the area.

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