Developer wants out after N. Salt Lake landslide

Posted at 9:23 PM, Nov 18, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-18 23:23:16-05

NORTH SALT LAKE, Utah -- The developer of the land near a landslide in North Salt Lake wants out. Eaglepoint Estates’ plan to vacate was discussed in a public hearing Tuesday night.

The Mayor says more than a dozen homes were supposed to be built in the subdivision but that won’t be happening anytime soon.

"Some of those lots in that phase will obviously be unbuildable," said North Salt Lake Mayor Len Arave.

There are two lots in question: phases 18 and 19 of the Eaglepointe Estates. They sit right above a landslide that destroyed one home and put several others in danger back in August.

"I just think it's better to keep it native and not disturb that and not have any problem above where that tennis court and is all that development below," said North Salt Lake resident Jeff Brimhall, who is in favor of the developer vacating.

Vacating means the lands where nearly 15 homes were supposed to be constructed will be left alone and the rights will go back to the city, for now.

"Candidly I think the developer was stretching beyond what they were really supposed to do in order to get more lots sold and it backfired on them," Brimhall said.

Mayor Arave said North Salt Lake is working with homeowners to figure out a plan like what should be done with the land around the slide and what will it take to make sure property prices don't drop.

"I think once everyone understands what happened we can get the issue remediated and then I think land values will rebound," Mayor Arave said.

The Council voted in favor of allowing the developer to vacate.

The next meeting is Nov. 25 at 5:30 p.m.