HOLLADAY — Holladay residents concerned about a new development planned for their city turned in their petition Thursday seeking a referendum that would put the project up for a vote, the Salt Lake County Clerk’s office confirmed.
For Brett Stohlton, one of the organizers of the group Unite For Holladay, which collected signatures, the petition proved many Holladay residents’ willingness to “contribute to the community.”
In May, the Holladay City Council approved a proposal by Ivory Homes and Woodbury Corp. to build a mixed-use city center on the site of the old Cottonwood Mall, prompting Stohlton and others to start the petition.
The development plans include 775 apartments, with a maximum height of 90 feet, or seven stories. The plan also includes up to 210 total residential units, including 79 single-family homes, 22 units of brownstone-style homes, 39 units described as “Creekside Manor” homes, and up to 40 retail shops and restaurants.
Stohlton in June said the development would drop an uncharacteristically dense community in the heart of a “bedroom community that has more of a rural feel.”
“It’s been a lot of hard work over the last 45 days. Fortunately, we’ve had over 100 volunteers making great personal sacrifice to contribute to the community, to engage their neighbors and other residents of Holladay,” Stohlton said Thursday.
“And it’s fun at the end of that pathway to see an end result where we gathered close to 8,000 signatures from voters in Holladay, and that represents close to 50 percent of the voters in Holladay that participated in the last presidential election,” he said.
The signature requirement is at least 35 percent of the people who voted in the last presidential election.
Stohlton said the group would continue to collect and turn in signatures until Friday, which is their deadline. They need 5,874 valid signatures. However, even if the county clerk’s office certifies the required number, a referendum for the development still might not be put up to voters.
In June, attorneys for Ivory Homes said they had sent a cease-and-desist letter to groups petitioning against the development, alleging the groups made false representations about the project and gathered signatures outside of polling locations, among other accusations.
Attorney Alan Sullivan, with the law firm Snell & Wilmer, said the issue wasn’t eligible to be placed on the ballot because the City Council hadn’t changed zoning laws to make way for the project.
But Holladay City Attorney Todd Godfrey said in June that …read more
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