ARGUMENT FOR A “YES” VOTE TO UPHOLD REZONE
A “YES” vote on this referendum is a vote that respects the open and fair public
legislative process that we have in Kaysville and is a vote that follows correct
zoning principles. A “NO” vote is a vote that favors the vocal minority and is a
vote that would give life to the tendency of some citizens to shortsightedly
oppose any rezone no matter how much sense the rezone makes.
Specifically, this referendum asks whether you want to uphold the City’s
decision to rezone a vacant residential property to a light industrial property.
The property is located directly on the Burton Lane overpass at the intersection
of Deseret Drive and Burton Lane. The property has virtually no characteristics
of a typical residential property: it sits across the street from storage sheds, rail
lines, high-power transmission lines, an electrical substation, and I-15 to the
east. And it’s bordered by the rail trail to the west.
In 2016, the property’s owner, Jim Puffer, purchased the property to use it as a
storage yard for his landscape construction business. Due to the nature of his
desired use, and after Mr. Puffer used the property for several months under
the previous residential zone without any neighbor complaints, the City told
Mr. Puffer that he needed to apply for a rezone. After multiple open and public
meetings where the City and the public heard from both Mr. Puffer and the
surrounding neighbors—and after compromising on how to best address the
concerns related to the rezone—the City Council approved the rezone. Only
two members of the Council voted against the rezone: Susan Lee and Dave
After the Council approved the rezone, some neighbors pursued this referendum, and some filed a lawsuit against Mr. Puffer and the previous owner
who sold the property to Mr. Puffer. The neighbors’ opposition was essentially
that Mr. Puffer’s use of the property is noisy, dusty, and creates a traffic safety
hazard with trucks entering onto Burton Lane. To be sure, those concerns
shouldn’t be ignored, but they can be mitigated: the noise can be reduced,
dust can be managed, and the truck traffic is minimal—maybe a handful of
trips a day.
You should vote YES on this referendum because the City Council’s decision to
rezone just made sense. The City followed its process of having a fair, open,
and complete weighing of the competing interests. The location of this property is far more conducive to a light-industrial use than it is to a residential use.
Its location at the edge of some homes across from the rail trail, its location on
the Burton Lane overpass and its proximity to I-15, the rail lines, the storage
sheds, the power substation, and the high-power transmission lines all weigh
in favor of upholding the City’s rezone to a light industrial use.
Vote “YES” on this referendum: it just makes sense.
ARGUMENT TO “VOTE AGAINST” PROPOSITION NO. 5 AN IMPROPER
A vote “Against” Proposition 5 supports Kaysville citizens’ right to responsible
zoning. Proponents ignore thousands of citizens who overwhelmingly support
protecting existing residential property. Proposition 5 is an improper spot zoning of industrial use within a residential neighborhood. This is not responsible
When Mr. Puffer purchased the residentially zoned parcel surrounded by homes, the illegal industrial use began. Dump trucks and heavy equipment were coming and going, operating throughout the day, creating an extraordinary amount of noise, dust, and dangerous truck traffic. Neighboring homeowners appealed to the City multiple times to stop the blatant violations of the residential zone. The City finally reacted with a spot industrial rezone, rather than enforcing the existing residential zoning.
The referendum process is an open, fair, public process that is an important part of the legislative process allowing citizens to exercise their inherent legislative authority to correct bad decisions made by elected representatives. The rezone was narrowly approved in a 3 to 2 vote. Upon approval, the referendum was initiated with hundreds of citizen volunteers, and thousands petitioning against the rezone. A total of 2,823 citizens signed the petition to allow all citizens of Kaysville to vote against the rezone. Proponents incorrectly characterize us as a “vocal minority”; however, we are a vast group of concerned Kaysville citizens sending a mandate to the City that citizens of Kaysville want
Permitting industrial use with the hazards it brings, in this area, does not
make sense. Please VOTE “AGAINST” THIS IMPROPER SPOT REZONE.