Tonight, Draper City Council will review a proposed amendment to the master development agreement for Hidden Canyon Estates, Mercer Mountain Estates and Lakeview Heights Properties. Although these concept plans (located adjacent to existing Hidden Canyon Estates development) are not the official, final plats for the development, they do provide SunCrest area residents with the first solid peek at what developers are planning in this part of our neighborhood.
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Previous posts and history about these areas here.
Hidden Canyon Estates-Phase 1
Today, Edge Homes released pricing for the first phase of the Hidden Canyon Estates subdivision in the SunCrest area. Prices start around $400,000 and Edge Homes has indicated the first 5 will be selling discounted and will increase after that. The original development agreement called for a minimum of .17 lot size. This phase is the first of a multi-year, multi-phase development.
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*Note: While this development is in the SunCrest area, it’s not currently a part of the SunCrest HOA.
*Price sheet courtesy of Edge Homes and subject to change without notice.
Hidden Canyon Estates
Recently, Draper City held a public hearing to discuss the preliminary plat for the Hidden Canyon Estates subdivision. We were there and below is a summary of the comments we made.
City council will vote on this matter at their next meeting. PLEASE voice any questions, comments or concerns you have directly to the City Council by emailing them here.
Hidden Canyon Estates – Coming Soon!
Get ready for some new neighbors in our mountaintop community — Hidden Canyon Estates is coming soon (Don’t miss a beat— sign up for development updates here). This development sits on approximately 103 acres located east of SunCrest Drive.
What To Expect
Currently, the development is approved for a maximum of 300 single-family homes, each with a minimum 7,500sq/ft (.17-acre) lot. Since there is only one access point off of SunCrest Drive right now, they will be limited to 50 homes until a second access point is built.
This parcel and 2 other parcels were part of a settlement agreement between the existing property owner and Edge homes in 2014. The preliminary plat passed the Draper City Planning Commission is headed to City Council for approval. Upon approval from the Council, the subdivision will include nine phases—the first eight by Edge Homes, and the final phase by the original property owner. View the full plats below.
And What About…?
SunCrest HOA: As of this writing, it’s unclear if they will join the SunCrest HOA.
Open Space: The plat includes two parcels of open space. A .31 acre parcel in Phase 1, and a second .18 parcel next to the city’s existing detention basin.
Parks and Trails: $500,000 will be given to Draper City and be used in the first or second phase trail and trailhead improvements
Traverse Ridge Special Service District: Any subdivision on the property will be a part the Traverse Ridge Special Service District.
You may be wondering, “How will new construction impact my home’s value?” New development in any community presents more choices for buyers and sellers. Depending on the size, style, and lot size, new homes can bring new competition to finished homes when it comes time to sell, but they will also bring a lot more people up the hill who are interested in buying in SunCrest. Buyers and sellers all have different goals, timing, and lifestyles that make each experience unique. Finished basements, full mature landscaping, established neighborhoods, and different scenery are all strong features of homes already built, so we expect to see existing home sales remain strong, even with new development looming. Working with a team to help position yourself to stand out in a bigger (and newer) crowd, however, will become even more important for any SunCrest homeowner looking to sell.
Hidden Canyon Estates
Public hearing for the Hidden Canyon Estates development to be held before the Draper City Planning Commission on March 24th at 6:30. Steve Maddox is the applicant.
This particular parcel, along with 20 acres surplussed in 2014 was included to help facilitate a settlement between David Mast and Draper City. Read about it here.
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SunCrest Open Space Master Plan
Draper City is currently updating the Open Space Master Plan. At the City’s first open house regarding the matter in September, we saw a glimpse of the possibilities that are being considered. Here are our main takeaways from the event.
Deer Ridge Development
Additional development at Deer Ridge, located in the Southwest corner of SunCrest, may be on hold. It’s unclear if that is a temporary status or a permanent decision. Depending on if you were speaking to consultants assisting with the master plan, or actual City staff, the information wasn’t consistent. The City indicated, as they had done in previous meetings, that much of the infrastructure is in place in Deer Ridge, and the City may look for ways to recoup the costs of the SunCrest purchase and didn’t rule out future development. Consultants however, cited public opinion and surveys that open space and recreation might be the best use of this land. Ideas range from conservation easements, revenue generating uses, and further development of the trail system.
Draper Trails, Trailheads, And Trail System Expansion
The current Draper and Corner Canyon trail systems may be beefed up, in a big way. It’s important to note that nothing specific is underway yet, but the following were discussed:
Edelweiss Trailhead – The current proposed trailhead is now located directly east of Stoneleigh Heights (versus within the future Edleweiss development). Proposed 12-16 parking spots and restrooms.
Hidden Canyon Trailhead – This proposed trailhead would be located directly off of SunCrest Drive and off of the road currently in development for the Hidden Canyon Estates subdivision. This trailhead would be similar to the Orson Smith Trail Head and be completed with restrooms, a small playground, and a pavilion.
Brookside Trailhead – Currently, Brookside Drive is the road that leads to nowhere in Maple Hollow. There is discussion about a new trailhead, with amenities, atop this road and rerouting the Maple Hollow Trail to connect with the Eagle Crest trail.
Many ideas are being tossed around. They range from dog parks, disc golf, campgrounds, sledding hills, chair lifts, and outdoor recreation centers, among others. It’s great to see so many ideas being considered and it will be interesting to see what sticks. In regards to future development, it’s clear the City is being careful of where conservation easements may or may not be placed and what portions may make sense for future development. With 40 acres of (former) City owned land now heading towards development, we’re excited to have a vision for the future.
The City is updating the Corner Canyon Regional Park Master Plan to include all City open space along the Traverse Mountains. The “Project Map” above shows land Draper City already owned (light green) and land purchased at ~$2,125 an acre from Zions bank (lime green). The other image is future development.
When the City purchased land from Zions Bank in 2012, then Mayor and City Council reiterated their intent was to preserve as much of the land as open space, but mentioned they would look for ways to recoup the costs of the purchase.
Since the Zions purchase, Draper City has surplussed (surplus is a formality the City follows for land they usually intend to sell) 160 acres of the ~2,400 acres.
Of the current surplussed property, residents have seen some areas progress towards development. [See: Mercer Mountain Estates] This particular parcel, along with 20 acres surplussed in 2014 was included to help facilitate a settlement between David Mast and Draper City.
Regarding the 40 acres of City owned land, City Planner David Dobbins explained “Draper City purchased nearly 2,400 acres of property from Zions Bank at a cost of $5,100,000, or $2,125 per acre. Therefore, the cost to Draper City to acquire the 40 acres being considered as a settlement with DJI was $85,000. The 40 acres to be developed represents 1.66% of the property purchased by Draper City from Zions Bank.” The Council voted in March 4-1 to move forward with the settlement with SunCrest resident Bill Colbert being the lone vote.
This particular parcel of prime land offers magnificent views of Salt Lake County, Mt. Timpanogos, and Utah County. When asked about what other areas were considered, the City said it considered “many other areas but couldn’t come to an agreement.” Most of the City Council is also quick to point out that the original master plan included more development.
As former City owned land is being developed, many residents are eager to see the City work towards a master open space plan and hopefully “put to bed” the uncertainty of (more) future developments.
Residents are encouraged to get involved by attending planning and council meetings or by following online at planwebsite.com
There’s more development in motion in SunCrest! Recently, Draper City Council approved a master development agreement regarding the properties known as Hidden Canyon Estates, Mercer Mountain Estates and Lakeview Heights.
Hidden Canyon Estates
Located adjacent to the Stoneleigh Heights Townhomes and the future Edelweiss development, the agreement allows up to 300 single-family homes with a minimum lot requirement of 7,500 sq. ft. The developer will contribute $500,0000 towards the construction of trails/trailhead in either the first or second phase.
Mercer Mountain Estates
This 20-acre parcel, acquired in the Zion’s Bank acquisition, will be limited to 50 single-family homes with a minimum lot requirement of 12,000 sq. ft. The agreement will allow for a gated community if desired and all roads within MME will be private streets.
This 20-acre parcel, commonly referred to as the “concrete jungle,” was also acquired in the Zion’s Bank acquisition. This parcel will allow townhomes or condos and be limited to 160 units and all roads within LH will be private streets.
Future SunCrest Development
Hidden Canyon Estates (DJM Investments LLC)
Located east of the Edelweiss development and Stoneleigh Heights III, it’s believed that this development is seeking about 300-350 homes on approximately 135 acres. This development will likely connect to Edelweiss, as well as a new road from SunCrest Drive.
Michel Land LLC
Draper City Surplus Parcels
Deer Ridge III
Originally planned for 30-40 custom homes, it’s unlikely this area will remain undeveloped; much of the infrastructure is already in place. This area does, however, present a challenge to future developers due to only having a single access point in the event of an emergency.