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  • LEHI (Deseret News) — City leaders in Lehi, Draper and Highland are fighting a land war, each city wanting computer giant Micron Technology Inc. to annex property into its respective city.

    The 158 acres in question are split into two island-like pieces of unincorporated Utah County and are surrounded by Draper to the north, Highland to the east and Lehi to the west and south.

  • HIGHLAND (Deseret News) — Faced with condemnation notices, a developer promised to demolish an abandoned home that was significantly damaged in a four-alarm fire last year.

    After hearing a plea from developer Gary Cooper, the Highland City Council voted Tuesday to give him an additional four months to demolish and clear debris from the 6,700-square-foot home at 10031 N. 6800 West.

  • HIGHLAND (Daily Herald) -- Highland City Council members are preparing to give battle over a parcel of land between Highland and neighboring Lehi City. A Highland resident called the action a move toward a possible "turf war."

    Micron wants to annex into Lehi all its properties adjacent to its NAND memory plant, located within Lehi city limits. But a parcel of unincorporated land abuts Highland and is part of Highland's future annexation plans. Highland received a letter from Lehi asking the city to agree to the annexation move as part of the legal process.

  • (Daily Herald) In an unusual meeting on Tuesday, Highland planning commissioners asked elected officials for reduced authority to approve development.

    Highland's appointed Planning Commission and elected council members met in a joint session to hash out their concerns about the city's special requirements for development in the city center.

    Work is now underway to build 160 three-story townhomes in the area, after months of controversy and legal action.

  • (Daily Herald) A group of Highland residents are petitioning the city for a "solid wall" to block the noise of traffic.

    A road widening project is scheduled along 4800 West in Highland, and residents are concerned about what the future holds. At a recent meeting, they turned over a petition to the city, along with a list of unanswered questions.

    Mayor Lynn Ritchie said the city is working to set up a meeting with the neighborhood.

  • (Daily Herald) Attorneys for a controversial drug rehab center have told Highland it will open immediately -- but it hasn't yet, and has filed a lawsuit against the city.

    A recent legal appeal forbidding them to open is void, rehab officials have told the city.

    In December, residents had legally challenged a September council decision allowing a drug rehabilitation center in a residential neighborhood. A judge then overturned that approval, and rehab officials asked the judge to remove his decision.

  • (Daily Herald) Days after a judge ruled that a controversial Highland townhouse project was a go, Highland has placed a moratorium blocking similar subdivisions.

    In December, planning commissioners here approved 160 three-story townhomes after being told by city staff they had no other choice. Council members decided to fight the decision and filed an appeal. Late last week, a judge ruled that according to city law, the Planning Commission indeed had no choice but to approve the subdivision.

  • HIGHLAND (Deseret News) — Hours before a public hearing regarding a controversial townhome project, the meeting was canceled because some City Council members felt they did not have time to review an appeal.

    Toscana at Highland is a 162-unit townhome project set to be built in Highland's Towne Center. The Planning Commission approved plans for the 7.14-acre subdivision in December, but City Councilman Brian Braithwaite filed an appeal against the commission.

  • (Daily Herald) The fight over a proposed drug rehab in Highland has gotten messy.

    Late Thursday, the judge who overturned approval for the rehab last week declined to "stay" his decision. On Friday, city staff announced that the rehab company and its supporters will file tandem district and federal lawsuits.

  • HIGHLAND (Deseret News) — Developers claim that a townhome project in Highland is getting the run-around from elected officials.

    After the city's planning commission approved the 162-unit project in December, the City Council filed an appeal against the commission, arguing it did not have the authority to green-light the project.

    Now, both the council and developers are waiting to hear back from the city's board of adjustment, which listened to complaints at a hearing last week.

  • (Daily Herald) "Caught between the powers that be and the powers that be."

    That is how the developer of a controversial Highland townhome subdivision described his frustration on Thursday as the Highland council argued that planning commissioners did not have authority to approve the buildings.

  • HIGHLAND (Daily Herald) -- Days ahead of a legal appeal, Highland residents packed a hearing on Saturday morning to voice their frustrations and concerns about a high-density housing subdivision.

    In December, planning commissioners gave approval to a 160-unit subdivision of 3-story townhouses, to the surprise of at least some elected officials. Commissioners hadn't wanted to give approval, but were told by city staff they had no choice.

  • (The Enterprise) Flagship Homes plans to break ground in late January or early February for Toscana at Highland, a 160-unit, multiple-building townhome project. The homes will be constructed on almost 7.8 acres at 10900 N. Town Center Blvd. in the northern Utah County community of Highland.

  • (Daily Herald) For the second time in recent months, Highland residents are saying they were misled by opaque agendas.

    On the Dec. 8 Planning Commission agenda, a 160-unit subdivision of townhomes was listed only as "Toscana at Highland -- Site Plan Application -- Review and Consideration for Approval." Neither information was given to indicate that Toscana was a subdivision, nor its size, nor that no elected official would be voting on it.

    "I thought it was a restaurant," said Councilwoman Kathryn Schramm, calling the agenda "misleading."

  • (Daily Herald) Late Tuesday night the Highland Planning Commission granted approval for Toscana, a 160-residence townhouse subdivision to be located in Highland Town Center.

    While site plan approvals by the planning commission have previously been submitted to the City Council for final approval, this decision is final. According to community development director Lonnie Crowell, earlier this year the town center overlay was amended, and as part of that process the planning commission was authorized to grant final approval for the combined business/residence district.

  • HIGHLAND (Deseret News) — Dan Baxter peers out his front window at the new neighbor that blocks his views of American Fork Canyon, has forced him to abandon the front half of his home and is currently shining a bright red light on his face.

    "It's almost as if the building is positioned to shine the lights right in our home," he said. "Our living room is unusable."

  • HIGHLAND (AP) — Residents of this Utah County city are appealing a decision allowing a drug rehabilitation center in a residential neighborhood.

    Thursday the city started the process of mediating the dispute by bringing in attorney Michael Walch.

    Walch said he is trying to determine whether the city properly applied its ordinance when it decided in September to allow the center.

    A group of residents appealed the decision, saying that among other things the city ignored a state law prohibiting drug and alcohol treatment centers in residential areas.

  • (Daily Herald) A group of Highland residents has filed a 17-page appeal regarding a residential drug rehab center, saying the city failed in its duty to residents when it approved the facility.

    In recent meetings, Highland residents have said they were duped when elected officials approved a residential drug rehabilitation center in September without once announcing on posted agendas what the facility was, or where it would be located. City officials told the Daily Herald that they did not dare do more to disclose the information, lest they be sued.

  • (Daily Herald) Highland took a step on Tuesday toward finding a permanent home for its arts council and other community-based organizations.

    Council members voted unanimously to spend nearly $68,000 to make the old city hall comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, which right now prevents public use of the vacant building.

    Speaking before the vote, arts council board member Kittie Tenney begged the city to fund the renovation.

  • HIGHLAND (Daily Herald) -- For the first time ever, the Highland City Arts Council appears on the cusp of having its own home.

    "We are always a guest in someone else's house," said KeriLynn Lenhart, council chair. "This would be a really big deal for our community. There has never been a community building or an arts building, and it would be wonderful."

  • (Daily Herald) A proposed assisted living facility with 26 beds was given a recommendation from the Highland Planning Commission for approval on Aug. 25. It is to be located on 4800 West at approximately 10600 North, across from the LDS seminary. Because of the proximity to the Lone Peak High School and the traffic it generates, a restriction barring left-hand turns between 7:15 and 8:15 a.m. and 2:15 to 3:15 was one of the conditions included in the motion.

  • (Daily Herald) The Pointe Performing Arts Academy submitted an application to Highland in order to build a dance studio on the southwest corner of 5600 West and 11000 North (SR 92). However, it failed to get a recommendation from the Highland Planning Commission for both a zone change and conditional use permit on Aug. 25.

  • (Daily Herald) After a three-month summer vacation, students returned to Lone Peak High School on Aug. 20. By 7:30 a.m. cars were already lined up on 4800 West, waiting to turn into the Lone Peak parking lot. Only a few lucky students realized that during the summer, Highland had constructed a new road and parking lot west of the school.

    City Administrator Barry Edwards said that one reason for building the road was to provide parking for Lone Peak students and for the 10-acre sports park (located north of the Lone Peak LDS seminary building).

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