Alpine residents concerned about proposed housing development

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ALPINE -- Vickie Ray woke up Monday morning to the sound of more construction outside her Alpine home.

It’s been this way since September when the flash floods sent tons of debris down the burn scar left by a wildfire last year.

“I used to like the rain, Ray said. “Now I get in my car and sit out on the road,” Ray said.

Ray bought the lot from Patterson Homes with no knowledge of the area’s risky terrain.

After a year of living on the site she learned that every time it rained her dream home was at risk of being washed away.

“I certainly wouldn’t call it cat and dog rain – no, it’s just normal little bit of rain, but you have that big mountain with a huge gorge that I had no idea was there,” Ray said.

The burn scar near Ray’s house was a result of Quail Fire. It scorched more than 2,000 acres and was sparked by a track hoe trenching another development for Patterson Homes.

Ray’s neighbor Gill Greer said the blaze burned away all the brush.

“The flooding that came up afterwards has eroded the lands and now we have floods, landslides into all of the areas here,” Greer said.

Greer is working to get residents educated about Pattern Homes’ next development.

Developers want to build 59 lots in what is called the Lambert Park subdivision. Residents in the area consider themselves victims of Patterson Homes’ poor planning and they are afraid history is about to repeat itself.

“The problem is we don’t know that they always reveal all the problems,” Greer said.

A Patterson Homes spokesman said the plans for the development has been approved by all the necessary inspectors and they’ll be making their case at Tuesday night’s Utah County Planning Committee meeting.

“Our point is this, if you are saying there’s no problem they you put up the money to indemnify the city and residents – if there’s a loss then you pay it,” Greer said.

Alpine residents are planning on attending the meeting, which will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the Utah County Administration building.

2 comments

  • Monica Seigfreid

    This is a very poorly done article.

    First of all, it is not called “Lambert Park Subdivision”, it’s “Box Elder South”. Second, every home builder HAS always and WILL always be required to state in their contract with the home buyer that they are either in a fire and/or flood zone. So the buyer, unless they didn’t thoroughly read the contract, is fully aware the risks BEFORE the house is built. Vickie Ray’s house isn’t even a Patterson Home either.

    If you were to buy a piece of land (and continually pay property tax for it) and somebody told you that you couldn’t build your home on it, does that seem fair? Alpine residents need to quit feeling entitled and start using common sense.

  • Jeff Husak

    Yeah, this is kind of a joke. “..they are afraid history is about to repeat itself…” By what, building homes? Were any of the homes even harmed during the fire? I heard the owner of Patterson’s house was actually the only house to get damaged during the fire. What have they got in the water over there…stop complaining people and move on!!

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