What IS Mixed-Use, Anyway?

<p>"Mixed-use"? "transit-oriented development"? Development in Farmington, Utah hits a wall while the planning commission debates definitions.</p>
June 2, 2008, 8am PDT | Tim Halbur
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"Ron Martinez has been trying to turn nearly 140 acres into a mixed-use development for more than three years.

But, Farmington is trying to figure out what it wants the mixed-use to be."My patience, and my investor's patience, has run out," Martinez told the Planning Commission during a Thursday meeting to discuss the project.

Last December, Martinez's company, America West Development, got the city's approval to build a "transit-oriented development" with shops, homes and an office park west of Interstate 15 along Park Lane. But in January, the city wanted to take another look at what a "transit-oriented development" would require.

"One person's mixed-use is not another person's mixed-use," said Kevin Poff, Planning Commission chairman, of how to integrate shops, homes and offices."

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Published on Friday, May 30, 2008 in The Salt Lake Tribune
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