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AMERICAN FORK, Utah (AP) -- Developers are considering building a resort on 17 acres of land on the northern end of Utah Lake next to the city boat harbor.
Ruben Adams, a property owner who appeared before the Planning Commission June 17 to present a proposal for the property, said the area had great potential.
"There is an undiscovered location in central Utah where we can have a complete experience that is in American Fork," he said. "It is a convenient place to recreate. It is not Lake Powell, but it is not 300 miles away, either."
Adams appeared before a work session of the Planning Commission last week and suggested making the land a destination resort.
"Each resort we are aware of has many of these common components in their commercial plan," he wrote in the document he submitted. "Our property is extremely well suited as a part of the overall destination. Our goal is to provide a commercial location that is pleasurable to the eye and convenient for everyone to use."
It could include boat and RV storage, a convenience store and restaurant, condominiums, time shares or a hotel, and a facility to sell or service boats.
Commissioner Joe Gordon questioned some of the commercial uses proposed.
"The question is, when the city identified it as an overlay zone, were they thinking about things that would augment the harbor itself?" he asked.
Gordon said there had been several resorts of various types located near the lake, including the Lindon Marina and Saratoga Resort. Some were privately owned and others were owned by municipalities. "There has to be a profit for a private sector," he said. "You have to have enough diversity and base for them to succeed."
Adams said the proposal would accomplish that while not detracting from the harbor.
"We would hope we could provide something that is not an eyesore," he said.
Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldextra.com
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