ST. GEORGE — Big changes may be on the horizon for Ivins and Santa Clara.
In a meeting Wednesday, the Santa Clara City Council voted to amend the city’s General Plan Land Use Map to allow for a mixed-use clustered housing project. The project – called Black Desert – includes an 18-hole golf course, hotels, trails and housing located near Entrada.
The Black Desert project is managed by ENLAW and consists of 600 acres of development, with 298 acres existing in Santa Clara and 302 acres in Ivins. Development use accounts for approximately 120 acres in Santa Clara and will include about 1,937 low- to medium-density dwelling units.
Santa Clara City Planner Bob Nicholson said the project is a “distinctly separate” extension of Entrada that will bring in “a lot of new neighbors.”
The Santa Clara General Plan touches on the importance of preserving unique, sensitive areas, like the lava fields, Nicholson said. Policy 9.6 of the General Plan states: “The city will encourage development in the Lava Fields to retain a minimum of 50 percent of the beds intact, and will specifically preserve the ridges and the visible high points.”