Heber City Council Holding Final Public Hearings On General Plan Update And Sorenson Annexation

Heber City Council meets in regular session Tuesday evening. Items on the agenda include the final public hearings for two items the council has been working on for months.

Heber City Council meets in council chambers at city offices located at 75 North Main Tuesday evening. The council will begin with a work meeting including a presentation regarding the General Plan Update and an update on the Sorenson Property Annexation at 5:00 pm.

Immediately following during the 6:00 pm regular meeting council will hold a public hearing regarding the same items.

The Heber general plan update represents the past year of work known as the Envision Heber 2050 process. The new general plan will inform council decisions on items relating to neighborhoods, open space, outdoor recreation, mobility and economic development for years to come.

The Sorenson Property Annexation is the process of incorporating future development of land north of Heber City. The 8,000-acre, 5,700-unit development was approved by Wasatch County Council in the early 2000’s. The developers and Heber City have been working for months on the annexation which would bring the future development into Heber City boundaries.

Tuesday night represents the final scheduled public hearing for both issues before possible approval by the Heber City Council at their March 3rd council meeting.

At Tuesday’s meeting council will also consider a resolution to increase the Planning Commission stipend from $50 to $100 per meeting. The Heber City Planning Commission usually meets twice a month. The seven-member commission, plus two alternates, makes recommendations to the council regarding land use issues such as zoning, subdivision and commercial uses.

Council will also consider approval of a resolution to match a grant for an outdoor fitness court. Heber City is one of 200 cities nationwide to be offered the $30,000 grant by the National Fitness Campaign to build an outdoor fitness court. In order to receive the grant, the city must match the $30,000 contribution and possibly assist with installation.

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Heber Valley Artisan Cheese held their 2nd annual Ice Sculptures Exhibition this weekend. Several local businesses sponsored the sculptures being displayed. There were also two different ice carving demonstrations. The event was free to the public.

The annual event began last year when Carolee Kohler saw ice sculpting on a Hallmark movie and thought it would be a fun idea for their farm. They are also considering a woodcarving event.

According to Lindsey Strother, social media and events coordinator, each sculpture takes between 1-3 hours to carve. “We contacted Amazing Ice Creations back in November, and we reached out to local companies to sponsor the ice sculptures,” she said. “Yesterday morning around 9 am, they came in a massive truck and dropped them all off for us, and we set them up.”

Along with the ice sculptures, sponsors receive a sign and canopy for the display and social media marketing. The sponsors decide what they want to have sculpted. After the event, they can take the ice sculptures and display them at their businesses. The creations normally last a couple of weeks. Some will be left in the field and can be viewed throughout the week.

The ice this year included Olaf, company logos, animals, and other items. Darron Kingston, the sculptor, has carved ice for over 10 years with his dad. According to Kingston, “I like sculptures that give me a challenge. Here, for example, my favorite was the lumberjack.” One of his favorite past creations was a 9-foot bear.

Grant Kohler, owner of Heber Valley Artisan Cheese, explained, “We decided to do something that was free and something that people could just get out and come and enjoy. Especially this year with Covid, it seems like Januarys are slow months. People are looking for things to be able to get outside and do.” He continued, “Businesses pay in and buy the sculptures, we have them sculpted, and then we just let people come and enjoy them.” Kohler estimated around 3,000 to 4,000 people will stop by the event.

The dairy farm also offers cheese-making classes and tours of their new robotic barn. “The tours are everyday except Sunday,” according to Kohler. “People hayride over, intermingle with the cows, see the barn and amenities, and watch the cows be milked. The cows will literally go get milked on their own.” Tickets for the tours and other events are available on the Heber Valley Artisan Cheese website: https://hebervalleyartisancheese.com/.