A controversial rezone has been withdrawn and a Sandy city planning commissioner has resigned after residents opposed to the proposal decried an alleged conflict of interest over his connection to developers. | Adobe Stock

Citizens decried alleged conflict of interest over commisioner’s contract with developers for the rezone

SANDY — A controversial rezone has been withdrawn and a Sandy city planning commissioner has resigned after residents opposed to the proposal decried an alleged conflict of interest over his connection to developers.

The rezone, which has consumed the public comment period on a number of City Council meetings, would have split 4.5 acres of horse-friendly property into quarter-acre lots without animal rights.

“Really, it was a difficult decision” Cory Shupe said Wednesday, a day after his resignation was announced.

Speaking about his resignation, Shupe said, “I just felt like in the end it was the right thing for the city, if there’s controversy with me and the citizens are upset.”

Shupe, who owns an urban planning design firm, presented an application for the rezone to the planning commission on Aug. 1, after recusing himself from a vote due to his contract with developers of the property.

Mayor Kurt Bradburn announced Shupe’s resignation during a Sandy City Council meeting on Tuesday, expressing appreciation for Shupe’s service in the role. On Wednesday, public notice was given that Geraldine Shaw, the property owner, withdrew her application for the rezone.

Shaw did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Referencing changes to the planning commission bylaws — announced last week in response to residents’ concerns over the conflict — Bradburn added during the meeting that “we are continuing to work through the conflict of interest disclosure reformatting and redoing the process.”

When the controversy escalated last week, Deputy Mayor Evelyn Everton …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Utah News

      

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