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This image shows the 102-acre Clegg Farm, with portions of it reaching Utah Lake on the west side. It is one of the oldest farms in the southern part of Vineyard.

This image shows the 102-acre Clegg Farm, with portions of it reaching Utah Lake on the west side. It is one of the oldest farms in the southern part of Vineyard.
When you’re the fastest growing city in the United States statistically, it’s not always easy. When the hope is to have streets and homes of the right sizes and varieties, there are always hiccups in the process.
So it is with Vineyard and its ever-growing city of single-family homes on a half-acre to streets lined with numerous 600- to 800-square-foot apartments. They all go to make up a city. However, when the city and its residents want to rein in the number of zoning changes, it can become a muddied issue.
In July 2021, builders approached the Vineyard City Planning Commission with a proposal for a new housing development on what is known as the Clegg Farm property. They were looking to change the zoning from an agriculture zone to a new medium-density zone, which they hoped could be added to the city’s general plan.
The new zone would be called the “Holdaway Farms District” as part of a special-purpose zoning district. It would also require a major amendment to the general plan. After months of discussion and changes and public hearings on the matter, on Jan. 26 the city council voted 3-1 — Mayor Julie Fullmer, a voting member, was out of town — to move ahead with the medium-density zoning.
The Holdaways and Cleggs are some of the early founding families of the township of Vineyard and have been farming the land in the area for decades.
Courtesy Vineyard City

This image shows the 102-acre Clegg Farm, with portions of it reaching Utah Lake on the west side. It is one of the oldest farms in the southern part of Vineyard.

This image shows the 102-acre Clegg Farm, with portions of it reaching Utah Lake on the west side. It is one of the oldest farms in the southern part of Vineyard.
Several citizens spoke during open mic time at the council meeting that the property should stay at half-acre parcels as was put forward in the general plan. To show their concern, they filed a petition for referendum with City Recorder Pam Spencer.
The top names on the petition include Shawn Herring, who ran for mayor against Fullmer five years ago, Christopher Price, Tristy Lee, Stanley Jenne and Joshua George, all Vineyard residents.
The petitioners have until April 12 to collect 1,775 signatures or 29% of registered voters in Vineyard. The hard part is that percentage must be gathered from at least three of the five voting districts in the city. Spencer is still trying to get the percentage number needed from each district from the Utah County Recorder’s Office, the entity that will count and verify registered voters, but emails sent Monday had yet to be replied to, she said.
As far as the size of the Clegg Farm, it is 102 acres. According to referendum signee Christopher Price, the area can fit 120 to 170 single-family homes on half-acre plots, “If they were to abide by the general plan.”
According to Price, the builders initially wanted 400 units and the city countered by offering 150. “The new council compromised and voted for 298 units,” he said. “The citizens are ticked off because they are not doing what we were told.”
“A lot of citizens are mad,” Price added. “Right now, if you want a large lot there is only one subdivision and it’s full. The most unrepresented lot size in the city is the one-half to one-third-acre lots. We’re tired of the council jamming through things thinking that is what the residents want.”
If the residents get the needed verified signatures, the referendum would be included on this coming Nov. 8 election ballot. Ballot information must be turned in the second week in August.
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