Monday, August 4, 2008

Proposed Powder Mountain Incorporation Petition On The Official Agenda For August 5th Meeting Of The Weber County Commission

The proposed incorporation of the Town of Powder Mountain is on the official agenda of the regular meeting of the Weber County Commission to be held on Tuesday, August 5th, 2008 at 10 A.M. in the Commission Chambers located at 2380 Washington Blvd. in Ogden. Published in the August 4th print version of the Ogden Standard-Examiner; report not posted on the online edition. Proposed agenda of commission meeting can be accessed via this link.

The Powder Mountain request is covered by items 6 and 7 on the agenda. Item 6 is a request to approve a resolution granting the petition for the incorporation of the Town of Powder Mountain, sponsored by Alan McEwen. View the 58-page Powder Mountain Development Agreement HERE in PDF format. Item 7 is a request to appoint a mayor and town council, sponsored by the Powder Mountain Petitioners.

The most recent proposal, presented by the petitioners on July 8th, would rely more on already-existing open space, reducing the pressure on the existing community of Eden, a big chunk of which would have been swallowed up under the previous proposal. More development would be re-directed northward towards Cache County. But on the downside, it would increase the number of projected residential or dwelling units to as many as 3,950 on the Weber County side. Local residents continue to maintain that a resort with 3,950 dwelling and hotel units is too dense for the mountain and would overburden State Highway 158, the steep, narrow road leading to the resort. Some suggested improvements to the plan have been posted by the Ogden Sierra Club HERE. Ironically, the commissioners have not yet made available the minutes for the July 8th meeting, even though it is now August 4th.

The incorporation petition could be rejected. According to this post on the Weber County Forum, Commissioner Jan Zogmaister said the commission has received some community feedback since the proposal was posted, and although no new concerns have been raised, none of the e-mails she's personally received about the posted plan supports the proposal. You can also visit the Ogden Valley Forum to read their latest input.

The Weber County Commission will not walk away from the August 5th meeting without pissing somebody off. The question is, are they willing to piss off a bunch of developers, or are they willing to piss off a greater number of ordinary citizens who they will have to encounter on a daily basis. Tough call. But if I lived in the immediate area, I'd show up on August 5th in opposition, simply because the infrastructural support issues, particularly road access, have not yet been satisfactorily resolved.

Update August 5th: And I was right; the commission didn't walk away from the meeting without pissing somebody off. Unfortunately, they chose to piss off the local residents; the commission voted 3-0 to approved the Powder Mountain incorporation. See stories by the Ogden Standard-Examiner and the Deseret News; other details posted on the Weber County Forum.

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