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No industrial rezone for southwest Logan, planning commission says

February 12th, 2011 Posted in Opinion

By Lis Stewart

LOGAN–The Logan Planning Commission voted to recommend the Municipal Council deny a request to rezone property at 1100 W. 200 South for industrial purposes Thursday night after a public hearing.

As a loud hammering noise, whose source is unknown, vibrated through the walls of the conference room, Ember Anderson spoke against zoning the property across from her home in Thomas Court because it would turn the area into a permanent construction zone.

“An industrial zone could mean large, unattractive buildings, heavy equipment, and noise,” Anderson said.

Anderson said her neighborhood was already dealing with construction: a building east of the proposed commercial changes was recently built, and they are expecting the forthcoming construction of 10th West.

“It’s something nobody likes to live next to, even deal with, for a little while, when you know it’s going to be over,” Anderson said. “Something like that on a permanent basis–nobody likes to live next to that.”

Keith Brimhall, another resident of Thomas Court, also spoke against the proposed zone change.

Hal Fronk, authorized agent and owner of the property in question, arrived right after the commission seconded the motion to deny his request. Fronk gave details on the plans for the property. The Smithfield Staker & Parson Companies plant, which provides construction services, asphalt, ready-mixed concrete, and rock products, is looking for a place to base their operation close to the project on 10th West. Fronk said the move would be temporary at first. He said Staker & Parson hopes it will become permanent, as the plant is under pressure to move because it is in a residential area of Smithfield.

Commission member John Kerr said it was interesting that the reason Staker & Parson is looking to move their plant from Smithfield is because they are surrounded by a residential area.

After hearing Fronk’s comments, the vote against rezoning was unanimous.

“It was worth a shot,” Fronk said after the commission voted down his proposal.

In other business, the commission moved to approve a request to continue discussion of the Riverwoods Shoppes rezoning for another month. The Riverwoods Shoppes request includes a design review permit for two new retail buildings at the northeast corner of the intersection of Main Street and 700 South. An amendment to allow electronic message displays for the properties at 660 S. Main St. is also part of the request.

After it was determined more half the commission will not be able to attend the March 10 meeting, it was decided that all March business would be taken care of in one meeting on March 24.


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