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Residential zoning needs sharper teeth, N. Logan residents say

February 4th, 2010 Posted in Opinion

By Kate Clark

NORTH LOGAN–Few citizens showed up for the public hearing at Wednesday’s City Council meeting, but the concerns they expressed made an impact on the suggested changes to commercial and industrial zones in North Logan.

Cliff Cahoon expressed his disapproval of the industrial building built in his residential neighborhood on Skyline Drive and 1410 East.

“This industrial building affected our neighborhood hugely and negatively,” Cahoon told the council. “If you think that was a good idea now, I’d be surprised.”

Councilman Kevin Dustin agreed. “We’ve got to change whatever we’ve got to change to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”

Dirk and Laura Opperman, also North Logan residents, discussed their concern about the height of their neighbor’s accessory dwelling that stands over 20 feet tall and disrupts their fence. Dirk suggested to the council that height restrictions on accessory dwellings start at a more conservative number, right now they have to be less than 35 feet, and for the council to look at individual projects accordingly.

“What you’re dealing with here is taste,” city planning director Cordell Batt said. “They meet every single ordinance we’ve had for the past eight years. I don’t know how you can put taste into an ordinance.”

Dustin disagreed. “I realize you can’t give him a simple answer, but this is not right.”

To discuss these issues further, the council did not accept or deny the proposed land-use ordinance. It will be decided at the next city council meeting on Feb. 17.

The council also discussed and approved the proposed budget for 2010.
Resident Lydia Embry voiced several concerns with the budget involving wages and bonuses, but the budget remained as printed.

Possible projects funded by RAPZ tax for the coming year were also considered. The projects proposed renovations to Meadow View Park; either a new centennial building would be built, or a paved path would be constructed around the park.

The current centennial building can hold 72 people and is closed to the public. It would be replaced by an open pavilion that could hold up to 160 people, and would be available for rent and other uses. The total cost for this renovation would be $110,000. The paved path around the park would accommodate people with disabilities and would provide a great jogging trail, costing roughly $71,950.

Both projects would increase usage of the park, and are being considered as projects for the coming year.


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