City Council Work Session: A walk-able downtown is on the table

  The city is in the beginning phases of considering adopting Form-Based Code that would change the commercial area on Washington Blvd and neighborhoods behind it into a more walk-able community. Form-Based Code establishes rules to create a certain look for a particular area.  Associate Planner Brandon Bell said “Green space, building and parking location, building type, maximum block size, sub districts, connected street network, … Continue reading City Council Work Session: A walk-able downtown is on the table

City Council Update: Double Ott Ranch agreement postponed

Park, retention basin, or pond? The council tabled the agreement between North Ogden City and Double Ott Ranch regarding a detention basin and public park. They discussed removing all mentions of the recreational pond from the agreement. They also discussed waiving impact fees in exchange for the dedication of the facility for storm water and a park. They also considered choosing different property to relocate … Continue reading City Council Update: Double Ott Ranch agreement postponed

City Council Update: Barker agreement is put on hold

The city council is considering making an agreement with the Barker family which would stipulate how the park and the amphitheater would be used. Councilman Phillip Swanson said he didn’t think they had enough information to finalize the agreement yet. City Attorney Jon Call said the reason an agreement is better than an ordinance is because, “Agreements are harder to change than ordinances because there … Continue reading City Council Update: Barker agreement is put on hold

City Council Update: The long term effects of not enough affordable housing

Brynn Mortensen, from The Salt Lake Chamber, said housing affordability is an issue that needs attention. She said their concern is they don’t want to price firemen, nurses, and teachers out of the Utah market.  “Utah is leading the nation in population growth and economic growth.” She said the broad business community is trying to get a head of this so their employees can afford … Continue reading City Council Update: The long term effects of not enough affordable housing

City Council Update: The recreational pond is awash

The council did not approve the recreational portion of the Double Ott Ranch retention pond. The city is building a new retention and irrigation pond to replace the old one which was in a commercial zone. The city is selling that land for $1.6 million and will receive an annual sales tax of $200,000 a year for the property. City Attorney John Call said the … Continue reading City Council Update: The recreational pond is awash

City Council Update: The community response after the first production at the new amphitheater

The first play at the new Barker Park Amphitheater sold out four of the six nights it was performed according to Mark Daniels, the director of the play Once on this Island. Daniels said the sound was below the City’s required level and there always seemed to be a few extra parking spaces each night. Parking and sound have been two frequently discussed issues during … Continue reading City Council Update: The community response after the first production at the new amphitheater

City Council Update: Resident input changes sound regulations for the Barker Park Amphitheater

The council adjusted the ordinance regulating amplified sound from the Barker Park Amphitheater after listening to residents who live near the park. Sean Casey, who said he is a sound expert, urged the council to not make decisions regarding the sound restrictions without understanding the sound terminology used in the ordinance. He said the sound from the amphitheater could potentially be heard throughout the city. … Continue reading City Council Update: Resident input changes sound regulations for the Barker Park Amphitheater

City Council Update: Amphitheater budget removed for now

The council removed the amphitheater budget since they don’t know for certain if they will be awarded the third round of the R.A.M.P grant after the city applies for it in January.  During public comments, Stephanie Casey told the council to be careful and clear with their wording since the city will not be awarded the $300,000 R.A.M.P grant until after the city applies for … Continue reading City Council Update: Amphitheater budget removed for now

City Council Update: Do residents want a more walkable downtown?

The council and planning commission is considering fundamentally changing the downtown area of North Ogden by making it more walkable. Planning commission members discussed that the city might get a more beautiful and walkable downtown but drivers on Washington Blvd will have to drive 35 mph. Changing speeds will have to go through Utah Department of Transportation’s sign off, but the city must have a … Continue reading City Council Update: Do residents want a more walkable downtown?

City Council Update: Cul-de-sac length standards may be the end of the road for a potential development

Some residents want to extend the maximum length of cul-de-sacs from 600 ft to 750 ft. To do this, the council must amend an existing ordinance. This discussion began when Paul Mackley said they wanted to build a home on his property on 1750 N for his daughter Candice Lund and her family. To comply with fire code, a road must connect with the cul-de-sac to … Continue reading City Council Update: Cul-de-sac length standards may be the end of the road for a potential development

City Council Update: Four youth speak out on pollution, plastic, and choosing to live sustainably

“Climate change threatens our our health, water supply, and agriculture” said Hadley Johnson. She suggested to keep recyclable items out of landfills, use renewable energy, and turn off lights when they are not in use. She encouraged the council to “make a change for the benefit of the North Ogden community.”   Riley Johnson encouraged a decline in straws in restaurants and the proper disposal … Continue reading City Council Update: Four youth speak out on pollution, plastic, and choosing to live sustainably

City Council Update: Ryan Barker is sworn in

Ryan Barker was sworn in to the City Council. Barker was born and raised in North Ogden. He is the Fire Marshal at the North View Fire District and he has seen the city grow over the years. In his job he has worked with the Planning Department in reviewing projects as they are presented. Recycling discussion A poll on the City’s and Mayor’s Facebook … Continue reading City Council Update: Ryan Barker is sworn in

City Council Update: Residents oppose a potential zone change

 Al Trout said he was notified the city planning commission is considering changing the Powell Estates development to an S 5 which, he said, would put a house on every tenth of an acre. Five other residents who live near the development vocalized their objections concerning the matter. One of them, Mitch Warren, said this would create a 411% decrease in lot size. Trout said this … Continue reading City Council Update: Residents oppose a potential zone change

City Council Update: The council weighs cutting the recycling program

The council is considering abandoning the city’s recycling program for financial reasons, and they want to get feedback from residents before moving forward. The city did not pay to dump recyclable waste before the recycling market changed. The market changed in Dec. 2017 when China announced it no longer accepts recyclable materials from the United States. This was due to poor sorting and dirty recyclable … Continue reading City Council Update: The council weighs cutting the recycling program

City Council Update: Ryan Barker was selected to fill Fawson’s seat

The council interviewed candidates before selecting Ryan Barker to take Sara Fawson’s seat as a city council member. The council was impressed by how many well qualified individuals volunteered to fill the position. Charlotte Ekstrom, Julie Anderson, Wade Bigler, Brian Bartholomew, Hal Christensen, Ryan Barker, Randall Winn, and  Ronald Flamm were each asked a series of questions before the council made their decision. The council … Continue reading City Council Update: Ryan Barker was selected to fill Fawson’s seat

City Council Update: The birth of the City Band

Loren Jeppsen is on the road to organize a city band of 40-70 volunteer members. Jeppsen asked North Ogden City to sponsor the organization and the council gave him the green light to apply for a R.A.M.P grant. Jeppsen said they will use the grant to purchase music to get started. Brent Broom, a professional and academically trained musician, volunteered to start out as their … Continue reading City Council Update: The birth of the City Band

City Council Update: a quest for a new council member

Fawson’s Resignation March 13 marks the resignation for Councilwoman Sara Fawson. She and her family will be moving to Raleigh North Carolina for a job opportunity according to standard.net.  The council will appoint a new member to fill the remainder of her term. Requirements to fill this position include: 18+ years old Registered to vote A resident of North Ogden for 12 consecutive months No … Continue reading City Council Update: a quest for a new council member

City Council Update: Sewer linings are adding years of life to older cement pipes

The council accepted the Waste Water Planning Program annual report presented by Trent Wilkins who is the Sanitary Sewer Superintendent. This report helps the city know how many new residents and new businesses have moved in the year so the city can plan appropriately.   Wilkins and his team have been placing sewer linings in the city pipes. They put a resin between the cement pipes … Continue reading City Council Update: Sewer linings are adding years of life to older cement pipes

City Council Update: No agreement so far with No AMPH

The amphitheater No AMPH supporters gave the council an offer on Friday Feb. 9 which the council rejected. The council sent the offer back with modifications. Council Member Phillip Swanson said, “We are moving forward by trying to resolve those terms.” The amphitheater project will likely receive a $367,351 R.A.M.P grant said Tiffany Staheli, the Parks and Recreation Director when the council was discussing the budget. The … Continue reading City Council Update: No agreement so far with No AMPH

City Council Update: Amphitheater plans may be affected by a lawsuit

Aaron Christensen, said if the council doesn’t come to some sort of agreement to scale down the size of the amphitheater project, they will move forward with litigation. The city council offered to discuss the issue at the city council meeting on Tuesday Feb. 13.  Christensen said the park was intended to remain as open space as a way to hold on to North Ogden’s … Continue reading City Council Update: Amphitheater plans may be affected by a lawsuit