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

Jen Thorpe’s Amazing Fettuccini Alfredo

In honor of Jen Thorpe, who passed away two and a half years ago and in whose memory the Just-a-Break foundation is operated we want to share this delicious recipe. Our editor, Heather Godfrey, grew up by the Thorpe family and said that Jen submitted this recipe to a neighborhood cookbook. When invited to parties, Heather is often specifically asked to bring this dish because … Continue reading Jen Thorpe’s Amazing Fettuccini Alfredo

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

Water Conservation Tips

Water conservation measures are an important first step in protecting our water supply.  Such measures not only save the supply of our source water, but can also save you money by reducing your water bill.  Here are a few suggestions. Conservation measures you can use inside your home include: Fix leaking faucets, pipes, toilets, etc. Replace old fixtures; install water-saving devices in faucets, toilets, and … Continue reading Water Conservation Tips

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

The Right Way to Recycle

Recently there have been many misunderstandings regarding recycling. The recycling industry is struggling in recent months because of a ban that China placed on importing recyclables due to contamination that has been mixed in with recyclable materials for many years. That ban has put a huge strain on the world’s recycling approaches. China previously processed about half of the world’s plastics and paper. Today there … Continue reading The Right Way to Recycle