Employee Spotlight – Brandon Bell

Brandon joined our planning department in 2015 and, since then, has been reviewing subdivision applications, site plans for new or expanded businesses, and building permits to ensure they meet the ordinances of the city, which are our local laws. Brandon works on updating documents such as the zoning map and feels good about the work he’s done in updating this over the last couple of years. There is a lot of behind-the-scenes work to be done to keep it updated and doing so is right up Brandon’s alley! Brandon often presents land use issues to the planning commission and city council and likes hearing different points of view during these meetings; he enjoys trying to find solutions that work for all. If you have a question about your property rights, what you can do with your property, or how our city can help get your property properly permitted, Brandon is the person to call!

Scott Hess, Brandon’s supervisor, says, “Brandon is a vital member of the planning department, with a deep knowledge in both short-range and long-range planning. He exemplifies the kind of quality employees the city has been able to find and retain.”

One of Brandon’s highest aspirations as a planner is to write city ordinances that seek to secure and respect the rights of all affected parties. He loves trying to find a way to look out for everybody at the same time, so that someone’s rights don’t get overlooked.

When Brandon isn’t reviewing applications or ordinances, he’s spending time with his wife and three kids. He appreciates “getting to know” each of them and their individual personalities and helping them develop their unique talents and interests. He has taken up beekeeping with one of his daughters and has learned a lot about bees and nature through this process. He also appreciates archery as a hobby and enjoys the focus and concentration it requires to improve.

Brandon’s favorite part about North Ogden City is the residents. He has a deep love for our Republic, and he enjoys assisting people in exercising their rights at the city level. The views of the mountains are “absolutely spectacular” and it’s a great natural environment to be surrounded by and work in.

Thank you for your continued service to our city! We appreciate you!

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