BY SCOTT A. HESS, NORTH OGDEN PLANNING DIRECTOR
North Ogden City is growing, and we have a plan. The city is updating the 2015 General Plan. You may ask yourself, “What is the General Plan, and why update it?” The General Plan is the guiding document for future growth and development of the city that looks 15-20 years into the future. The plan includes sections on future land use and zoning, housing choice and affordability, parks and trails, and transportation. It is critical to maintain and update this living document to guide future decisions that maintain and enhance our community’s quality of life. The 2015 North Ogden General Plan can be found online at: https://www.northogdencity.com/planning/page/north-ogden-city-general-plan-1.
The General Plan is a road map of our city’s future development. The Future Land Use Map indicates areas of the city that will accommodate a variety of housing types, commercial uses, and open space. The General Plan is used as a guide to support policy decisions, such as where people will live and what type of housing will be allowed. As the city grows from its current population of roughly 21,000 to its eventual build out at 40,000 people, the General Plan will become increasingly important to guide growth.
The city has benefited from the hard work of the General Plan Advisory Committee made up of North Ogden residents appointed by the mayor and council. The committee has assisted with updating the Moderate Income Housing Plan and is currently wrapping up recommendation on the Future Land Use Map. With the assistance of the Planning Department, the 2021 Draft Future Land Use Map will be considered by the planning commission and city council at upcoming meetings at the end of 2021.
Citizen input is welcome and necessary during this process. Meetings of the General Plan Advisory Committee are open to the public in person and online, on the fourth Wednesday of each month, at 6 p.m. The next meeting will be October 27, 2021, at the North Ogden City Hall. Agendas and supporting information for all North Ogden City public meetings can be found at https://www.northogdencity.com/meetings
If you have any questions about Planning, Zoning, or if you would like to engage in the General Plan development process, please contact Scott A. Hess, Planning Director, at 801-737-9841 or email@example.com.