As residents of Ogden Valley, everyone should read the article Second Powder Mountain Road Detail in the Top Of Utah section in today's (Saturday the 12th) Standard Examiner.
You will read an informative article about a meeting in Hyrum conducted by Powder Mountain representatives for the citizens of Cache County. Once again, the Powder Mountain advocates indicate that a road through Cache County to the
proposed Powder Mountain resort is not under consideration since it is “problematic” because of negative public opinion, and topographical problems according to Brooke Hontz the project manager for Powder Mountain. (What about public opinion in Ogden Valley?)
Later in the article Ms. Hontz remarked that they will ask the Weber County Commission to disregard the Ogden Valley Planning Commission’s (OVPC) conditions on roads and density numbers since “They just pulled those numbers out of a hat”. She went on to say that “We never had a chance to explain why we wanted as much density as we were asking for.”
As Chairman of the VCRD, I can assure our members that my wife and I have attended every OVPC meeting regarding the Powder Mountain rezone and Ms. Hontz was provided unlimited opportunities during these meetings to explain their density numbers and the privately funded traffic study conducted by Powder Mountain.
The facts are that the OVPC went to great lengths over several Commission meetings to review Powder Mountain’s petition, and passed the rezone with the 20 conditions so both Powder Mountain and the residents of Ogden Valley could be satisfied with the approved rezone. It is disingenuous and misleading of Ms. Hontz to trivialize the diligent work the OVPC Commissioners and Planning staff put into this rezone issue.
This kind of misinformation from Powder Mountain can only be countered by the residents writing to their Weber County Commissioners to support the rezone with the existing 20 conditions, with particular emphasis on supporting the conditions regarding the second permanent road access and the density numbers. Those two conditions are at the center of our effort to maintain acceptable density and traffic levels in our Valley.
Remember: “Speak up for what you want, or take what you get!”
UPDATE @ 7:30 PM
Cache Valley Radio Station KVNU’s Jennie Christensen talks with Paradise Mayor Lee Atwood about the meeting held last night in Hyrum by Powder Mountain developers.
Click here to listen to the recording - select the top audio file and the dialog begins about 11:30 minutes into the recording.