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Saturday, January 12, 2008

Cheese for the Powder Mountain Whine

UPDATE Below:

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!”

Larry Zini
Chairman VCRD

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.

3 comments:

Valley said...

“We never had a chance to explain why we wanted as much density as we were asking for.”

THAT IS A BLATANT AND ABSOLUTE LIE! ake B.S.

We, too, attended the meetings, and Ms. Hontz had ALL the time she could have ever wanted to comment on ANYTHING she wanted. Some would think she had too much time to comment as the Planning Commissioners frequently invited her to the podium.

She regularly controlled the meeting. Does anyone remember when she said she had already given up several fingers, and I only have so many to give?

PM said whatever they could to jump through the OVPC hoops and proceed to the Developer friendly Weber County Commissioners.

After all, they have attorney, State Senator and lobbyist Lyle Hilyard rooting for them.

Just Say NO! said...

Liars, Liars, Liars!

So they cater to and meet with the Cache Valley residents, even though Cache residents will more than likely not even know Powder Mountain exists, but they choose to sh-- on Ogden Valley residents?

And they have the guts to tell Cache residents that due to "negative public opinion," the road will not be in Cache County.

Commissioner Bischoff and friends, you are in for a snow job larger than last weeks storm!

JUST SAY NO! (And send them on their Merry Way).

Just say no said...

Oh yes, and did I mention they knew the zoning requirements when they made the purchase?

Mr. Hilyard, Ms. Hontz and Co., destroy someone elses community.