In the first of its kind meeting South of Cache Valley, Powder Mountain met with a hand picked few residents last night who would reside in the proposed new town of 100. About 75 or so were said to be in attendance. Be sure to read our friend Rudi's explanation of the "haphazard" (aka "half assed") rendevouz from yesterday's Weber County Forum.
Powder Mountain has met and catered to Cache Valley residents on more than one occasion, but has continually snubbed Ogden Valley residents - the same residents who will take the brunt of the negative results related to the massive development.
Not to disappoint us, the owners and petitioners for the new town were suspiciously "no shows." Instead, their young and beautiful public relations firm and a lawyer, all dressed up as "project managers," ran the show.
The Standard's Marshall Thompson provides an excellent rundown along with information of pending legislation intended to correct the gross inequities of HB 466.
Apparently the heavily Realtor weighted legislature passed HB 466 last year unanimously, but did not realize the potential loopholes. The loopholes have surfaced in other areas of the state as well.
Powder Mountain and their shrewd team of lawyers and consultants, lobbed a scud missile through the gigantic loopholes last Friday when they filed to incorporate as a town, bypassing county planning and red tape.
Cache Valley resident and State Senator Lyle Hillyard, lawyer and consultant for Powder Mountain, said via email to the Standard,
"Powder Mountain did not involve me in their decision to form a new city (in Weber County). If they do the same for Cache, I expect that they will no longer need my services."
Hillyard agrees that HB 466 needs some changes.
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