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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Is our Ogden Valley lifestyle doomed?

Not by a long shot!

The ruling by Judge Jones regarding Powder Mountain vs. Weber County last week in Ogden should energize our focus and rekindle our determination to continue this battle against the incorporation of the Powder Mountain town.

The incorporation effort is as flawed as the legislation that permitted it to happen. The ramifications of HB466 in 2007 were overlooked by the legal eagles in the legislature that should have recognized the passage of this bill would result in loss of equal protection to some Utah citizens provided by the Constitution of the United States and indeed, our Utah State constitution as well.

This blog will be a source of exposure of the sordid process used by the Powder Mountain “Perps”. We plan to dig out and reprint quotes from those involved at Powder Mountain that were intended to deceive and how their plan included misinformation and disingenuous statements to further their cause.

We will also include in our review, the somewhat marginal performance of both the Ogden Valley Planning Commission and the Weber County Commissioners by their failure to address an obvious conflict of interest in the midst of this process regarding Powder Mountain.

For the sake of clarity, it is our experience that most Ogden Valley residents are not against an improved ski development at Powder Mountain. The current zoning in effect provided the Powder Mountain developers the latitude to develop about 1500 units, but without the two 18 hole golf courses and some other additions.

The Eden homeowners that were forced into the incorporation process without a vote will welcome your financial support to continue fighting this battle. If you balk at the thought of this, remember, some of you could be the next victim through annexation if this heavy handed and unconstitutional power play by Powder Mountain is allowed to stand unchallenged.

Donations to this cause can be sent to the “Citizen’s Rights Defense Fund”, P.O. Box 231, Eden, UT 84310.

Any question about the fund or Homeowner’s group should be directed to Darla Van Zeben 801-745-4740.

Update 6/24/09 8:30 a.m.: The Standard-Examiner carries an excellent editorial on the Powder Mountain topic this morning. Be sure to check it out:

OUR VIEW: Powder Town saga continues


Pistol Pete said...

Everyone who cares about the future of Ogden Valley should get involved in supporting these homeowners forced into this town. This was a blatant act by the legislature and the Powder Mountain owners to deny the rights of American citizens. Who knows where they look next? The Weber County Commissioners must have been asleep. The should have told the PM ownership that they would never sign off on an incorporation scheme that put their Weber County constituents at risk of losing their civil rights.

Anonymous said...

Maybe it's time to incorporate Eden into a township...with permission of the residents and those who would otherwise be swallowed-up by PM. Their property can't be part of two incorporated areas! Something to think about!