In a surprise move tonight, the petitioners of the Green Valley Academy requested that the Ogden Valley Planning Commission table their request to change the definition of the FV-3 zone (subsequently several other zones were included) to allow their highly opposed school for troubled boys. The meeting began at 5:00 PM and at 5:02 PM Chairman Graves announced that the petitioners had made the request to 'table' some ten minutes prior.
There could be many reasons for such a request, but we encourage Ogden Valley residents to keep their eye on the ball and stay focused.
The petitioners have stated that they are familiar with opposition from the locals and have overcome it before.
Could it be they realized the extensive opposition and chose to regroup? Perhaps they saw one of the hundreds of flyers that was distributed to neighbors. Perhaps they read blog posts. Maybe they saw one of the many large signs throughout the valley reminding folks of the OVPC meeting.
To give the petitioners the benefit of the doubt, maybe they realized their plan does not fit in Ogden Valley and maybe they have chosen to relocate to another area that already allows their type of facility.
While we may never fully know their reasoning, asking for something in front of a packed house who oppose you is never easy. They may be planning on waiting to let the uproar die down and to let the opposition drop out.
In coming weeks and months, it will be paramount that Ogden Valley residents stay focused and keep an eye out for future moves on behalf of the Green Valley folks.
They have a plan and only time will tell how it unfolds.