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Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Apparently being a tax paying citizen is not a requirement to serve on the planning commission.
Guest post from a concerned citizen
According to this morning's Standard-Examiner, two new members were appointed to the Ogden Valley Planning Commission. One of them, John Howell, is a long time valley resident. The other, Tryge Simpson, stands to gain PERSONALLY if his property is sold to the people who want to open the Green Valley Academy on his property.
This conflict of interest is absolutely unacceptable and completely outrageous. We cannot take this lying down.
The issue of a conflict is not something new to the Ogden Valley Planning Commission. Many will recall the lengthy saga of Jamie Lythgoe, granddaughter of former Powder Mountain owner Alvin Cobabe. Jamie was appointed just prior to Powder Mountain applying for a massive rezone and when the issue of a conflict was brought up, Ms. Lythgoe refused to recuse herself.
As for Mr. Simpson's appointment, it is widely known that the directors of the Green Valley Academy would like to purchase the home of Tryge Simpson (rumor has it that the folks at the GVA have Mr. Simpson's property under a purchase contract). Unfortunately, the property taxes for the said property are delinquent to the tune of $6,458.24. An adjacent parcel is delinquent $175.31.
Wouldn't one think you would have to be in good standing with the County in order to be appointed to this position of responsibility?
What say ye humble folks of Ogden Valley about all of this?
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Rebuttal to the Guest Commentary regarding the UEG (Utahns for Ethical Government) in the Ogden Valley News
Ms. Warburton has decided she knows best how to deal with the unethical behavior by some of our elected legislators in Utah. Specifically, her plan is to do nothing and leave any remedial action on unethical behavior for the Utah legislature to police itself.
Ms. Warburton in her attack on the UEG petition clearly indicates that, like so many of the legislature members that oppose this petition, she does not understand the desire of most Utah citizens to reform a system that encourages payoffs from lobbyists and favors big business and developers.
Mrs. Warburton's "position paper" has been refuted point-by-point in other forums, yet she continues to spout these untruths, half-truths, and outright misreadings of the petition as if she actually believes she is still correct.
First of all Ms. Warburton is a political activist who fully supports the existing Real Estate/Developer backed legislators that have lost touch with the people of Utah. She supports those legislators and candidates that personify the no limit growth and political favors that have resulted in the degradation of our open spaces and our unique Utah lifestyle.
We must all ask ourselves, what is it that Ms. Warburton and many of our elected legislators fear regarding the Ethics Petition? If we can improve our legislative process by removing the unwanted lobbyists’influence and payoff politics, won’t that be a benefit to all?
Anyone that feels fear from ethics reform can attack a petition and try to discredit it. They are missing the point. There is a rising wave of active citizens in Utah that are fed up with “pay as you go legislation” and unethical behavior from many of our elected officials. Our Utah legislators have already demonstrated their disdain for meaningful ethics reform.
If the UEG petition is successful in gaining the necessary signatures to be on the ballot then the citizens of Utah will decide if they want strong ethics reform. It may also force the Utah legislature to pass meaningful ethics reform before the election or suffer the wrath of voters who have been painfully learning over the years that in Utah, lobbyists and money talk, and the big money wins every time.
It is no accident that the incumbent powers in Utah tried to exclude electronic petition signatures, but were recently handed a defeat in a courageous ruling by the Utah Supreme Court. Ask yourself, why would these incumbent politicians fear the electronic signatures of Utah citizens? It is obvious that they fear too much participation by the citizens in government decisions. How do you feel about that?
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Thank you to all that attended last night and spoke up for the Valley and it's right to maintain its current zoning.
I received feedback from more than one person that this treatment center plan is NOT going away and they (GVA) staff will continue their plight until they get the conditional use permit. I respectfully ask you to keep yourself informed and don't count on others do all of our jobs! That is, staying on top of this and continuing your involvement and proactiveness.
Just a word of caution. This is a public site. Keep your comments informed, articulate and refrain from making the citizens of the Valley appear ignorant by posting outlandish comments!
And finially, my hats are off to the people who have sincerely put their hearts, efforts, time and money into the cause to STOP the change of zoning. It can't be easy, especially when they attend religious services and community activities with some folks who are on the side of the zoning change. This is just what I am seeing and I thank them for standing up for what they believe is right for their family AND their Valley, even if it causes disturbance in their relationships.
Perhaps there might be some kind of a group started (like a steering committee) that would be willing to assist these GVA folks in obtaining a spot somewhere in the County (and perhaps the Valley?) that could be used for a treatment center. I know I would be willing to give my time and energy to this cause. Just a thought, thanks for reading.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
After a lengthy meeting tonight with some 20 or so comments from concerned citizens and neighbors of the Proposed Green Valley Academy, the planning commissioners voted to send the issue back to the planning staff.
Since there are very few zones within Ogden Valley that accept this type of facility, the Commissioners unanimously agreed to spend the time to decide upon an appropriate zone for such a facility.
It was suggested that the commercial zone would be ideal, but those present were informed that the use would not be permitted in the commercial zone either.
In the end, commissioners opted to take their time and not be rushed into a decision.
More details will follow in coming days.
One thing we wish to clarify were several comments by petitioner Balmer regarding comments he has read on our very own Ogden Valley Forum. He went so far as to read comments that he attributed to the forum in an apparent effort to garner sympathy to his cause.
While some of the comments he mentioned certainly were posted by readers of this site, there were two that we take exception to. They in fact were not on this forum at all, but instead listed on the petition to Stop the academy. The petition is an entirely different, stand alone web site. We do, however, include links to the petition from our site.
On the petition, signees 213 and 214 made threats with regards to the potential students. We would not have allowed those comments on our site. While our "Comments Policy" is quite loose, those posts would have been removed. We might add that the author's zip codes were listed as 84404 and 84405 (Ogden).
If anyone wishes to comment or live blog, this is the place to lodge your comments.
If you haven't already done so, be sure to sign the petition to stop the Green Valley Academy ASAP!
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Another important meeting is forthcoming as the Ogden Valley Planning Commission will meet to decide the fate of the Green Valley Academy - a proposed treatment facility for the "Forrest Gump" kids of America. Or at least the Forrest Gump's with extremely wealthy parents.
The meeting will be held:
Tuesday, June 22nd @ 5 PM
Weber County Commission Chambers
2380 Washington Blvd.
The agenda and Planning commission packet is available on the County web site.
Click here to view the agenda
To review the Planning Commissioner's packet, click here (large file that may take a few minutes to load).
The Commissioner's packet is some 109 pages, but we will point out some pages of importance.
- Minutes of the May 25, 2010 meeting in which the request was 'tabled' begin near the bottom of page 10
- Exhibits related to the proposed facility begin on page 51
- Letters from concerned residents begin on page 63
- Don't miss the letter on page 67 from a law firm
- In part, the letter states:Please find enclosed herewith a Legal Memorandum regarding the protections provided disabled individuals under the Fair Housing Amended Act.
- Page 80 - Assertions for Maintaining the Current Ordinance of FV-3 Zone in Weber County - submitted by Concerned Citizens and Neighbors of the Ogden Valley
Lastly, be sure to read this recent letter to the editor of the Standard by Huntsville resident Greg W. Anderson
Thursday, June 17, 2010
FOLKS, WHERE ARE YOU!!!! SO FAR, 2 PEOPLE HAVE WRITTEN DOWN TO THE COUNTY WITH ISSUES ABOUT GREEN VALLEY ACADEMY!!! ONLY 2!! WE NEED YOUR OPINIONS AND CONCERNS TO GET TO THE COMMISSIONERS BEFORE THE JUNE 22 MEETING. THIS IS IMPERATIVE.
WE STAND THE CHANCE OF HAVING A BUSINESS IN THE MIDDLE OF OUR NEIGHBORHOOD IF WE DON'T ALL GET ON BOARD AND LET THE COMMISSIONERS KNOW HOW WE FEEL ABOUT THIS. WE NEED TO TELL THEM WE DO NOT WANT THE ZONING CHANGED. THIS BUSINESS IS WELCOME TO THE VALLEY AS LONG AS THEY ESTABLISH IN AN AREA ALREADY ZONED FOR SUCH A THING.
PLEASE, PLEASE TAKE JUST A FEW MINUTES AND SEND AN E-MAIL DOWN. HERE IS THE ADDRESS:
E-MAIL TO SHERRY ASAP!!!!!!
Include instructions to distribute your letter to all Ogden Valley Planning Commission members.
ALSO PLEASE REMEMBER TO ATTEND THE OGDEN VALLEY PLANNING MEETING ON JUNE 22 AT 5:00 AT THE WEBER COUNTY COMMISSION CHAMBERS
(2380 WASHINGTON BLVD).
"SPEAK UP FOR WHAT YOU WANT OR TAKE WHAT YOU GET!!"
Ogden Valley Township Planning Commission Office
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
On June 9th, a meeting was held for all Ogden Valley residents regarding the proposed Green Valley Academy. The Library was filled to standing room only with concerned citizens who do not want this business or the zoning change that would accompany it.
For those of you folks who are unfamiliar with this proposal, a Residential Treatment Academy for troubled teen boys has asked for a zoning change and conditional use permit so that they can put this business in the home existing at 9096 E. 1300 S. (near the monastery). They would also like to build a 5800 square foot dormitory for housing the students.
This area is zoned FV3, which does allow for a school. The concern, this is a private for profit school that would be treating boys with psychological and social problems. These boys would be brought in from other parts of the country at a cost of $9500.00 per month. This area is a beautiful, rural neighborhood with surrounding homes nearby. This is not a place for a business site.
Concerns of the citizens are many, including, lack of infrastructure to support such a facility ( everyone here is on a well and septic tank), traffic, lights, property depreciation, pollution of the aquifer, safety, etc.
The nearest business from the proposed site is 6 miles away, making this a bad fit for the area. If the FV3 zoning is changed, this type of business could establish anywhere in the valley where it is zoned FV3. This affects nearly 1/3 of the valley, and residents should be very concerned.
On June 22 at 5:00 (in the Weber County building on 24th and Washington) there will be an Ogden Valley Planning Commission meeting where this will be voted on. All Ogden Valley residents should try and attend to voice concern over this proposed zoning change. This is not beneficial to the valley, or in line with the Ogden Valley Master plan, but without support, it could be passed and then we will have nothing to say when one of these businesses wants to go into our backyard.
Please, Ogden Valley, attend the June 22nd meeting and also sign the petition here on the Ogden Valley Forum. Let's keep the development in the valley responsible and beneficial to valley citizens.
We have included the Tax ID numbers of the subject and adjacent properties along with a link to the County web site:
|210350079||HUNTSVILLE HILLBILLIES LLC||9096 E 1300 S|
|210350080||HUNTSVILLE HILLBILLIES LLC|
9. Request for approval of a Resolution of the County Commissioners of Weber CountyThe description is vague and the meeting is soon:
appointing members to the Ogden Valley Planning Commission.
Presenter: Rob Scott
Weber Center,We will be unable to attend, but hope one of our humble readers will fill us in on the details.
Boulevard, Ogden, Utah,
at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, the 15 th day of June 2010.
Monday, June 14, 2010
From the June 12 post at the Weber County Forum, we read:
As a followup to our June 4, 2010 article, wherein we reported the Snow Basin has now gone public with plans to follow Powder Mountain's lead, and to commence its own massive new development on the southern edge of Ogden Valley, one of our alert readers has transmitted to us some supplementary data which will no doubt be of great interest to those readers who are concerned about overdevelopment in and around Ogden Valley.
Take a look at the Snow Basin proposal online here (caution, gentle readers; this is a 140 MB file, and thus takes a while to load):
Trappers Loop ends in Ogden Valley:
As usual, Rudi has outdone himself once again.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
- Dave Richardson 801-458-2737
- Leslie Stitt 801-745-4012
- Colleen Burton 801-644-1002
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Sunday, June 06, 2010
Saturday, June 05, 2010
We have placed the petition over in the Petition Center which is located on the right sidebar. You can also click here to sign the petition and support the cause.
The Weber County Forum is on the ball with the late breaking story. Read it before it hits the Standard Examiner's news stands Saturday morning.
Read the latest here:
"Fifty years"? My ass. This new development will be in the forefront immediately.
If Ogden Valley residents thought they had a tough time with Western America Holding (WAH), wait until they get a load of the heavyweight Sinclair Oil, while it jockeys for position to overdevelop its mountain to the hilt.
For those Ogden Valley residents who still desire a rural mountainesque atmosphere, we'll suggest they might consider buying land in Montana... or maybe Alaska. Even Siberia, maybe.
Sadly, with the cowardly buckling of the Weber County Commission, it's likely that the die is cast; and that the bucololic Ogden Valley of our recent memories may soon be no more.While we are at it, we will put in a gentle plug for one of our favorite Ogden Valley Books entitled "Bargaining For Eden" by Stephen Trimble. The book is Mr. Trimble's rendition of how Earl Holding was able to acquire the SnowBasin land in the first place with a little help from his friends. Amazon is practically giving the book away and it is displayed in our left sidebar.
Be sure to weigh in on this riveting late breaking development news from Earl's Lodge.
Thursday, June 03, 2010
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
The Academy directors have already gone before the Ogden Valley Planning Commission for conditional use approval. The commissioners tabled the issue during their most recent meeting but will be making a decision on the issue soon.
Click here to review the Commission report. Pertinent data begins on page 49.
A meeting is being held Thursday, June 3, 2010 at 7:30 PM at the Huntsville Library.
Click here to read a flyer with additional information from the Academy Directors.
Another meeting is being held for Concerned Citizens on June 9, 2010 @ 7:00 PM at the Huntsville Library to discuss the issue. Click here for more details regarding the concerned citizen's meeting.
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
More will follow, but this evening Weber County Commissioners unanimously approved the Memorandum of Understanding between the Powder Mountain Developers and Weber County. After deliberation on the issue with Commissioner Bischoff speaking in favor of the MOU, Commissioner Zogmaister made the motion to approve and Commissioner Dearden seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Thanks to Dan S. who provided live play by play blogging during the meeting in the comments section of the Weber County Forum.
UPDATE June 2, 2010 @ 4:00 AM:
The Standard offers an overview this morning in the Di Lewis article: