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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

New Mobile Version of Ogden Valley Forum

We have been tinkering with the new xtml version of the Ogden Valley Forum layout template and just unveiled the new mobile version.  It is quick to load and simple to use.  Give it a try and let us know how you like it.

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Ogden Valley Forum Housekeeping Updates

We spent many hours working on a much needed update to the Forum "layout" template through "Blogger."  The new template is much more robust than the previous archaic version and will significantly improve our technical performance.

Among other things, the new template includes quick links to allow users to share our posts via Twitter, Facebook and Email.

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A new feature is the "Recent Comments" tab which lists the last five comments.  A quick glance will direct you to the hottest topics on the Forum.

We have also removed several ads so page load speed should be improved.  We kept a few that we use regularly and invite you to support the forum by clicking on our links when you visit popular sites such as Amazon and Ebay.

More improvements will be made in coming days and weeks, so check back often and be sure to let us know how you like the new format.

Monday, January 23, 2012

OGDEN VALLEY Planning Commission Meeting Tuesday @ 5 PM

Important agenda items which include heliport application

The Ogden Valley Planning Commission will meet:

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Weber County Commission Chambers, Weber Center (2380 Washington Blvd)

5:00 PM

There are some important agenda items which include:
2-1. CUP 2012-01 Consideration and action on a conditional use application for a heliport located in an F-40 zone east of Green Hill Country Estates and approximately two-thirds of a mile from the Maple Street cul-de-sac - Timothy Charlwood, Applicant
2.2. ZTA 2012-01 Consideration and action on a zoning text amendment to Chapter 15 (Forest Residential FR-3) of the Weber County Zoning Ordinance to allow a Night Watchman unit as part of Homeowners Association’s common facility building for an onsite employed manager or night watchman – John Lewis, HOA Vice President of Moose Hollow and Cascade at Moose Hollow, Applicant

Mr. Charlwood did not waste any time applying for a heliport as the new heliport ordinance was just approved by the county commission on January 3.

This has been a hot topic on the forum.  Click here for the history.

The Standard Examiner weighed in on the issue in Sunday's paper.

Ogden Valley ski resorts cleared for heliports

This should be another interesting meeting.  As they say, be there or be square!

Download a full copy of the Ogden Valley January 24, 2012 packet, in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), here. Packets are available only for the current agenda and approximately thirty days after that date.

Guest Post from Sandi Tuck - updated

Board of Appeals scheduled for Thursday @ 4:30 PM
I have been unable to obtain a postponement of the BOA hearing scheduled for Thursday, January 26th. I need a commitment from each of you that you will be able to attend the hearing and give testimony about your experience with the butcher shop. Although I have no current information, the last time the BofA met, the meeting convened at 4:30, at the Weber Center (2380 Washington Blvd).

I am asking residents of the Valley why Rulon & Richard Jones are able to put a Meat Cutting Packing business in our neighborhood . Their Commercial business name is Prime Cuts Meat. Description Meat Cutting Information given to Weber County Was that Water was optained from a private Well.

State of Utah Division of Water rights states records indicate well drilled in1965 from which water is diverted for a Domestic residence watering of livestock appears to be WATER RIght 35-1634 allows one single family unit & stock watering of 18 head of stock. The current records do not indicate a valid established water right. I have the full letter. The frontage of the dock is not 70' from Poulter's Home They ( Jones) have brought Semi trucks that block the entire road Also one large 53 ft. semi that could not turn around The children walk by full carcasses and Heads being delivered etc.

They do not have parking but employ 2 to 3 people. Last but not least, The State of Utah Department of Commerce Office of the Property Rights Ombudsman says that the countys interpretation that as it stands prohibits certain agricultural industry or business in the AV-3 zone

The business undertaken by the Landowners guided hunting with cutting & processing WILD ELK o
btained off of the lot (which lot ?) is inescapably of the type and Prohibited in the Zone

This Board of Adjustment meeting seems to be pointed at overturning the recommendation of the Ombudsman's opinion that has been supported by the Weber County staff.

We need everyone possible at the meeting on the 26th to speak up on this issue.

I do have more info please call 745-6687 Sandi

UPDATE: 1/23/2012 @ 8 pm
We have received notices from several concerned neighbors and one included this Notice of the hearing  from the Weber County Planning Office.

For More information on the application you can visit the Weber County Miradi at:

Friday, January 13, 2012

Guest Post from Ron Gleason

At the January 3, 2012 Weber County Commission meeting the Commissioners approved changes to the CV-2 zone to eliminate the conditional use possibilities for Heliports, added a Heliport to the definitions chapters and the FV-40 zone to include a new definition for a Heliport and specific guidelines for where a Heliport can be situated, 6,200 feet MSL or higher, and set back guidelines from property lines, building etc. These came about after the a conditional use permit for a Heliport was denied in a CV-2 zone by the Red Moose Lodge in Eden. Everyone was happy to see any uses off the valley floor and focused on Heliport use with Designated Resort Zones.

The Weber County Planning group has received an application for a Heliport above the Green Hills Neighborhood on property owned by Tim Charlwood of Park City. Many of you will remember that this property has a preliminary approval for six parcels that has extended two times. You can find the details of the conditional use application on the county web site at (copy and paste if link does not work)

This application is scheduled to be heard by the Ogden Valley Planning Commission on January 24, 2012. The strength, or lack of, of the new changes to the zoning ordinances will be tested.

Will we experience another case of unintended consequences?

Ron Gleason
Huntsville, UT

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Weber County Commissioners Vote Unanimously for New Ordinances re Heliports

Weber County Commissioners Vote Unanimously for New Ordinances re Heliports

Guest Post by Lee Schussman, Eden, UT                                                    Jan 4, 2012

On Tuesday, January 3, 2012, the three Weber County Commissioners voted unanimously to codify changes in the Weber County Zoning Ordinances that govern the siting of Heliports in the Ogden Valley.

These new ordinances will help to protect the life style of Ogden Valley residents while simultaneously maintaining the opportunity of helicopter-based businesses to be established and to grow in the Ogden Valley.

Please see previous postings here on this web site for details of the processes over the last 18 months and for more details of the changes. (Or, soon these new ordinances should be posted on the Weber County web sites.) These are some of the main points of the new laws:

“Heliport” has been removed from CV-2 Zones in Ogden Valley.
Heliports may operate only as private commercial facilities, not for use as general public-access heliports.
Heliports will be conditionally permitted only above 6200 feet elevation.
Heliports will be conditionally permitted only in DRR-1 (resort) Zones or F-40 (forest) Zones.
All Heliports will need to have set backs from property lines, appropriate surfaces, and necessary FAA approvals.

The establishment of these ordinances is a HUGE deal. There are many areas of the country where the use of commercial helicopters in residential or business areas has become very problematic. Safety, noise, lighting, dust control, and other issues are often extremely hard to mitigate while preserving businesses’ private property rights and the rights of businesses to successfully operate. Thanks to much work and long efforts on the parts of our Ogden Valley Planning Commission, Sean Wilkinson in the County Planning Office, and many dedicated Ogden Valley residents, and thanks to the recent vote of the Weber County Commissioners, we now have in place a set of ordinances that go a long way toward balancing the needs of Ogden Valley residents and the needs of potential Ogden Valley helicopter-based businesses.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Ogden Valley Residents Urged To Wave Flags In Honor of Officer Jared Francom

It's been a tough week for our neighbors in Ogden in the wake of the tragic shooting last week.  The impact has spread well beyond the city's borders to the rest of Weber County, the State of Utah and across America.  Our friends at the Weber County Forum have done a masterful job (as always) of reporting on all aspects of the case, so we urge you to snoop around and get up to date by clicking below:

Ogden Shootings Story Update: The Latest From the Northern Utah Print Media

Today marks the funeral and memorial service for Officer Jared Francom and Ogden Valley residents have been asked to help honor Officer Francom by waving flags during the funeral procession.  The flag waving has been organized, and as we understand it, Ogden Valley-ites are asked to line Harrison Boulevard along the route between the Dee Events Center (about 4400 Harrison Blvd.) and 30th Street.  Bring flags if you have them.  The Trapper Trails Council of the Boy Scouts of America will also be handing out miniature flags at various locations along the route.

The funeral procession is expected to begin at about 12:30 PM and will run North on Harrison to 30th Street, then turn west to Washington Boulevard.  From there it will turn right (north) and proceed to 12th Street, then will make a right turn eastbound to Monroe before finally turning South on Monroe for Officer Francom's final resting place at the Ogden City Cemetary.  A map of the route can be found by clicking here.

It is difficult to find good out of such a tragedy, but the events have brought the community together and have strengthened bonds.  Today we honor those law enforcement officers who routinely put themselves in harms way to keep the streets safe.  From a simple traffic stop to a complicated drug bust, cops have to constantly be wary of bad guys.  Today we thank, salute and honor you.

Rest in peace Officer/Agent Jared Francom.