starts planning for possible population boom
By Megan Sonderegger
April 06, 2006| LEWISTON -- Continued growth and possible
subdivisions were discussed during Tuesday's Planning
and Zoning meeting, allowing committee members to present
ideas and opinions which could help allow them to plan
for an increase in population.
Councilwoman Karren Jackson presented information,
appealing the idea that continued growth is necessary
and beneficial to the community. She said although many
long-time Lewiston residents feel growth would infer
on their agricultural traditions she feels an increased
population could result in better funding, better education,
and further business and community development. She
said by 2025 the population of Cache Valley is expected
to double in size and committee members need to start
planning for unavoidable growth.
"Growth is inevitable but the negative effects don't
have to be," Jackson said.
The committee discussed the possibility of clustering
houses together to form subdivisions. They said this
developed land would increase availability for agriculture
by decreasing the spread between houses. They said this
clustering would also reduce costs for sewage and water
use because of shared sources.
Although many ideas were discussed committee members
agreed changes wouldn't take place until their ideas
were developed further and agreed upon by other committee
members as well as the council.
"We're not doing this so much to develop but to plan,"
In other business, resident Jill Dent was given approval
by the committee to go to the City Council meeting on
April 18 to receive a business license allowing her
to distribute purchased items from her home. Another
resident, Mike Smith, received a building permit at
the cost of $200.