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Monday, September 3, 2007

"I've always been all over the lot in my writing. Except for poetry -- even though they say all the old-time sportswriters use plenty of it. Maybe it's just part of what we do."

--Frank DeFord, 2006

North Logan planners split on protective strips in flag lots

By Emily Redfield

April 27, 2007 | NORTH LOGAN -- The Planning Commission reached a split decision after a heated debate Thursday night regarding protective strips in subdivisions.

A motion from planning commission member Bill Furlong to approve a flag lot with a recommendation that the City Council proactively do something about the protective strip problem was split 2-2.

Sue and Joe Do want to split their property into two lots in order to build another house on their property using the flag lot ordinance. The Dos pass all guidelines set by this ordinance, said Cordell Batt, city planner. The only problem is that the new lot will be blocked in with no access to the street due to a strip of land called a protective strip. The people that own this strip of land between the lot and the road are not willing to sell it to the Dos at a reasonable price, said Marty Spicer, neighbor to the Dos. He also said they are not willing to do anything with it.

"It has always been the Dos' intention to build another home on their property," Spicer said.

If the Dos buy this protective strip they will be responsible for building a sidewalk on it as well as a curb and extending the sewer system. Many citizens at this meeting are upset about the fact that there is no sidewalk on the road due to the protective strip. They see it as a safety hazard. The protective strip ordinance has been outlawed a couple years ago, and the one in question has been there for over 35 years, said Don Fullmer, neighbor to the Dos.

"I plead with you to do away with those strips. I would like to have a nice sidewalk down there. I am the one that mows the grass there, not the city, and I am ready to give up that job," said Fullmer.

Planning Commission member, Mark Hancey, brought up an ordinance that says the only way the Dos can get out of putting in a sidewalk is if they can prove they demonstrate an extreme hardship.

"It scares me to think that we may say $15,000 is a hardship," said Hancey.

Hancey said that if other members have to buy sidewalks in order to get rid of protective strips, then the Dos should to. Why should the commission make an exception for them, he asked.

"Where is the line? What is a hardship, I don't know. We are trying to solve a problem that was created years ago," said Furlong.


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