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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

Nibley councilman discusses jurisdiction and planning with commission

By Shannon K. Johnson

April 27, 2007 | Recently appointed Councilman Larry Jacobson opened a discussion at the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting Wednesday.

The questions of jurisdiction and city planning were by far the most prominent.

Chairman Aaron Blesner was the first to speak, saying, "I feel like the staff do a lot of things that we (the commission) should be reviewing and have some impact that we are excluded from."

But Blesner also felt the commission's work is almost belittled."I feel like we have a lot of busy work to keep us (the commission) busy and off what other people would rather be doing themselves."

Blesner was not the only one who felt this way. Commissioner Shaun Dustin said, "One example is that we really did not have anything to do with the general plan."

"The idea is that we (the commission) is an independent body if there is supposed to be continuity in the city body, and it is difficult to do that with out any input on the general plan," said Dustin.

"City management should be separate from city planning," said commissioner Wayne Anderson.

Jacobson asked if he should stay for the remainder of the meeting.

"I don't think this is a meeting worth sticking around for," said Blesner

Jacobson stayed and watched as the commission moved on to approve a business license for two home business.

The meeting concluded with the discussion for plat approval of Foxborough estates 1500 W 3200 South.

A plat is the blueprint of the city and to build in Nibley the development must be drawn on the plat.

Because the estate was being built on a wetland the corpse of engineers had to approve the plans.

Though the area near the stream would not be considered a street that is a dead end in Phase I becomes a through street in Phase II.

Commissioner Dustin was concerned that the corpse may not allow for the subdivision to be completed so both parts ought to meet the requirements of the fire marshal, and street width.

Only one street was a problem; it is a dead end street it's meant to punch through to the second subdivision, but now it was not wide enough to have a turn around for a firetruck at the end of the road.

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