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.