subdivision approved; some residents worry about losing
By Jacob Fullmer
December 1, 2006 | NIBLEY -- A new subdivision was
approved Wednesday night by Nibley Planning and Zoning
but some citizens have mixed feelings about potential
"People come out here because they want elbow room,"
said locally raised Bonnie Darrington. Bonnie grew up
just down the road from her current 3200 South home.
Then she moved to Montana for a portion of her degree.
The Darringtons moved back back to Nibley in March 2005
to raise their family. Growing up, she remembers Nibley
being similar to the nearby city of Paradise. She and
her husband, Eldon, understand why people move to Nibley.
But they're concerned the area could lose its country
Bonnie, who describes her house by saying it isn't
a "snob house," said she gets concerned when her daughter's
friends come over and ask about the absence of things
like a trampoline, Nintendo, or other commercial items.
"I don't want everyone coming in and saying my house
is taking down their property value," said Bonnie.
Ashbury Estates, to be located just south of City
Hall, will have 24 one-half acre lots. City Planner
Conley Thompson said the developers had originally asked
to have more lots with only one-third of an acre each.
The idea was dismissed.
"Driving around the city, most people with half acres
only maintain about half of it any way," Thompson said.
A unique characteristic of the new subdivision is
what Thompson calls a "creative solution" by the developer's
engineer, Brandon Ames, to conform with city ordinance.
Two of the originally proposed lots were about two feet
short of the zone's frontage requirements. Instead of
redrawing the number of lots proposed, Ames planned
a semicircle in the middle of the road resembling one-half
of a cul de sac. This bulge in the middle of the road
increases the frontage for the two previously lacking
plots and allows Ashbury Estates to have the same number
of proposed lots. The creative solution is completely
legal but raises some city official's concern about
safety. Commission Chairman Wayne Anderson predicted
it could become the neighborhood basketball court.
Bonnie wonders if these will be three-story houses
blocking her view of the sunset.
After the subdivision was approved, the commission
unanimously approved a request from Boyd Schiess to
rezone almost 40 acres as agricultural. Jan Stephens,
who moved to Nibley 13 years ago for the rural atmosphere,
is pleased to see the city putting things back the way
"For so long I've been coming to these [meetings]
and all I hear about it is development," Stephens said.
"At what point do you stop?"