council defines how much landscaping builders must do
By Ranae Bangerter
February 6, 2006 | NIBLEY -- After more than an hour
of discussion and amendments to a motion determining
what the city's interpretation of a building site or
lot was, the City Council let the Planning and Zoning
Commission decide, during the town meeting Thursday
The topic, Mountain Valley Machinery's Building permit,
was brought up by an appeal from the planning commission
to refuse the company a building permit.
With a motion from Councilman Thayne Mickelson the
council agreed that 20 percent of the lot has to have
landscaping within three years of purchase and building.
The motion also included what the builders need to abide
by: not storing equipment on dirt ground, and groundcover
needs to be planted on the unused portion of the lot
to prevent erosion.
The controversy was within the ordinance, to have
the builders develop and landscape the site only, instead
of the entire lot.
Consideration of an U.S. Highway 89-91 corridor agreement
was also addressed in the meeting.
Councilmen gave their opinions of the agreement. The
agreement said it would not be studied again for 15
years, but City Manager Larry Anhder said that is too
long because of the growth coming to Logan.
"If we had 2,000 people [move in] every five years"
as they have in the past, "in 15 years from now we'd
have a community of 8,000 people," he said.
They determined that in eight years they would have
the chance to plan and include more options for locations
of traffic lights.
The council voted on the agreement and it was unanimous.