housing gets final approval of Nibley Planning and Zoning
By Ranae Bangerter
March 10, 2006 | NIBLEY -- A subdivision, which was
pre-approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission along
with the City Council over a week ago, got final approval
from the commission on Wednesday night. The subdivision,
a project hosted by the Neighborhood Non-profit Housing
Corporation, provides a way for low-income families
to build and own their own homes. Homes are built by
the owners and neighborhood members.
Commissioners discussed the possibility of meandering
walkways in the subdivision, but the chairwoman of the
neighborhood housing group, Kim Datwyler, did not approve.
Datwyler was concerned about how the families would
be able to afford the homes and pay for maintenance
of the trails. She said some of her buyers were already
struggling with coming up with the money for the home.
"Who will maintain them, families?" said Datwyler.
She said she thought the families would not wish to
have the meandering walkways.
After further discussion the issue of the trails was
dismissed. "I'm not convinced this is not that big of
a deal," Commissioner Aaron Bliesner said about the
The commission approved the subdivision with a unanimous
vote and the proposal will now be sent to the city council
for final approval.
Other items in the meeting included the approval of
home businesses, dog kennels, and other permits.
Brian Anderson, furniture shop owner, came to the
meeting to obtain conditional use permit for his home
business along 100 West. He and others who came to the
meeting, were asked many repetitive yet mandatory questions.
The mandatory questions, "will it have a light up sign,
will it contain an accessory building, is there a noise
issue, and is there adequate off street parking for
customers?" and others will be formatted into a document
in the next planning and zoning meeting to save time.
"I don't exhaust anything to the exterior," Anderson
said about his business. "I don't have exterior storage
of inventory, [and] I do have adequate off-street parking."
The commission reviewed their ordinances and asked
Anderson what his plans for his business were. Anderson
said he would like to someday hire an additional employee,
and build an accessory shed for his shop that would
include a sign on the exterior.
Commissioner Larry Jacobsen said under the ordinance
the employee must live in the home and Anderson agreed
the employee would. Also under the ordinance the shop
must be attached to the home. Anderson did not agree
with the ordinance and the commissioners gave him an
option; if Anderson would like to someday build the
accessory shed, he would have to suggest a new ordinance,
through the form of a letter, for the commission to
Audra Anderson came to receive approval for the setbacks
of her home, located at 2835 South 800 West. The setback
would be approximately 25 feet. She would like to build
an attached garage onto her house or rebuild her house
altogether. The commission approved the setbacks and
location of the residence.