Heights declares subdivision moratorium for four months
By Ben Walker
March 19, 2006 | RIVER HEIGHTS -- The City Council
approved a four-month moratorium on subdivisions Tuesday
night with a 3-2 vote.
The moratorium took effect Tuesday and will prevent
any approval of new subdivisions for a maximum of four
months while the city planning commission reviews and
updates the general plan.
The motion for the moratorium was made by councilmember
Gladys Ann Atwood, the only council memer who also serves
as a member of the planning commission. She originally
requested a six-month moratorium and said the updating
of the city's general plan would probably take longer
than six months especially if the planning commission
has other stuff coming in.
"We have the best interest of the city at heart,"
Councilmembers Bill Baker and Rob Gines cast the dissenting
"I don't want to give the planning and zoning commission
time," Baker said. "I want them to do it. I want them
to get after it. The more time you give them, the more
time it takes."
"I think it sends the wrong message to people that
want or could want to develop in this area," Gines said.
Mayor Todd Weston voiced his disapproval of the motion,
but could not vote because a mayor only votes to break
"Let it go on the record that I did not favor it and
that's all I can say about it," Weston said.
The moratorium does not apply to minor subdivisions.
The council also unanimously passed a resolution to
support creation of a Cache Valley regional council.
The regional council is the brainchild of the Cache
County Commission as part of a program called Vision
2020 plus, denoting preparation of Cache Valley for
problems such as air pollution, traffic and aging citizens
through 2020 and beyond.
Similar resolutions have already been unanimously
passed by Dayton, Franklin, Weston, Preston, the Franklin
County Commission, the Cache County Council, Wellsville,
Logan, Nibley, Clarkston and Newton.
The regional council would be made up of 14 elected
officials from around the valley and the president of
Utah State University and may include other non-voting
members. The council would be an advisory body.
"One of the reasons we involved Franklin County is
issues don't stop at state borders. Pollution doesn't
stop at state borders," said Craig Peterson, Cache County
Councilmember. "They were thrilled with the fact that
somebody finally wanted to involve them in valley issues."