road planned by Nibley doesn't come without dispute
By Ranae Bangerter
May 1, 2006 | NIBLEY -- City officials
have planned since 1982 to built a frontage road along
the U.S. Highway 89-91 corridor, but county officials
don't want the city to develop commercially along that
corridor at all.
"We've anticipated for 24 years at least, and (we)
were waiting for market to reach up," City Manager Larry
Anhder said. The city plans to build a frontage road
that would be approximately 60 feet to the east, parallel
to the corridor. It would be accessed along 3200 South,
by Ted's Gas Station, where a stoplight would be located
in the future. But plans for a light, or the road being
constructed, will only come as fast as commercial business
"The road is being built by developers as the development
comes," said Anhder. For the past year-and-a-half the
businesses have been trying to come in and be approved,
Three developments along the corridor at 2600 South,
2700 South and 2900 South are being planned, and two
have been approved. One is a small regional retail store,
another is a light manufacturing business and the last
is an agricultural products store.
Cache County Executive Lynn Lemon said he would rather
distribute the sales tax by population rather than point
of sale, and Cache Metropolitan Planning Director Jeff
Gilbert thinks the city should not go commercial by
"Wherever you have a road that has a lot of traffic
it will be an attraction for commercial," said Gilbert.
He would rather have the city develop commercially along
the other highway to the east of the city.
"From my perspective, I would rather see Nibley not
develop commercially on 89-91. I'd rather them center
their commercial district on Highway 165," said Gilbert.
"First of all, 165 doesn't have the need to function
as a thoroughfare. And the other reason is, I think
commercial [business] would be more viable over there,"
he said. Those making inter-valley trips would be much
more likely to stop,"than those bee-lining out of the
valley to go to Salt Lake," Gilbert added.
Anhder disagrees, and said the development is"not
any impedance to traffic flow." The city plans on having
one main access point with a traffic light at 3200 South
and a possibility of one other located at either 2300
South or 2600 South.
"[Nibley has] minimized the number of access points,
which is good," Gilbert said."Most of the access that
comes as it occurs, comes off the frontage road," he
For the traffic lights to be allowed, they need to
meet a standard. "Neither of those lights will go in
until they meet a warrant number," he added. A warrant
number is when enough vehicles travel through the intersection
that it qualifies for a light.
The city has been planning ahead to prevent more access
points on the corridor. Anhder thinks the city has an
advantage over other cities because they have planned
"[It is an] overwhelming advantage, we're smart, we've
planned something," Anhder said."We've eliminated the
'every access that might happen per somebody's request'
on that corridor," he added.
Gilbert agreed that it was a good idea for the city
prepare in advance. "From my perception, from the regional
[view, it is] far better to plan ahead of how the road
will work, as opposed to [catering] to every box development
that comes in," said Gilbert.
Other cities in the valley have built many access
points along the corridor, which has decreased traffic
flow from north to south, but Cache County Executive
Lynn Lemon said that the county is trying to fix that.
Lemon said about the traffic flow in Logan,"we've
done light synchronizations." A lot more north and south
traffic flow has come, but they have had less from the
east to west, he said. The county is trying to build
another road on 200 East and another access road from
Smithfield to Logan on 1200 East, he added.
The county has worked with cities surrounding the
corridor and the Utah Department of Transportation to
come up with an agreement, the Cache South Corridor
Access Management Agreement.
Gilbert said the intent was to get agreement of the
cities on transportation to determine when development
happens and where development happens. The cities of
Hyrum, Wellsville, Nibley, Logan and Cache County came
to a legal agreement, said Gilbert. The agreement is
used to increase traffic flow by determining where cities
can place signals and how far apart they must be placed.
More information about the agreement can be found at
the Cache Metropolitan Planning Organization's web site