council hears advice from Sandy city planner
October 23, 2006 | NIBLEY -- In a public meeting following
City Council Wednesday night, council members continued
discussion on the future of Nibley city.
Guest speaker George Shaw, the city of Sandy's planning
director, was invited to share his expertise on city
planning with the council. Members of the council encountered
Shaw at a recent Utah League of Cities and Towns meeting
earlier this month. Shaw said the Utah State Land Use
Development Management Act requires all municipalities
to have a general plan but doesn't regulate strict enforcement
Shaw referred to a city's general plan as the decision
"that governs every other decision."
Councilman Scott Larsen says the city doesn't have
defined goals. Other council members, and Mayor Gerald
Knight, said the city is working toward a general plan
to address the health, general welfare, and safety of
the community. Larsen would like to have specific goals
in those areas to accomplish what is desired.
One community asset Shaw encouraged the council consider
is a system of walking trails.
Councilmen Scott Wells said his experience with these
"jewels" in other communities across the nation has
Councilman Thayne Mickelson said he has spoken with
citizens involved with the trail system along the Jordan
River in Utah. Those citizens, he says, would not consider
their trail system an improvement to their way of life.
The council and Shaw also discussed providing for
the unique rural lifestyle of Nibley, the larger than
national average size of families, and the importance
of having a city identity people can connect with.