couple finds challenges in trying to sell Nibley land
By Jacob Fullmer
October 30, 2006 | NIBLEY -- A couple from Kaysville
is working with Nibley City to earn money to treat an
illness foreign to Utah. Kieth and Johann Yorgason of
Kaysville approached Nibley Planning and Zoning to create
a minor subdivision Thursday night. Unknown to the city,
the Yorgasons thought they had already created the subdivision.
Kieth Yorgason, who has never been a resident of Nibley,
obtained two acres on Hollow Road 10 years ago from
his former son-in-law, Robert Barrett. A contract was
drafted but no one ever petitioned the city to allow
a subdivision of the land.
Now the Yorgasons want to sell the land but the bank
won't release the deed until a subdivision is on file
with the city. Kieth said they are selling the land
to help pay for the treatment of Johann's Lyme disease.
While the illness is more common in the Eastern United
States it is being found in an increasingly wide array
of locations. The disease was originally diagnosed in
Montana 24 years ago but, according to Kieth, Utah still
doesn't have a qualified doctor to treat the disease.
Along with the costs of regular treatment, Johann flies
to California for specialized treatment.
The Yorgasons want to deal with the land as soon as
possible but are "astonished" at everything that needs
to be done.
"This has been a task for me," Kieth said. "I thought:
it will be one meeting and I'm through."
To get approval for a subdivision in Nibley, a preliminary
approval of the plat must be gained from the commission
first and then from city council. After these two meetings,
the Yorgasons will need to get a final approval from
both the commission and the council in two separate
meetings, a process usually taking four weeks.
Due to the nature of the situation, City Manager Larry
Anhder has requested the Nibley City Council consider
granting preliminary and final approval at their next
meeting so long as the Yorgasons meet conditions given
to them Thursday night.
Kieth said City Planner Conley Thompson has been "a
good man to work with.
Eyebrows were raised, however, when the council learned
who the potential buyer of the land was. According to
Kieth, Nathan Zollinger is in the process of buying
the two acres adjacent to his property. Zollinger recently
finished a process spanning months to get approval for
a home on Hollow Road.
"The more you talk, the more things are making sense,"
said City Councilman Scott Wells, who acts as an advisor
to Planning and Zoning.
At city council last week, Zollinger was given approval
to build his home but some council members questioned
whether he had a proper right-of-way for entrance to
Zollinger, absent from Thursday's meeting, was contacted
and said he has a proper right-of-way and is buying
the additional land as an investment. Zollinger and
city staff have each expressed a desire to help the
Yorgasons throughout the process.