P&Z postpones Maverik decision, hears residents' safety
concerns for roads
By Jacob Fullmer
September 29, 2006 | NIBLEY -- Residents expressed
concern over road safety, and a prospective business
failed to meet standards at the city's Planning and
Zoning meeting Wednesday.
Brian Anderson spoke on road safety during a public
hearing about rezoning approximately 24 acres near 1500
West and 3200 South. The zone change will allow an incoming
"Safety. Safety. Safety," Anderson said. "That's my
thing." Anderson, a long time resident of Nibley, said
he saw two girls pushing strollers on the side of the
road with nowhere to walk. For years, he has felt the
need to improve the roads, particularly 3200 South.
Kari Jaussi said her four kids want to ride their
bikes but "there's nowhere to go."
Many of the citizens attending the meeting laughed
when Anderson said the city doesn't need to worry about
the railroad tracks being the best speed bump in town
until they can fix the roads.
Planning and Zoning Commission Chairman Wayne Anderson
told the public the city has taken design proposals
for 3200 South "from the old church house to the corner."
Besides his concern with road safety, Brian Anderson
feels the city government is doing a "fine job.
After two hours of debate, it was decided to continue
discussion on a Maverik Country Store coming to town
until a later date. Brad McDougal of Maverik, Inc. said
he didn't expect to be talking about setback requirements
again. It is in question if the building McDougal has
proposed fits setback requirements in relation to a
McDougal works with city governments in Utah and Idaho
to bring Maverik stores to new areas. He is responsible
for stores in West Jordan, Perry, and Pocatello, Idaho.
Usually, he says, the company is able to finish the
planning process with cities in three or four months.
According to McDougal, plans to bring a store to Nibley
have been in process for 16 months.
"They're having some growing pains right now," said
McDougal believes the growing pains he and the city
are experiencing are because the city is having to adjust
to a brand new zone. The neighborhood commercial zone
where Maverik plans to build is the first of its kind.
Commission Member Larry Jacobsen believes this zone
will be a good buffer between commercial and residential
The council tied in voting to approve or deny the
final design. Commission Members Aaron Bliesner and
Shawn Del Hunsaker voted to deny the building. Hunsaker
feels the addition is not neighborhood friendly. Chairman
Anderson and Jacobsen voted to approve the building.
Early in the discussion, members of the commission
disagreed on setback requirements articulated in the
code. Jacobson said he's not one to typically ignore
city code but felt it was too late in the game to ask
McDougal to change his building plan.
Amidst a possible increase of architectural and engineering
costs, McDougal says he'll keep coming back until the
city tells him he can't.