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Weber County growth causes jitters, scrutiny among some

Monday Jan. 22, 2018

Taylor residents, left to right, Eric Page, Greg Bell, Michelle Peasley and Shae Bitton, worry about runaway growth in the zone west of Ogden. They’ve been pushing for more controlled growth. By Tim Vandenack

TAYLOR — Growth is the mantra along the Wasatch Front in Utah.

Though viewed as a good thing by many — an indicator of the strong economy and popularity of the area — expected population increases and expansion don’t have everyone clicking their heels. In the rural Taylor area in western Weber County, west of Ogden, some are leery of growth, worry it will happen too quickly and there will be too much. It may be inevitable, but residents in the area want more control over how growth evolves and they’ve been clamoring to be heard.

Here are a pair of stories:

The Taylor people aren’t the only ones worried. It’s been an issue in North Ogden (among other places), near the site of a planned large-scale, high-density development of apartments and townhomes. Here are a pair of articles from last year:

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Laura Rentmeister, left, and sister Kathy Rollman hold a photo of their mother Verna Marriott. By Tim Vandenack

In a different vein, I recently wrote the sad, tragic story of a woman suffering dementia who inexplicably left her home early one morning, got lost and ended up dead in the yard of a home a half-mile away. Sounds like she lived a full life, had many who loved here. Sad, nonetheless:

Ogden woman’s family finds solace after her death in cold, but questions linger, Dec. 28, 2017

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New fitness center, sports fields, hotel proposed for Elkhart off East Jackson Boulevard

Tuesday Sept. 8, 2015

The blueprint for change along Jackson Boulevard, east of the Elkhart River, Elkhart. Boosters have a pretty grand vision, as outlined in the graphic. It's a screen shot from the 371-page report submitted by local boosters, Regional Cities of Northern Indiana, for state funding to help with the plans and other initiatives in a three-county area.

The blueprint for change along Jackson Boulevard, east of the Elkhart River, Elkhart. Boosters have a pretty grand vision, as outlined in the graphic. It’s a screen shot from the 371-page report submitted by local boosters, Regional Cities of Northern Indiana, for state funding to help with the plans and other initiatives in a three-county area.

Elkhart boosters have big hopes for the corridor along Jackson Boulevard, east of the Elkhart River and east of the downtown area.

Their multi-faceted dream came out in all its technicolor glory in a 371-page proposal publicly unveiled last week, part of a three-county bid for state funds to help pay for a range of upgrades across the zone. I combed through it, parsing the many Elkhart plans — a $32 million fitness center, six athletic fields, an indoor sports facility and 80-room hotel, a $55 million residential development and more.

Some of the elements had been hinted at previously. But taken together, they make for a very ambitious proposal, even if it is no sure thing it will come to fruition.

It’s a development story, and a big one. Still, I’ve seen many grand plans unveiled, only to fall by the wayside. Time will tell.

Look here for the story.

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