|Paper||Ogden Valley News|
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|Rights Holder||SR Communications DBA, Eden, Utah|
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|Paper||Ogden Valley News|
The Ogden August 1, 2007 Valley news Your Community Newspaper PRSRT STD STD PRSRT POSTAGE PAID PAID POSTAGE PERMIT NO. NO. 11 11 PERMIT EDEN UT UT EDEN POSTAL PATRON PATRON POSTAL EDEN-LIBERTY-84310 EDEN-LIBERTY-84310 HUNTSVILLE-84317 HUNTSVILLE-84317 OGDEN CANYONCANYON- 84401 84401 OGDEN HCR 843AO 843AO HCR Rampant Development Spurs Opposition By Shanna Francis Ogden Valley News With an unprecedented rate of speculative development occurring in Ogden Valley, ever increasing numbers of residents are waking up and becoming engaged in the political process—primarily in reaction to the vast and dramatic changes manifesting themselves Valley wide. A strong and active group legally organized as a non-profit 501(c)(3) came together last year, initially spurred by the controversial proposed Bison Creek subdivision—a 150 lot master planned community located on 450 acres situated at approximately 8150 E. Highway 39 in Huntsville. As a result, signatories of a petition, which included 113 Ogden Valley community members names who shared concerns about current development transpiring in the Valley, came together to form Valley Citizens for Responsible Development Corporation (VCRD). According to current chair Larry Zini of Huntsville, the general purpose of the VCRD is to advocate the protection of the rural characteristics and natural resources of Ogden Valley. The corporation reviews, comments on, and monitors development plans in the Valley and Ogden Canyon, and will engage developers and government officials to ensure that their actions and decisions promote well-planned and susThe hills were alive with music as the Utah Symphony entertained guests at Wolf Mountain on July 14 as part of the Music in the tainable communities in accordance with Mountains summer concert series sponsored by R.A.M.P., Zions Bank, Ogden Symphony Ballet, Media One, Bank of Utah, The Salt Lake the Ogden Valley General Plan, and that Tribue, Deseret Motning News, Eagles Landing at Wolf Creek, Westland Ford, York, Prinoth, The Oaks, Nordica, Bertoldi Architects, new development and infrastructure complies with local, state, and federal laws. Wolf Mountain, and Wolf Creek Resort. Watch for upcoming concerts on August 11, 25, and September 21. See page 4. The organization also keeps an updated web/interactive blog site where visitors OPPOSITION cont. on page 3 2007 Assessment Values Increase by 20 to 30% As we have read in the newspapers, trade journals and other media, growth in Utah real estate values continue to lead the nation. In some respects, it is comforting to know that for the most part the investment in our homes and related real estate continues to grow, until the moment in time when we realize that “value” is tied directly to our property tax bill – unfortunately, that time is now. The Weber County 2007 “Property Valuation Notice(s)” were mailed to property owners on July 31st. The core responsibility of the Weber County Assessor is to accurately and equitably value all taxable property within the county boundaries at a current market value. With respect to real estate valuation, market behavior defines what property is worth when buyer and seller agree upon a price for a given piece of real estate. The Assessor’s office studies such market behavior and applies the results of the analysis to determine “market value” for all real property in the County. 2007 assessment data indicates real estate values across the entire County, on average, increased roughly 20% over the 2006 assessment year. Particular areas, like the upper Ogden Valley will see average value increases of 30% or more in market value. Determining an accurate value on approximately 93,000 parcels of real estate for 2007 is an awesome task and accordingly, while we are confident we do a great job in mass, we also know we will be subject to error on a micro level. Please take care to review and consider the market value we have placed on your property for 2007. Should you determine we have valued your real estate inaccurately, please refer to the application forms included in the valuation notice in order to appeal the assessment. The statutory deadline to appeal your value is Monday, September 17th, 2007. Heavy Manufacturing Zoning Request to allow for Our Customer Service staff is happy to assist with any questions you may have. Please call our office at 801-399-8572. Weber County Commission Chambers 2380 Washington Blvd., Ogden. Weber County Commission PUBLIC HEARING ROCK CRUSHING Industry in Ogden Valley August 7, 6:00 p.m. Snowcrest Cheerleaders Garner Top Awards Snowcrest’s cheerleaders participated in USA Cheer Camp held July 5 through July 7 at Utah State University. The group was awarded the Spirit Stick the first and last days of cheer camp. Spirit Stick is awarded to the top five schools that have the most school spirit. Out of all the teams from all over the state of Utah that attended this year’s cheer camp, Snowcrest was honored with the coveted Unity Award, which is voted on by all of the teams and awarded to the one school voted to have the most unity. The Snowcrest team members stated, “This is a very special award.” The girls also earned a “Superior” rating on their cheerleading routine, which also earned them the Superior Award. Snowcrest Jr. High cheerleaders have received the Superior Award, the Spirit Stick, and the Unity Award for the past three years—an outstanding feat. The cheerleading squad is coached by Cara Chatelain of North Ogden and Amber Olsen of Layton. Photos courtesy of Jim Halay. Ownership—Management of Powder Mountain Changes Hands By Shanna Francis Ogden Valley News Gregg Greer, President and CEO of Operations at Powder Mountain, has announced the sale and the change of management from Powder Mountain Inc., previously owned by the Cobabe family of Eden, to Powder Mountain Resort Management LLC. While the sale of the Ogden Valley resort transpired in September of 2006, change of management didn’t officially occur until July 1, 2007. Details associated with the legal transfer of ownership took about five years to complete. Greer states that he is thrilled to be working in the resort industry, especially at Powder Mountain. “Powder Mountain already has proven itself as a resort center. We will most likely build on the resort’s existing core success associated with the Sundown, Timberline, and Hidden Lake Lodge areas, and then expand outwards. “Recent upgrades include our high speed detachable quad lift that was added last December, which cut down lift time by about a third. We are now moving towards making renovations at Hidden Lake Lodge, expanding the seating area and making it more comfortable for future guests. Overall, we hope to begin implementation of our vision for Powder Mountain this spring.” Greer explains that this vision includes resort centers—village or lodge centers— clustered around the existing lodges. “We envision guests coming to the mountain to stay and play for about a week without even having to leave the mountain. Development will include additional Shown above are Snowcrest cheerleaders Oakley Albrechtsen, Elli Pilkington, POWDER MTN. cont. on page 17 Brynn Harrop, Hanna Spainhower, Kami Jones, Kierstin Jones, Morgan Howe, Chantil Martin, Kilen Sorensen, and Sun’ee Wood.