Changes on the horizon for Cache County road standards

LOGAN — Cache County residents will not have to pay taxes for new roads near subdivisions outside the county borders in the near future, if Josh Runhaar has anything to say about it.Runhaar is Cache Valley Regional County Director of Development Services, and is advocating potential amendments to the county constitution, which would mandate that developers pay for new roads that will be constructed in conjunction with subdivisions located outside county lines.”The purpose of the amendments are to create standards which can help bring better direction to constructing roadways,” he said. “We need a set of standards like this to create a system for the construction of our roads.”Meanwhile, Gordon Zilles, former chairman of the Cache County Council, while expressing excitement about the upcoming likely passage of the amendment, also shared frustration about the tedious approach that both the county and the planning and zoning councils have taken to the motion.Runhaar hopes the planning commission will have made a decision by April 7. From there, the council, which Runhaar said is “fairly far along in the (decision-making) process,” would need to complete the documents to put it to action.Jon White, current chairman of the county council, added that he hopes to have such formal work completed by May.Zilles, who was replaced by White this year after serving the permitted one year on the council chairman carousel, hopes that it marks the end of a process which he said has taken far too long. He said he previously had a personal goal of getting the amendment passed while he was in office. He said while he had enough trouble helping contractors see why they need to pay for the roads that extend outside the county line, another barrier has involved encouraging efficiency in the decision-making process from both the county and planning and zoning council.”Some of the developers are tired of hearing what we can and can’t do, and have just said, ‘this office is a joke,’” he said.

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