Logan Planning Commission delays decision on highrise project

It will be another month before the Logan Planning Commission decides whether or not to approve a conditional use permit that would allow a controversial highrise apartment to be built near 600 East and 1000 North in Logan. After more than three hours of public input last night the planners said they needed more time to review the changes developers have made in their plans for the project along with the results of a traffic study recently completed.Suzanne Erickson addressed the meeting, saying the project could be the end of her business, The Joy School, where several generations of children have come since 1976.”I’m 56 years old. Everything I own is in that building,” Erickson said. “What’s it going to do to me? I’m not ready to retire. I am not wealthy. “What am I going to do when all of that traffic, and all of that pollution and…where are all those people going to park? What is that going to do to me?”Erickson urged the commissioners to consider all the impacts of the proposed project.”I just hope you will listen to all of these people, all of us, and that you will cut down the amount of people, the amount of cars and make it a place that will truly fit into that neighborhood.”Erickson asked the developers to cut down on the number of cars and the number of people so that the project would fit in with the neighborhood.The traffic study showed that the project would, indeed, create more traffic congestion and proposed that if the project is approved the city should consider a roundabout at the intersection of 1000 North and 600 East or a realignment of the intersection.About 35 neighbors spoke out against the project expressing concerns not only about traffic safety but also about serious parking problems and about declining value of their property. Mary Fisk, now in her 80s, lives in the home closest to the proposed project. Fisk says she plans to stay in that home for a long time, even though it would likely be demolished if the project is approved.Fisk says she is not blaming the developers because she feels they have acted in good faith.”I don’t agree with the new city code,” she explained, “that has been trying to make Logan into a big city by building high-level, high-density apartments all over the city wherever there happens to be any vacant space. “It is succeeding in ruining Cache Valley. We love the suburban sprawl and the relaxed atmosphere that has been the delight of this area.”Fisk said not only would the highrise project destroy her view it would cause tremendous parking problems and create unsafe traffic congestion.The developer, John Brandley, told the commissioners he is a resident of Logan and plans to stay and that his plan is to create a walkable, green community near the Utah State University campus.”We have tried really hard to be open and honest, willing to communicate with the neighbors, meet with them personally,” Brandley said. “My email and phone number have been on the sign out in front of the property. We just want to be good neighbors and I think we’ve tried to do that. “I think we’ve proven that by the changes we’ve made. We’ve made over eight changes to these plans at a large expense of time and money.”The planners decided to postpone a decision on whether or not to approve a conditional use permit until the next meeting on January 12. There will be no public input that evening.Meanwhile, Logan City Attorney Kimber Housley said legally the planners will have to approve the project if the developer meets all of the code requirements.

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