As new chairman of Logan’s Municipal Council Dean Quayle wants to do everything possible to prevent the kind of mistakes that led to a controversial rezone of property from single family to campus residential in the 1000 North 600 East neighborhood. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Monday, Quayle said a thorough investigation shows no one was to blame but, in his words, the land development code was approved too fast for such a big project and only councilmember Herm Olsen voted against it. Now, he says Community Development Coordinator Mike DeSimone is working hard to make sure such mistakes are not made again. “I am very pleased with the process that Mike DeSimone is going through right now,” Quayle said, “going back through the neighborhoods and identifying the problems in the neighborhoods with the people that are attending the neighborhood meetings. “They’ve been very well attended and he’s had great input. He’s documenting them and changes will be made.” Quayle said it could be as late as April for the review and revision of the land development code to be finished. Quayle agrees with other council members and Mayor Randy Watts that Logan also has some major challenges with completion of 1000 West and dealing with aging infrastructure, such as water and sewer lines. There are also some projects Quayle would personally like to see done and one is the clean up of 600 West from 200 North all the way to 2500 North. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Monday, Quayle said the Union Pacific right of way along that street is an eyesore. “It goes by Bridgerland (Applied Technology College), one of the biggest colleges and (home of a number of) activities here in the community,” Quayle said. “I think we need to see that cleaned up in that area. “It also goes by some residential areas. If a fire broke out in that area it would affect housing and so forth. It’s an area that has potential to make significant improvement with our community.” Quayle says he talked to railroad officials about a year ago but personnel changes were made soon after that. He is hoping this is the year that something gets done.
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