Powder Mountain seeking more development in Cache County

How much development should Cache County have on its side of Powder Mountain? It has been discussed at times over several years but it appears a decision could soon be reached for development on Cache County’s part of Powder Mountain, a ski mountain shared by Cache and Weber counties.

At Tuesday’s Cache County Council meeting Russ Watts, the Summit Group’s development team head, encouraged Cache County to amend its current agreement with Weber County. An earlier survey apparently erred in putting 12 cabins on the Cache County side instead of the five cabins council members agreed on earlier.

Watts encouraged the council to consider going with the 12 36′-x-36′ so-called “nest pads” instead of five. He said Weber County, which owns the other land in the ski resort area, would pay for all services.

“The definition of responsibility is very clear in the inter-local agreement,” Watts told the council. “It is just saying that we want to bring taxable value to Cache County while Weber County provides all the services.”

Watts said he is referring to fire, power, sewer, police and building inspection. Although Cache County Attorney James Swink has said he does not believe the proposed development was allowed under current zoning ordinances.

Swink was not at the Tuesday meeting but the county’s development  services director, Josh Runhaar, said he believes those issues can be worked out. Several council members said they looked favorably on the larger development but it was decided to wait until the next meeting to vote on the issue. The Powder  Mountain issue is scheduled to come up again at the August 12th meeting and a decision is expected to be made at that time.

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