One of Ogden's last swaths of farmland on track for development

Thursday , October 12, 2017 - 5:15 AM2 comments

MITCH SHAW, Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — One of the last remaining pieces of farmland in Ogden will likely be turned into a multi-family housing and commercial development. 

The Ogden City Council will soon consider a petition from Winchester Land Company to rezone 17.45 acres on west 12th Street.

Winchester wants the city to rezone the property, which is located at 450 West 12th Street, to allow commercial uses there. The land is presently zoned for limited manufacturing uses, but has been used for agricultural purposes for years. From 12th Street, corn can now be seen growing on the southern portion of the land.

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Kristine DeVoe filed the rezone petition on behalf of Winchester and said the company doesn’t yet own the land, but is trying to acquire it. A successful rezone petition is part of the negotiation, according to city documents.

The land is owned by the Rex Alvord trust, according to Weber County property records. 

In a transmittal letter to the council, Ogden Community and Economic Development Director Tom Christopulos said Winchester wants to develop “multi-family dwelling units along with commercial uses that would face 12th Street.”

DeVoe said site plans and specifics on the development, like the number or type of units or possible commercial uses, are not available. 

“It’s so early in the process that we don’t have those kinds of details,” she said.

In September, the city’s seven-member planning commission unanimously recommended approval of the rezone, finding it consistent with the 12th Street Corridor Plan, which was adopted in 2005, and the Lynn Community Plan, adopted in 1986.

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Both plans encourage rezoning the area for commercial use and the area has become one of the city’s largest commercial corridors.

In 2009, Ogden City invested $1 million in the environmental remediation of a large plot on the southwest corner of 12th Street and Wall Avenue, once home to a Cream o'Weber processing plant. 

Following the cleanup, WinCo Foods opened a 90,000-square-foot grocery store at the site, spurring several other businesses to move in. Ross, PetSmart, GNC, Jimmy John’s, T-Mobile, Zaxby’s, Chase Bank and a few others all operate in the area now, known as The Commons at Ogden.

Though west 12th Street has seen a stream of new businesses and is home to largest employment centers in the Boyer Business Depot Ogden, the potential development of the farmland would represent the area’s first multi-family housing activity.

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