FARR WEST -- The idea of forming a redevelopment agency with Pleasant View has been considered by council members and basically rejected, although no vote was taken and the item was tabled.
Attorney Craig Smith, who was retained by Pleasant View, presented the idea to the mayor and council members, stating why the cities should work together to assist with commercial development just off 2700 North.
Part of a large property that may be developed is empty fields in Farr West, and part is Wasatch View Mobile Home Park in Pleasant View.
"Brigham City and Perry formed a redevelopment agency to have the new Walmart there," said Ryan Shaw, Farr West attorney.
He said there were three options to consider for development of the property: Farr West could form a redevelopment agency with Pleasant View; it could form its own redevelopment agency that could work with Pleasant View's redevelopment agency; or it could create an interlocal agreement with Pleasant View to oversee development.
"Our past experience with that type of (redevelopment) agency has been less than stellar. Associated Foods with Weber County, well, that didn't work out well," Shaw said.
Mayor Jimmie Papageorge said the property where Associated Foods is located was annexed into Farr West eventually.
Councilman Tim Shupe said the Utah League of Cities and Towns advised against Farr West using the same attorney as Pleasant View to form a redevelopment agency.
"We need to protect Farr West," Shupe said. "I prefer, personally, to look into this a little more thoroughly and not necessarily jump into a mutual, joint agency with Pleasant View."
Papageorge agreed, saying, "I'm not too crazy about coming into an interlocal agreement unless we know where we're headed. We have two roads into 2700 North; Pleasant View only has one."
Papageorge said the owner of the property in Farr West has said he wants to buy the trailer park for development but doesn't know what would go in on the property.
"The fellow has owned the ground for 15 years and was going to have it all developed," Papageorge said. "So far, all it has developed is weeds."