PLEASANT VIEW -- Two cities are gearing up for commercial development on 2700 North, specifically looking at approximately 80 acres known as the Randall property.
Both communities would like to bring in a big box store, but are looking at ways to share the wealth in the form of taxes for each city.
Planner John Jansen said Farr West officials requested he come and discuss the study he has been working on with Pleasant View.
"They don't actually have a city planner," said Jansen, referring to Farr West, "so they are a little behind where (Pleasant View is). I am trying to bring them up to speed."
Jansen said Farr West wants to know what kind of stores can be brought into the area, which overlaps both cities.
"One thing that is nice ... both cities use the same engineering firm," Jansen said.
That makes it easy to come up with maps that show both communities their zoning and existing land uses.
Jansen said his firm has been studying property along Highway 89, 2700 North and 2000 West. The Randall property still has some homes there, he said, but it is generally a commercial zone, including the property behind the Maverik store on 2700 North.
Jansen also told Pleasant View officials, "You have a higher density zone. Farr West has nothing like that."
He also said Pleasant View's Gateway zone and mixed-use zones are a good idea and will aid in development in the area.
Jansen said some good development ideas for the area would be a big box store, possibly some high-density housing and smaller convenience shopping centers. Little strip commercial areas seem to pop up randomly and often become vacant, he said, and it would be better to have a plan than to have businesses come and go and buildings left standing empty.
Jansen said both cities should discourage any more haphazard strip commercial development.
"Both communities want to see the property develop deeply," said Jansen, adding that the acreage is available to do this.
Access from the freeway to commercial areas is like a pogo stick jump, said Mayor Doug Clifford. He gave the example of shopping in Centerville, then Layton and then Riverdale.
"We are one of those pogo sticks on the way to Brigham City," said Clifford.
Clifford said the residents' income can also be important to support the developments there. Jansen said he had been studying the buying habits of people in the country and said some areas have more stores of a certain type and need, while in other areas people will drive out of the local circle to buy goods.
A joint meeting is scheduled for Sept. 30, in which the two cities can share ideas for a vision of the future.
"It's not going to happen by itself -- we have to find ways to help it, promote it, get it going."