OGDEN -- A plan that will guide future development along 21st Street is finally ready to move forward.
After having tabled it multiple times in the past year, the Ogden City Council adopted the plan at its regular meeting earlier this week.
The prevailing issue in the plan's slow passing has been the height of potential structures along the corridor and how they could affect the scenic view for those driving along it.
The corridor plan establishes guidelines for land use, corridor enhancements and roads within the area west of Wall Avenue to the Ogden city limits and from 22nd Street to the Ogden River.
Previous versions of the ordinance included a height limit of 35 feet for structures built on the western end of the corridor and a height of 65 feet closer to Wall Avenue.
The thinking behind the height limits, which the planning commission voted in favor of last year, was that taller buildings would partially obscure the view of the mountains as people drive into Ogden from Interstate 15.
But the concern among council members was that height restrictions might deter businesses from developing in the area.
The revised ordinance removes the height limit and guides development with a focus on landscape treatments, building design, building placement, screening objectionable views and framing mountain vistas.
"The concept remains the same," said Greg Montgomery, Ogden City planning manager.
"As you come over the (21st Street) bridge into the city, you will have some good views of landscape. (The new ordinance) gives us some guiding principles but also allows for a lot of flexibility."
The plan recommends the city build mixed-use, transit-oriented development between 21st and 22nd streets east of the I-15 overpass and west of Wall Avenue.
Most people would access the transit-oriented development by walking, bicycling or taking mass transit, as automobile use is meant to be limited.
The plan will now be added to the city's general plan and is the fourth corridor plan adopted by the city, following the Wall Avenue plan, the 12th Street plan and the 24th Street plan.