PLEASANT VIEW -- Keenly aware of the challenges with access on 2700 North, the city continues to look at the possibility of a big-scale commercial development involving Pleasant View and Farr West working together, says Community Development Director Bruce Talbot.
"We are wondering if we would be able to pull that off without some additional access," he said.
Talbot said Farr West, North Ogden, Harrisville and Pleasant View have an agreement with the Utah Department of Transportation that there will be no signal lights west of U.S. 89, other than the existing light at Rulon White Boulevard. Talbot said Pleasant View should consider having a traffic study done to get UDOT to consider changing that approach.
"What we are thinking about is right there across the street from Wendy's," Talbot said. "It's a good location and could be utilized. In order to do that, we need a traffic study. I have asked three engineering firms to give us a ballpark bid -- not actual bids, just proposals."
Talbot said a joint meeting between Farr West and Pleasant View is set for Oct. 11, at which time they could discuss sharing costs.
"Without a traffic study, we would be hung up forever," Mayor Doug Clifford said. "We really don't have a choice."
Talbot said they don't have a developer yet; otherwise they could ask the developer to help pay for the study.
"What we are asking is for Farr West to split it (the cost)," Clifford said.
"We have already been thinking in the future with Rulon White and spent some money," Councilman Michael Humphreys said. "Right now I don't want to commit to any more money for an engineering study."
"If we want to do this -- and it's not an absolute rush -- it's just the idea we are willing to do this. Then when Farr West is a little farther along, I know they are going to get there," Talbot said. "Then we say yes, we're willing, and we would share the project."
"We just want to indicate we are willing to be proactive," Councilman Jerold Burns said. "If Farr West steps up to the plate, that will show developers we're proactive, we're on the ball here, come join us."
Clifford said bringing in a big-box store would be a win for both cities.
"We've just got to keep nudging them forward to embrace the concept," he said.
"We need to get a little further in planning," Talbot said. "It's the only way UDOT will talk to you ... if you go with a study in hand."
"It's somewhat like the chicken and the egg," Clifford said.
He said the next step would be to keep the dialogue moving between the two cities. Then, when a developer does come in, the structure for commercial development will already be in place.
Talbot said joint discussions with Farr West are coming and will aid in moving the process along.