Weber County violates its own zoning law with landfill

Jan 4 2013 - 5:05pm

Editor,

Weber County's landfill is on property zoned M-3. Such landfills are not allowed in any zone in Weber County. That is why, in 2005, an individual requested an amendment to the M-3 Zone. The local body recommended the change to the commissioners. But, the commissioners voted no. Subsequent attempts were made by others and, again, the commissioners said no. Zoning changes require notices to affected landowners and the public, and public hearings; these were properly done. Public interest was high and the hearings were well attended.

Why does the county think they can build a landfill anywhere? They publicly denied everyone else who tried. Weber County says its dump is "public/government" and it needn't notify anyone and it didn't need public hearings.

State law governs the placement of "public" property and requires that its use be consistent with the General Plan. Pray tell, if landfills are consistent with the General Plan, why didn't someone at the county tell those poor fools who petitioned for zoning amendments?

The petitioners were ready to build, at their own expense, but the County said no. Yet, the waste director claimed that it was private industry's failure to "step up" that caused the county to act.

Weber County created a monopoly by violating the same zoning laws they make others obey. Instead of operating the landfill, the county slipped their favorite guy into a situation he could not have created on his own and gave him all the profit-- brilliant.

Lynette Penrod

Plain City

 

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