OGDEN — A proposal to bring a new nightclub to the outer edge of Ogden is making its way through city channels.
On Wednesday night, the Ogden City Planning Commission is scheduled to review an application for a conditional use permit that would allow a night club to open in a building immediately west of the Newgate Mall.
The application, which was submitted by Jose Luis Cota, says the plan involves moving the proposed club (which would feature music and dancing, and would serve alcohol) into an existing building at 3705 S. 250 West.
According to planning commission documents, the business would occupy about 9,000 square feet. Cota has provided city planning staff with a parking agreement with the mall that would allow for shared parking between his business and the mall.
Proposed hours of operation are from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Cota has told the city he will provide detailed noise mitigating measures if and when the proposal receives approval from the planning commission.
The commission’s review of the proposal includes determining if it is consistent with the city’s General Plan, doesn’t adversely impact nearby properties, complies with zoning ordinances and has a design compatible to surrounding development.
The commission could also require certain mitigation efforts if they determine project will cause adverse impacts.
The city’s planning department has recommended the commission approve the project, subject to the following conditions: monitoring of the parking lot with surveillance cameras or a marked patrol car; providing a lighting plan for the parking area; providing a noise mitigation plan; compliance with city noise regulations and other planning department requirements.
For several years, Cota has owned and operated a night club and reception center in West Haven called Las Rocas.
In 2015, the Standard-Examiner published stories of a years long battle between Las Rocas, a group of West Haven residents and West Haven City regarding noise complaints. The residents complained to the city about noise emanating from the establishment into their homes during late night, weekend hours.
Over a period of about four years, the Weber County Sheriff’s Office (which provides police services for West Haven) responded to the establishment more than 20 times, mostly on complaints of noise.
The Standard-Examiner was unable to reach Cota on Monday. The number listed for Las Rocas online and on the center’s Facebook page is out of service. It’s unclear whether both clubs will remain open if Cota receives city approval for his Ogden project.