Logan Municipal Council members voted Tuesday evening to meet with members of the Nibley City Council before approving a plan to officially begin adjusting the boundary between the two cities.
Although the motion for a meeting passed, not all council members agreed with this approach.
“I think that is a waste of time,” said Council Member Herm Olsen, who proposed having just two Logan council members and Mayor Holly Daines meet with two of Nibley’s council members and mayor instead.
“That could be a productive meeting,” Olsen said. “You get 10 council members and two mayors, and that is not going to go anywhere.”
The motion to have a meeting was proposed by Council Member Jess Bradfield after a failed motion to pass a resolution of intent detailing a plan to move forward with adjusting the boundary between Logan and Nibley.
The proposed resolution of intent was presented by Mike DeSimone, Logan’s director of community development. It outlined a plan to adjust the boundary between the two cities along the center of U.S. Highway 89/91.
“In the simplest form, everything on the east side would go to Nibley, everything on the west side would come into Logan,” DeSimone said.
Under this proposal, about 130 acres of Logan would become part of Nibley and about 13 acres of Nibley would become part of Logan. The land going to Nibley would include Malouf Sleep. According to DeSimone, Logan is trading an $8 million tax base for a $5 million tax base.
According to DeSimone, the boundary adjustment discussion has been going on for a few years as both cities work to figure out the best way provide infrastructure and utility services to their residents and businesses as development expands.
Beyond changing the tax base, the boundary adjustment could also have implications for the setbacks along the highway in the area that is often termed “the south corridor gateway” to the valley. Logan’s setback for this area is 100-150 feet, while Nibley is still considering what to place their setbacks at.
Logan Municipal Council members would like to see Nibley’s setback increased.
Bradfield suggested using Malouf Sleep as leverage to require Nibley to adopt greater setbacks, but DeSimone said at the end of the day, Logan cannot impose its will on another city.
DeSimone also said the owners of Malouf want to be part of Nibley because it will prevent their operations from being located in two cities as the business grows.
“We don’t really have leverage in that respect. We can’t say, ‘We will give you this property if you give us the setbacks,’ because ultimately those owners could petition the city through court and really it will get done,” DeSimone said.
Both Mayor Daines and DeSimone said that at the end of the day, the decision comes down to good governance and whether the city can reasonably provide services and infrastructure to all the areas in its boundaries.
“We’ve looked at some rough numbers and it’s pretty prohibitive. We just simply do not have in that in our capital plan. There are other things that at least I personally would rather focus on,” Daines said.
The date and time for this joint meeting have yet to be set.