Weber County Planning

The Ogden Valley Planning Commission (OVPC) meets regularly at 5 pm in the County Building on the 4th Tuesday of the month and sometimes on 2nd Tuesday for workshops.  Follow this link to find current and past meeting agendas and minutes.

OVPC  members are appointed by the Weber County Commissioners and everything OVPC does of substance is subject to approval by the County Commissioners. We always need good planning commissioners and most years there is a vacancy. Follow this link to the Weber County Planning page where, among all things planning, they post commission vacancies and request applications.

The work of OVPC falls into two categories:

  1. Based ONLY on county Land Use Code, OVPC approves or denies administrative proposals from landowners( for example, a landowner wants a conditional use permit). Landowners can appeal denials to Weber County Commission. For better or worse, legally OVPC can only apply criteria enshrined in our Land Use Code. The only chance the public has to affect the outcome is to insist that OVPC follow the Code in both intent and detail. Indeed, public outrage or support is irrelevant to the process; a developer petition must be approved or denied based on meeting minimum standards in the code.
  2. OVPC can also recommend changes in the Land Use Code to the County Commission. Changes to the code are considered legislative actions by OVPC and invite wide-scale public participation in the debate to change. Note that any changes to current zoning are legislative.

The only way for Valley residents to affect how development occurs is to work for legislative changes to the Land Use Code . When public outrage occurs about a particular project, its source is always a weakness in our Land Use Code.

Here are some useful tools and links to see what is going on in terms of planning:

Weber County Planning Division website

Ogden Valley Planning Commission Agendas and Minutes

Miradi is an online system Weber County uses to track every aspect of every project, from application to final approval. In Miradi we can zoom in on any project to view the application, maps, staff review, planning commission action, etc. It is a wonderful tool.

Geogizmo is an interactive GPS mapping system the county uses for mapping. We can zoom in on any parcel of land to understand boundaries and tax histories, and it also has layers for flood plain, zoning, and anything else deemed worthy for planning or tax collection purposes. Another wonderful tool.