School board discusses rezoning of Logan’s gravel pit area

LOGAN– Future zoning decisions could have detrimental impact on local schools. Will the Board of Education be heard by the Logan Municipal Council?

“The city needs to be sensitive in the planning process,” said Superintendent Marshal Garrett at Wednesday’s school board meeting. “Almost 56 percent of the city’s housing is in rentals, it’s hard to keep a sense of community in these areas.”

For the last four to six months it has been proposed that the gravel pit area just north of Utah State University should be rezoned for more multiple family and student housing. This land was originally zoned for the purpose of single family homes, once the current use of the area as a gravel pit was completed.

Board members discussed the effects the decision would have on the future of the school district and the entire city. “The long term health of the school district is also part of the long term health of the city,” explained Garrett.

The trend affecting transiency in the schools is that young families often rent starter homes or apartments. Their children begin school in one district but move to another district to finish, because as the families grow they move north or south where they can build or purchase homes that fit their needs. The gravel pit area is the last large piece of land available in the area to be used for single family housing, Garrett said.

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