Nibley officials unhappy with development adjacent to their city

A developer is building 312 apartments and 55 townhomes in Logan with indoor basketball and pickleball courts and swimming pools and hot tubs along the Nibley/Logan border adjacent to NIbley City parks.

NIBLEY – A developer is building 312 apartments and 55 townhomes in Logan with indoor basketball and pickleball courts plus swimming pools and hot tubs along the Nibley/Logan border. Nibley officials are unhappy with the huge Strata apartment complex adjacent to their city and their parks, and are doing their best to turn things around.

Nibley City Mayor Shaun Dustin was taken back by the huge development of multi family housing adjacent to parks in his city.

Mayor Shawn Dustin posted a letter on the Nibley City Facebook page telling their citizens the elected representatives didn’t vote for this, encourage this, or otherwise cause this.

“The apartments are not within Nibley City boundaries,” the mayor said in his post. “They are across the street in Logan and unfortunately 100 percent of the impact from this development will fall on Nibley.”

The Mayor and City Council are working hard to minimize the impact on the city and neighborhoods.

“Logan is annexing and rezoning property along 2200 South near the Firefly Park,” Dustin said. “So far, they have zoned approximately 45 acres with an average density of 20 units per acre.”

Logan City gave the green light to a huge apartment complex next to Nibley city parks, upsetting the residents there.

Developers are in the process of doing the same thing with the land immediately north of Clear Creek Park on another 40 acres. Nibley does not have ordinances that allow high density development. Logan does.

Dustin said the newcomers will move into homes in an amazing community where they felt like their kids would be safe and have a fighting chance to grow up and be happy.

He asked the citizens of Nibley to welcome some 7,500-9,000 new people who technically live in and pay taxes in Logan, but who culturally live in, go to school, go to church and use parks in Nibley.

Logan’s intent is to zone all the property Logan controls for similar development, annex all of the property in the County on both sides of 2200 South and to support any property developers in Nibley that want to annex from Nibley and go into Logan with the same density,” the mayor said. “This includes the Firefly Estates PUD, which could potentially go from 128 single family homes and townhomes, with 30-40% park space, to 400 apartments.”

To pay for all of these impacts Logan is collecting all the taxes. Nibley City officials want to put ordinances in place and work with the developers themselves.

“We get the development, but we get it on our terms, including open space,” he said. “The taxes from the development will pay for the impact, and benefit both the people paying them and the people living nearby.”

Nibley City officials never wanted a multifamily ordinance, but sharing a common border with Logan has forced them to change in order to protect their city.

City officials never wanted or intended to have a multifamily ordinance, but sharing a common border has forced their hand, and the mayor says the best way to protect their property, their kids, and their community is to welcome the new people.

In the April 15 city council meeting, the city passed a mixed residential housing ordinance that can be used in the 2200 South area, which they hope will make sure  the apartments built in the area are connected, vibrant, and conform to Nibley values.

The city’s fear was landowners would let Logan develop under Logan control, and the money that should be used to maintain them will also be under Logan control. Nibley City officials are asking their citizens to follow the process on Facebook and in upcoming meetings and give them feedback on their new ordinance.

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7 Comments

  • Dick Move April 20, 2021 at 3:23 pm Reply

    D*** move Logan. Total D- move. Not the first; won’t be your last. Wholly unethical, definitely immoral. Should be illegal. Way to show your true values.

  • TCJ April 20, 2021 at 3:38 pm Reply

    Lived in Logan for fourteen years and was so sick and tired of how the city is run with no real planning just being tossed here and there by each administration we finally moved out to the county. Best thing I ever did. Akin to everyone wanting to leave California and move else where is guess.

  • Shaun April 21, 2021 at 1:24 pm Reply

    You all act like these are ghetto apartments and less reputable people could afford them its gonna be fine. They are just mad they didn’t get the money off it. Also if this is like most new apartments there will be back ground checks credit checks… sooo again everyone will be safe and nibley will have to deal.

  • Nibley Resident April 21, 2021 at 8:17 pm Reply

    @D Move, “should be illegal” – hopefully the law regarding disconnecting from one city to annex into another is interpreted that way. The article mentions land currently in Nibley that supposedly Logan would support taking away from Nibley. The law states that only when justice and equity require it, should this be allowed to occur. Increased profits do not equate to justice and equity. Developers and builders have way too much influence on politics and planning policy, based on my observations.

  • I H Atelogan April 22, 2021 at 3:26 pm Reply

    And Cache County Executives sit and watch, and watch, and watch.
    Logan City “took”the Library, once available to all valley. Same with EMT’s and Fire service. Tried taking the Airport, luckily that was stopped. Then Logan City begs us to shop “locally” 😏
    I say shop, eat, fill up and pay taxes anywhere but Logan City. (Smithfield, Providence, Hyrum, North Logan, Preston, Brigham City) Hurt them in the only way they understand $$$$

  • Paul N. Davis April 22, 2021 at 9:53 pm Reply

    All of the developments will probably pay taxes to Cache County Schools since city boundary is not school district boundary. The housing shortage in Cache Valley is extreme and hopefully this will alleviate some of it.

  • Ric April 26, 2021 at 8:51 am Reply

    I am getting really tired of Logan City putting up apartment complexes as fast as they can. Everywhere you look in Logan city there are apartments being built. The rent is too high and most can’t afford it, so why are we building them? Tax money for pet projects has to be the only reason why this city council continually promotes dysfunctional housing projects.

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