CONTACT LOCAL, STATE & FEDERAL DECISION MAKERS

    Appointed
    Planning Commissioners

    Ogden Valley Planning Commission
    2380 Washington Blvd. Suite 240
    Ogden, UT 84401
    (801) 399-8791 Phone
    (801) 399-8862 Fax

    You may email comments to the Planning Commissioners via Sherri ssillito@co.weber.ut.us or mail comments to the Ogden Valley Planning Commission.

           Kevin Parson - Chair

    Greg Graves

    Pen Hollist

    John Howell

    Ann Miller

    Dennis Montgomery

    Laura Warburton

 

Utah State Government

Governor Gary R. Herbert

e-mail- aesmith@utah.gov

State Office 800-705-2464

Gage Froerer - 8th District State Representative
Gage Froerer's Web site
e-mail - gfroerer@utah.gov
Local Office 801-621- 0505
Home 801-745-0505
Cell 801-391-4233

Allen Christensen - 19th District State Senator
Allen Christensen Web site
e-mail - achristensen@utahsenate.org
Local Office 801-782-5600

Federal Government

Rob Bishop
Utah 1st District Congressman
www.robbishop.house.gov/
(e-mail available at site)
Ogden Office 801-625-0107

Orrin Hatch
US Senator
www.hatch.senate.gov/public/
(e-mail available at site)
Ogden Office 801-625-5672

Mike Lee
825 Hart Senate Office Building, Wahsington DC 20510
(202) 224-5444
Web: lee.senate.gov/contact_form.cfm
Utah phone - 801-524-5933

Public Speaking/Letter Writing

See Below

Your Elected Officials

Weber County Commission
2380 Washington Blvd.
Ogden, UT 84401
(801) 399-8406 Phone
(801) 399-8305 Fax


Kerry Gibsom, Commissioner

kgibson@co.weber.ut.us

Craig L. Dearden, Commissioner
cdearden@co.weber.ut.us

Jan M. Zogmaister, Commissioner -Chair
jzogmaister@co.weber.ut.us

Public Speaking/Letter Writing

Tips for Giving Effective Verbal Public Testimony

  • Speakers should address the commission, not the public.
  • The more carefully you prepare, the more effective your testimony will be. Study the application and back up your opinion with facts, because emotional arguments won’t carry much weight.
  • Speak slowly and clearly, and stay focused on 2 or 3 well thought out arguments.
  • You’ll be more convincing if you are familiar with the comprehensive plan and ordinances.
  • The most effective testimony is that which addresses the criteria that the decision makers must apply in order to make a legal decision.

6 rules of verbal testimony

    1. Be courteous
    2. Be brief
    3. Focus on primary issues
    4. Supply meaningful fact
    5. Respect others
    6. Avoid repeating prior testimony

Examples of Public Testimony
The chairman of the governing body will open the public hearing phase of the meeting. He or she will ask for opinions in support of the application, opinions that are neutral to the application and opinions that are opposed to the application.

(Supportive)
Member of the Public:  Thank you Madam Chairman and members of the Planning and Zoning Commission.  I wish to take this opportunity to express my support of the conditional use permit application by Smokin’Fast, LLC for a Nascar training center in the Super Quiet Neighborhood.  As a neighbor, I enjoy the sound of motors and think it would be a positive addition to our neighborhood.  I also feel that a Nascar training center would be an asset to our community as a whole.  The center will bring tourists to the area who will spend money in our towns adding resources to our local tax base and can provide a recreational outlet for our local youth. Finally, I believe a Nascar training center fits in with the goals and objectives in our comprehensive plan as it addresses economic and recreational goals.

(Opposed)
Member of the Public: Thank you Madam Chairman and members of the Planning and Zoning Commission.  I wish to take this opportunity to express my opposition to the application by Smokin’Fast, LLC for a conditional use permit to operate a Nascar training center in the Super Quiet Neighborhood.  As a resident of the Super Quiet neighborhood I would like to share with you one of the main qualities of the neighborhood. It is, as its name states, quiet. In fact, many of the residents purchased their homes with the expectation that it would maintain its peaceful quality.  A Nascar training center would undermine the peaceful quality and change the character of our neighborhood. Furthermore, a Nascar training center in the Super Quiet neighborhood is not in accordance with the goals and objective of the comprehensive plan which state that there should be distinct areas in the community that define particular uses such as residential, industrial and commercial uses.

Written Comment
Often, people are unable to attend hearings because of time conflicts or may not be comfortable with public speaking, in which case submission of written testimony is encouraged. The commission or governing board often establishes deadlines for submission of written testimony so that the testimony can be read before the public hearing. For issues before Weber County, written comment should be received seven days before the scheduled public hearing.

In Huntsville, both the Planning & Zoning Commission and the Town Council request that written testimony for a public hearing be received one week before the meeting is scheduled.

Written comment should include the positive or negative impacts of the proposal, your information on the characteristics of the site or neighborhood and, if possible, how your views are reinforced by the comprehensive plan or ordinances.  It should also include your name, residence address, mailing address (if different) and telephone number.

 

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