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WEBER RESTRICTS SELF-RULE IN 6 NEW TOWNSHIPS

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An ordinance passed by the Weber County Commission restricts self-government in six new townships but provides for their planning and zoning boards to locally guide growth and development.

"It looks like a very good ordinance," said Duncan Murray, a mem-ber of the Warren township board. "I think this will lay a good groundwork."The East Huntsville, Hooper, Marriott, Reese, Slaterville and Warren areas became townships under a law passed by the 1996 Legislature. The statute allows for formation of local planning boards, with three elected last month and three more to be appointed by the commission; those six will then select a seventh mem-ber.

It may be next year before the board members get together, because applications for the appointed positions will be accepted until Dec. 20.

The ordinance states township boards will have the power to approve or deny conditional use permits, design review applications, site plans for commercial and manufacturing zones, special exceptions, petitions that propose incorporation, and annexation petitions.