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Cedar Hills incorporated

City Planner

Cedar Hills incorporated

City Planner

American Fork City

Planning Director

City of American Fork

City Planner


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Rodney Despain, City Planner

Rodney Despain said the action to approve a preliminary plan establishes vesting.

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Others: Rodney Despain, Karissa Neely, Robert Ogden (6:42 p.m.), Roxy Ogden (6:42 p.m.), Caleb Warnick (6:55 p.m.)

2.         Recognize Rodney Despain, City Planner (6:13 p.m.)
Kim Holindrake gave a brief history of Cedar Hills and the service that Rodney Despain has rendered.
Mayor McGee presented Rodney Despain with a Cedar Hills blanket and briefly spoke.
Rodney Despain was given a moment to share his feelings about his work with Cedar Hills over the years. C. Richardson concluded the presentation with his remarks.

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Rodney Despain (7:08 p.m.)

Vineyard planner quits, cites council's indecision :: The Daily Herald, Provo Utah [cached]

A lack of decisiveness by council members ultimately drove Rod Despain out of the job as Vineyard city planner.

"Trying to extract a plan about where the city wanted to go had become increasingly difficult," said Despain, who had filled the position for about 12 years, and who also works as the city planner for American Fork and Cedar Hills. >
"There have been a lot of proposals that we've been bombarded with, and I don't think we ever stated to (Despain) a clear vision of where we wanted to go."
Despain also said there were some rumblings within the City Council that some members no longer wanted to retain his services.
"I was told by (Mayor Randy Farnworth) that some of the council members had concluded that I was no longer appropriate for the job," Despain said."Obviously, the writing was on the wall."
Despite that, Despain says he has no hard feelings.
"It's an interesting time, as well as a difficult time for the city," he said."I think the best word to describe what went on is 'disappointing.' "
Vineyard is now in the process of interviewing for a new city planner and hopes to make a decision by the end of next week, according to Fernandez.
"I hope the community can get what they want instead of having it forced upon them," Despain said."But they first must decide what they want."
Despain said time was another factor involved in his decision.At 67, he said that he is nearing the end of his career, and he didn't think he could put in the commitment that was required by the job.
"It became clear that it would take more time, and it also was obvious that this was going to be a long, drawn-out process," said Despain.
Despain said that he had many conversations with Farnworth and former Vineyard Mayor J. Rulon Gammon about whether or not he should continue his work as city planner.
"I told them that if they thought it was the best thing for me to step down, then I would," Despain said."I also asked them, 'Are you really up to this?' "
Despain said a big concern of his was the possibility of Vineyard growing too quickly.
"I wondered if they were ready to have a community that looks like Orem," he said.


Rodney Despain, City Planner

•          Rodney Despain stated that this resolution triggers a 60-day protest period. At the end of the 60 days it moves to a boundary adjustment agreement, at which time limitations to development can be made. He feels that before any action to annex or boundary adjust, the Council needs to know what the intent is.

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