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
"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
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