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Despite Tweaks, Logan Officials Still See Zoning Bill As 'Overstep'

A Republican-backed bill to override municipal zoning regulations in Utah has drawn criticism by Logan officials as a case of legislative overreach — the same thing Republican lawmakers often accuse the federal government of doing.

But Republicans, including Cache Valley Rep. Casey Snider, say the action is necessary to reduce invasive regulations on private property owners and will also help provide much-needed affordable housing across the state.


In its original form, H.B. 82 called for statewide deregulation of what are popularly known as “mother-in-law apartments,” or accessory dwelling units, effectively nullifying local regulations. But after objections were raised by Logan and other cities, the bill was amended in several ways, including the addition of stipulations that only owner-occupied homes would apply, and cities like Logan and Provo with larger universities would only have to allow deregulated ADUs in 33% of their residential areas. Read the rest of the story on


This story is made possible thanks to a community reporting partnership between The Herald Journal and Utah Public Radio.