Utah’s rural communities are doing very well


HUntsville, with a population of just 645, is in the Ogden Valley, just 15 miles east of Ogden and less than an hour from Salt Lake City International Airport. Huntsville is surrounded by three ski resorts: Snowbasin, Powder Mountain and Nordic Valley. Snowbasin is a world-class ski resort that hosted skiing events, including downhill, during the 2002 Winter Olympics and boasts the most stylish lodges, efficient gondolas and lifts, and varied terrain that can be found anywhere. Powder Mountain has nearly 8,000 acres of skiable terrain and receives as much snowfall (500+ inches) most years as powder legends Alta and Snowbird, and Nordic Valley is a small but great family resort.

The residents of Huntsville consider their town a veritable paradise, as do the developers. Just recently, Huntsville was listed as one of the most expensive real estate markets in Utah. Many developers would like to advertise Huntsville as the place to build your luxury vacation home.

Residents of Huntsville enjoy their lifestyle, which is characterized by low population density and mountain country living influenced by the outdoors, conducive to raising families and a positive community spirit. Residents realize that growth is taking place throughout the Ogden Valley, including their town. They welcome the diversity that the new residents bring to the city. At the same time, they want to maintain their high quality lifestyle by managing and shaping future growth through ordinances via restrictions on fast food restaurants and convenience stores, allowing only one family on one lot, and no overnight rentals like VRBOs and Airbnbs. .

Currently, about 15% of the houses in the town are vacation homes. When the percentage of vacation homes equals or exceeds the percentage of primary residences, it changes the character of the town. The town is losing its community, and community is what Huntsville wants to keep.

Huntsville is currently developing more commercial areas in its plaza, which includes the small Compass Rose Lodge with its own observatory, the Shooting Star Saloon (the oldest continuously operating bar in Utah), the Lovin Cup Café, the idk Barbeque , a library, a magnificent park and a winter skating rink. Huntsville is looking to add more commercial establishments like a pizzeria or other eating establishments, a hair and nail salon, etc. square in their city. It is important that the new commercial development matches the architecture of the city center and encourages gatherings.

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