How are the plans associated with Make Ogden going to make it more affordable to live in and do business in Ogden?
  • As with all cities, the costs associated with providing normal city services continue to rise. 
  • The primary source of revenue to pay for city operating costs is property taxes, along with sales taxes to a lesser degree. 
  • Unless the city actively works to encourage investment and development of underutilized properties in the areas with the highest potential (like downtown), then existing taxpayers will have the full burden of the increasing costs. 
  • However, as new development is planned, facilitated and encouraged – such as the development projects proposed in Make Ogden – the tax burden can be spread over a larger population and supported by enhanced properties with higher values that previously contributed very little to the city.   
  • The development of commercial properties in particular contributes a higher share of property taxes – which can reduce the overall tax burden on residential properties. 

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1. What is the Make Ogden Downtown Master Plan, and how were/are citizens involved in its development and implementation?
2. How do downtown enhancements proposed by Make Ogden relate to supporting/attracting the economic advantages associated with aerospace/national security businesses (defense ecosystem)?
3. How are the plans associated with Make Ogden going to make it more affordable to live in and do business in Ogden?
4. Why is it important that Ogden City be involved in development activities, such as those proposed in the Make Ogden downtown master plan?
5. What is the City’s perspective on the potential for the implementation of the Make Ogden downtown master plan resulting in gentrification of the area?
6. Are energy efficiencies integrated into the Make Ogden development plans?
7. What process does the City Redevelopment Agency use to determine what developer to work with for a development?
8. Will property taxes for citizens/property owners go up because the City is spending money on development projects related to Make Ogden?
9. There has been a lot of talk about one of the first Make Ogden development projects – WonderBlock. Why is the WonderBlock development considered a better/more resilient project than previous projects?
10. Make Ogden proposes dramatically increasing the number of residences downtown. What is the advantage of living in downtown Ogden – such as at WonderBlock?
11. How will Make Ogden help attract visitors to Ogden?
12. How does Make Ogden support downtown retail?
13. As Make Ogden proposes new residential and commercial development that will bring more people downtown, where is everyone going to park their vehicles?
14. Where do I find out more information about Make Ogden?