As a planning commissioner, I think it would be a shame to stop such a well
planned project. It would seem the petitioners spun the truth putting undue fear
into people's hearts and minds. The property will be sold. It's
private. You may end up with something far far worse. The residents should
research planning of other cities to realize how fortune they are to have this
The problem I have with the development is the high density housing and
additional housing that will go in... not the commercial development, other than
the increase in traffic that may result through the I-15 exit onto hill field
road. That is by far one of the worst, most congested messy intersections in the
state, and Layton city hasn't been able to fix it much at all. It'd also be nice if the mainstreet businesses and services were
rejuvenated, so that it doesn't continue to spiral into neglect as has
happened on the same road in clearfield...
Layton needs to quickly redevelop that declining mall area -- a
"village" concept would be so much better in that area than where
planned.What Layton really needs, are adequate east-west roads.
SR-193 and Oakridge do not work for those of us on the east side, and we have to
traverse neighborhoods. There's no reason Antelope Drive wasn't
pushed through to US-89, and that area redeveloped as commercial.
To clarify, I'm a planning commissioner in a neighboring county not
Layton.Public interaction is vital to good planning however rarely
does the public get involved until the planning has been approved. Then, they
are upset. Planning is a public process. Meetings are open. Meetings are
posted at least 24 hours in advance. Yet, too often, few attend. In a case
like this project where a professional consultant is involved, I would think the
consultant would take extra steps beyond posting meetings to involve the public.
Often that's the benefit of using consultants. Well handled public
relations can prevent costly delays.Well planned mix use like these
developments create communities rather than urban sprawl. Transportation,
education, affordable living, events, even work become highly accessible. With
the train and other hindrances, I would think West Layton would greatly
appreciate an efficient development.
Yuck! Is it Utah law that we must have the exact same bland beige buildings with
same stores in every Utah city, accompanied by row after row of characterless,
boring, yardless homes?