Layton delays rezones for apartment projects

Aug 7 2011 - 10:18pm

LAYTON -- Two developers working on apartment complexes will have to wait a few more weeks for their rezone requests to be approved by the city council.

Darren Child and his associates at Mountain States Property Management are hoping to put a 164-unit apartment complex on the northwest corner of Antelope Road and Hill Field Drive. Bryce Thurgood is planning to replace the former Stimson's Market building on Main Street with a 120-unit apartment complex called Villas on Main.

"Those are good areas in which multifamily housing can go," said Layton Mayor Steve Curtis. "It is important for the city to stay in line with the housing needs of the community, and important that we address this type of development."

The two areas need to be rezoned, and both developers attended Thursday's city council meeting for the rezone requests. However, because of an issue involving the amount of notice given to the public, the council could not vote on either request.

According to state law, there needs to be an official announcement posted on the land that will be developed giving notice of the vote. The written notice needs to be there for seven days before the meeting so members of the public have the opportunity to voice any concerns.

City Planner Peter Matson said neither site met that requirement.

City officials realized the signs had not been posted at the sites for seven days, so the council had to table the issue after Thursday's discussion. The council will vote on the rezone request Aug. 18.

City council members did discuss the requests, and Child and Thurgood answered questions about the developments.

Two other apartment complexes in Layton have received the city approval needed to begin construction.

Kays Crossing, a five-story building that will sit between the two parking lots for the FrontRunner station on Main Street, could begin construction in the fall. Eastgate Greyhawk, which will be at approximately 3100 N. Church St. on the northwest corner of Church Street and Highway 193, also is close to starting construction.

Should the council approve the rezone requests for Child's development, which is currently unnamed, and Villas on Main, the city will have four multifamily housing complexes being built in the near future.

Some wondered Thursday whether the city was approving too many multifamily housing developments in such a short time.

Curtis said he thinks now is the right time for these four apartment complexes to come to Layton. "The way society is turning, the way the economy has declined, affordable housing is important to us all," he said.

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