Layton City Council approves measures to build housing project after nearly 50 years

Apr 8 2012 - 9:26pm

LAYTON -- The fire hydrants in the middle of a pasture may finally make sense.

A project initiated in 1965 has been allowed to move forward after city leaders approved a series of motions for a housing project at approximately 150 S. Chapel St.

The council voted unanimously to vacate a portion of the Kent Estates subdivision and to rezone 2.72 acres from R-2 to R-1-6, which allows for a maximum density of 5.5 units per acre, according to Bill Wright, director of community and economic development.

The plan calls for development of 12 single-family lots with one-story homes geared for senior citizens, Wright said. The council also voted unanimously to approve a development agreement for the project.

The lots will be roughly 6,000 square feet, and the homes will offer approximately 1,500 square feet of space, according to Wright. He said the homes will range in price from $190,000 to $300,000.

The rezone area is in Kent Estates and was recorded in 1968. Only two lots were developed at that time.

Infrastructure for the project, including the fire hydrants, has been in place since the 1960s. Wright said some of the existing water line will need to be upgraded, and the sewer line will have to be relocated to the future location of Elm Street.

"We believe this is a good thing for the community," Wright said.

He said the availability of new, single-family homes aimed at seniors is a good thing.

"They finally found the right market niche, and almost can't build it fast enough," Wright said of the developer.

Councilman Barry Flitton agrees with Wright.

"This is great use of the property. The property is worn and tired and ready for development," he said.

A public hearing to address the project did not draw any public response.

The property is owned by Alice Johnson, of Layton.

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