LAYTON -- The second time around proved to be a charm in an effort to rezone a small tract of land on the south end of the city, near the Layton Parkway.
The city council recently voted unanimously to approve rezoning .73 acres of city-owned land near the parkway from an agricultural zone to a R-1-8 single family residential zone. The vacant plot is located at approximately 400 West Weaver Lane.
A similar vote on the rezone stalled at a March 1 meeting when the council voted 2-1 for the rezone.
Councilman's Jory Francis' negative vote kept the measure from getting the three affirmative votes it needed to complete the rezone. Francis missed the meeting where the issue came up a second time.
The successful vote came in unusual circumstances.
Francis missed the meeting and Councilmen Scott Freitag and Michael Bouwhuis were also out of town, but participated in the meeting via electronic means to cast their votes in support of the move.
One neighbor spoke at the second public hearing on the rezone, suggesting people in the vicinity of the land would like to see the parcel of land used for a park, not for residential housing use.
"I'm opposed to the rezone and our neighborhood opposes it. We would like to see a pocket park. We have a lot of children now in the neighborhood with no place to go," Robert Reed told city officials during the public hearing.
He collected signatures from the neighborhood opposing the rezone.
City Attorney Gary Crane suggested a park would be a potential use for the land, even if the zoning didn't change.
He said parks are viable uses in both agricultural and R-1-8 zones.
City staff has recommended the city land be used for a small subdivision with two single family buildings lots. The city would partner with the Davis County School District to build two homes on the lots.
The city acquired the property as part of the Layton Parkway project.