Housing project gets green light in Layton

May 7 2012 - 11:09pm

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LAYTON -- City officials are worried about possible traffic implications which may come with a new apartment project, as well as the potential for contamination from a plume located on the edge of the property.

They gave the project the green light anyway.

City council members voted unanimously last week to approve a development agreement for Seasons of Layton on the northwest corner of Hill Field Road and Antelope Drive. The agreement proposes 164 units on 6.83 undeveloped acres. Darren Child is the project applicant.

The primary traffic access for the project is expected to be Hill Field Road and Councilman Scott Freitag already sees some potential problems.

He said the west side of Hill Field Road, just south of Northridge High School, is often lined with big trucks. He said those trucks could make any traffic trying to turn left to head north problematic.

He also worried access to the project from Antelope, close to Kneaders and Layton Tire and Auto Service, could potentially be a problem for customers from those businesses. In reviewing the project last year, officials had talked about a right turn in and right turn out only entrance to the project between the two businesses.

Child said a traffic engineer hired to measure the project's potential impact on traffic has determined right in and right out turns would not be necessary.

Councilman Barry Flitton was skittish about approving the project, given previous discussions of potential traffic issues.

"Do we ignore that discussion we had in August on righ- in and right-out based on this new study, and allow access at both levels?" Flitton asked.

Adding to Flitton's concern is the fact the parcel includes a small sliver of a contaminated ground plume, linked to Hill Air Force Base. Child said preliminary tests at the site have been negative for groundwater contamination and he said more secondary drilling was recently conducted to probe further for potential problems.

Child maintains the project will be carried out with the idea of addressing any potential impacts from the plume that may arise in the future. He said builders will include a passive vapor barrier under foundations of the buildings and wire all of the buildings to be able to activate air pump systems, which would extract any contaminated air from under the concrete slabs.

He doesn't think the systems will be needed. "What Hill has indicated to us is the likelihood of the plume expanding in the area is very minimal," Child said.

Flitton backed off a move to table the project, but insists he still wants to see the latest results from the test bores of soil in the area.

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