LAYTON -- City leaders have agreed to rezone a 9.5- acre parcel of property at 275 N. King St. from agricultural to heavy manufacturing-industrial, with an eye to a future project for Kroger Corporation.
Following less than 30 minutes of public comment, the city council voted 4-0 on Thursday to rezone the property. The council also voted to approve a detailed development agreement, which addresses issues ranging from traffic, the size of buildings and potential buffers in the development area.
The property is located in the vicinity of a Kroger dairy and bakery. Kroger is the parent company of Smith's.
Before proposing the rezone, city leaders looked at the impact of developing the land into a manufacturing district and wrestled with compatibility issues with the single-family residential area to the south of the property.
Bill Wright, director of economic development, said Kroger has no time frame for a development in the area.
Several neighbors outlined their concerns during the public hearing.
Lance Brunson said he is worried about the potential impact of light and noise from the potential development. He wondered if city leaders have considered buffers for both, in additional to those outlined in the development agreement.
Norie Becker worried about the traffic the project could bring.
She said there is currently a blind spot for motorists traveling south on King Street from Walmart, and worried that having more trucks in the area will make things worse. She also stressed the need for a sound barrier between the Kroger buildings and residential homes. She said there were some trees between her home and the existing Kroger buildings, but those trees were cut down and now there is only a chain-link fence between the neighborhood and the industrial buildings.
City Planner Peter Matson gave a detailed look at some guidelines in the project, particularly buffering between the buildings and the neighborhood. He also detailed how truck traffic will only be allowed to go north through the project area.
In an attempt to address potential issues with neighbors, officials from Smith's and city staff met with neighbors located south of the designated property several weeks ago.
Councilman Barry Flitton likes the result of the cooperative effort.
"I applaud the combined effort of all parties to make the transition, especially on the south side of the property, to make that very attractive and quite palpable," he said.