LAYTON -- The third time proved a charm for developers, neighbors and city officials refining the specifics of a special housing project for senior citizens in the southern part of this community.
The city council voted 5-0 on Thursday to move a 151-unit apartment complex aimed at seniors at approximately 250 N. Adamswood Road over its first major review obstacles, adopting a development agreement, amending a general plan request and rezoning approximately 6.45 acres of property from R-1-10 (single-family residential) to R-H (high-density residential) in the process. The project, known as Legacy Cottages of Layton, is being developed by Western States Lodging Inc. and faces other key hurdles before ground can be broken.
Twice tabled over concerns raised by residents, developers modified their construction model to create more of a buffer between the project and homes, city officials proposed widening the roadway between Antelope Drive and 300 North on Adamswood Drive and proposed a four-way stop on 300 North as part of the compromises made to address concerns. The changes left most parties satisfied with the result.
"This is the way government is supposed to work. I appreciate the way the citizens have dealt with this issue," Councilman Michael Bouwhuis said of the compromise.
Those compromises included a willingness on the part of city officials to address traffic concerns on a street too narrow for pedestrians and two way traffic. Several council members had suggested they could not support the project unless the concerns were addressed.
Neighbors used a third public hearing on the project to praise improvements, as well as to renew other concerns about the area.
Anitta Muhlestein reminded city officials that traffic on Gentile Street near Adams-
wood Road is a concern and better lining needs to be used on the road in front of Smith's to alleviate some traffic problems. City officials have vowed to address the issue in cooperation with the Utah Department of Transportation.
David Muhlestein worried about the density a new housing complex will bring to the area, which will be adjacent to multifamily units on Fairfield Drive. He said he would have preferred the new complex be only two stories instead of the proposed three and wondered out loud what the project would mean for water pressure in the area.
City Engineer James Woodruff said a complete analysis with a master plan will be done on the water line that comes down Adamswood as part of the review for the project. He said the study will determine the demand the new complex will put on the city system.
Carl Hurst simply used the public hearing to say "thank you" for the changes made.
Councilman Barry Flitton was also pleased with the result. He said:
"This is three times. We appreciate your patience. I feel like you've gone to the extent to make it work on all angles. I feel like the product we have is very good."