As a Layton city resident I am tired of the misleading statements and outright lies going around about Propositions 2 and 3 concerning the code for West Layton Village.
I was lied to twice during the petition phase of this issue, being told, "this is between keeping farm land and getting high density housing."
The choice is actually between old city code and the new, more restrictive code being adopted for the West Layton Village proposed development.
More recently, a leader of the opposition to Propositions 2 and 3, had a letter published Oct. 14, "Reject Prop 2 and 3 in Layton, in which he states, "The new zoning, if left unchecked, will: 1) change the city's character and quality of life, 2) destroy farming in West Layton, 3) let the city run over its own citizens, 4) increase crime in West Layton, 5) allow heavy density anywhere in the city."
Four of his five points are inaccurate or misleading at best, and outright lies at worst. The other statement is a matter of personal opinion as the quality of life could be considered better by residents if Propositions 2 and 3 are passed.
This property was zoned for mixed use years ago and again, the choice is between developing it under the old code or the new code once it becomes economically attractive to a developer. I hope this is far in the future, as I like it being a farm. I am a 20-plus year resident of rural Davis County, Syracuse and West Layton. I grew up working on a farm. I love having local farms. I am for low crime rates in my community and a good education for my kids.
I am also for the founding documents of our country which guarantee property owners the right to do (within reason) with their property whatever they wish.
I have done my research and want people to hear the truth not fear based marketing. Please do your own research, find out the facts and then vote your conscience on Nov. 6th. I am voting for Propositions 2 and 3.
Art Mullins Layton