Why we oppose West layton Village

Tuesday , March 18, 2014 - 4:01 PM

Ron Gibb

It’s fair to say that we’re all a bit tired of the election season and look forward to November 6th being over. Like most of you, we who oppose West Layton Village take a simple, common sense approach to our voting. Here’s why it makes common sense to vote against Propositions 2 and 3 on Nov 6.

In all our research regarding mixed-use developments, we have found five variables that factor into whether a large, mixed-use project makes sense at a chosen location and piece of property. To be successful, a location does not need to meet all of the criteria, but at least three to four criteria are preferred. The property identified for the West Layton Village meets none of the critical criteria, zero!

Below are the critical factors involved:

1. It must have proper public transportation and other transportating infrastructure; close proximity (walking distance preferred) to transit stations is one key element to these projects. The closest location for WLV is the FrontRunner station, the closest of which is three miles away and not suitable to walk to.

2. It must be near major universities: If this was located in Provo or Orem near BYU, UVU or Salt Lake near the U, this would make a lot more sense. This property is far from a major university.

3. Near downtowns and city centers: Enough said!

4. It needs to be near major employers: There is not one major, centrally located employer near this property. While there are many small businesses in Layton, this area lacks a major one. Examples of this would be a huge manufacturing plant, large research and development centers, such as the Adobe building, near Lehi, at the point of the mountain, etc.

5. It must be old, empty property that needs to be revitalized: Many successful mixed-use developments replaced and brought back to life a dying old property or area of town that needed the boost. The old eyesore on Gentile, just east of the freeway, would be one possible example of such a place. And it is walking distance from the Front Runner station!

You have to ask yourself, will this type of large, mixed-use development be successful in West Layton?" If it isn’t viable, what will become of the property? Think of empty commercial, retail and office space, unkempt grounds and landscaping — one potential big mess. Come to think of it, don’t we already have a few places like that around town? Do we potentially want to add a really big one? Just use your common sense and vote against Propositions 2 and 3 on Nov 6.

Contributing to this column are Mike Courtney and Grant Call.

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