LAYTON -- A collaborative effort between city officials and developers to determine if there are potential improvements to be made to development regulations has resulted in some small tweaks to the city's zoning ordinance amendments.
Specifically the city council approved the following zoning changes:
* Changing the minimum side yard setback in R-1-10 zones from 10 feet to 8 feet. The ordinance still requires a total of a 20-foot setback combined, but allows a builder to potentially have an 8-foot setback on one side of the home and a 12-foot setback on the other side. Builders said the option makes it easier to potentially offer a three-car garage and RV pad.
* The rear yard distance for homes in a R-1-10, R 1-8 and R 1-6 zone has been changed from a minimum of 30 to 25 feet and the minimum rear yard for a double frontage yard has changed from 40 feet to 35 feet.
* The changes increase the percentage of frontage allowed in a driveway approach for homes in R-S, R-1-10, R-1-8 and R 1-6 zones from 33 percent to 35 percent.
City Planner Peter Matson said the changes give developers more flexibility and offer a broader range of home options to the customer.
Bill Wright, director of community and economic development, thinks the changes are a win-win for both the city and the development community.
"We don't think it will change the character of our subdivisions," Wright said of the changes.
City Manager Alex Jensen noted the suggestions came several months after the city reached out to 18 developers in an effort to address potential concerns in doing projects in Layton.
He said the suggested changes came out of meetings with some of those developers and builders.