LAYTON - City officials have made changes to guidelines dealing with dead-end streets and temporary turnarounds.
The adjustments deal with how potential emergency services can be extended to people who live on dead-end streets or stubs.
The new guidelines, approved at a recent meeting, require a temporary turnaround on any fire access road for future development that is more than 150 feet or two lot lengths from an intersection. It also adjusts requirements for homeowners who live on a street that extends more than 150 feet or two lot lengths from an intersection, requiring homes in those zones to have fire suppression systems.
The amended guidelines also allow the city engineer or fire chief the ability to approve a permanent turnaround with a future street tie for a street that extends more than 450 feet from an intersection and is planned to be extended in the future.
The issue hits close to home for Councilman Scott Freitag, who lives on a street where the guideline will have an impact.
"I feel like we're applying an expensive safety net that is at risk to not do what it's supposed to do," Freitag said of the suppression requirement.
He said, as a comparison, 40 states have banned residential sprinklers because they don't meet new standards. He moved to table the item at the council's first meeting in August for more review, then voted in support of the changes two weeks later.
The new guidelines were established after a city committee, comprised of developers and home builders, suggested city officials review the old city guidelines for temporary turnarounds. City leaders then presented three options for review to address the problem.
City Manager Alex Jensen said developers like the options in addressing the temporary turnaround problem. He said the city's old system didn't work and didn't provide for adequate fire protection.
"There may be three or four ways to skin that cat," Jensen said of addressing the challenge.