LAYTON -- The West Layton Village project is such a new idea that Layton has to add a new type of zoning district in order to proceed with the project.
"We have commercial zoning districts, manufacturing zoning districts, so this would be what we're calling a village center zoning district," said Peter Matson, Layton's city planner. "The intent is to get that on the books."
On Thursday night, the city council took another step in the project to develop land on West Hill Field Road, between 2200 West and 2700 West, by voting to allow PlaceMakers, a planning advisory firm, to produce a mock application as if it were the developer of the project.
"The intent is now that we have kind of a working draft of the code, we want to take it one step farther and run a mock application through the draft and see ways that we can fix it," Matson said.
The site is 140 acres, with 40 acres north of West Hill Field Road and the remainder south of the road.
Matson said PlaceMakers will develop an application to change the zoning district, a regulating plan, a streetscape plan and an illustrative plan.
"They'll be able to identify weaknesses in the draft," Matson said. "We want to make sure when we do adopt the new zoning district that everything is as good as it can possibly be, and that the (city) understands it well enough so that when the first application comes through we're not all scratching our heads, not knowing how to walk a developer through the process."
The city had approached the landowners, Adams Company and Property Reserve Incorporated, about developing the area, according to Matson. The city and the landowners teamed up to pay for a study conducted by PlaceMakers.
PlaceMakers conducted a series of meetings in January to seek input on what kind of development the public wants. Three hypothetical options came from those meetings.
The first, known as the Conventional Plan, represents the type of development expected under the property's current zoning designation. That would have commercial and office development on the north side of West Hill Field Road, and predominantly subdivision and multifamily housing on the south side.
The second scenario, called the Form-Based/SmartCode Plan, would have a mix of commercial, office, residential, civic and recreational development on the entire property.
The third option, called the Hybrid Plan, would have the property on the north 40 acres stay at its current zoning for conventional development and then have a mixed-use village development south.