LAYTON -- What is a charrette?
That question was brought up often in Layton for a few weeks, after the city announced there would be a week of charrettes to discuss the plans for a 140-acre site on West Hill Field Road.
The preliminary meetings involving citizens, planners, designers, and city officials to brainstorm and elicit input on the West Layton Village project are being held this week.The future development could be home to neighborhoods, businesses, apartments or a mix of all three.
"I think this is the citizens' opportunity to have a hand in the planning," said City Councilman Barry Flitton.
Also to be discussed is the possibility of a mixed-use village center, which will not be defined by any one use but by its ability to anchor, connect with and serve the needs of the larger area.
Flitton said PlaceMakers, which is the town-planning advisory firm hired by the city and the two land owners, has a lot of experience in these types of situations. Layton, Adams Company and Property Reserve Incorporated are each paying a third of the cost to hire the firm, which totals $99,050, according to Peter Matsen, Layton's long-range planner.
The first of three public meetings began Monday and will continue Wednesday and Friday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. The meetings will take place at Layton City Center, 437 N. Wasatch Drive.
Along with meeting the public to discuss ideas, the representatives from PlaceMakers will meet with various city officials and will take a tour of the city during their weeklong stay.
Information on the project has been passed out in neighborhoods within walking distance of the site, as well as published in the city's newsletter.
City officials say these meetings are not just for those who live close to the site.
"I'm hoping we get people from all over Layton, since it affects everyone," Flitton said.
More information can be found at www.westlaytonvillage.org.