With 26 percent of the land in the city still undeveloped, the City Council has approved the land-use portion of its new general plan to ensure Clearfield matures properly.

After the Planning Commission spent six months updating the general plan, on Nov. 28 the City Council held a public hearing on the changes.Zoning administrator Kent Bush said his greatest concern in the new general plan has been apartments in the city.

"Apartments don't pay the bills for the city," Bush said.

He also said the city is essentially landlocked and, except for a few small unincorporated areas, there's nowhere for the city to expand.

Residents who attended the public hear on the adoption of the general plan were most concerned about expanding the designated commercial zone near 1000 West and 300 North.

Mindy Smith said she was opposed to more commercial development at the intersection because it is so close to Holt Elementary School.

Gayle Ball, a school crossing guard for 10 years at the intersection, agreed. "I'd really oppose anything commercial there," she said, explaining several hundred children cross the intersection each morning and afternoon on the way to and from school.

The City Council voted to approve the general plan but specified the commercial zone at 1000 West and 300 North should not expand to the southwest.

However, the council stressed the general plan is not a hard and fast rule, merely a plan that could change in the future.

Clearfield currently has a population of about 24,000 people and could grow by another 3,000.

The general plan also includes provisions for the development of a trail system along the Utah Power electrical tower corridor.

After a December break, the Planning Commission will begin looking at ways to improve the city's infrastructure.