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CONDOMINIUM PROJECT WINS APPROVAL IN LAYTON

It was your typical rezoning proposal for multifamily dwellings.

Neighbors of the proposed housing opposed the development because of school overcrowding and increased traffic congestion.Developers praised the housing as an attractive benefit to the community that would also add sought-after, affordable units.

In the end, the City Council voted 3-2 to approve the rezoning from commercial to multifamily residential.

Jerry Preston, a Farmington developer, wants to put 32 condominium units on the 2.7 acres at 735 S. Main.

"This is a good buffer zone to the neighborhood," he said.

He explained it will offer first-time homebuyers a way to gain equity so they can afford a future home in the costly real estate market.

Several residents - including Barbara Carver, the PTA president of Whitesides Elementary School - argued the development will overcrowd the bulging neighborhood school even more, but the majority of the council disagreed.

Councilman Brent Allen said he's never seen an instance where the Davis School District built a school ahead of time - before the students actually came along.

Councilman Stuart Adams said there is truly a need for more affordable housing in the city.

The affected property, near the narrow Rosewood Lane, was offered for sale for two years as a commercial property, but there were no takers - even at the lowest commercial land price in the city.

Traffic will undoubtedly increase when the condos are built, but Councilwoman Ethel Adams said she understands a study indicated a business on the land would actually produce more overall traffic than the planned multifamily housing.

Two councilwomen, Lyndia Graham and Debra Ledkins, voted against the proposal because they wanted the city's economic-development study for Main Street businesses completed first and also an additional review of multifamily housing in the city.

The actual approval for the construction of the condo units on South Main Street will be presented to both the Planning Commission and the City Council in future meetings now that the rezoning has been approved.

Layton currently has 19 percent of its total housing stock tied up in multifamily developments.