CLINTON -- The possibility of Clinton city having a nine-hole golf course moved into the rough last month after the developer withdrew his petition to annex 191 acres into the city because of a disagreement over lot sizes.

Jim Aland had wanted to annex the unincorporated county land, near 2300 N. 3500 West, into the city as step one for a project that would include the golf course as well as 369 housing units.However, city leaders envisioned the homes being on one acre or half-acre lots and Aland said he needed much smaller lots -- in the 10,000-square-foot range -- to make the project financially feasible.

"We may have shot ourselves in the foot by being unreasonable on some key issues that could have a negative impact on our city for years to come," Mayor A. DeMar Mitchell said. "Then again, it may work out in our best interest. Only time will tell."

City Manager Dennis Cluff said Aland was frustrated by the city's intent for smaller lots in the area, located on the northwest side of the city's current boundaries and near the Davis-Weber County line. The adjacent city area is designated for suburban size home lots and the mayor and council wanted that trend continued west.

"We were hoping we'd get a golf course and have control over our western boundary," Cluff said.

He believes the city will lose significant tax revenues from a possible golf course.

Aland is now pursuing negotiations with Davis and Weber counties to annex and develop the area.

"Contacts made by him with Weber County, Roy City and Davis County indicated good support for the development more along the lines he had requested originally," Cluff said.

However, Cluff said Clinton city will still have the problems with additional traffic if the course and subdivisions still develop there. That's because the only roads to access the area will likely come from Clinton.

Cluff is not sure the council will allow the development to connect into the city water system, meaning Roy or Hooper would have to supply that utility.

Sewer service to the low, wet area was also a key issue and Cluff said an expensive sewer lift station would still be needed for the development.

Still another problem is that the loss of the land means Clinton's future northwest border is unclear. Cluff already believes Clinton's leaders made a mistake many years ago when they let neighboring West Point annex a large tract of land abutting Clinton's southwest side into its borders.