Those interested in the future of the area are invited to get involved in meetings that are intended to help chart its future, says City Planner Peter Matson.
Meetings are set for Jan. 24-28 for residents, city officials, property owners and others. It will involve consideration of development of 140 acres, or nearly one-fourth of a square mile.
The first session, a public information session, is Monday, Jan. 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Layton City Hall. Evening sessions will be at that time throughout the week, with other meetings for select groups during daytime hours.
A final session will be held Friday, Jan. 28, and is intended to review the week’s efforts and present plan proposals.
The workshops are in the form of a “charrette,” a technique that fast-tracks planning by gathering all the parties who can influence decisions in one place for intensive discussions, idea setting and decision-making.
“I’ve been working in Layton in one capacity or another for 20 years,” Matson says. “This is the most excited I’ve been for a planning process. We think this can be a model that can be repeated, not only in Layton, but in the whole region.”
The PlaceMakers consulting firm will lead the charrette. It is a town planning advisory firm. Different design and coding approaches will be tested with the goal of achieving a mixed-use village that provides an amenity for west Layton residents.
Three potential development scenarios will be addressed: what might reasonably be expected under current zoning, and two others reflecting development types that could arise under a zoning approach focusing more on form and building placement vs. building use.
“We know there’s lots of interest in the village idea,” says Layton Mayor Steve Curtis. “This seems the ideal place and the ideal process to explore the best ways to get something we can all be proud of.”
The meetings will provide residents with “an integral part in suggesting (how the land can develop) and trying to come up with ideas, ways and means by which it could integrate into their part of the community,” Curtis said.
Among items open for discussion will be a mixed-use village center, as an anchor place to connect with and serve the needs of the larger area, material from the city and PlaceMakers says.
“It’s not just a retail center, it’s not just apartments, it’s not just homes,” Matson said. Rather, people should think in terms of “a place where everything is tied together aesthetically, functionally, and (with) the provision of public space.”
Those attending the sessions can indicate what they do and do not like, as well as provide suggestions that designers will take and incorporate for another round of review.
“Rather than what is typically done over a couple month period, this is an intense activity, with everything condensed into one week,” Matson said.
Public input is vital at the outset so meaningful planning, desired by stakeholders, can take place, he said.
By week’s end, results will indicate what type of environment, scale and amenities residents want, and what zoning regulations are best suited to ensure the preferred results.
City officials hope information and tools can potentially be used in developing other areas of Layton.
For more information, visit www.westlaytonvillage.org.