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Layton busy with strategic planning
by Tom Busselberg
Apr 11, 2011 | 3620 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
LAYTON — There may be more street lights popping up in some Layton neighborhoods, soon.

That’s just one of the proposals being discussed as the city council and key officials conduct weekly strategic planning sessions.

Other issues range from further refinement of the West Layton Village Plan, concerning 160 acres on West Hill Field Road, to the West Davis Corridor.

Long range City Planner Peter Matson said amendments to the street light ordinance could mean the city would buy the light poles from Rocky Mountain Power, rather than pay a lease fee.

“We are still in negotiations, but if we can get rid of that, it would dramatically reduce” costs to the city, he said.

As far as new developments, developers would install the lights and then ownership would revert to the city, Matson said.

But there could also be more lights installed in some areas, pending results of a city-wide survey, he said. “We will do an analysis from the critical areas (determined in the study) from a safety standpoint.

“The standard has been for intersections to get lit at the end of cul-de-sacs,” Matson said. “With some of the new subdivisions that will still hold true, but on longer stretches of roads there will be the opportunity to put in another street light or two. That’d be compared to the previous standards where there wouldn’t be anything (additional).

“We will try and bring the streets up to create a little bit of community identity with the new standard,” he said, speaking of street light styles.

That could range from the wooden pole with a Cobra head to black with a lantern on top.

“With the savings (from purchase of light poles), we will start to retrofit other parts of the city,” he added.

“We are working feverishly with the consultant to get a code drafted. We’re getting close. It’s very user-friendly from a visual standpoint,” Matson said.

“It will be different and unique,” incorporated into an overall West Layton Plan update.

Meanwhile, he said the Kays Creek Crossing project is moving forward, through the planning process.

The multi-unit project has submitted his property plat, preparing to submit a site plan, including some urban design sketches, which will lead to the review process.
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