A request to rezone turning 27 acres in the Mutton Hollow area of Kaysville into a subdivision of single family homes was denied Tuesday by the City Council after nearby property owners testified against it for an hour in a public hearing.

The council denied the request, saying it increases the area's population density beyond the city's master plan.The 27 acres stretches along the 300 West block of Mutton Hollow Road. It is currently owned by the American Red Cross, which acquired it as a bequest from its previous owners and now wants to develop it.

The requested R-1-8 zoning would have allowed development as a standard subdivision, with lots in the 8,000 to 10,000 square-foot range.

Most of the surrounding area, however, is rural or semi-rural, with homes on an acre or more.

The council agreed that more transition is needed, urging the developer to redraw the plans to buffer the adjacent rural areas with half-acre or acre lots.