The construction of a new fire substation in northwest Layton came a step closer to reality, with the City Council on Thursday moving to annex and rezone a two-acre parcel for the facility.

The council approved a resolution requesting City Manager Bruce Barton apply to annex the parcel on the southwest corner of Church Street at Hill Field Road.It will take about a month to conduct the public hearings and planning commission review before the property is annexed and the can move ahead with construction, which is planned for this summer.

City staff members are consulting with an architect now to draw up plans for the substation. The city would like to have the facility built by this fall.

Layton currently has a single, centrally located fire station on Fort Land, adjacent to Layton High School.

At one time, the city acquired property just off U.S. 89 near Cherry Lane to build a substation but later decided that it was not a good location and sold the property. Locations in west Layton, where the city's industrial park is developing, were also considered.