Two acres on Antelope Drive in Layton were rezoned for construction of a restaurant Thursday night by the City Council over the objections of the North Layton Junior High School principal.
Principal Larry Miller said the restaurant will worsen traffic problems on Antelope Drive and worsen an already bad safety hazard for students.Developer Guy Hatch asked the council to rezone two acres at 930 W. Antelope Drive, just east of the junior high, to allow construction of what he said will be a family-style restaurant.
Half the property was zoned for professional office use and half as agricultural. One Planning Commission member voted against the request when it came before that body, Layton Economic Development Director Scott Carter said, but only on the grounds the city already has sufficient empty land zoned for commercial use.
Numerous proposals and zoning requests for the property have come up before. Several bids to build a gas station or convenience store were turned down after heavy opposition from neighbors and parents was generated in public hearings.
But Mayor Richard McKenzie said he thinks the restaurant proposal is the best one yet brought to the council. The area will eventually be developed as commercial property, the mayor said, because Antelope Drive is one of Layton's major east-west arteries and carries heavy traffic.
Hatch said his restaurant will only be open for lunch and dinner and he doesn't expect traffic conflicts with the school's peak congestion times of early morning and midafternoon.
Police Chief Doyle Talbot pointed out the restaurant's proximity to the school will make it ineligible under state liquor regulations for a liquor or beer license, which Hatch said is not a problem.