Happy Hollow may soon lose the open green space it has provided for many years to local residents. A new residential development has been proposed for the area.

At its April 28 meeting, the City Council approved a preliminary plan for the Happy Hollow cluster subdivision just east of 500 East and just south of Crestwood Road.Ute Knowlton, who owns the land in the hollow, wants to develop a nine-lot subdivision there.

City Manager John Thacker said the proposal is for very large lots. The smallest would be half an acre, with several lots covering two acres.

He understands they will be upscale homes, with a private road coming off 500 East for access.

The area has been one of the most popular tubing/sleigh riding spots in Kaysville.

Although most development would be on the north side, leaving the south side open, Thacker believes the development will eventually doom sleigh riding there.

He believes new residents won't want activity so close to their back yards.

The hollow was once the site of a golf course, and the old clubhouse is still there. That clubhouse will be razed.

A small creek runs through the bottom of the hollow and the area has been used for Easter egg hunts and even outdoor theater presentations in recent years.

Curb, gutter and sidewalk will required on 500 East to accommodate the development.

The final subdivision plan will come up for approval in a future council meeting.

Many northern Utah sleigh riding areas have closed in the past few years because of liability concerns.