An impending boundary dispute over Layton's northwest border with Clearfield may be escalating.
There are several overlapping boundary declarations between Clearfield and Layton in their western areas and the hottest now centers on Gordon Avenue (1000 North) and 3200 West (called Main Street in Clearfield).A developer from the Clearfield side wants to bring his proposed subdivision south to Gordon Avenue, and he's verbally requested Layton city officials consider giving Clearfield a 200-foot-wide strip of Layton land - a total of six acres - in the area to accommodate that plan.
"We are not supportive of that," Layton city manager Alex Jensen said. "That annexation doesn't make sense to me."
From a public-safety response standpoint, Jensen said he feels it's best to keep all homes fronting Gordon Avenue in one jurisdiction. That way, there's no confusion over what police or fire department responds to emer-gen-cies.
"We'd like to have it follow back property lines," city planner Peter Matson said.
Jensen is also concerned giving up such property might set the annexation pattern for hundreds of other acres of unincorporated Davis County land going a half mile west to the Syracuse City border. As it is now, Layton has annexed a "cherry stem" of property, some 200-feet deep, to the Syracuse bor-der.
This land dispute is just west of the Windsor Meadows subdivision, located north of Gordon Avenue at 2700 West.
"There may be a way to move that boundary (at 3200 W. Gordon Ave.) slightly," Jensen said, explaining it wouldn't have to be the full 200 feet deep.
Jensen said he doesn't want this latest dispute to cause any big battle between the two cities.
Layton Mayor Jerry Stevenson agreed.
"There have been a lot of good tradeoffs between Layton and Clear-field in the past," he said. "There's still some great opportunities for cooperation here."
The two cities have already agreed to cooperate on a needed water runoff pond in the same area.
However, Stevenson said he wants to avoid making confusing boundary adjustments, such as ones that could split someone's back yard between two cities.
Stevenson's also not sure that the developer's plans to put homes so close to, or even under, the electric power corridor is a wise idea.
There are other gray areas of boundaries between Layton and Clearfield, too. Another is just south of the Freeport Center and north of Windsor Meadows.