The City Council has again postponed approval of a general plan amendment for its U-193 business research park study area.

However, the delay this time around isn't because of a lack of readiness or agreement - as has been the case for the past three months - but because some council members and landowners were out of town.The approximate 200-acre piece of vacant land, north of U-193 and east of Hill Air Force Base, is the city's last hope to attract businesses with high-paying jobs in a community overrun by retail development.

Most of the property is on unincorporated land, but the city has also received approval for its business park plan from both the Davis County Planning and County commissions. The land will someday become part of Layton.

Mayor Jerry Stevenson said the city has met with the landowners in the area and that a few revisions have made them comfortable with the plan.

However, some residents in northeast section of the city believe at least some of the land should become a recreational park, not a business park. That's because there's currently a lack of parks in that area.