Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

Layton Residents want to Keep Some Agriculture in their City as they Plan for the Future

During Layton City Master Plan Update public meetings in October 2017 and January 2018, residents voiced their support for two ways to retain some agriculture in their city in the face of rapid growth.

 

One proposal would allow developers to develop at a more dense rate, more housing units per acre, and pay an impact fee for doing so. That money would go toward buying development rights from an existing farmer that wants to keep the land in agriculture, but who wants or needs some of the money they could get from selling the land to developers.

The other proposal would create new small scale urban agriculture plots in the middle of new developments. For example, for ever 10-acre development, one acre would be set aside for traditional open space, such as a park, and one acre would be set aside for a small urban farm or community garden. In the Salt Lake City area several urban farmers are leasing small pieces of land and doing something called Small Plot Intensive (SPIN) farming. A SPIN farmer can earn up to $40,000 per acre gross income per season. As part of a plannied urban development, a well-maintained small farm plot could add to the beauty of the neighborhood, and provide a great source of local food to the neighbors, local restaurants and more. Public comment will continue into the spring. Updates to the plan should be complete and approved by summer 2018.

Learn more about SPIN Farming.