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Where is 'West Layton'?

Article Published 02/25/2015

Where’s “West Layton”? Is there even such an area?

In his official biography on the Layton City Web site, City Councilman Jory Francis states he “is a resident of West Layton.” Francis lives on 2975 West Street.

Layton City’s General Plan offers more insight into the boundaries of “West Layton.”

This study, released in 2000, was conducted under the premise that anything in Layton City – and any unincorporated land that is potentially annexable -- that is west of the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad Tracks (now the “Rail Trail”) is located in “West Layton.”

So, at the time, the “other side of the tracks” was indeed a fixed boundary line.

This area of “West Layton” covered 3,599 acres, or 5.62 square miles. It also represents almost 20 percent of Layton City’s ultimate land mass.  At the time of the study, those nearly 3,600 acres include 2,254 acres of actual land inside the city’s boundaries and 1,345 acres outside.

Elevation in this area ranges from a high of 4400 feet above sea level on its eastern edge, to 4,212 feet out in the mud flats of the Great Salt Lake. The GSL’s all-time high mark was 4,218 feet and so anything at or below that elevation is deemed unbuildable by Davis County, in line with State mandates.

Old United States Geological Survey quadrangle maps from the 1970s also show “West Layton” as being west of the former Denver and Rio Grande Railroad tracks.

When I-15 opened and sliced through Layton City in 1966,  that also created an “east side” and a “west side” of Layton City.

In fact, during the mid-1990s when the Layton City Council was debating the feasibility of taking secondary water to the city’s west side, anything west of I-15 was in that discussion often characterized as “West Layton.”

Also, Map Quest designates “West Layton” as essentially any part of town that is west of the freeway.

Still some conversions of Layton residents over the years has sometimes meant that “West Layton” could also be viewed as anything west of Main Street.

That definition of the boundaries of “West Layton” is also how the city’s pioneer and early history is often visualized.

However, in an overall sense, all of the east and west land, or even the north and the south territory of Layton City is all still just “Layton City.”