Housing, traffic, paying for growth, preserving greenspace, and attracting great businesses are major priorities for our city. There is a way to target all of these issues together! Layton needs to integrate the planning of housing and transportation. When residents can walk, bike, or take public transportation to key destinations quality of life for all Layton residents goes up. These strategies can reduce poverty in Layton, increase tax revenue, strengthen our local economy, and improve efficiency in public spending.
WALKABLE STREET DESIGN
Providing walking and biking infrastructure is a simple and affordable way to reduce car traffic in a city. When its easy to walk or bike to work, a bus stop, or to shops we eliminate cars on the road. Foot traffic can increase local business sales and attract more quality shops to our city. The increase in sales and businesses generates funding for our city to continue to make improvements and pay for growth without raising taxes on current residents.
PLACES FOR PEOPLE
Thoughtfully planning areas for people such as parks, streets, plazas, and campuses create areas for residents to recreate and connect to their communites. There are many areas of Layton that do not have a park or gathering spaces within walking distances of their community. Making these spaces available via walking, biking, or public transportation prevents isolation for our seniors and people with disabilities and improves the quality of life here in Layton.
CONNECTING TO DESTINATIONS
Every person in Layton should have easy access to fresh food, schools, shopping, recreation, healthcare, and employment. Ensuring that our moderate density housing can access these key destinations via walking, biking, or public transportation makes living in Layton more affordable by reducing our transportation costs in conjunction with the housing costs. When the cost of living in Layton is truly affordable, we provide communities with upward economic mobility to low and moderate income residents.