New city ordinance in Layton encourages water-wise landscaping

LAYTON, Utah – Layton City is implementing a new city ordinance in hopes of encouraging commercial developers to conserve water.

The flower and landscaping outside Layton Town Hall is beautiful, but not all plants are drought friendly.

Chad Wilkinson, the director for Layton City Community and Economic Development, said they recently amended a city ordinance to remove mandates.

“As development continues and we get more homes, we need to look at the water supply,” said Wilkinson.

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The old ordinance required companies to have at least 15 percent lawn in their landscaping – mainly for the sake of making the curb more attractive.

While it looks nice, the water it soaks in could be used elsewhere.

“It’s going to have a huge impact,” said Wilkinson.

The effects will mainly be felt by those in the development of single-family homes and commercial establishments.

Wilkinson also tells FOX 13 that model homes require water-based landscaping, which is relatively new to those on the Wasatch front.

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“We took away that minimum requirement and now have a maximum requirement for turfgrass,” said Wilkinson.

The numbers speak for themselves – with just a tiny strip of parking space, Wilkinson said it takes 12,000 gallons a year to water lawns and 5,000 gallons to water crops.

“This is the right way to get water standards passed in the future,” said Wilkinson.

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