SOUTH JORDAN (ABC4 News) – The Olympia Hills high-density development project is back in the works, with a revised proposal after crowds of outraged residents in neighboring areas expressed concerns last year.
Olympia Hills is a proposed community development west of Herriman, aimed to help address Salt Lake Valley’s housing shortage. The original proposal looked at building 8,765 units on 931 acres of land. It was estimated that number would add approximately 30,000 new residents to the southwest part of the valley, essentially adding another city near the size of Herriman or Riverton, but in a tenth of the area size.
Another concern was the roadway infrastructure. In a statement by Mayors from Herriman, Riverton, West Jordan, and Copperton Township in June 2018, they said, “A major flaw in the development’s traffic study is not including the impact to 12600 South, which runs through the middle of our city. 12600 South is one of the few roads that connect the southwest part of the valley to I-15. This road has already reached critical levels of traffic during peak commute hours.”
In the developers’ revised proposal, they said recently approved funding for expansion of UT-111 and 12600 South (happening over the next 24 months) would help minimize traffic increases in the area.
Their website also says, “With Olympia Hills’ focus on attracting employers as well as residents, many people will no longer have to travel to other parts of the valley as part of their daily commute.”
The vision for Olympia Hills is stated as, “creating a similar community as Daybreak and providing a ‘livable, walkable community, with plenty of parks, open spaces, and high-quality housing available at a range of prices and densities.”
Previous concerns from the first proposal also included utility infrastructure and open space.
“Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District has already planned for the development of the area and will be able to provide the water needs for Olympia Hills,” the website claims.
Regarding public school accommodations, developers said Jordan School District has already purchased land to accommodate the projected population increase in their school system. The community, if the proposal is approved, would be home to a new Utah State University satellite campus, as well as a new Kauri Sue Hamilton school to serve students with special needs.
Last year, former Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams ended up vetoing the Olympia Hills proposal after multiple meetings with residents and local leaders.
If the revised proposal is approved, construction of Olympia Hills would begin within the next two years and continue in phases until approximately 2060.
Developers will be available Thursday night from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Golden Fields Elementary in South Jordan to answer questions about the proposal.
For more information about Olympia Hills, click here.