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Southwest valley mayors unite to oppose Olympia Hills development

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SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah (News4Utah) – A 9,000 unit housing development that has some residents up in arms was discussed by Salt Lake County Council Tuesday night.

The council approved a plan to rezone 900 acres to “residential” for the Olympia development despite objections from nearby communities. 

The proposed development west of Herriman is being called another Daybreak including mixed housing, single family homes, townhomes and apartment buildings.

Neighboring communities are worried the development will be a strain on existing infrastructure and roads.

“I invite any of you to come around rush hour at 12600 South and Bangerter and you can see how bottlenecked that traffic already is,” said Riverton Mayor Trent Staggs.

Mayors from Copperton Township, Herriman, Riverton and West Jordan released a joint statement asking the Salt Lake County to deny approval of the property rezone.    

“As mayors of communities that will be impacted by the proposed Olympia Development, we call upon the Salt Lake County Council to deny the rezone of 931 acres from A-2 to P-C, which covers the area approximately from 6300-8500 W and 12400-13100 S. …”

Their concerns include:

  • Density: The sheer number of units in the development is nothing short of overwhelming. With a proposed 8,765 units on 931 acres. It is estimated that this would add an additional 30,000+ residents to the southwest part of the valley; essentially adding another city approaching the size of Herriman or Riverton, but in a tenth of the land area.
  • Roadway Infrastructure: A major flaw in the development’s traffic study is not including the impact to 12600 S, which runs through the middle of our city. 12600 S 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.
  • Utility Infrastructure: Utility infrastructure is a major concern. Research provided by the county shows that major improvements and capacity upgrades may be needed for some critical utilities. We are concerned about potential negative impacts for our residents, and the ability for service providers to adequately plan to meet future demand.
  • Open Space: We have reservations about the development of the remaining open space in the southwest portion of the valley, especially at such a high density. We are worried that approval of this development would set a dangerous precedent for future undeveloped properties.

The council voted Tuesday night to move forward with the plan. This is a developing story. More information will be posted as it becomes available.  

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