City Council Responds to 900 Acre Development
Herriman City Statement on Olympia Development
On May 22, 2018, the Salt Lake County Council voted to approve a general plan amendment, a zoning map amendment, and a master development agreement (MDA) with Olympia Land LLC It is situated immediately north of Herriman City, and west of South Jordan. If the development is constructed as proposed, it will significantly affect Herriman City, South Jordan, Riverton and surrounding communities.
According to the MDA, the proposed mixed-use master planned development could contain 8,765 dwelling units on 937 acres. It would have a population density that is more than three (3) times the density of Daybreak in South Jordan, Utah, or the metro township of Kearns, Utah—which is the densest community in the State (see data on handout).
Herriman City recognizes the need to accommodate growth. The continued economic success of the Wasatch Front—and beyond—requires significant increases in housing and services. And Herriman is shouldering its part of the burden with nearly 30% of all housing stock in multi-family development. Furthermore, Herriman continues to be one of the fastest growing cities in Utah, with an estimated 11.6% change in population from 2016 to 2017—and 2018 appears to be on par with this significant rate of growth (see May 2018 Fact Sheet published by University of Utah’s Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute).
Herriman City staff had multiple conversations with—and expressed significant concerns to—the developer, his consultants, and at least three members of Salt Lake County staff regarding infrastructure demands and potential traffic impacts. Herriman City Council members, and the City Manager, also expressed concerns to some members of the Salt Lake County Council.
Herriman City did not—and does not—wish to distract from or impede the work of the County Commission and Council in coordinating the future development of Salt Lake County. Moving forward, we urge the Salt Lake County Commission, Council, and staff to carefully consider potential impacts caused by the proposed development. Herriman is primarily concerned with impacts on traffic and infrastructure demands to include parks, fire, police, trails, storm drain, road maintenance, and others, and would like the opportunity to work with the County through this project. We look forward to collaborating with all parties involved, including the developer, Mr. Doug Young, who is an active partner in building our Herriman community. Herriman City respectfully requests the County Council delay action and reconsider the broader impacts of the proposed development on neighboring communities. Thank you.
City Council Statement:
We publicly oppose this plan as it currently stands and encourage a density that meets the needs of expected growth, without sacrificing the quality of life for existing residents. A development of this size, based on currently unavailable infrastructure and insufficient funding for improvements, would leave a major impact on the west side and should not be rushed. Doing so could leave a 50+ year mistake that would negatively affect Salt Lake County, specifically the west side residents who will be most impacted and who’ve received no outreach and education from the County on this development. A methodical, collaborative and transparent approach is necessary and asked for on behalf of our residents.