The Herriman City Council voted to annex the Olympia development into Herriman boundaries on September 29, 2021. The boundary change will take effect on January 1, 2022. The Council also approved the master development agreement and public infrastructure district associated with Olympia. On this page is a brief summary of the process of the annexation.
Annexation is when a piece of property that exists outside a city's boundaries is absorbed into a city, causing the city's boundaries to change. The Olympia development, built on 933 acres, was adjacent to but not inside Herriman City when Salt Lake County approved and entitled the development in 2020. On September 29, 2021, the City Council approved a Petition for Annexation to change Herriman's boundaries to absorb Olympia. That change will take effect starting January 1, 2022. At that point, Herriman City will be the governing municipality over the Olympia development, and Olympia will no longer be located in unincorporated Salt Lake County.
Master Development Agreement (MDA)
A master development agreement is between a property developer and a governing municipality to outline allowances and restrictions for land development in the given area. The Olympia developer and Salt Lake County had an MDA approved when Olympia was originally entitled in unincorporated Salt Lake County. Upon annexation, the existing County MDA would become void, so Herriman City and the Olympia development team negotiated a new MDA for the project that was approved alongside the property's annexation.
Public Infrastructure District (PID)
A public infrastructure district allows private property owners to use a bond to pay for public infrastructure (i.e. roads, water lines, stormwater facilities, parks, etc.) and impose a fee or tax to repay the bond over time. PIDs were made allowable by the state of Utah in 2019. The bond is completely separate from City finances and public funds will not be used to repay the bond. PIDs may, if a city allows it, levy an additional property tax inside the given area to repay the bond; however, this will not be the case in Olympia. The bond will be repaid only by fees the developer assess to building companies—not residents. The City Council approved governing documents that allow several PIDs that can be used within Olympia in phases over several years. The governing documents do not allow any additional tax upon current or future residents.
The following are key events in the annexation process of Olympia.
Olympia Hills development approved by Salt Lake County Council in unincorporated Salt Lake County (next to, but not inside Herriman City)
Presentation of financial impact of Olympia on Herriman
Presentation of transportation impact of Olympia on Herriman
First formal working group meeting
Official Notice of Intent to File a Petition for Annexation filed by the Olympia property owner
Petition for Annexation filed by the Olympia property owner
First draft of Design Standards made publicly available in July 1 Planning Commission meeting packet
City Council accepts annexation petition for further consideration
First public hearing on Design Standards held in Planning Commission meeting
First publicly available draft of MDA
Planning Commission votes to recommend approval of Olympia Design Standards
First public hearing held in City Council meeting
Public hearings closed
Olympia annexation, MDA, PID governing documents approved
Herriman City boundary changed to include Olympia development
The City Council gave direction on April 28, 2021 to convene formal working groups to explore potential annexation of Olympia into Herriman boundaries. There were four groups created: Finance, Infrastructure, Planning/Design Standards, and Master Development Agreement. These groups each included City Councilmembers, City staff members, and representatives from the Olympia development team. The groups met regularly to discuss what Olympia should look like if it was to be built in Herriman City, including matching up infrastructure plans, coordinating design standards, financing mechanisms, and negotiating the development agreement. Summaries of each of these meetings—a total of 23—can be found on this page.
Other meetings occurred outside of these working groups to go over the finest details, particularly within like-professions, e.g. City engineers with Olympia engineers, City public works officials with Olympia water infrastructure engineers, City attorney with Olympia attorney, and so forth. The work group meetings included any negotiation with the City Council or high-level coordination and respective staff members/consultants executed the discussion and action items. All relevant documents from the work group meetings were published on herriman.org/olympiahills and with working group summaries throughout the process.
Due to the sensitive nature of Olympia, it was important to the City that the public be made aware of the process every step of the way.
The City created and updated a webpage dedicated to Olympia information, produced a series of social media and website posts, and mailed a brochure to all Herriman residents. Additionally, City staff met with residents at several City events and neighborhood meetings. A complete summary of the City's public outreach efforts regarding Olympia can be reviewed on the PDF linked below.
Throughout the annexation process, the City Council negotiated several items to improve upon the previously approved Salt Lake County/Olympia MDA in behalf of Herriman residents. Some of those items are highlighted below:
The Olympia development is now approved as a part of Herriman City. The official boundary change will take effect on January 1, 2022.
It is anticipated that development applications could be submitted and construction projects begin by the summer of 2022. It's also anticipated that two of the earliest projects will be the connection of 6400 West—between Herriman Boulevard (12600 South) and Main Street—and a new park along 6400 West, which will be approximately 7 acres and will include some programmable space and playing fields.