Olympia Hills is the name chosen by the developer for a parcel of land located at approximately 6300-8500 West and 14000-13100 South in the southwest portion of unincorporated Salt Lake County. The developer, Olympia Land LLC, is requesting approval for a rezone of approximately 933 acres from A-2 (Agriculture) to P-C (Planned Community).
The proposed development, which would be built out over 25 years, is planned to include a mix of residential types, commercial and office uses, a 100-acre Utah State University Extension project, as well as parks, trails and open space.
The proposed Olympia Hills development falls within unincorporated Salt Lake County. Therefore, the County has land use authority over the parcel and is required to respond to the development application. It’s also important to remember that the landowner has rights to apply for land use approval — just like other landowners who continue to develop their properties in the Southwest communities.
Council Resolution LetterDesign StandardsDevelopment ProcessFAQsLand Use MapMaster Development AgreementOlymipa Hills Council Presentation 01-07-2020Olymipa Hills Council Presentation 01-14-2020Southwest General Plan AmendmentStaff ReportTraffic Impact InfographicTraffic Impact StudyTraffic Impact Study Addendum
The original application for the Olympia Hills development was heard and approved by the Salt Lake County Council on June 5, 2018. After hearing concerns from southwest residents, Mayor Ben McAdams vetoed the three ordinances related to approving the application on June 20, 2018.
In response, the County Council conducted a series of Growth Summits to better understand the concerns raised by the residents about the original application. The Council heard from experts in numerous areas, including transportation, education, housing, economic development and environmental quality. The Council then passed Resolution 5577 stating findings of fact related to the veto and establishing parameters for how Salt Lake County would process a revised application.
Olympia Land LLC submitted a revised application on July 2, 2019. Mayor Wilson directed Salt Lake County Planning and Development Services and other County staff to review the application, address public concerns and comply with the County Council Resolution.
As part of the review, Salt Lake County hired third-party experts in the areas of transportation and land use (to be reimbursed by the developer pursuant to County ordinances) to provide an independent review of the Olympia Hills revised application. The consultants have worked with County planning staff to review traffic impacts and mitigation, design standards, regional compatibility, sustainability, parks, trails, open space and affordable housing.
While population growth and responding development is a reality, Salt Lake County favors thoughtful planning over sprawl and is using strategic planning tools and regulatory oversite to ensure that the Olympia Hills project aligns with the community vision.
Here’s an overview of how the County is addressing the Olympia Hills proposal:
The developer’s revised application for a Planned Community zone (rather than the current A1 zone) allows for greater County regulation of the project through specific Design Standards and a Master Transportation Plan.
The County has developed specific “Design Standards” to include a system of parks, trails and open space, walkable communities through street connectivity, affordable housing, building and site design, energy efficiency requirements and water conservation.
One example of how the Design Standards will be implemented is the County’s requirement of the developer to dedicate at least 20 percent of the acreage to open space and parks. The development must include a 50-acre regional park, four 10-acre community parks and a park at least ¼ mile from every doorstep.
The PC Zone also requires Olympia Hills to study future traffic impacts and develop and implement a Master Transportation Plan.
The County is requiring the developer to construct all traffic improvements within the planned community and pay their proportionate share of the cost for traffic improvements outside of the planned community.
The Design Standards and Master Transportation Plan will be enforced through the Master Development Agreement, which is the contract between the Developer and the County.
Click here to read the Master Development Agreement
Click here to read the Staff Report
Olympia Hills will provide additional detail as to how they will address the requirements in the Master Development Agreement as each community structure phase is implemented. Here are a few of the initial facts required by the County:
Number of housing units reduced from 8,765 to 6,330
Mix of housing types and options, including both affordable and market rate housing
Minimum of 20 percent for parks, trails and open space
Required transportation improvements both within and outside of the development area
Salt Lake County wants your feedback. We welcome you to review the documents on this page. You may leave your comments below and/or attend one of the public hearings.
January 14, 2020
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January 28, 2020
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