What is Olympia Hills?
Olympia Hills is a proposed community development that will help address Salt Lake Valley’s housing shortage by providing a modern, walkable 21st-century community where people can live, work, and play.
Who is involved in the project?
In addition to working with Salt Lake County and Jordan School District, Olympia Hills’ world-class team is collaborating with leading developers of office, technical, and research parks to ensure the focus of the community is as much about creating new jobs as it is about creating new housing.
What are the specifics of the Olympia Hills revised proposal?
Olympia Hills implemented recommendations from both Salt Lake County and the public to address all 14 items the Salt Lake County Council wanted satisfied in any reconsideration. Highlights from the revised detailed planning documents include:
- An overall density reduction of 36 percent or 3,546 units, from 9876 units to 6330 units.
- A revised and expanded traffic impact study.
- Confirmed commitment to parks and open space at 20 percent of the overall development.
- Confirmed commitment to the 100-acre Utah State University Campus.
- An agreement with Jordan School District to reserve multiple public-school sites to serve the community, as needs are determined.
- Detailed design standards to create a sustainable Live, Work, Play community.
How will this affect traffic? Specifically on 12600 South?
Recently approved funding for expansion of UT-111 and 126000 South (happening over the next 24 months) will help minimize traffic increases in the area. In addition, 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. Additionally, Olympia Hills will construct all traffic improvements within the planned community and pay its proportionate share of the cost for traffic improvements outside of the planned community.
For more information, view the Hales Engineering traffic impact study here.
How will this benefit Herriman and South Jordan residents?
Property values for current homeowners are expected to rise, and the area’s overall economic health is anticipated to increase as additional businesses and employers move in. Additional job opportunities will be available, as will a variety of recreational opportunities in Olympia Hills’ parks, open spaces, and nearby canyons.
Do we have enough water for the increased population? Where is it coming from?
Yes. Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District has already planned for the development of the area, will be able to provide the water needs for Olympia Hills.
What is the timeline?
Construction on the Olympia Hills development will begin within the next two years, and continue in phases until approximately 2045.
Will you build any schools?
Yes. Jordan School District has already purchased land to accommodate the projected population increase in their school system.
Will there be any parks or open space?
A well-planned park, trail, and open space system will be a major part of the Olympia Hills project. At least 20 percent of the community will consist of professionally landscaped parks and open areas, and the long-term plan includes additional trail-development projects to increase access to outdoor opportunities in the surrounding canyons.
Will there be new public transit out to Olympia Hills?
Public transit is a major part of the overall plan for making Olympia Hills a walkable, livable place where people can both live and work without having to commute across the Salt Lake Valley. Further details are forthcoming for projected public-transit projects.
How will the population density compare to surrounding communities?
The vision for Olympia Hills is to create a similar community to Daybreak and other successful, well-planned 21st-century developments, only better. Olympia Hills will be a livable, walkable community, with plenty of parks, open spaces, and high-quality housing available at a range of prices and densities.
For additional information regarding water, sewer, and other concerns, please refer to the Salt Lake County Council’s report on the proposed Olympia Hills development, available here.