Olympia Hills veto
Posted by Ben McAdams
June 16, 2018
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In the 10 days since the county council approved the Olympia Hills development agreement and re zone, I have heard from hundreds of residents. At last night’s town hall meeting in Herriman, the message was overwhelming: too much density and not enough infrastructure to handle traffic. See community feedback from the online survey here
On Friday, June 15, I vetoed the project approval.
We all know that this is not the end of discussion about growth. We are one of the fastest-growing counties in the U.S. and that growth is unstoppable. We all want places to live for our kids and grandkids that are close by and affordable. As a community, we must come together around plans for how we grow in the next five to ten years, and what infrastructure is needed to support our growth. Failure is not an option. If we don’t get this right, the quality of life we enjoy in Utah will suffer.
While we must think about our future, we cannot ignore the problems we face today. We are taking our children to school, to baseball practices, and dance recitals, and commuting to our jobs. Our roads are already inadequate for our needs today. What comes next affects all of us; the current residents most of all.
I hope that the public engagement that grew in response to the Olympia development will now turn towards helping elected officials make wise decisions on what comes next. We’ve got work to do and the only way to do it is by working together.
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