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March 3, 2020

Statement by Mayor Jenny Wilson on Olympia Hills Approval

Chloe Morroni - Email

Salt Lake City, UT - The Olympia Hills re-tooled application process has been lengthy and rigorous, resulting in a much-improved proposal. I want to thank the many residents who engaged throughout the process.

When a property owner submits a development proposal to Salt Lake County for consideration, we seek to both honor private property rights as well as address impacts on the community. After months and months of negotiations between the developer and county planning staff, I believe this proposal is as strong as it can be. The agreement requires additional controls in the future and as the project rolls out over the next 25 years, we will see a planned community that contains parks, open space, and commercial areas that create jobs and shopping areas for nearby residents.

The alternative to Olympia Hills is continued sprawl. Piece-meal development does not provide for mitigation efforts and will result in higher infrastructure costs, loss of valuable open space, increased transportation and travel costs, and a negative impact on quality of life.

For these reasons, I will not veto the proposal.

Again, my thanks to all who have engaged in this process.