HERRIMAN — Amid backlash over the zoning change that cleared the way for a controversial, nearly 8,800-unit development west of Herriman, Salt Lake County leaders poised themselves Tuesday to perhaps reverse their vote.

The Salt Lake County Council on Tuesday afternoon agreed to consider rescinding or amending the zoning change last week that cleared the way for the Olympia Hills development, a community that would be modeled after Daybreak in South Jordan but much more dense.

“To the county residents and various city leaders who have voiced a number of concerns and raised questions concerning the Olympia development: we hear you,” said County Councilwoman Aimee Winder Newton in a prepared statement.

“The questions are legitimate, and the members of our council have also asked for more information about the project and the best ways to mitigate impacts of growth in our valley.”

The council voted unanimously Tuesday to set the potential zoning reversal or change on the agenda for its June 19 meeting. If it chooses to rescind the decision, the zoning change will be reversed entirely. If the council amends it, it could change specific portions of the ordinance, according to council staff.

The County Council’s action comes after widespread outrage over the zoning change a week ago, which was protested by several city leaders near the 930-acre area, including Herriman, Riverton, West Jordan and the Copperton Township.

It also comes the day after a group ofconcerned residents filed a referendum application to attempt to block the development and put the zoning change up for a public vote. To put the issue on a ballot, the citizens would need to gather at least 84,000 signatures.

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams had also asked to push pause on the project and mulled the possibility of vetoing the zoning change (an option that expires June …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Business News


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