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 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 regarding the Olympia development: We hear you,” County Councilwoman Aimee Winder Newton said Tuesday 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,” she said.

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.

Councilman Michael Jensen said he made Tuesday’s motion after the “outpouring of the community” over the project.

“After talking with council members, I think we all feel that it’s best the council puts a hold and a pause on this,” he said, adding it’s “become clear” that the public process leading up to the zoning change “didn’t have the reach to the public … as we all thought it had.”

Before voting in favor of Tuesday’s action, Councilwoman Jenny Wilson told the public: “We have heard you.”

“We’re a little bit challenged in that we do have so much growth projected in this valley, and I know that there was a lot of emotion …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Business News


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