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Salt Lake County’s next city? County approves zoning for Daybreak-like community near Herriman

SALT LAKE CITY — Despite last-minute protests from mayors and residents from nearby cities, Salt Lake County on Tuesday green-lighted zoning for a massive new development near Herriman that could perhaps become the county’s newest city.

Modeled somewhat after Daybreak in South Jordan —but much bigger — the proposed Olympia development would bring more than 8,700 units made up of mostly townhomes and apartments to about 930 acres of unincorporated land west of Herriman, near 8500 West and 13100 South.

Elected officials from Herriman, Riverton, West Jordan and the metro township of Copperton urged the Salt Lake County Council to pump the brakes on the plan the day of the council’s final vote for the high-density zoning change — but they found favor with only one county councilman when it came down to the vote.

Neighboring city leaders worry Olympia will become the densest community yet in Salt Lake County, with the potential to bring more than 30,000 residents to the area based on an average of 3.5 people per dwelling unit, according to Salt Lake County planning documents.

That’s an average of more than 32 people per acre, Herriman Mayor David Watts pointed out. In comparison, South Jordan’s Daybreak has an estimated 20,000 residents living in about 4,100 acres — or about nine people per acre.

That kind of density could be "overwhelming" to nearby neighborhoods and roads, Watts the other mayors said in a news release issued Tuesday, urging the County Council to delay or deny the zoning change.

"A development this size, currently unavailable infrastructure, insufficient funding for improvements, and intense impact on the west side should not be rushed, lest it be done wrong, leaving a 50-plus-year mistake negatively affecting Salt Lake County and specifically west-side residents," Herriman Councilwoman Sherrie Ohrn told the County Council at Tuesday’s public hearing prior to the vote.

A handful of other Herriman residents called in to Tuesday’s meeting by phone to protest the development, including Daniel Kooyman, who said constant protests against high-density development in his city and around the county seem to always "fall on deaf ears."

"High density seems to be something that’s pushed over and over again. I moved here three years ago to try and get away from some of that," Kooyman said, adding that traffic feeding into the area will be a "nightmare."

But most County Council members decided to move forward with the development, arguing that Salt Lake County will need high-density, master-planned communities like Olympia to be ready for projected populations booms.

County Councilman Michael Jensen said he understands why "people are a little scared of density," but "moving forward, I think it’s going to be something we’re going to have to look forward to if the projections are true."

Bart Barker, general manager of the Greater Salt Lake Municipal Services District, said the majority of the service district’s board — which includes mayors from the metro townships Kearns, Emigration Canyon, Magna, White City and Copperton — supports the project because "they don’t want to see haphazard growth" along the county’s west bench "that will produce sprawling homes and no revenue base for services."

How can we, in good faith, jam this down the throats of Riverton, South Jordan, Herriman and Copperton? For the life of me, I don’t understand how we can sit up here at this dias and say, ‘Well, all these people we’re impacting, we won’t give them the opportunity to talk.’

–Councilman Steve DeBry

Barker said as part of a development agreement up for consideration by the service district’s board next week, Olympia would be required to seek incorporation as a town as soon as 200 residential building permits are issued. Once the community’s population hits 1,000, it would automatically become a city, he said.

"We’re talking about building a city, not an unincorporated, sprawling community," Barker said, adding that the county’s west bench is expected to see growth of more than 400,000 people over the next few decades.

"In order for these homes to be affordable for our children or grandchildren, we need to do this responsibly," Barker said.

Olympia is projected to bring about 1,500 single-family homes on quarter-acre lots, about 2,485 village units (townhomes or similar) and about 4,783 apartment units. The town center area that would house the high-density residential construction and would also contain retail and office space, as well as a University of Utah campus.

"Right now, everybody might not be in agreement, but as this phases in over time, we’re going to make the infrastructure adjustments and changes that we need," Jensen said.

But Councilman Steve DeBry, the lone vote against the zoning change, tried unsuccessfully to delay the vote until more talks could happen with neighboring communities.

"How can we, in good faith, jam this down the throats of Riverton, South Jordan, Herriman and Copperton?" DeBry asked. "For the life of me, I don’t understand how we can sit up here at this dias and say, ‘Well, all these people we’re impacting, we won’t give them the opportunity to talk.’"

Councilwoman Jenny Wilson rebuked DeBry, saying Tuesday marked Salt Lake County’s third meeting on the project, and it had undergone a fair public process.

Correction: An earlier version incorrectly stated how large the Daybreak development in South Jordan is and how many residents live there. The development houses an estimated 20,000 people in about 4,100 acres (nine people per acre), not 23,000 people in 2,000 acres (11 people per acre).

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H&E Relocates to New Facilities in Salt Lake City, UT

The new Salt Lake City operation includes two state-of-the-art buildings, built to meet the most stringent energy efficiency standards.

Effective May 21, 2018, H&E Equipment Services Inc. (H&E) announced the relocation of its Salt Lake City branch to its newly constructed facilities at 5052 West 2400 South.

The new Salt Lake City operation includes two state-of-the-art buildings, built to meet the most stringent energy efficiency standards. The first building is 31,285 square feet and specializes in aerial lifts, earthmoving, forklifts, and all other general construction equipment. The second building is 29,295 square feet and will focus on cranes. The two facilities rest on 10 acres with a fully fenced and paved yard. The combined operations include 32 service bays, with two 20-ton and two 10-ton overhead cranes in the crane shop, and four 5-ton overhead cranes in the general shop. The facilities also include sales and management offices, a fully stocked parts warehouse, capacity to repair large cranes, and most makes of industrial, construction, and compact earthmoving equipment.

The Salt Lake City operation provides full-service coverage to customers throughout central and northern Utah, southwestern Wyoming, southern Idaho, and northern Nevada. The location represents equipment from the following manufacturers: Allmand, Atlas Copco, Bomag, Club Car, Doosan, Gehl, Generac, Genie, Grove, JCB, JLG, Laymor, Lincoln, Miller, Manitowoc, Multiquip, National, Okada, Polaris, Skyjack, Taylor, Towmaster, Wacker Neuson, Yanmar, and others.

“After nearly 40 years at our old location, our entire team is excited to transition to our new facilities. The dual-building approach allows us to be more laser-focused on specific products and achieve operational efficiencies that will benefit customers tremendously,” explained Lee Anderson, H&E Salt Lake City branch manager. “Great thought went into the design and construction of our two buildings to provide an operation that is well laid out, responsive, and totally devoted to providing customers the high level of service they expect and depend on from H&E. This move helps to ensure that we are the leading provider of equipment rentals, sales, parts, and service in Salt Lake City, and throughout our territory, for many years to come.”

In addition to equipment rentals, the facility provides new and used equipment sales, in-shop and mobile service, a comprehensive parts inventory, training, and other value-added services.

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Mayor has plan to get delayed South Salt Lake homeless shelter back on track

SOUTH SALT LAKE — A week has passed since a tense meeting was called to sort out problems stalling the South Salt Lake homeless resource center’s groundbreaking. But officials are giving mixed signals on whether progress is being made.

Utah opens mountain road northeast of Salt Lake City

OGDEN, Utah — Officials say a mountain road northeast of Salt Lake City is opening about a month early but another Utah alpine highway will remain closed.

Woman held in Salt Lake City in air marshal attack case

SALT LAKE CITY — Authorities say a 45-year-old woman was arrested after she was accused of disrupting a London-to-Salt Lake City airline flight and attacking a federal air marshal.

‘Expungement Day’ gives past offenders a clean slate in Salt Lake County

SALT LAKE CITY — Dozens of people in Salt Lake County came out of the shadows Thursday to get their criminal records expunged. A criminal record can block a person from getting work, housing, education and even from visiting their grandchildren.

Officials with Salt Lake County said they believe in second chances, and with the help of several partners, organized free legal help on its first-ever expungement day at the St.

Salt Lake City’s Jarom Eubanks won’t let American Idol setback derail his music career

SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) – He’s the 20 year old singer/songwriter who puts the “jam” in pajamas.

Jarom Eubanks strolled down Main Street Monday afternoon in the same plaid bathrobe that he appeared in Sunday night on American Idol.

“Jarom Eubanks, some people call me Jo Jo Jerome,” he said introducing himself to judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan.

Like his sleepwear wardrobe his audition was well, odd. He played and sang R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion”.

“Do I get the bling?” he asked afterward.

Richie and Bryan said “no” but Katy Perry disagreed.

Salt Lake City cafe employs homeless youth

March 16, 2018 Salt Lake City—The chill new coffee stop in Salt Lake City is staffed with homeless youths, who couldn’t be happier to find themselves on an upward track after some tough times.

Maud’s Cafe in the city’s Granary District – the former warehouse and industrial area that’s undergoing a makeover – gives young adults a chance to get job training and experience through the internship program with an hourly wage.

“All I can say is I’m grateful. The people here are amazing,” said Jennifer Salceda. “And they believe in me.

Olympus Property Acquires Crossing at Daybreak in South Jordan, Utah

FORT WORTH, Texas, March 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Olympus Property announces the expansion of their portfolio into Utah further diversifying their portfolio across ten states. The community will undergo a name change effective immediately to Olympus at Daybreak.

Olympus Property acquires Olympus at Daybreak in South Jordan, Utah

Olympus at Daybreak is the only apartment community located within the growing 4,000 acre master-planned community of Daybreak in South Jordan.

Charges: Man duped friends, others to invest in fake companies

SALT LAKE CITY — Federal prosecutors say a Stansbury Park man hornswoggled neighbors, relatives and fellow churchgoers into investing thousands of dollars in his fake companies from 2013 to 2017.

Ronald Wayne Leavitt, 61, was charged in federal court in Salt Lake City Wednesday with felonies wire fraud and money laundering.

He persuaded people close to him to pour money into ventures that included a California real-estate project, a high-end development in Moab called “Hidden Mesa” and a sugar-substitute startup, promising a triple return on investment, charges state.