Olympia Hills is a development project near Herriman that is designed to provide a “live, work, play” community and will include 6,330 housing units and a 100-acre Utah State University campus. The plan has been highly controversial among Salt Lake County residents since it was first passed by the Salt Lake County Council in 2018. That year, it was vetoed by County Mayor Ben McAdams, who cited concerns about density. This March, Salt Lake County Council once again approved the project, though with some changes to lower density and address citizen concerns.
Still, the plan has remained unpopular, with hundreds of county residents joining together to begin a referendum campaign and stop the development. Utah Responsible Growth, the group organizing the referendum, announced in April that they would suspend their referendum efforts as certain laws made it impossible to gather signatures due to the COVID-19 outbreak, but there is still widespread frustration among many residents from the Southwest part of the county regarding the development.
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