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'Daybreak on steroids’ — New version of Olympia Hills faces criticism at first public hearing

Opposition to Olympia Hills is running high among residents and elected leaders in cities near the proposed development, judging from its first public hearing.

Nearly 100 people turned out to Salt Lake County Council chambers Tuesday evening — amid a heavy snowstorm — to voice concerns that the new 933-acre, 6,330-home residential and commercial development being planned on county-governed land west of Herriman threatens their quality of life.

In spite of the region’s ongoing need for more housing and extensive county planning behind the latest version of Olympia Hills, residents of Herriman, Riverton, South Jordan and elsewhere said the project is too big and has potential to worsen the area’s already congested highways, particularly for commuters.