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The county council of Salt Lake County, Utah has voted 7-1 to approve the necessary zoning changes for the proposed Olympia development project, which calls for 8,765 new homes and apartments on a 938-acre parcel in the southwest part of the county.

The developer’s plan calls for 4,783 apartments, 2,485 townhouses, and 1,497 single-family homes on quarter-acre lots. The community will also include up to 500,000 square feet of retail and office space and a new 100-acre Utah State University campus. Most of the apartment housing will be clustered around this new campus.

This development comes in response to an expected population spike in Salt Lake County in the coming years. According to local leaders, the Olympia development will be one of the densest in the area. This reality has led to concerns from leaders and existing residents alike about traffic, crime, strains on water and sewer systems, and a loss of privacy and open spaces.

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