This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2016, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.
Riverton • By approving plans for a Daybreak-like development for their city's west side, Riverton officials hope to welcome a "crown jewel" of new homes, stores and offices laced with green spaces and walking trails.
City Council members voted unanimously for an agreement to develop about 550 acres of what is now open land owned by Suburban Land Reserve, a for-profit real estate arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The plan, adopted after years of discussion, provides for transforming the Hamilton Farm property and adjacent acreage into a massive shopping center, office towers and business nodes as well as nearly 3,800 homes, condominiums and apartments.
"I can't think of anything larger that would generate a greater impact on the city," Riverton Councilman Trent Staggs said Tuesday. "We'll see just a huge benefit that will work its way across the entire community."
The documents will govern 35 years of potential development between the Mountain View Corridor and Bangerter Highway around 13400 South.
Adoption of the plan follows city approval in late December of an 85-acre lifestyle shopping center called Mountain View Place at Riverton, to be located at 13400 South and Bangerter Highway.
The shopping center to be constructed by California developer CenterCal, which also built Farmington's Station Park promises to bring a grocery store, hotel, movie theaters, big-box retailers and a village-type community hub to Riverton.
The center also appears to have significantly boosted confidence among city officials that Suburban Land Reserve's development will succeed.
"This is the only project I know of where the commercial development will go up first," said Riverton Mayor Bill Applegarth, adding that the SLR plan would create "a very beautiful, classy operation."
The mayor and others estimated that Mountain View Place at Riverton alone will add nearly $2 million a year to the city's $6 million in annual sales-tax revenues.
Public comment on the new master plan has been overwhelmingly positive.
Resident Patrick White said it would help end a pattern of major developments going to nearby cities such as South Jordan, Draper or Sandy. "This is a class A, top-drawer project," White said, "and I think everyone should support it."
The project also is a landmark in municipal planning for Riverton, with a new zoning approach that grants rare leeway to developers on how can they mix land uses, vary housing densities and blend architectural styles.
"There's flexibility built into the process," City Planner Jason Lethbridge said, "to allow those [choices] to be driven by future development and future market forces."