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Planning for Community Balance

The department continues to work with the City Council, Planning Commission, and developers to meet the demands for more affordable housing. To demonstrate to legislators who are interested in passing legislation that interferes with cities’ authority to determine local land use issues, West Jordan City Council declared publicly by resolution that it has made significant independent progress toward being part of the housing solution. The resolution, unanimously approved on Feb. 13, 2019, detailed the efforts made, both past and present, by the City of West Jordan to approve a range of residential zoning densities and housing types to provide housing opportunities for all age groups and income levels.

aerial view of one of the West Jordan UTA TRAX stations

Proper Placement of Density

In meeting the State’s demands for higher density and more affordable housing, West Jordan City Council emphasizes the proper placement of various types of housing as part of a comprehensive plan to provide balance – a balance of mixed-use that makes sense and enables the highest and best use of resources, and a balance of options for people in all stages of life whether newly independent adults, young families with children, empty nesters or retirees looking to downsize.

West Jordan has six TRAX stations. It makes sense to allow high-density land use near these TRAX stations and encourage pedestrian activity, which in turn reduces vehicle miles traveled. These types of developments are mixed-use and include residential, shopping, dining, and other amenities.

Currently, there are three major development sites that leverage the benefits of TRAX stations:

  • The Village at Gardner Station
  • Novi at Jordan Valley Station
  • A third potential transit-oriented development is proposed at the City Center Station located at 7800 South Redwood Road next to the civic center complex

Incentivize higher density to areas that would benefit from increased foot traffic

West Jordan has recently adopted a new zoning law that incentivizes high-density housing in the city’s larger commercial zones. The goals of this new Residential Overlay District (ROD) are as follows:

  • Encourage pedestrian activity to reduce vehicle miles traveled and maximize local business patronage
  • Facilitate the redevelopment and use of properties in West Jordan where public infrastructure is already in place and in need of revitalization
  • Encourage flexibility in the redevelopment and reinvestment in retail and entertainment-based properties
  • Promote the use of innovative approaches to redevelopment that utilize sustainable development practices

There are currently over 3,000 residential dwellings that are approved and in varying stages of development within West Jordan. These units include 618 single-family dwelling units and 2,536 multifamily dwelling units, many of which were grandfathered in before the City’s “Cap and Grade” ordinance was passed in 2013. The Cap and Grade ordinance specifies a city-wide target ratio of 77% single-family to 23% multi-family (not including senior and low-income housing per Fair Housing Act requirements) to comply with the City’s General Plan, which also focuses on the proper placement of multi-family housing to mitigate infrastructure impact.

Streamlined & Business Friendly

In addition to the housing efforts listed above, the City declared it is committed to providing an efficient and user-friendly process to developers and builders. The current building permit review time for new single-family homes is only 2.8 days. Ongoing efforts to streamline the process also includes next-day inspections for most building permits, a 10-day average building permit review time on non-residential construction, and contracting with a third party for plan reviews and inspections for larger and more complex builds.

We recognize the need for and are working to allow zoning that allows for housing opportunities for all age groups, lifestyles, and income levels. We want to be part of the housing solution.

Building Department

Phone

801-569-5050

Building Inspection Requests

Phone

801-569-5055

Excavation/Land Disturbance Permit, Bond Reduction, Engineering

Phone

801-569-5133

Planning/Development Project Status

Phone

801-569-5060

homes under construction