DESIGNED FOR KIMBALL JUNCTION’S MASTER PLAN

Dakota Pacific’s plan for the former Tech Center site is a purposeful response to meeting the goals of the community-guided Kimball Junction Neighborhood Master Plan, approved unanimously in 2019 by the Snyderville Basin Planning Commission and the Summit County Council.

Achieving Community Housing Goals

“The County will facilitate efforts to significantly decrease the deficit in workforce/affordable housing…”
from Summit County’s Strategic Effects

“… balance of types of housing, styles of housing, ownership category, unit sizes, and a range of affordability.”
from Snyderville Basin General Plan

“…develop housing in the current Tech Center.”
from Kimball Junction Neighborhood Master Plan

Achieving Community Transportation Goals

“… plan for and make improvements to our transportation system to reduce traffic congestion.”
from Summit County’s Strategic Effects

“Create a multimodal transportation network to support desired development patterns.”
from Snyderville Basin General Plan

“… bettering the overall neighborhood connectivity and walkability.”
from Kimball Junction Neighborhood Master Plan

Achieving Community Sustainability Goals

“… implement plans and policies to secure, preserve and protect our water, land and air quality for the present and future.”
from Summit County’s Strategic Effects

“All neighborhood development should focus on sustainable patterns of development.”
from Snyderville Basin General Plan

“Support development which facilitates the use of a variety of sustainable modes of transportation.”
from Kimball Junction Neighborhood Master Plan

Achieving Community Mixed-Use Goals

“Encourage the creation of highly-livable neighborhoods and mixed-use areas…”
from Snyderville Basin General Plan’s Chapter 2

“Audit and re-evaluate existing Development Agreements [to] increase mixed-use, workforce and attainable housing, multi-modal connectivity, and parking mitigation.”
from Kimball Junction Neighborhood Master Plan

COMPARE THE PLANS

2008 Plan

Can be built today with no changes to existing agreement


  • Only builds tech-focused office and research space
  • Four parking structures & surface lots surrounding buildings
  • Convenient transit access
  • 152 units of required workforce/affordable housing built in 2012 (Liberty Peaks)

Today’s Proposal


  • Similar footprint, density and building heights to 2008 entitlement
  • Broad mix of uses: housing, shops, offices, restaurants, hotel, community amenities
  • 336 deed-restricted units for low- to moderate-income earners like schoolteachers, police officers, and firefighters, as well as hourly workers like store clerks, servers, bartenders, and snowplow drivers
  • Most parking is underground with limited surface parking
  • Clustered buildings maximize open space
  • Walkable design; trails throughout site and connections to regional trail network
  • Uses topography to mitigate building heights and protect views

Here’s why Dakota Pacific’s proposal is the best choice for Kimball Junction

Given the amount of community discussion about plans for the former Tech Center, we’d like to review some key facts about how our proposal will make positive improvements that benefit Kimball Junction and Summit County for decades to come.

Here are a few key facts about the proposal:

Dakota Pacific’s mixed-use Transit Oriented Development (TOD) plan qualifies for a special state program that provides the County with critical tools to fundamentally improve traffic conditions on SR-224 and the I-80 interchange; the current plan does not.

  • 30% fewer AM/PM rush hour trips less than Tech Center plan
  • Mixed-use nature of Dakota Pacific’s project distributes traffic throughout the day
  • Higher-density development – particularly with housing and next to a transit center – is smart and sustainable development
  • Increased transit use and local road improvements made by Dakota Pacific will lessen congestion

Dakota Pacific’s proposal directly reflects community needs identified in the Kimball Junction Neighborhood Master Plan.

  • Dakota Pacific will participate in programs determined by Summit County to provide funding mechanisms for needed UDOT road improvements
  • Programs under consideration include a Community Reinvestment Agency (CRA), Public Improvement District (PID),
  • Voluntary Assessment Area (VAA) or a Housing and Transit Reinvestment Zone (HTRZ) These options are not available under the existing Tech Center agreement

Affordable housing for seasonal and essential workers such as teachers, ski patrol workers, restaurant servers, bus drivers, firefighters, and other essential workers is needed now more than ever.

  • Summit County has a deficit of approximately 1,000 affordable rental units
  • Even with projects currently in the pipeline, the growing need for affordable rental housing will outstrip supply for many years to come
  • Dakota Pacific’s project includes 336 affordable units. 256 are deed-restricted very-low to low-income units (30-80% AMI) and 80 are deed-restricted attainable units (100-120% AMI)
  • Affordable units will be integrated in the community core and front-loaded in Phase 2
  • Affordable housing will be prioritized for those who live and work in Summit County

Energy-efficient, water-wise design will make the project a standard-bearer for sustainability.

  • Higher-density housing, together with low-water landscaping and innovative technology, offers greater efficiencies for conserving resources than single-family houses.
  • Dakota Pacific has more than enough water shares for the project.
  • Dakota Pacific has agreed to all sustainability measures requested by the County, which will make the project the standard-bearer for sustainable development in the area. This is the type of development needed to maximize responsible use of resources in the face of climate change and continued drought.

Future development under existing entitlement is an option

  • If Dakota Pacific’s proposal is not approved, the company still retains rights to develop a series of technology-related office buildings.
  • This could be done without providing community amenities or using financial tools to improve transportation, as proposed in the Dakota Pacific mixed-use plan.

Engaging and listening to the community and County officials over 2+ years has made the proposal even better.

  • 2+ years working with County staff, Planning Commission, and Council
  • Conducted public outreach through focus groups, open houses, media interviews, and dozens of presentations and discussions with area businesses and residents.

WE’RE BUILDING A BETTER KIMBALL JUNCTION

Creating a Community that Inspires & Instills Pride in Us All

Salt Lake City-based Dakota Pacific Real Estate purchased the Park City Tech Center site in 2018 and is asking Summit County to approve changes to the previous owner’s approved but unsuccessful plan. Changes sought include significantly reducing the amount of planned office space, reserving more land for open space, and increasing the number of housing units, 30% of which will be reserved for local residents or employees who earn very low, low, or moderate incomes.

The proposed mixed-use neighborhood is designed to meet today’s market conditions and community needs. Along with 1,100 new housing units, plans including smaller amounts of office, retail and hospitality uses, set within a pedestrian- and cycle-friendly landscape connected to local trails and surrounding open space.

Dakota Pacific’s application to revise the site’s development agreement was reviewed by the Snyderville Basin Planning Commission in a year-long series of work sessions and public hearings that ended in September 2020. After revising our plans to incorporate suggestions from the Planning Commission and members of the public, our updated application is now being considered by the Summit County Council.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

Since acquiring the former Park City Tech Center site in 2018, Dakota Pacific Real Estate has been designing a project that meets community needs and aligns with the Kimball Junction Neighborhood Master Plan and Summit County’s strategic priorities.

Click the links below to view Dakota Pacific’s presentations to the Snyderville Planning Commission and Summit County Council.

Visit the Summit Research Park Redevelopment page at Summit County Planning for staff reports, minutes & presentations by County staff.

KEY FEATURES OF THE PROJECT INCLUDE:

Attainable Housing

  • Variety of housing including low, moderate, attainable, market and for-sale units
  • Includes apartments, townhomes and condos
  • Sizes include studio, 1 BR, 2 BR and 3BR units
  • Onsite amenities for all residents
  • Onsite management of housing and amenities
  • Ongoing affordability – 336 deed-restricted units
  • Phased construction and delivery
  • 1,100 total residential units, including:
    • 1,020 total rental units
      • 336 for-rent workforce/attainable units
        • 256 between 30% and 80% of AMI
        • 80 between 100% and 120% of AMI
      • 584 market-rate rental housing units
    • 80 for-sale condominiums and 100 for sale or for rent townhomes

Achieving Community Housing Goals

Summit County’s Strategic Effects

“The County will facilitate efforts to significantly decrease the deficit in workforce/affordable housing…”

Snyderville Basin General Plan

“…a variety of housing, including low and moderate…”

“… balance of types of housing, styles of housing, ownership category, unit sizes, and a range of affordability.”

Kimball Junction Neighborhood Master Plan

“…develop housing in the current Tech Center.”

“…medium to high density residential uses”

“…create pockets of additional workforce housing”

Convenient Connections

  • Multimodal design from the ground up to reduce vehicle trips
  • Pedestrian/bike trails throughout site link to local trail network and open space
  • Quick access to Kimball Junction Transit Center from 1,100 housing units
  • Well-lit, tree-lined pedestrian-friendly streets
  • Mix of uses minimizes peak hour traffic (AM and PM), resulting in 30% reduction over approved 2008 plan.
  • Mostly off-street, underground parking and limited surface parking helps improve pedestrian/bike safety
  • Allows people who work in the area to live in the area, rather than commuting from the Salt Lake Valley and elsewhere
  • Complements potential future transportation investments at I-80 interchange, SR-224 and an expanded Kimball Junction Transit Center

Achieving Community Transportation Goals

Summit County’s Strategic Effects

“… plan for and make improvements to our transportation system to reduce traffic congestion.”

Snyderville Basin General Plan

“Provide for interconnectivity for all modes …”

“Encourage the creation of highly livable neighborhoods … that are connected by open spaces and multimodal transportation systems.”

“Create a multimodal transportation network to support desired development patterns.”

Kimball Junction Neighborhood Master Plan

“…improve the flow of regional through traffic”

“… bettering the overall neighborhood connectivity and walkability.”

Sustainable Design

  • Comprehensive approach to social, environmental, and economic sustainability
  • Careful grouping of buildings allows for 55% more open space than 2008 plan
  • Housing choices for individuals and families of varying income levels
  • Energy-efficient buildings & electric vehicle infrastructure
  • Waterwise landscaping

Achieving Community Sustainability Goals

Summit County’s Strategic Effects

“… implement plans and policies to secure, preserve and protect our water, land and air quality for the present and future.”

Snyderville Basin General Plan

“All neighborhood development should focus on sustainable patterns of development.”

“Support programs that … minimize environmental impacts.”

Kimball Junction Neighborhood Master Plan

“Promote the vitality of Kimball Junction’s main commercial spaces and protect the natural areas.”

“Support development which facilitates the use of a variety of sustainable modes of transportation.”

Authentic Atmosphere

  • Promotes a vibrant live, work, eat, play, stay community
  • Dedicated open space honors the natural surroundings
  • Mix of building types and materials adds visual interest
  • Outdoor plaza and green spaces offer recreation opportunities and gathering places for residents, employees, and visitors
  • Parking is mostly underground or screened from view; enhances aesthetics and improves safety for pedestrians and cyclists within the confines of a development project approved in 2008
  • Mixed-use area with density consolidated within the confines of a previously approved commercial development

Achieving Community Mixed-Use Goals

Snyderville Basin General Plan

“Encourage the creation of highly-livable neighborhoods and mixed-use areas…”

“New residential developments should be compact, connected, and incorporated whenever possible into mixed use/transit friendly areas.”

Kimball Junction Neighborhood Master Plan

“Mixed-use neighborhoods where residential, retail, service, and civic uses are connected…”

“Audit and re-evaluate existing Development Agreements [to] increase mixed-use, workforce and attainable housing, multi-modal connectivity, and parking mitigation.”

PROJECT EVOLUTION AND TIMELINE

Today’s development proposal includes more housing choices, less office space, and more open space.