[REGIONAL NEWS] Repurposed mining land offers affordable mixed housing options

Daybreak offers a variety of garden court or cluster products on smaller lots arranged around a common green space. These home types create more affordable economics for families with children who still desire directly adjacent open space for children and families to recreate. / NAHB Now


Daybreak, a mixed-use, walkable community in South Jordan, Utah, is the first project in the region to reclaim surplus mining land and create opportunities for market-rate affordability without additional subsidies. The largest master-planned community in the state, it is entitled for more than 20,000 homes in a city of about 66,000, located 18 miles south of Salt Lake City.

Kennecott Land Company, the developer, was established in April 2001 by international mining company Rio Tinto to convert surplus mining land into mixed-use development. The planned development on 4,200 acres on the west side of South Jordan comprises about 36% of the city’s land area. An intensive and thorough period of remediation, restoration and reclamation for the property lasted through the mid-2000s; construction at Daybreak began in 2003.


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