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South Jordan to update master plan

 (Salt Lake Tribune) South Jordan is updating its master plan, and residents have a chance to share their visions of the city's future.

The planning commission will hold a public hearing Tuesday on the proposed update, and is hoping to hear from residents.

The plan was updated in 2003, said community development director George Shaw, but the city has experienced so much growth that another update is necessary.

Even with the recession slowing building, the city has swelled in recent years, from about 29,000 residents in 2000 to more than 54,000 today. The plan calls for more high-density housing and retail space, while preserving some of the city's agricultural feel with large lots and plenty of open space.

Those high-density units and businesses are incredibly important, Shaw said, because they pay higher tax rates for the amount of space occupied, compared to single-family homes. The new units should help keep costs down while improving services to everyone, Shaw said.

"We're working toward being self contained and self sufficient as a community," Shaw said.

The proposed plan features several updates, though most of the change is seen in three areas. The city is hoping to create a transit-oriented development centered at the FrontRunner station at 10200 South and I-15; bring high-density housing and more shopping to the area around City Hall; and create a second town center in Daybreak.

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