Jed Boal ReportingA unique national competition has started that could one day give a facelift to thousands of acres of Kennecott land and part of Magna.
The 2,000 acre piece of land on the west side of the Salt Lake Valley for years buffered Kennecott Utah Copper. In the future, like other Kennecott lands, it may sprout homes, parks and shopping. Main Street Magna could also get a new look, courtesy of a national design competition sponsored by the Urban Land Institute.
Teams of graduate students from across the country will compete to come up with the best development plans.
Richard Rosan, Urban Land Institute: "Sometimes students are conservative. We would hope there would be some radical ideas to stimulate everyone. It's good for them."
The top four teams will visit next month and take their plans a step further. The students' backgrounds range from finance to conservation.
Joseph Brown, Competition Judge, Consultant: “The business student, the design student, the planning student, all fusing their thinking to produce a scheme quickly.”
One area, a blank pallet. The other, a community with a history and their own vision of the future. Kennecott plans to develop a lot of its land.
Jim Schulte, Kennecott Land: "When you have 89,000 acres, you have to look to a lot of sources to find great ideas."
Daybreak in South Jordan is a start, but the company is mining for more plans.
Jim Schulte: "In the coming years, we'll be looking for our next Daybreak, or our next new development."
Magna is in the process of updating its long-range plan. Community leaders say they're eager to see the ideas. And those close to the competition say they'll see a wide range of ideas.
Jim Schulte: "You might find those ideas great. You might find those ideas wacky. You will find them, for sure, stimulating."
In many projects developers and communities show up with ideas of what it should look like. In a process like this a bold new look could emerge. The winning team will earn $50,000. Kennecott has no immediate plans to develop the land, but will consider the final plans.