On June 5 the city council and planning commission had a joint work session where the only agenda item was “Tour of Selected Sites.” These are some of my favorite work sessions because we get out in the city and see some of the amazing things that are happening in our community. It also allows us an opportunity to see how much our city staff deals with on a regular basis. I’ll get to more of this later.
Our first stop was the new Young Living headquarters that is currently under construction near Mountain Point Medical. This first building (they have land to build a twin building at some point) is comprised of over hundred thousand square feet of office space, a museum & restaurant (that will be open to the public), and outdoor space available for employee and public events. From the top floor it was easy to see all of the Class A office space going up along I-15 & SR92 to support the businesses that want to locate to Lehi. These are great companies that provide incredible services and great employment opportunities for residents that want to live here.
Our second stop on the tour was the Holbrook Farms area (located off of 2100 North). It was great to tour homes from a couple of home builders providing a variety of housing options for future residents. To put things in perspective in regard to the scale of the development along 2100 North, we anticipate there will be almost 4,000 residential units once completed.
I took the opportunity to speak with a representative from one of the builders. I was pleased to hear him comment on how great our city staff was to work with compared to staff from other cities. He complemented our staff on providing a positive experience, not only on the overall development process, but also on things like obtaining building permits.
It was this comment that got me thinking about how much our city staff really does. According to our community development director, the planning department is working with the same number of employees today as they were when I was elected to the city council five years ago. This can be said for many other departments in the city, from engineering to public works and water. Our employees support this incredible growth while doing more with the same staff and resources.
While government spending often gets a bad name, our previous and current administration takes seriously the spending of tax payer dollars, as do our city staff, whether they live in Lehi or not. The secret is out. Lehi is a great place to live and people continue to move here. Let’s ensure we make them feel welcome and express appreciation to our city staff for what they do to keep Lehi running!