County Rejects Bid for Tavaci Rezoning; McKay-Dee Hospital Kicks Off Expansion

The Salt Lake County Council has recently dealt another serious blow to real estate developer Terry Diehl’s ambitions as it voted 4-3 against the request to change the zoning on the Tavaci property. For a while now, the developer has voiced his intentions to develop larger buildings than originally planned at the site he owns near Big Cottonwood Canyon. With the new targeted height for development set at 100 feet, the community reacted, and according to, a number of members of the public took to the stand and testified for around three hours against the rezoning plan.

The Salt Lake County Council has dealt another blow to developer Terry Diehl’s controversial plan for the Tavaci property near Big Cottonwood Canyon, voting down his request to change the property’s zoning.

At issue is Diehl’s proposal to scrap his original plan to build single-family homes, and to instead develop a mixed-use project that would include buildings up to 100 feet tall. During three hours of testimony at a recent council hearing, local residents offered near-unanimous opposition to Diehl’s request to rezone the property, according to,

County council members then rejected Diehl’s proposal by a vote of 4 to 3. It is unclear whether Diehl will appeal the  decision.

In healthcare development news, McKay-Dee Hospital has broken ground on a $12.6 million expansion. According to the Standard-Examiner, the expansion will add a 200-seat auditorium, a multi-function reception facility and an outdoor patio, six patient rooms, six intermediate-care patient rooms, and space on the fourth floor for technical equipment. Donations from the Lawrence T. and Janet T. Dee Foundation and the Dee Family are providing financial support for the expansion.