South Jordan, Utah

Located at the base of the Oquirrh Mountains in the southern end of the Salt Lake Valley, Daybreak has been advancing the bar of sustainability in Utah each year since it broke ground. Unlike the limited-use subdivisions commonly seen in the region, Daybreak has been designed as a complete community with local and regional scale employment, a range of residential, retail and civic uses and a variety of open space amenities. Most of the residents’ daily needs for shopping, day care, recreation, worship and employment can be met within its 2 mile x 4 mile site.

Because Daybreak is the largest development tract in the Salt Lake Valley, it presents a unique opportunity to mold the region’s future by demonstrating many concepts of sustainability and by minimizing the adverse impacts of growth. For instance, the nearly equal job-housing balance helps reduce local and regional commute demands. Daybreak will also be integrally linked to the Salt Lake region, with excellent freeway access and multiple light-rail stations connecting mixed-use centers throughout the region. Daybreak leads Utah in its sustainable building programs. Every commercial building uses LEED principles and every home is Energy Star rated. The Daybreak plan has also created and preserved wildlife habitat and movement corridors, constructed wetlands to capture and treat storm water and taken steps to reduce heat islands in the community.

Aerial rendering of Daybreak
View of Oquirrh Lake and East Lake Village of Daybreak afront the Wasatch Range
Residential porches at Daybreak have a close relationship with the sidewalk
The Village Center at Daybreak
An Interim version of the Daybreak Development Plan
A street view rendering of the Village at Daybreak

Project Summary



Kennecott Land Company (South Jordan, Utah)


Neighborhood Plan | Adaptive Use


Mixed-use redevelopment of a brownfield 4,150 ac (1,680 ha) site | 20,000 DUs | 2.4m sq ft (223k sq m) retail | 5.2m sq ft (480k sq m) office


2004 to present