The Wasatch County Council recently approved a general plan for 940 acres commonly known as Mayflower, bringing decades of speculation one step closer to reality. Wasatch County leaders are hoping for a massive economic boom as a result of the approved Mayflower Mountain Resort, which is imagined to become an eastern gateway of Deer Valley Resort.
The land itself is located on the Deer Valley side of Highway 40, south of the Mayflower exit, and encompasses terrain from the existing resort’s slopes to nearby Jordanelle Reservoir. “This is the largest project we’ve had to date and most likely the largest we’ll ever have,” Wasatch County planning director Doug Smith says. While the development is slated to take up to 40 years to fully complete and will be massive in scale, Smith also points out that the overall design calls for over half of the land to be earmarked as open space.
Detailed plans for the project with be reviewed at a later point in time, but the council approved an overall plan that includes:
- 1,498 residential units with a mix of homes, condos, and hotel rooms
- 410 hotel units
- A hotel specifically developed to benefit members of the armed forces
- 250,000 square feet of commercial/retail space
- 68,000 square foot recreation center
- 95,000 square feet of workforce housing
- 6 new chairlifts to expand Deer Valley’s existing skiing infrastructure
- 200 acres of new ski runs, with approximately 700 acres geared to glade skiing
More specific details from the approved report include Mayflower Mountain Resort serving as another Deer Valley Resort base area. The plan outlines a compact, pedestrian friendly resort village where future developments will be within 1,200 feet from the base center, further promoting the pedestrian friendly feeling. Wasatch County also took traffic and transportation into account, with the approved plan calling for transit options. Additional plans include both a five-star and four-star hotel, a 40,000 square foot conference center, a designated ski beach, a promenade, and an ice skating rink or other central feature to draw people into the base area.