Frequently Asked Questions
Everything You Need to Know About Daybreak:
- Lots & Builders
- Parks & Open Spaces
- Amenities & the Home Owners Association
- Oquirrh Lake
- Environmental Quality
- Accessing Daybreak
- Commercial Real Estate
Lots & Builders
Who are the builders and what types of homes are available? There are eleven builders currently constructing homes in Daybreak. They are Bangerter Homes, Destination Homes, Garbett Homes, Gold Medallion Homes, Hamlet Homes, Holmes Homes, Ivory Homes, Liberty Homes, Rainey Homes, and Richmond American Homes. Home styles vary and prices range from the $100s to more than $1 million. Complete details are available in the Homefinder Guide, here.
What is the relationship between Kennecott Land and the builders? Kennecott Land sells lots to a select group of homebuilders who are responsible for constructing and selling homes in the Daybreak community.
Who builds the infrastructure? Kennecott Land, through its contractors and sub-contractors, installs the roads and utilities that serve the Daybreak community.
What is the average lot size? We currently have eleven different builders, and lot sizes vary with the type of home that is built. These range from smaller, easily maintained lots to almost 1/3 acre lots for larger and custom homes. Choosing a lot near open space lends the feeling of a much larger lot. There will eventually be 1,000 acres of open space in Daybreak.
Why do the lots seem small and houses seem close to each other? We've modeled Daybreak's design on the principles of other esteemed, sustainable places, like Salt Lake's Avenues and Harvard Yale neighborhoods, because of their ability to bring neighbors together. And our residents actually get much more than a fourth acre of land when they live at Daybreak, with access to a variety of open spaces and amenities within a one- to seven-minute walk from home.
This type of planning also helps keep overall home prices reasonable. Daybreak is a community that people of all ages and demographics can call home, because of the variety of both large and small lots. We don't believe it's possible or sustainable for everyone to live in a large house, so by offering a variety of lot sizes, we're hoping to create a richly diverse and welcoming place for people of many backgrounds.
That being said, we realize Daybreak is not the place for everyone, but lots of people do enjoy the lifestyle that this closely-knit community offers (and they don't mind having less yard work either!).
Can I buy a home with a four-car garage? Yes. Both Bangerter Homes and Rainey Homes offer four-car garages.
Will apartments be available at Daybreak soon? Yes. Daybreak Place, our first apartment buildings, will house 315 units west of the the Village Center on Daybreak Parkway.
Can I purchase a custom lot? Yes. We are currently selling a variety of custom lots in Daybreak. Contact Jeff Stephenson or Ty McCutcheon at Kennecott Land for more information, by calling (801) 204-2000.
What are the benefits of Energy Star® certification? All of the homes at Daybreak are built to be Energy Star® certified. That means they all have upgraded windows, roofs, doors, and insulation for increased energy efficiency and comfort. They also have more efficient heating and cooling systems. At the completion of the community, that will equate to an approximate reduction of 55,495 metric tons of carbon dioxide greenhouse gas equivalent annually — like taking 20,000 cars off the road each year!
Parks & Open Spaces
What kinds of parks does Daybreak have? We have a great variety of parks, both already developed and planned for the future. Our residents enjoy community gardens, basketball courts, a dog park, sand volleyball courts, a Splash Pad, a swimming pool, tennis courts, and what we call “pocket parks”—all within walking distance of the neighborhood homes. Pocket parks have features like play equipment, park benches, trellises, and picnic pavilions. Of course there are also big community parks with things like soccer fields, flower gardens, and water features.
We are anticipating all kinds of terrific parks for Daybreak Residents. North Shore Village will be amenity-rich, just like Founders Park and Eastlake, and will have recreational opportunities to compliment the existing parks in the community.
How many trees does Daybreak have? To date, we have planted over 9,000 trees! We anticipate that we will plant 100,000 trees by Daybreak's completion.
How many miles of trails are there? There are already approximately 22 miles of trails in Daybreak, with many more to come. Most of the trails currently have an asphalt surface.
Where are the tennis courts? The first tennis courts are open next to the pool in Eastlake Village. Additionally, more are planned for North Shore in Church Park.
Where is the golf course? At this time, we do not have a golf course in the community master plan. After lots of consideration, we decided to build a lake and open spaces with trails instead. The existence of a golf course open to the public just north of Daybreak, called Glenmoor, factored into this decision. Our lake will actually provide a recreation space that is more accessible for a larger number of people, and is more ecologically friendly because traditional golf courses consume tremendous quantities of water.
Why are the open areas “unkempt”? We are planting water-wise native Utah landscapes in our passive open space areas, where many of the trails are located. These are designed to retain water in the event of rainstorms, and to tolerate long periods of little or no rainfall. These plants initially require more time to establish, but will eventually save a great deal of irrigation water compared to average “thirsty” landscapes. If you check out some of the open areas in Founders Park Village, you will see some of the more established spaces we've already created, including what will eventually be part of more than 40 miles of trails.
Amenities & the Home Owners Association
What is the Home Owners Association and who runs it? Our residents belong to a community association responsible for managing daily operations and protecting the founding principles of Daybreak. This association is run by a board of directors that includes Daybreak residents, and is professionally managed by Capital Consultants Management Corporation (CCMC). For more information about the Daybreak HOA, visit their website.
What are the HOA fees and how high will they go? Our single family homeowners currently pay $80 per month. Billing is on a quarterly basis. The fee is divided into two parts: 1) $45 for amenities expenses, to pay for things like the trail system, parks, the Community Center and frequent resident events, and 2) $35 for Qwest High Speed Fiber Optic Internet service. The assessment is higher for town home and condominium owners, to cover group insurance and maintenance ($168-$185 for condos and $146 for town homes). These rates are evaluated yearly by the Daybreak HOA. The association is very careful when adjusting fees. For instance, from 2007 to 2008 the fee went up $2.00 with the addition of the first swimming pool.
Who has access to the Daybreak Community Center? Only Daybreak residents and parents of children who attend Daybreak Elementary with proper identification can use the Community Center. All visitors must check in with a reception desk at the entrance. Anyone that enters the school from the Community Center must also check in with a hall monitor. Non-resident visitors whose children attend Daybreak Elementary pay for memberships to use the recreational equipment.
What kind of equipment and classes does the Community Center offer? The building has a running track, a full-size basketball court, a dance studio, a bike spin lab, and an array of gym equipment, including treadmills, stationary bikes, weights, and elliptical machines. Classes range from yoga, dance, and aerobics, to drop-in basketball clinics and music lessons.
The Home Owners Association uses the building for many activities as well, like movie nights, a Halloween haunted house, the annual gardening clinic, casino nights, programs committee meetings, and Homeowner 101 orientation.
Can I have a satellite dish? Yes. Small dishes can be mounted in a location that is not visible from the street.
Can I park my RV in my yard or can I build a larger garage on my property? We don't allow home storage of RV's or boats unless they fit in a normal garage. However, we do have a fenced and secure RV storage area on 11800 South. Monthly fees range from below $20 to $40, depending on the size of the space.
Can I put up a fence in my yard? Yes. We do have a fence guideline as part of our Community Covenants and Restrictions, which states that homeowners can put up six-foot privacy fences, and they often do. Fences are designed to recede into the background and they become something that people just don't notice here.
Can I have pets at Daybreak? Yes. In fact, we've built a dog park in Eastlake Village so pets have a safe place to play off-leash. Residents are able to have the number of pets allowed in South Jordan City neighborhoods—two dogs and two cats. Like South Jordan, Daybreak requires dogs to be on leashes in public areas, and for owners to clean up after them. South Jordan does ban pit bull dogs.
Where can I get a copy of the Community Covenants and Restrictions (CC&Rs)? Contact the Daybreak Homeowner's Association at (801) 254-8062.
Where is the LDS temple and will its traffic impact Daybreak? The temple is located on the eastern-most point of Daybreak. Most visitors to the temple will enter the parking areas from 4000 West. Daybreak residents will have access through private drives on the west side of the building.
Are any other religious denominations represented at Daybreak? Yes. South Mountain Community Church currently meets at the Daybreak Community Center, and residents represent a variety of different faiths. A new interfaith chapel will also be constructed at the north end of Rubicon Drive near the North Shore Model Village, and will be available for use by any religious group.
How big is the lake? The lake is about one mile from the north to the south and covers about 67 acres. The lake and its inclusive park and wetlands area will comprise about 137 acres of open space when completed. By comparison, Sugarhouse Park is about 111 acres.
Where did the water come from? The water is actually irrigation water from Utah Lake. It is pumped up to Daybreak through a sand filtration plant, which is why it's so clean and clear. The water has a three- to four-foot clarity!
Can I bring my boat to the lake? Yes, if it is non-motorized. Canoes, kayaks, paddle boats and small sail boats are all allowed. Boats are available for residents' use, and we may eventually offer a public rental program.
Can I fish in the lake? Yes. We put 250,000 bigmouth bass, channel catfish, bluegills, and fathead minnows into the lake in the spring of 2006, then introduced trout later that year. The fish needed time to adjust to their habitat and spawn, so fishing officially began on April 15, 2007, and is now open to the public. Trout are “catch and keep”, but other species must be released. Utah State fishing laws apply and licenses are required.
Can I bring my jet ski or windsurf? Not at this time.
What happened to the Bingham Canyon Mine “tailings”? And what was the Daybreak property used for before it became a community? The mine tailings were actually never located at Daybreak. They are in Magna. A small portion of the land (about 13%) where the Daybreak community now sits did at one time contain evaporation ponds that stored mine water. The ponds were used until 1965, and the Kennecott companies have since performed a massive clean-up operation to remove pond sediment and the soil it affected, bringing the remaining soil conditions to both EPA and Utah Department of Environmental Quality standards. Because of this extensive process, the soil at Daybreak does not constitute any health risk for the people who live, work, and recreate here. For more details, please see a complete account of Daybreak's environmental history at the Kennecott Land website, by clicking here.
Where does the drinking water come from? Residents at Daybreak get their drinking water from the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District, as do other residents of the southwest Salt Lake Valley, in the rest of South Jordan, Herriman, Bluffdale, and Riverton.
Can children safely play in the dirt, and can vegetables grown at Daybreak be eaten? Absolutely. Residents at Daybreak have been growing corn, strawberries, zucchini, and lots of other delicious things to eat in community garden plots since 2004.
What is Kennecott Land doing to make Daybreak environmentally friendly? Everything from the home designs to walking trails has been planned with sustainability in mind. All homes must be built to Energy Star® standards, and our builders and contractors participate in an on-site construction waste recycling program. Gravel for the construction process is retained on site as well. A significant amount of our open space is irrigated with secondary water, rather than using culinary sources. And the storm water system has been built to retain precipitation, which will eventually recharge the aquifer.
But those are just a few of the many things we do to make this community sustainable. For more information, see the For You For Utah brochure on our website by clicking “The rewards of sustainable living.”
Where are Daybreak residents from? Our residents come from every corner of the Salt Lake Valley, Utah, the nation, and even around the globe.
Is there anyone my age living there? Because of the diversity in home types at Daybreak, we really have people representing every stage of life! There are single active adults, teenagers, young professionals, newlywed couples, children, and empty-nesters—everyone from those just starting out to multi-generational families.
How are all of the people going to get to and from Daybreak? Kennecott Land works closely with the Utah Department of Transportation, as well as county and city governments, to look at the big picture in developing a comprehensive road and transportation plan. The proposed Mountain View Corridor will create a new highway on Salt Lake Valley's West Bench, stretching from below Point of the Mountain to I-80 west of the airport. The TRAX Mid-Jordan Extension will bring light rail to Daybreak in 2011, running adjacent to the Old Bingham Highway into Murray. Widening of 10400 South is already underway and the extension of 11400 South to I-15 will also start soon. Both roads are expected to be complete by 2010. To learn more about transportation, go to www.kennecottland.com.
The roads in Daybreak look small—is it difficult to drive through the community? Our roads are designed to be used safely by both vehicles and pedestrians, so on most streets, cars are limited to speeds appropriate for a walkable community, where children are playing and neighbors jog. Bigger roads used to access the community sometimes incorporate underground walking tunnels to allow higher vehicular speeds.
Where can I park my car? Parking is available on neighborhood streets, as well as public parking areas. Most residents park in their driveways or garages.
Commercial Real Estate
When will the first stores and offices come to Daybreak, and what will they be? Construction on Daybreak's first Village Center is underway. It has been modeled on similar locally-oriented neighborhood business spots, like the 9th & 9th area of Salt Lake City. This means it will include a small grocer, retail shops, and restaurants, as well as offices. The Daybreak Corporate Center is already home to more than 600 Rio Tinto employees and has additional office space available for small businesses. Kennecott Land and the University of Utah have announced plans for a University Health Care Center on Daybreak Parkway as well.
Where do children at Daybreak go to school? Daybreak is part of the Jordan School District. Elementary students attend Daybreak Elementary or Eastlake Elementary. Boundaries are determined by the Jordan School District, and are subject to change as new schools are built. Daybreak's first public charter school, The Early Light Academy, recently broke ground and is scheduled to open for the 2008-2009 school year. Middle school students attend Elk Ridge Middle School, located just north of Daybreak on 9800 South and Bangerter Highway. Older students attend Bingham High School, on 10400 South west of Redwood Road.
We have several possible school sites for future elementary, middle, and high schools, and we are working with the school district on planning.
Will Kennecott Land create its own school district? Our intent is to partner with the Jordan School District to support quality education in our area. The two existing elementary schools in Daybreak are great examples of this partnership.
If you have additional questions, contact the Daybreak Information Pavilion at (801) 446-9022 or email .