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Governmental Relations

As a developer, we value and cultivate our relationships with state, city, and county officials to bring projects to market that are both good for the community and good for business. Challenges in the development process inevitably arise, but our long-standing relationships and experience in negotiation and compromise help those approvals run smoothly for a win-win outcome.


  • Zoning and Entitlements
  • Land Use Planning & Approvals
  • Environmental Impact Studies
  • Community & Neighbor Relations
  • Transit Oriented Development
  • HTRZ zone funding
Exterior of City Center in Boise, daytime
City Center Plaza

This mixed-use redevelopment of a downtown city block in Boise, Idaho hosts Valley Regional Transit’s Main Street Station’s transportation hub, Boise State’s Computer Science Department, Greater Boise Auditorium District’s expansion, and retail and office tenants. As the developer, Gardner coordinated with a myriad of public and private parties to bring it to fruition.

Exterior of Zions Technology Center building at sunset
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Prior to developing the Superfund site, Gardner dedicated extensive hours collaborating with the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (UDEQ), EPA, and Midvale City to address and resolve precise environmental and geotechnical challenges to make the land suitable for commercial and residential habitation.

Mountain America Credit Union and the Hale Center Theater
Mountain America Credit Union and the Hale Center Theater

Gardner collaborated with Sandy City civic and business leaders to secure a $9 million Redevelopment Agency (RDA) fund for a shared 7-story parking structure in the Civic Center North redevelopment area. This project benefited the Credit Union, the Hale Center Theater and citizens.

large group of people outside the Homeless Resource Center
Homeless Resource Centers in Salt Lake City

In 2019 the City of Salt Lake City enlisted Gardner’s help to build three new homeless resource centers that became a neighborhood flash point. Navigating approvals and satisfying an array of community organizations required trust, expertise and expert negotiations.

“We were very impressed with their knowledge and expertise, attention to customer satisfaction, and the respect industry leaders have for them.”

— Matt Nelson, Savage | Director – Operational Readiness

Here, purpose comes before plans. We invite you to share your vision with us.