SALT LAKE CITY – State officials want everyone to get more active about looking to the future of their neighborhoods and businesses.
Local officials, private organizations and Utah’s residents will now have the tools to envision and create communities that can accommodate the coming growth while maintaining the area’s community values.
Gov. Gary Herbert unveiled the “Your Utah, Your Future,” initiative Tuesday afternoon during the Wasatch Choice for 2040 Consortium meeting at the Salt Palace Convention Center.
Designed to proactively plan how to meet Utah’s future growth challenges, “Your Utah, Your Future,” will offer a new community planning toolbox, equipping communities with state-of-the-art methods and tools to begin planning for those challenges, according to a press release from Envision Utah which facilitated the original Quality Growth Strategy in 1999.
The tools include an Envision Tomorrow Plus planning software tool that will allow users to compare and evaluate outcomes of different growth scenarios, test and refine transportation and development plans and test the feasibility on a site-by-site basis.
A Form-Based Code tool will help communities implement their own vision for growth, prioritize building form over land use and address other components of successful communities.
The Housing and Opportunity Assessment report will provide data, maps and demographics in Wasatch Front communities, giving planners what they need to set priorities and develop a community-specific action plan.
The state’s population is expected to almost double by 2050. The tools allow leaders, planners and residents to understand current housing, transportation and development needs, create and analyze different future paths for growth, and understand how to overcome barriers and create places within communities that support stakeholder’s view of the future, the press release said.
“In Utah, we don’t believe in sitting back and seeing where growth will take us,” Herbert said.”We seek to be visionary and to actively secure our future. Together we will develop a voluntary, locally-implemented, market-driven vision to help keep Utah beautiful, prosperous, healthy and neighborly for current residents and future generations.”