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  • Business as usual: driving increases.
  • This plan is reinforced by research from the University of Utah for the National Association of Realtors; there will be a shortage of small lot single family residential housing, and there will be over stock of suburban housing. Not suggesting we entirely change existing suburban areas, some people want that.
  • Limited resources to consider different approaches?Tool to consider different scenarios and evaluate them.
  • Focus is on providing choices, and responding to the market preferences. How do we get things built? Cooperation with developers and lending community, through innovative zoning.


  • 1. Wasatch FrontRegional Planning Grant
    Wilf Sommerkorn
    Planning Director
    Salt Lake City
  • 2.
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  • 4. Challenge: Maintaining high quality of life with huge population growth
    65% increase by 2040 (1.4 Million new residents)
  • 5. Traffic Congestion…
    Miles driven daily will almost double by 2040
    90 Million
    49 Million
    WFRC and MAG
  • 6. “Business as usual”
    You can’t build
    your way out of congestion
  • 7. Envision UtahQuality Growth Strategy
  • 8. Wasatch Choice for 2040 Process
  • 9. There is a Better Way to Grow…
    The Wasatch Choice
    for 2040:Regional Vision for Land Use and Transportation
  • 10. Growth in Centers responds to market demand
    Demographic trends:
    First wave of baby boomers will be 65 in 2011
    Largest number of millenials reaches 22 in 2012
    One-third of future households will prefer to live in new “walkable” developments: smaller homes, townhomes, condos, with access to transit, jobs and amenities. We are far short of meeting this demand.
    The Vision puts more new homes and jobs in walkable developments near transit stations. This preserves the character of existing suburban neighborhoods.
  • 11. Lower Taxes:
    Infrastructure savings in the billions
    $26 billion
    $21.5 billion
    Saves 17% or $4.5 billion over 20 years
    Envision Utah Quality Growth Strategy; 1999
  • 12. Enhanced Mobility and Economic Growth
    The Vision reduces traffic congestion by 18%
  • 13. Better Air Quality
    Less driving and more transportation choices will lead to cleaner air
  • 14. Implementing the Wasatch Choice for 2040?
  • 15. Group I
    Lead Members and
    Institutional Operations
    Group II
    Capital Participants
    Group III
    Consortium Participants
    and more…
  • 16. Programs
    Develop dynamic computer-based planning tools
    Create housing choices
    Study and create scenarios for six diverse sites
    Implement Regional Transportation Plan
    Identify barriers and develop a Financial Toolbox
    Create innovative zoning techniques
    Institute an outreach program for stakeholders
  • 17. Utah’s First Regional Housing Analysis
    Bureau of Economic and Business Research at the University of Utah
  • 18. Tools for decision-making:
    The “Envision Tomorrow +” Model (ET+)
    Help communities make individual decisions
    Transportation Effects
    Building Energy Consumption
    Water Consumption
    Air Quality
    Return on Investment
    Tax Collections
    Fiscal Impact
    Public Health
    Employment Growth
    Development Capital
    Transportation Safety
    Workforce Housing
    Public Assets
    Scenario Development
  • 19. Regional Collaboration
    Local Implementation
  • 20. 2040 Regional
    Transportation Plan
    Roads: capacity, safety and maintenanceTransit: comprehensive system of commuter rail, light rail, streetcar, bus rapid transit, busActive: Bike and pedestrian
  • 21. Housing :
    • - Choices
    • 22. - Market driven
  • Consortium supports the local process
    Educating the public
    Helping to identify stakeholders
    Forging relationships with stakeholders
    Creating development scenarios with ET+
    Analyzing development scenarios
    Suggesting zoning techniques for adoption
    Assisting with identifying financing opportunities & strategies
  • 23. Urban Example:Salt Lake City Intermodal Huband Downtown Streetcar
  • 24. Downtown connection to regional transit
  • 25. Infill planning and revitalization