As part of the small area meetings held throughout the region this spring, WFRC will be collecting input from local communities to identify and prioritize Regional Growth Principles. This input will help establish goals for the 2019-2050 Regional Transportation Plan that encapsulate the values and priorities of local communities, while also reflecting the goals of our federal, state, and regional transportation partners. The WFRC Council will adopt the Regional Transportation Plan goals.
Because it's impossible to know how growth over the next thirty years will unfold, exploring a variety of plausible future outcomes helps us plan for an uncertain future. Scenarios are a way to help explore how potential transportation decisions affect, are affected by, and ultimately fit with development patterns. When a road or transit line is built, it influences where people want to live and work and thus the location of new development. This also shapes where and how people travel and what transportation solutions make sense to build. The priorities identified in the small area meetings will be used to define and weigh a set of performance criteria that will be used to evaluate land use and transportation scenarios.
Wasatch Choice 2050 Goals
On Thursday, October 27, the Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC) adopted the Wasatch Choice 2050 goals.
This milestone represents the culmination of a year and a half of work to gather input from cities, counties, transportation partners, businesses, and community organizations regarding local and regional priorities for the Wasatch Choice 2050 Vision and 2019-2050 Regional Transportation Plan.
Wasatch Front Regional Council established these goals to inform how future transportation investments will be evaluated, selected, and prioritized, and how those projects will be coordinated with local community priorities regarding the use of land and the pursuit of economic development opportunities.
In coordination with its partners, WFRC is currently developing criteria to measure progress toward achieving the goals, as well as three scenarios to show different approaches to future transportation and land use investments. Meetings to gather feedback from local stakeholders will occur in the coming months.