Wasatch Choice 2050 is a partnership that has been working together for well over a decade and has established strong cooperative relationships. The Consortium has met regularly and attracted more than thousands of participants.
Our Partners & Contributors
Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC) – Co-Program Manager
WFRC is the largest of the metropolitan planning organization in Utah and represents the majority of the state's population. The council took the lead to ensure meaningful participation by all involved. WFRC has developed the regional long-range transportation plans for nearly four decades as well as the Wasatch Choice for 2040 Regional Vision, the regional Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan, and is developing a Wasatch Front Green Infrastructure Plan. In cooperation with the State of Utah, WFRC administered the HUD Small Cities Community Development Block Grant program and prepared the region's Consolidated Plan. WFRC was one of the first MPOs in the nation to address public health objectives within its transportation plan.
Envision Utah – Co-Program Manager
Envision Utah is a public/private partnership that facilitates informed public involvement to explore land-use, transportation, and environmental solutions to the challenges presented by growth. It is recognized nationally as the "gold standard" of quality growth planning [The Sacramento Bee (2 Feb. 03)] and played a significant role in the development of the Wasatch Choice for 2040 Regional Vision. Envision Utah has conducted dozens of regional visioning processes, educational campaigns, and demonstration projects and has shared its tools with nearly 100 regions in the United States and 14 foreign countries. Envision Utah led the scenario analysis process and reach out to the public to promote individual sustainability practices. Fregonese Associates, a private land-use consulting firm well-known for leading innovative regional visioning processes in Chicago, Denver, the Gulf Coast, Southern California, Portland and elsewhere, assisted Envision Utah.
Salt Lake County – Lead Applicant
Salt Lake County was the lead applicant for the HUD grant. Salt Lake County is the largest county in Utah, representing over one-third of the state's population. The County is known for its leadership in the region, its cutting-edge sustainability planning, affordable housing and energy efficiency, has developed an award-winning Cooperative County Plan, and multiple LEDD and energy projects.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Created in 1965 as a cabinet level agency of the federal government, HUD's mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes; utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and transform the way HUD does business. Since January 2009, HUD has been led by Secretary Shaun Donovan. Under Donovan's leadership, HUD contributed support for Wasatch Choice 2040 in the form of a $5,000,000 Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant awarded in October 2010 to Salt Lake County.
Utah Transit Authority
The Utah Transit Authority was incorporated on March 2, 1970 under authority of the Utah Public Transit District Act of 1969 to provide a public mass transportation system for Utah communities. The UTA system began operation August 10, 1970 in Salt Lake County with 67 buses. Today, UTA operates 550 vehicles, 69 light rail vehicles, 11 commuter rail locomotives and 35 commuter rail passenger cars in a 1,600 square mile service area that stretches over six counties from Payson to Brigham City. The Authority serves the largest segment of population in the State of Utah, approximately 1.8 million and operates in one of the largest geographical service areas of any transit agency in the U.S.
Metropolitan Research Center
The mission of the Metropolitan Research Center is to conduct basic and applied research on built environment at the metropolitan scale focusing on key forces shaping metropolitan form such as demographics, environment, technology, design, transportation, and governance. It seeks to expand knowledge in city and metropolitan affairs to improve policy and practice, and educate the general public on important issues facing communities. Toward this end, the Metropolitan Research Center at the University of Utah has assembled some of the nation's top talent in smart growth. Between its five principals, the team has published more than 30 books; written more than 500 other scholarly and professional works; won more than $10 million in grants and contracts; and made more than 1,000 technical assistance, outreach, and educational presentations (outside the classroom).
Bureau of Economic and Business Research
Established in 1932, the Bureau of Economic and Business Research (BEBR) is an applied research center in the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. BEBR interacts with both private and public entities, conducting independent studies and engaging in sponsored research. Since its inception, BEBR has been a primary source of information on the Utah economy. BEBR's mission is to conduct and support research related to the structure of the Utah economy, its resources and its potential for expansion. Areas of specialization include (1) economic development, (2) construction and housing, (3) demographic analysis, (4) economic impact analysis, and (5) tourism.
Mountainland Association of Governments
Mountainland Association of Governments (MAG), located in Orem, is a voluntary association of local governments serving Utah, Wasatch, and Summit Cities and Counties. The Association was formed in 1971 to address regional issues that extend beyond individual jurisdictional boundaries. Mountainland is one of seven AOGs in the State of Utah. MAG administers transportation planning programs including a Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization (MPO) for Utah County and a Rural Planning Organization (RPO) for Wasatch County, an Area Agency on Aging (AAA), provides economic and community development assistance including circuit riders for current and long range community planning, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) assistance as well as a Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) program to member jurisdictions.
Utah Chapter, American Planning Association
The Utah Chapter of the American Planning Association (APAUTAH) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing planners together for educational training, to address issues, and to promote better communities. Current membership is over 600 persons and we consider ourselves as part of the National association that has over 6000 planners across the Country. APA is the conduit for discussions about zoning in the State of Utah and therefore assumed the project role in the implementation of Wasatch Choice for 2040 and helped to create a model form-based code and self-help manual that will be usable for local Utah communities and transferable to communities across the Country. APAUTAH oversaw the application of the model code to the 6 demonstration sites.
Utah Department of Transportation
The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) is about more than roads, repairs and maintenance. Its mission is "quality transportation today, better transportation tomorrow." UDOT is responsible for over 6,000 miles of highways. This responsibility includes snow removal, signage, bridges, repairs, building, maintenance and monitoring road conditions, accidents and safety. UDOT has offices throughout the state, including four region offices from Ogden to St. George.
Salt Lake City Corporation
Founded in 1847, Salt Lake City is the capital and the most populous city of the State of Utah and has a population of 186,440 as of the 2010 Census. Salt Lake City lies at the convergence of two cross-country freeways; I-15, which runs north-to-south just west of downtown, and I-80, which connects downtown with Salt Lake City International Airport just to the west and exits to the east through Parley's Canyon. Mining booms and the construction of the first transcontinental railroad initially brought economic growth, and the city was nicknamed the Crossroads of the West.