Our Vision & History

The Wasatch Choice 2050 Vision

How we grow matters. The transportation system and how we use the land around it affects our cost of living, time spent commuting that could be spent with friends and family, the air we breathe, how we enjoy our free time, and the neighborliness of the communities in which we live, among many other things.

Beginning with the Envision Utah effort that led to the Quality Growth Strategy in 1999, residents from across the region came together to explore a variety of potential futures and the benefits and disadvantages of each. Through additional workshops and public input, that vision was refined to a more specific vision for the Wasatch Front region. Through this process participants coalesced upon nine Principles for Growth, and a Vision Map, that focused on a few distinct strategies for growth. The Wasatch Choice for 2040 Vision was the result of thousands of voices.

Wasatch Choice 2050 represents the most significant update to the Wasatch Choice for 2040 Vision since Wasatch Front communities first established it over a decade ago.

Building on community values through an extensive public input process, Wasatch Choice established a blueprint for growth that supports a well-functioning economy, improves air quality, and enhances the overall quality of life for Utahns living across the Wasatch Front.

Wasatch Choice 2050 will update the regional vision looking out to 2050. It will better articulate how to make the vision a reality through recommended implementation strategies. It will build on the dynamic changes happening in communities throughout the region, local efforts like Salt Lake County’s The Future We Choose, and the Your Utah, Your Future statewide vision in which nearly 53,000 Utahns participated.

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.

Centered Growth

"Centered growth" is one of the key strategies of the Vision. As it turns out, strategic changes to a small percent of our metropolitan area -- places like downtowns, main streets and station area communities -- can yield huge benefits. These centers take the strong market for accessible jobs and moderately priced/ downsized living and enables them to grow where they do the most good for everyone – in centrally located areas and places with great transportation access. Centers have so many benefits! Centers....

  • Help ensure people have a selection of homes to meet their needs.
  • Reduces the time, distance and money it takes for people to reach many of their destinations.
  • Enable us to reach more of those destinations by foot, bike and transit in addition to car.
  • Helps businesses reach more consumers and employees to have a selection of more jobs.
  • Help us improve the air we breathe.
  • Create walkable communities.
  • Reduces growth pressure on the Wasatch Back.
  • Reduce demand for scarce water.

Wasatch Choice 2050 Toolbox

The Wasatch Choice 2050 Toolbox helps communities explore the centers concept and consider how to makes these growth concepts come to life. Learn more about the Tools and how to engage your fellow residents in a conversation about the future you want to create where you live. Come explore how to create plans for Envisioning Centers.

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Transportation and Land Use Connection

Transportation and Land Use Connection (formerly known as the Local Planning Resource Program) is a partnership between the Wasatch Front Regional Council and Salt Lake County. It provides local communities with technical assistance such as staff time, consulting, and training. The program encourages communities to integrate their land use and regional transportation plans by proactively addressing anticipated growth through the use of the Wasatch Choice 2050 Vision. The program seeks to help local governments develop in a way that works best for them, supporting their efforts to create livable and vibrant communities. This locally-driven approach allows the private sector to flourish in communities while reducing the public resources necessary to accommodate future growth.

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Wasatch Choice 2050 Partners

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