Friday, December 23, 2005

Utah County and Envision Utah

Good editorial in yesterday's Provo Daily Herald, about planning for growth and using the principles put forward by Envision Utah to do so.

Poor Utah County has been taking some flak lately, particularly over their disarray on transportation plans, most specifically about transit. The editorial takes a bit of a shot on this topic as well, saying, "Planning for growth is the only solution. If a community can organize future development around mass transit or create areas where people can walk to work or shops, the future will have much less traffic congestion. ... For some reason, long range planning is uncomfortable for too many political leaders... . Communities should be coordinated and interlocking, and that can only be accomplished through collaboration. Vision alone is not enough.

"In the end, we have only two options in Utah County: we'll either grow well, or we'll grow badly. Either way, growth cannot be stopped. ... Envision Utah has some excellent ideas. Leaders in Utah County should take heed."

Happy Valley embracing planning -- quality growth planning at that? The millenium must be near!

In all fairness, Utah County has had some great "prophets crying in the wilderness," such as the late, great Sen. LeRay McCallister, and Provo Mayor Lewis Billings. Looks like their work may finally be spreading a bit more.

Note: I am having a hard time making a link to the editorial at the Herald, so if the one above doesn't work, go here and then under the opinion heading, look for IN OUR VIEW: Prepare for growth now.


At 8:15 AM, Blogger James said...

Somehow, I don't see the climate down here changing any time soon...stubborn, stubborn, Utah County.

At 3:01 PM, Blogger Student-Builder said...

Our company continues to build hundreds of homes in Lehi and Eagle Mountain. Our management actually makes an effort to stay clear of any type of transit. the Auto-dependent development is still the only game in town.


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