What will Utah look like in the future, when there are three times as many of us?
When there are three times as many Utahns using the state's roads and highways, three times as many residents looking for a quiet place to pitch a tent or cast a fishing line, three times as many people wanting a good job a reasonable distance from home?The Coalition for Utah's Future, the group that will shape answers to these questions, has made some progress toward its goal in its "Envision Utah" project. The group announced Tuesday it is now Joe and Janet Utahn's turn to put in their 2 cents.
Calling this an "aggressive and far-reaching process," Envision Utah chairman Robert Grow told 55 members of the partnership the group is embarking on a huge public-comment campaign that will use the media, school curriculum, mailings, public meetings and the Internet to cull feedback toward its goal.
"We are providing a forum in which residents may play an active role in shaping Utah and in preserving its high quality of life for future generations, said Grow, who is president and chief operating officer of Geneva Steel.
In the meeting Tuesday - among colleague planners and others savvy in development jargon - Grow and the consulting team hired to help plan Utah's future tossed around heady, technical terms.
They talked about "strategic hinges" and the "qualitative approach" to planning. They spoke of the "functional consequences" of certain strategies and the "projectable samples" they would glean from certain feedback.
Underlying the technicalities is a startlingly simple philosophy shared by nearly all Utahns: They want "peace of mind."
A study by the Wirthlin Group found that despite a variety of opinions on state issues, most resident share core values. They want: a safe and secure environment, personal and community enrichment, personal time and opportunities, and financial security.
A series of public workshops will be held in May along the Wasatch Front. Residents will see a series of slides that captures scenes of neighborhoods, various housing situations, traffic moving on Utah's roadways and business buildings, and asked to rate their desirability.
The workshops are scheduled at the following times:
- May 12. Salt Lake City Library, 209 E. 500 South, 7-8:30 p.m.
- May 13. Ogden City Council Chambers, 2484 Washington Blvd., Suite 100, 7-8:30 p.m.
- May 14. Davis County Fairgrounds, Administration Building, 151 S. 1100 West, Farmington, 7-8:30 p.m.
- May 19 (tentative). Treasure Mountain Middle School, Multi-purpose Room, 2530 Kearns Blvd., Park City, 7-8:30 p.m.
- May 20. Utah State Extension Center, 151 N. Main, Tooele, 7-8:30 p.m.
- May 21. Scera Theater Center, Room 101, 745 S. State, Orem, 7-8:30 p.m.