Envision Utah outlines effort to prep for growth

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  • joeandrade Salt Lake City, UT
    March 26, 2014 11:58 a.m.

    The headline should have been: Fantasyland Plans for Major Growth.

    All the growth planning people do great work; Envision Utah is to be commended, BUT: no one is questioning the growth. If we build it, they'll come. And no matter how good the gasoline is, how many electric cars we have, how strict the air pollution regulations, how convenient the mass transit - a doubling of the population along the Wasatch Front will be intolerable. Growth is not always good, especially here; and growth is not inevitable.

    In some respects Envision Utah and the recent Mountain Urbanism, Mountain Modernism Mayor's Conference do a disservice to reality: by ignoring the realities of growth, they actually endorse and encourage it! See:
    the Mountain Urbanism op-ed of Feb. 23.

    Gov Herbert, his Clean Air Action Team, Envision Utah, the mayors, etc. must question and challenge the growth-based ideology which plagues our 'planning'. Until then all such planning efforts are actually counter-productive.

    Thanks for quoting Michelle Hoffman in the story - she understands.

  • Objectified Tooele, UT
    March 26, 2014 11:02 a.m.

    This is very negative news. Not that planning ahead is negative, but the fact that Utah's population will basically double over the next 35 years certainly is. And if it doubles again during the following 35 years, it will make me glad I won't still be around. The problems and challenges to be faced will only get bigger and much more difficult to deal with.

    Many of us have chosen to remain living in Utah because of it's basic non-urban atmosphere compared to many other states. That positive attribute is already slipping away. In spite of that, many government agencies keep pushing to bring more businesses (which also means more move-ins) all in the name of economic growth. But at what cost in other ways?

    They often don't consider the other side of the coin when pushing that agenda. There comes a point when the quality of life given up for more money just isn't worth it. That point will be here soon, if it isn't already. I hope our leaders keep that in mind regarding their political priorities and actions.

  • essence Ivins, UT
    March 26, 2014 8:35 a.m.

    Given what we've seen of Envision Utah's lack of successful planning to accommodate growth in the Salt Lake valley and surrounding areas, I'm sure we'll just get more of the same. They seem to be invited to all the right parties (Washington County's Vision Dixie and now the governor's water planning team) with little real results. Wish I could get paid to do so little.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    March 25, 2014 11:30 p.m.

    I can't envision a scenario where twice as many people here represents an increase in quality of life for any one of them versus what it is today versus what it must have been 50 years ago. Twice as many people can be done, and probably will be done, but everyone will have to sacrifice for it. Water will be among the items on the block. So will cars. And space. It's going to be a real challenge.