The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) invited Envision Utah to serve as the neutral facilitator in developing Growth Scenarios for the Mountain View Corridor (MVC). Envision Utah ensured meaningful involvement from stakeholder groups and citizens of the 16 cities involved. The MVC represents the last opportunity for a second major transportation connection between Salt Lake and Utah Counties.
Envision Utah partnered with residents, local jurisdictions, UDOT, Mountainland Association of Governments, Wasatch Front Regional Council, and Utah Transit Authority to develop growth scenarios that jointly evaluated transportation land-use issues and solutions for approximately 40 miles in western Salt Lake County and northern Utah County.
The MVC project is an unprecedented attempt to integrate local land-use planning and a transportation corridor that crosses interjurisdictional boundaries. Millions of federal dollars can be saved by strategically adjusting both local land-use plans and regional transportation decisions together. UDOT had never before had land-use discussions with communities in conjunction with an environmental impact statement.
A widespread media campaign encouraged citizen involvement in the MVC process. Envision Utah hosted six community workshops for the 14 communities involved in the MVC. Residents were asked to design the type of community they want in 2030. Several hundred residents voiced their opinions on future land-use and transportation choices, including mass transit, farmland protection, walkable commercial areas, and economic development.
Following the workshops, Envision Utah staff gave detailed presentations to each of the 14 city councils on the potential economic impact of each land-use choice. Ten more community meetings were held to fine-tune the potential land-use growth scenarios. This data influenced which transportation choices would be implemented.
The Governor's Office of Planning and Budget projects that by 2030 the population west of the Bangerter Highway will grow from 267,000 to 635,000 and employment opportunities will rise from 82,000 to 268,000. The current transportation network is clearly inadequate for this expected growth. The MVC is an attempt to meet this growing need, to develop future transportation infrastructure, and to improve the quality of life for these cities.