About Wasatch Choice 2040

Our Vision & History

The Wasatch Choice for 2040 Vision

The shape of growth, transportation, and open space has a big impact on our quality of life. Together they affect 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.

Wasatch Choice for 2040 considers how growth, transportation, and open space can be shaped for the next few decades to have outstanding positive impacts on the life of residents in the Greater Wasatch Area. In short, let's look at where we want to end up together in the long term, and then we can each individually consider the choices we want to make in the near term. This is so important in the Greater Wasatch, where we anticipate well over a million more residents by 2040.

The Wasatch Choice for 2040 Vision is the result of thousands of voices. 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 focuses on a few distinct strategies for growth

Principles of the Vision

As a result of the Wasatch Choices 2040 process, Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC) and Mountainland Association of Governments (MAG) adopted the following Growth Principles and Objectives in late 2005. The adoption of the growth principles means that over time our region will make key transportation decisions after considering their impact on long-term quality growth goals and calculations of cost effectiveness. The Preamble below is part of the adopted text of the Growth Principles and provides a more specific overview for how they will be used.

Vision Map & Brochure

The Greater Wasatch is one region, stretching from Weber County south to Utah County and from Tooele County east to the Wasatch Back. We compete economically with other regions, comprise one job and housing market, and share the same air and water. Where and how we shape tomorrow’s neighborhoods, communities, and economic centers within our region will dramatically affect the quality of our lives, including how much time and money we spend getting around, the quality of the air we breathe, and the choices we have available to live, work, shop, and play.

Our Partners & Contributors

Wasatch Choice 2040 is a partnership that has been working together for well over a decade and has established strong cooperative relationships. The Consortium met twice a year and attracted more than 400 participants, many of whom have signed up to be part of the Wasatch Choice for 2040 process. This process is the beginning of creating a unified plan for growth along the Wasatch Front.

Members of the Consortium

The following organizations are members of the Wasatch Choice for 2040 Consortium.

Consortium Meetings

Fall 2013 Consortium Meeting

At the Wasatch Choice for 2040 Consortium meeting on Tuesday, October 29th, Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert announced the “Your Utah, Your Future” initiative designed to proactively plan how to meet Utah’s future growth challenges. The collaborative Wasatch Choice for 2040 Consortium leadership also released a new community planning toolbox, equipping communities with state-of-the-art methods and tools to begin now to plan for tomorrow’s challenges.

Publications

Media Coverage, Videos, Newsletters, Research & Case Studies