HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS NEWSLETTER INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING: 
  • Wasatch Choice 2050 + Mayor's Metro Solutions Event Presentations, Videos, and Media Coverage
  • Wasatch Choice 2050 Draft Vision: Provide Feedback
  • Legislative Update
  • 2018 Utah Bike Summit
WASATCH CHOICE 2050 + MAYOR'S METRO SOLUTIONS
Presentations, Videos, and Media Coverage

Thank you to the hundreds of business leaders, elected officials, planners, economists, developers, architects, engineers, contractors, academics, and engaged residents who attended; the dozens of sponsors who supported; and the numerous speakers and panelists who presented at the Wasatch Choice 2050 + Mayor's Metro Solutions event. Your engagement helps shape the future of our great region.

We hope that the keynote, plenary, and breakout sessions provided substantive, relevant content that will help inform your work, and ultimately make our region better now and for future generations. The keynote and plenary sessions were recorded and are available on our website.

In addition, several media outlets covered the event and the important work happening to increase access to jobs and educational opportunities through the development of the Wasatch Choice Vision. The various articles are also available on our website.
HELP SHAPE THE FUTURE OF YOUR COMMUNITY
Evaluate the Wasatch Choice 2050 Draft Vision and Provide Feedback

The Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC), in close collaboration with the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), Utah Transit Authority (UTA), Utah League of Cities and Towns (ULCT), and Utah Association of Counties (UAC), invites you to provide feedback regarding the Wasatch Choice 2050 (WC2050), a vision for the future of our region.

In 2017, cities, counties, community organizations, transportation partners, businesses, and the public explored three scenarios that articulated the trade-offs associated with different transportation and land use investments for the WC2050 Vision, and provided feedback via an interactive map and short survey. This information was used by WFRC to distill the three transportation and land use scenarios into a single preferred scenario.

WFRC needs your input again to refine and finalize the Draft Vision. We invite you to evaluate the Draft Vision and provide your feedback on the proposed projects, land use, and economic areas via an interactive map ( mapa interactivo). Comments regarding the Draft Vision will be accepted during the public comment period, which continues through March 16, 2018.
2018 LEGISLATIVE SESSION
Legislative Update

Please note that things change fast and there are only nine days left of the legislative session. WFRC monitors relevant legislative activity related to transportation and its nexus to land use and economic development. View our bill tracker for more details on bills that may impact you.

We have selected the following bills to highlight, as they especially impact transportation and our communities in general. Please contact LaNiece Davenport or Andrew Gruber if you have any comments or questions.

  • SB 136 Transportation Governance Amendments: WFRC continues to actively participate ​in the development of SB 136​. This is a key transportation bill that modifies transportation governance and funding in Utah. The bill is sponsored by Senator Wayne Harper and Representative Mike Schultz. The bill passed out of committee, unanimously, in early February and a substitute bill was released ​on February 22. We expect more changes as conversations continue to take place, particularly around the revenue pieces of the bill. WFRC has created a detailed summary of the bill and following are a few key pieces of the bill:
  • Changes the UTA Board from 16 part-time members to three full-time members (nominated by counties, appointed by the Governor, confirmed by the Senate) and creates a nine-member local advisory board. 
  • Increases flexibility of the state’s transportation infrastructure funds so that the funds can be used for the highest value projects, including road and transit projects. Requires that land use and economic development is considered when prioritizing projects and developing strategic initiatives, in consultation with MPOs and local governments.
  • Makes modifications to local option transportation sales taxes, including authorizing an additional 5th quarter local option sales tax.
  • Increases annual vehicle registration fees on alternative fuel vehicles - hybrid fees increase to $64, electric to $194, and plug-in to $124.
  • There are other provisions of the bill, but these are all subject to change as the legislative session continues.
  • SB 71 2nd Sub. Road Tolls Provisions: (Pres. Wayne Niederhauser / Rep. Mike Schultz) This bill allows UDOT to use camera and video technology to monitor tollways and aid in the collection and enforcement of tolls. Substitute 2 also allows UDOT to toll existing state roads if approved by the Transportation Commission. (The ability to toll Interstates is very limited and subject to federal approval.) The bill has passed the Senate and House transportation committees.
  • HB 371 Autonomous Vehicle Amendments: Rep. Robert Spendlove's bill defines terms related to autonomous vehicles. It allows the operation of fully autonomous vehicles in the state. It requires protocols in case of an accident involving an autonomous vehicle, as well as proper title and registration. It also preempts political subdivisions from regulating autonomous vehicles.
  • HB 372 Point of the Mountain State Land Authority: (Rep. Lowry Snow / Sen. Jerry Stevenson) This bill creates the Point of the Mountain State Land Authority for the current state prison site, which is approximately 700 acres of state-owned land in Draper. It requires the new Authority to plan, manage, and implement the development of the prison site. It provides for the membership, authority, and responsibilities of the board, including consultation with Draper, Salt Lake County, and WFRC, as well as consideration of recommendations from the existing Point of the Mountain Development Commission. 
BIKE UTAH
2018 Utah Bike Summit

Bike Utah encourages you to attend this year's statewide Utah Bike Summit! In an effort to make Utah more bicycle friendly, the Summit brings together everyday riders; bicycle and trail advocates; planners; engineers; local and state government officials; and representatives from Utah’s bicycle, tourism, and health industries.

Keynote speaker Gil Penalosa is passionate about cities for all people. He advises decision makers and communities on how to create vibrant cities and healthy communities for everyone regardless of age, gender and social, economic, or ethnic background. His focus is on the design and use of parks and streets as great public places, as well as sustainable mobility: walking, riding bicycles, using public transit, and new use of cars.

Regardless of your interest in bicycling (transportation, recreation, road, mountain, commuter), the 2018 Utah Bike Summit is for you!

WFRC works with local communities to plan active transportation facilities in the 2019-2050 Regional Transportation Plan and invites you to evaluate the Draft Vision and provide your feedback on the proposed bicycle projects via an interactive map . Comments regarding the Draft Vision will be accepted during the public comment period, which continues through March 16, 2018.

Date
March 13, 2018

Time
8:00 am - 3:30 pm

Place
Utah Cultural Celebration Center, 1355 West 3100 South, West Valley City