Happy holidays from the Wasatch Front Regional Council!
  • Wasatch Choice 2050 + Mayor's Metro Solutions Event
  • Governor Gary R. Herbert Budget Recommendations
  • Point of the Mountain Phase Two Scenario Survey
  • Federal Transit Administration 5310 Funding Availability
  • Wasatch Boulevard Master Plan Online Open House
  • Utah League of Cities and Towns Events
Register for the Wasatch Choice 2050 + Mayor's Metro Solutions Event

The combined Wasatch Choice 2050 and Mayor's Metro Solutions event will bring together stakeholders from across the region to discuss how to increase access to jobs and educational opportunities through the development of the Wasatch Choice 2050 Preferred Scenario. Bruce J. Katz and Jeremy Nowak, co-authors of The New Localism: How Cities Can Thrive in the Age of Populism (release date 2018), will be the keynote speakers.

January 23, 2018

8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Salt Palace Convention Center, 100 South West Temple, Salt Lake City
Governor Gary R. Herbert Budget Recommendations

Governor Gary R. Herbert recently released his fiscal year 2019 budget recommendations. The budget proposal reflects a continuation of state investment in transportation infrastructure, and also recommends several policy changes.

In an effort to ensure that transportation projects with the best return on investment are prioritized, the Governor's budget recommends expanding the eligibility of state transportation funds for all modes of transportation. This is consistent with the recommendations of the Transportation Governance and Funding Task Force (Task Force). It is also consistent with the underlying multi-modal approach reflected in Utah's Unified Transportation Plan.

Additionally, the Governor recommends a re-emphasis on users paying for transportation costs according to use, creating the Road User Charge demonstration program, and considering governance reforms for the Utah Transit Authority (UTA). He also encourages local governments to invest in infrastructure and use land zoning practices that enhance the effectiveness of the transportation system and ultimately improve air quality. This goal could be advanced by incorporating land use and economic development into the prioritization criteria for state-funded, new capacity, capital projects. This approach was supported by the Task Force in their final report

The Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC) appreciated the opportunity to work with the Governor's staff and meet with the Governor as he developed his Life Elevated 2020 initiative and budget recommendations. 

Read more about Governor Herbert's transportation and land use budget recommendations by clicking on the button below.
Choose the Future via the Phase Two Scenario Survey

WFRC staff has worked closely with the Mountainland Association of Governments (MAG), Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), and UTA to provide technical assistance to the Point of the Mountain Development Commission (Commission) as they consider various scenarios for the area. In partnership with the Commission, Envision Utah is now in the public input phase of their visioning efforts for the Point of the Mountain area.

If you were unable to make it to the recent visioning workshops, you can still weigh in on multiple scenarios for how the region could develop. With your input, Envision Utah will be able to create a vision for the area that the Commission will present during next year's legislative session. Ultimately, the results of the Point of the Mountain proposals will be further developed through the regional transportation planning process.

Envision Utah would like to hear from as many people as possible, so be sure to take the survey yourself and encourage your friends and family to share their visions for the future as well!
Federal Transit Administration 5310 Funding Availability

WFRC assists the UTA Mobility Management Team in the process of administering the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) 5310 Funding Program - Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Persons with Disabilities. UTA is accepting applications for FTA 5310 funds in Utah's large urban areas (UZA). The following are the available funds for each UZA, including carry over funds from the fiscal year 2017 allocation, as well as the allocations for fiscal year 2018.

  • Salt Lake City/West Valley City UZA (Salt Lake County): $691,535
  • Ogden/Layton UZA (Weber/Davis counties and Brigham City, Perry, and WIllard): $475,443
  • Provo/Orem UZA (Utah County): $422,391

A pre-application letter of intent, due on January 10, 2018, is required for all applicants. Additionally, applicant agencies must attend one of the three mandatory application workshops, occurring on January 16, 17, or 18.

Obtain additional information, specific instructions, and required forms by clicking on the button below.
Provide Feedback via an Online Open House

The Wasatch Boulevard Master Plan (Plan) project, led by the City of Cottonwood Heights and funded through the Transportation and Land Use Connection (TLC) program, will guide the future evolution of Wasatch Boulevard and the communities it serves.

The Plan focuses on the corridor between Interstate 215 and the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon and addresses transportation, land use, and other aspects of the communities along the corridor. The project is a partnership with WFRC, and in collaboration with UDOT. Other project stakeholders include UTA, Sandy City, City of Holladay, Salt Lake County, and ski resorts.

This planning effort will paint a comprehensive picture of the corridor, develop a long- range vision for the corridor, and develop strategies to achieve the vision. Please check out the online open house and provide feedback regarding the draft corridor goals.
Elected Officials' Essentials Training

From the simplest procedural items to the most complicated issues a city leader must face, you will learn a tremendous amount during the upcoming Utah League of Cities and Towns' (ULCT) Elected Officials’ Essentials Training. Community leaders, both seasoned and newly elected, will hear from ULCT and a team of experts during a day-long seminar to help participants understand the essentials of running a city. As part of the seminar, WFRC has been invited to present information regarding transportation planning and Utah's Unified Transportation Plan.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

8:00 am - 2:15 pm

Utah Local Governments Trust, 55 US-89, North Salt Lake
2018 Local Officials Day at the Legislature

The agenda is coming together for an exciting, educational, and entertaining 2018 Local Officials Day at the Legislature, hosted by ULCT! Mark your calendar for January 24, 2018.

The day will begin at the Utah State Capitol where Utah youth councils and elected officials can meet their state representatives, take a tour of Utah’s statehouse, and see first-hand how the legislative process works. You’ll then move to the Salt Palace and enjoy continuing opportunities to network, as well as a great lunch.

You won’t want to miss it. Watch ULCT's website, as the agenda will be announced soon.