The Point of the Mountain Commission unanimously approves vision
After months of public input and analysis, Phase Two of our visioning process for the Point of the Mountain is finished! The resulting vision combines preferred elements from each scenario and packages them into a vision based on what the public wants.

We know that the Point of the Mountain will grow and develop under almost any set of circumstances—the real questions is how it will grow. With the right strategic action, the Point of the Mountain can be a huge catalyst for positive growth in the state—with tremendous economic and quality of life benefits.

By taking strategic action, Utahns can enjoy higher-paying jobs—as many as 150,000 additional jobs and a 12% increase in average household income—as well as thriving communities, convenient commutes, and clean air.

Stay tuned as the vision is presented during the upcoming legislative session and as we begin to e xplore ways to fund the needed infrastructure and economic development to make the preferred scenario a reality.

Click on the links at the bottom of the newsletter for additional news coverage on the Point of the Mountain vision.
Growth is headed to Utah County
The center of gravity for the Wasatch Front is shifting south. That’s the message from the new population projections from the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute.

Their projections show Utah County rivaling Salt Lake County as the largest county in the state by 2065, with each county housing over 1.6 million people.
This shift in population is already happening, and it’s happening for a few reasons. Thanks to Envision Utah’s work, for the first time, demographers have access to data about remaining land supply in each county. The bottom line is that Salt Lake and Davis counties are running out of land, while Utah County is not. Certainly, infill and redevelopment will—and should—happen in Salt Lake County, but there will still be high demand for growth to the south.
In addition, a dynamic high-tech job cluster is booming in Utah County. That’s drawing both economic and residential growth to the south. More and more, companies are locating near the Point of the Mountain, where they can access workforce in both counties.
The Point of the Mountain area is becoming increasingly important to the economic future of the Wasatch Front. It’s the narrow bottleneck between the state’s two most populated valleys. Keeping people and goods moving through the area is critical, as is providing workforce for the companies that want to locate there. That’s why Envision Utah helped the state’s Point of the Mountain Development Commission craft a vision for that area.
The vision isn’t the end. Continued collaboration and work needs to happen to make the vision a reality. And we all need to grapple with how to accommodate the coming wave of population growth further to the south while maintaining a high quality of life.
Utah's real estate market is changing
We recently charted building permits across the Wasatch Front and found an interesting change in our current marketplace. Since the recession, more than half of our new housing units have been townhomes, apartments, and condominiums—a huge change from traditional single-family home development.

Market dynamics are pointing to a future of shared walls and ceilings. Read more to find out why this change is happening.
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Point of the Mountain news coverage
Deseret News
Commission approves critical planning scenario for Point of the Mountain development
Salt Lake Tribune
The public wants better roads and transit, a research facility, denser housing and lots of open space at the Point of the Mountain. A state panel agreed.

Fox 13
Researchers lay out big plans for point of the mountain, Draper prison site

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