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PORTFOLIO Nebo Regional Visioning Plan

Comprising close to 400 square miles, the 10-city project area includes the cities of
Springville, Mapleton, Spanish Fork, Salem, Payson, Woodland Hills, Elk Ridge, Genola,
Santaquin and Goshen, as well as unincorporated areas of southern Utah County.
The project was sponsored by Envision Utah (www., a well-known
advocate of smart growth and open space conservation. They enlisted our staff as
 lead consultants, on a team with the Mountainland Association of Governments, the
Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget, and the Quality Growth Efficiency Tools
PROJECT PARTNERS & FUNDERS team. The team conducted a public education and participation campaign that led to
Envision Utah
Mountainland Association of Governments
a vision for more sensible growth. The team was selected for its ability to address
Governor’s Office of Planning & Budget growth issues in a region attuned to preservation of natural lands.
Utah Quality Growth Commission

Center for The Regional Vision Plan analyzed and compared many assets of the are including air
Green Infrastructure quality, water demand and use, transportation and commuting, and housing demand
The Nebo Vision Regional Scenario paints a picture of
MAIN OFFICE - INTERMOUNTAIN WEST wide expanses of open land separating more densely
Salt Lake City UT populated city centers. The open lands, or green
WESTERN REGION infrastructure corridors, connect the mountains to the
San Francisco CA lakes. These corridors will keep wildlife healthy and
recreationists happy while helping to maintain the
ROCKY MOUNTAIN REGION rural character that residents currently enjoy. The
Fort Collins CO scenario was developed based on input from residents
EMAIL who participated in a workshop that incorporated an innovative green infrastructure mapping exercise
followed by a development placement exercise that
WEB used “chips” as placeholders representing varied development types and densities.
The project included determining growth projections for the region, conducting a

Center for comprehensive inventory of existing land-use patterns, identifying and resolving
conflicts among jurisdictional plans that may impede the development of a
collaborative plan, developing a baseline scenario projecting 20-year growth and

Green Infrastructure
development patterns, developing and mapping an alternative scenario, creating an
implementation plan for the alternative scenario and creating consensus among
many stakeholder groups. Extensive public involvement, including several educational

Design and design workshops, multiple presentations and numerous stakeholder interviews
were a part of the process. The project included working with Envision Utah
guidelines as well as green infrastructure design principles.

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