Smart Growth


Will we have clean air to breathe? Enough water for our needs? Transportation choices that promote a high quality of life? An affordable cost of living, with good housing options for everyone? Open space, including natural lands, agriculture, and recreational options? Quality jobs for all of us? An educated population? Affordable energy supplies that don’t damage our air and environment? The answers to all of these questions depend on the choices we make.At the request of Governor Gary R. Herbert, Envision Utah facilitated the Your Utah Your Future process, a statewide conversation on growth issues. CSU was appointed to the Governor’s Water Advisory Team to develop a 50-year water plan and the results will also be a component of the Your Utah, Your Future project. As Governor Herbert has said, “In Utah, we don’t believe in sitting back and seeing where growth will take us. We seek to be visionary and to actively secure our future. Together, we will develop a voluntary, locally-implemented, market-driven vision to help keep Utah beautiful, prosperous, healthy and neighborly for current residents and future generations.”

Traditional approaches to planning and development are creating, rather than solving, societal and environmental problems. Where traditional approaches can lead to congestion, sprawl, pollution and resource over consumption, sustainable development offers real, lasting solutions that will strengthen our future. Vision Dixie was a landmark process that involved elected officials and thousands of local residents in planning for a better future. The resulting 10 Vision Dixie Principles serve as a road map for a sustainable future for Washington County. Read the complete Vision Dixie Report below.

Our goal is for the county and cities to implement the Vision Dixie principles in an accountable manner, in code changes, regulation changes, zoning changing, and with incentives for developers to align with that implementation.