Livability is…

“the sum of the factors that add up to a community’s quality of life”


Our Mission

The Livability Program’s mission is to ​support all Southwest Utah​ communities in creating a comprehensive quality of life that fosters environmental conservation.

The foundation of a healthy environment requires us to recognize and act within Southwest Utah’s natural limits. A livable community includes safe, eco-friendly, and accessible transportation options and infrastructure, access to outdoor recreation opportunities, social and economic opportunity, and natural spaces. It further includes land use patterns that encourage social connections, preserve cultural resources and protect native ecologies while supporting equitable economic development.

Livable communities are PEECHY:

Prosperous, Equitable, Eco-conscious, Connected, and Healthy!


  •   Equitable economic and educational opportunities.
  •   Resilient & sustainable local economy.
  •   Affordable housing.












  •   All people in Southern Utah have equitable access to livable communities.
  •   Resources and opportunities are allocated by need.
  •   Local cultural heritage is preserved and honored.
















  •   Protected natural and cultural resources (public lands, open spaces, water, air, dark skies, plants, wildlife, artifacts, etc.)
  •   Healthy ecosystems and watersheds.
  •   Programs to rehabilitate and protect native species.
  •   Wildfire prevention and control.
  •   Green infrastructure (e.g., rainwater harvesting).
  •   Carbon neutral goals.












  •   Safe, easy, equitable access to community amenities, neighborhoods, and jobs, which includes safe, convenient access for people walking, biking, using mobility aids, and using public transit.
  •   Reduced suburban sprawl through higher density building & mixed-use development.
  •   Pedestrian/bike-friendly streets.
  •   Useful, accessible, and affordable public transit.

Photo credit: Susan Crook


  •   Quiet and safe neighborhoods and streets.
  •   Ample trees, green spaces, and community gardens.
  •   Accessible open spaces, public lands, parks, and trails.
  •   Recreation, entertainment, and social opportunities.
  •   Strong community identity and pride.
  •   Safe expression.
  •   Secure food, water, and energy.
  •   Clean air, water, and energy.
  •   Climate change resilience.
  •   Dark skies.



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