BOUNTIFUL — Two Davis County cities received $30,000 each from the Wasatch Front Regional Council to help them incorporate open space, transit and housing into their communities.
Layton and North Salt Lake planners were awarded the money that is part of an incentive program to assist fast-growing areas along the Wasatch Front with anticipating future demands for services and transportation, according to a WFRC press release.
In Layton, the funds will be used to update the city’s general plan, beginning with gathering an assessment of community issues and values from local stakeholders. From there growth scenarios will be developed and integrated into the general plan.
North Salt Lake also will use the funds to update its general plan, specially to develop a town center plan for the area near U.S. 89. The city would like to encourage pedestrian-friendly land uses, incentivize quality residential and commercial development, promote walkability and recreation opportunities for residents.
Salt Lake County and WFRC are partnering in the $600,000 pilot program The assistance is available in the form of staff time and consulting. WFRC gave $260,000 to the effort; $140,000 of that went to the Ogden-Layton urbanized area. Salt Lake County provided an additional $200,000 for projects there.
WFRC Chairman and Davis County Commissioner Bret Millburn and Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams said that 53 communities submitted letters of intent to apply for the grants; 36 of those were invited to submit full applications.
Applications far outnumbered the money available.
“It is obvious that there is a real need here,” Millburn said. “Only through careful planing and implementation of those plans for growth can we ensure a healthy and economically vibrant future for ourselves and our children.”
The idea for the grant program was developed to help implement Wasatch Choice for 2040 Vision that encourages growth in a variety of activity centers along the Wasatch Front near transportation hubs.