Commission rolls out scenarios for Point of the Mountain development


Salt Lake City, Utah- (ABC4 Utah) – The Point of the Mountain Development Commission is unveiling some ideas on what could replace the state prison when it moves out of Draper.

The commission has come up with a number of scenarios for growth through the year 2050. Now, they are seeking your input.

There are lots of ideas for what should happen with this prime real estate spanning Salt Lake and Utah counties once the prison makes the move to Salt Lake City.

“This particular area has such an economic impact for our state, currently and as projected, that to some extent, so goes this area, so goes our state with respect to economic vitality,” said Representative Lowry Snow, Commission Co-Chair.

With so much at risk, the commission was formed to carefully study and plan the process.

After hearing from multiple stakeholders, the group has come up with five scenarios focusing on key growth factors.

“Maximize the transportation system, so people can get around conveniently, we’re looking at economic development, making sure that there are a lot of good, high paying jobs for people, we’re looking at air quality, recreation and open space,” said Envision Utah C.O.O. Ari Bruening.

The next step is to narrow those five down to one. One that will take the lead on the inevitable.

“This area is already growing rapidly. The growth of Utah is shifting south toward Utah County. And so, it’s not a question of does the area grow, it’s how does the area grow,” Bruening said.

The final plan could be one of the scenarios as it exists now, a combination of a couple of them or a combination of all of them. The commission will unveil that in January, 2018.

Two public workshops are planned for this week. There is also an online survey.

The five scenarios are also posted online.

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