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In early 2017, Envision Utah partnered with some of the most knowledgeable planners, designers, community development leaders, and other professionals to host the first annual Quality Communities Academy, a two-hour academy covering topics essential to the development of successful centers. This academy was be split into three segments, covering some of the most important topics and considerations for developing quality communities.

 We held the first Quality Communities Academy on Saturday, January 21st, 2017. The event was a rousing success despite the snowstorm that hit the Wasatch Front early that morning.

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Click here to download the agenda

Click here to download the handout

Click here to download the slides

Thank you so much to our sponsors, speakers, and attendees!


Agenda Overview

 How do we make communities fiscally sustainable?
•  Compact growth to reduce per capita infrastructure costs
•  Intense land uses in the right places to maximize the value of transportation investments
•  Understanding the market-feasibility of different uses in different places
•  Challenges and opportunities posed by the shift to online shopping
How do we ease congestion and improve convenient access to jobs/services/housing etc.?
•  Connected street networks to disperse traffic and shorten routes
•  Complete streets that feel safe to pedestrians and bicyclists
•  Centers of various scales that include mixed use
•  Managing parking
How do we ensure good design and quality of life?
•  Human-scale building design
•  Water-wise landscaping
•  Connected networks of parks and trails
•  Variety of housing types to promote affordability

We are working with Utah State University Extension to broadcast the academy to nine counties across the state. The locations for the Quality Communities Academy broadcasts are:

Salt Lake County -- The Granite School District Building

2500 S. State Street, West Building, Room 516

Salt Lake City, UT 84115

Davis County -- Kaysville Education Center

80 East Sego Lily Drive, Room 119

Kaysville, Utah 84037

Box Elder County -- Brigham City Regional Campus

989 South Main Street, Room C113

Brigham City, Utah 84302

Cache County -- Utah State University

980 East 700 North, Distance Education Building Room #105

Logan, UT 84321

Utah County -- Orem Education Center

1875 South State Street, Suite T 102

Orem, Utah 84097

Uintah County -- Uintah Basin -- Vernal

320 North Aggie Blvd, Room B110

Vernal, Utah 84078

Sanpete County -- Ephraim Education Center (Snow College)

325 West 100 North, Room E

Ephraim, Utah 84627

Sevier County -- Snow College Richfield Campus

800 W 200 S, Washburn Building, Room 171W

Richfield, UT 84701

Washington County -- Dixie State University

224 South 700 East, Dixie Holland Conference Center, Room 550

St George, Utah

Grand County -- Moab Education Center

125 West 200 South, Room Moab-C

Moab, Utah 84532

Sponsored by:

Daybreak Communities 4C

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