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Spanish Fork City Council. Back row from left: Shane Marshall, Brandon Gordon, Chad Argyle, Kevin Oyler. Front row from left: Mayor Mike Mendenhall, Stacy Beck.

Members of the Spanish Fork City Council pledged their support for the principles of the Utah Valley Growth and Prosperity Compact at Tuesday’s meeting.

The pact aligns with the Association of Utah Valley Chambers’ vision plan for the Utah Valley as it envisions the year 2050. With the presumption that Utah County’s population will double by By 2050, the plan is meant to outline a way for the region to manage growth.

According to the resolution document, Envision Utah surveyed Utah County residents in 2018 to understand public views on growth and prosperity principles. Between 2018 and fall 2020, the completion of the document took place in three phases to understand residents’ desires, understand and predict growth patterns, and then draft vision statements and ideas into a final vision.

The six priority areas are business environment, education and workforce development, health care, natural resources, accessible housing, transportation and infrastructure.

The vision plan document provides recommendations for how government officials, business owners, and citizens of the Utah Valley can help make this document a reality.

“The Utah Valley Vision is a publicly supported strategic plan to improve the quality of life in the region, even in the face of dramatic growth,” the document reads. “The goals and strategies in the vision represent concrete steps and milestones towards achieving that vision. The Valley Vision provides Utah County residents, businesses and local leaders with a goal and guidance on how to get there.

Councilor Stacy Beck recommended adding the documents to the city’s website for easy public access. All members accepted Beck’s suggestion.

Spanish Fork Councilman Shane Marshall said he was very supportive of the vision plan.

“You often hear ‘Stop the growth. Stop the growth. but that fact is that we are growing,” Marshall said. “We grow our community within our community. I have three children and I hope they will have six to eight children each one day. This establishes a framework for how to grow responsibly. This is a plan to do it as a county, not just the city. I think it’s an excellent document. It’s something everyone should read, and you can’t stick your head in the sand and say don’t grow up.


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