You are urgently invited to attend one of many Valley Visioning workshops being held in early 2019. Although these workshops concern Utah County generally, they could have tremendous impact upon Provo specifically. One was already held earlier this week in Provo but, for those who may have missed it, you may attend another one on February 21st at 6PM at Orem High School.
As detailed in a previous blog entry… Valley Visioning is sponsored by Envision Utah, which is a group of prominent Utahns who seemingly dislike market-driven growth for being too “chaotic” and “accidental,” but prefer for our political system to control such growth by centrally-planning it. They’ve already fostered central plans for other parts of Utah and, now, it’s apparently our county’s turn. But they don’t want to finalize their central plans for our county without first getting our input about what we want—so, these meetings will allow us to provide our input to them. They intend to consider this input as they develop a communal vision statement for our county’s future that they intend to guide county-level central planning in the coming years. Which apparently includes dictating where our newcomers will live.
This sounds much like what Provo has been doing on a city level since 2010-2011. At that time, “liberal” Mayor John Curtis (who was formerly a Democrat) solicited residents’ advice as he created a comprehensive municipal vision statement called Vision 2030, which has since served as a guide to Provo’s City Council in (increasingly) centrally planning Provo’s municipal economy. Vision 2030’s many goals include “sustainable development,” “Smart Growth” that redirects new development from Provo’s outskirts to its downtown, business subsidies, population redistribution, mandatory city-regulated landscaping (according to one city council meeting), promotion of mass-transit, a city-level Obamacare, and even oversight of each resident’s diet-and-exercise. It looks like Orem is now following Provo’s example, along with Utah County—and, it would seem, other places throughout our nation.
So, if you don’t want central planners running the economy of our city or county or state or nation, but would prefer to leave markets free, then please choose to get motivated, educated, informed, and involved to help thwart these plans. This requires us (in part) to both nominate and elect better politicians—and, since we can’t accomplish this feat with our one vote alone, we need to both engage and mobilized our neighbors, as well. We Utahns who still value our rightful liberty need to build our ranks to become more numerous and/or effective than those of our statist adversaries, so that we can start to gain ground more than lose it. If you find our website’s resources helpful in that goal, then please use them.
- Provo Daily Herald: “Utah County leaders tackle impending growth with launch of Valley Visioning project” (2018 Nov 15)
- Provo Daily Herald: “Mayors’ column: Let’s work together to shape a future for Utah Valley” (2018 Dec 08)
- Envision Utah
- Valley Visioning
- Provo: Provo City Vision 2030
- Provo: Provo City Vision 2050
- Free Provo: Problems: Envisioning Statism
- Free Provo: Solutions: Improving Our Electoral Options
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