General Plan Steering Committee Minutes 2.21.2019

WELCOME AND APPRECIATION: (City Manager Matt Brower)

Introductions: All Steering Committee Members and Staff introduced themselves

STEERING COMMITTEE OVERVIEW

  1. Reminder of Roles and Responsibilities (City Manager Matt Brower)
  • Participate fully
  • Be Respectful
  • Offer Constructive Insights
  • Seek Consensus and Compromise
  • Seek Community Vision
  • Speak on behalf of the Steering Committee
  1. Housekeeping (City Manager Matt Brower)
  • Envision Heber City 2050 Meetings will always be held at the Police Station community room
  • Please be on time and advise if you will not be able to come to a meeting.
  • Action Items: Items needing follow up.
  • Parking Lot Items: Items to be addressed at a later or more appropriate time as to keep current discussions focused and on task.
  • Thank you for being a part of the process

 

VISIONING

  1. PROCESS AND ROADMAP (Christie Oostema)

Envisioning 

  • The vision is about our city’s future, present and past
  • We envision to help the public and today’s decision makers understand the long-term consequences of the choices they make now. Envisioning also informs our general plan, which guides the growth and development of our city.

Improved process

  • Values of the community
  • Provides vision to the community
  • Provides a strategy to implement the general plan.

Envision Heber

  • Community voice, community project, community vision. We are all in this together. This is a legacy we will create for future generations.

A Public Stakeholder Process

  • We will provide research and information to the public, seek broad public input, build plans directly from public input with transparent methods, and build momentum for implementation.

 Premise

  • The public has the right to choose its future—public officials should serve that vision.
  • The public will make good choices if presented with real options.

Brainstorming Workshops: Communities Ideal Future

  • As the community imagines the future for their children and grandchildren. Ask, how shall we accommodate anticipated growth?

Scenarios

  • Contrast today’s choices by showing long-term consequences with visual aids
  • Project recent growth trends into the future and decide if this is the direction they want to go.

Practical Vision

  • The process identifies honors, and addresses values and big ideas and provides vision pictures, statements, and guiding principles.
  • Vision statement and principles guide sections of the general plan, become a standard to weigh current decisions against, and allows the City to become what the Community wants it to become.

The Public Visioning Process

  • Public Workshop (Analysis and Scenario Development)
  • Town Hall Meeting (Draft Vision Development)
  • Vision Celebration (Vision and Guiding Principles)
  • Implementation (General Plan)

 

  1. TRENDS AND PROJECTIONS (Christie Oostema)

The Salt Lake Tribune (Updated: March 2018)

  • For the second year in a row, Heber ranked No. 1 for growth among the country’s smaller “micropolitan areas,” with populations between 10,000 and 50,000.
  • The Heber micropolitan area – all of Wasatch County – grew 5 percent last year, up 1,535 people. That made it both the fastest-growing micropolitan area in the country, and the nation’s third-fastest-growing large county.

Heber City: A History and Future of Growth

  • Heber City’s population grew by 2000 residents from 1950 to 1990 and grew by approximately 10,000 residents from 1990 to 2017.

Heber City’s Share of Growth in Wasatch County

  • By the year 2020 Heber City’s share of growth will be approximately 47% and by the year 2060 Heber City’s share of growth will only be 27%

Median Household Income and Median Home Sales Price

  • Median Household income from 2010 to 2016 went from $55,865 to $63,627 (12%), median home sales from 2010 to 2016 went from $290,000.00 to $455,563.00 (36%).

Where do Heber City Residents work?

  • Four out of five Heber City Residents work outside of Heber City. Four percent of Heber City Residents work in Salt Lake City County, Utah County and Summit County.

Overhead visuals presented of what growth looked like from 1963 to 2015. 

 Study Area: 2050 Projection

  • The approach to allocate growth
    • Identify the share and type of growth for each sub-area of the study area then apply that trend forward. If the sub-area fills up, it may spill over into adjacent land
    • Continue process until projected household number is reached.
  1. VALUES DISCUSSION (John Janson)

Interactive Activity

  • Imagine…
    • Setup-We are 30 years ahead in time. None of us have aged but our town has evolved and changed. Think as if all your hopes and aspirations came true for Heber…
    • Each person was given a post-it note and instructed to write the number of which question was being asked on the post-it note and the group answered the same question together.
    • The questions were regarding values and trends.
    • The set-up was changed to the present day and two more questions were asked.
    • The answers were collected and grouped together per question number.
    • At the end of the activity trends appeared from the answers.
    • This activity showed what was most important to the group per the group’s similar answers.
  1. WORKSHOP PREVIEW (Christie Oostema)

Workshop: You Tell US

  • Participants imagine the future for their children and grandchildren
  • …and answer the question: How shall we accommodate anticipated growth?
    • Focused problem solving, not philosophizing
    • Mixed groups must reconcile differences
    • Recognition of competing goals
    • Long time horizon helps find common ground
  • Tasks for Workshop
    • Identify general values and ideas about growth
    • Explore where and how growth should unfold
  • Activities
    • Survey
    • Mapping
    • Sharing
  • A warm up question to see some common ground…
    • For example; in one word, what do you like best about your city?
  • Getting ready for mapping
    • Begin thinking about tradeoffs
  • Activity
    • Options will be given for the question, “How important is it to you that Heber City work toward the following goals?
    • A scale from 1 to 4 (4 being very important) will be placed next to the options.
    • The options with the most 4’s are most important as a group.

Collective Concerns Emerge

  • Mapping Activities
    • Create a picture of your ideal future and how growth should unfold as the population grows?
  • Choose open space and Agricultural Land
  • Identify preferred locations for growth
  • Create new places of interest
  • How will people get around?

Group Sharing

  • What do you like about your map?
  • What issues did you struggle with?
  • What solutions did you see?

Responsibilities for Stakeholder Volunteers

  • Familiar, trusted faces for workshop participants, set up/clean up, Welcome/sign in, map activity facilitators, and create transparency.

PROMOTIONS STRATEGY (Ryan Bunnell)

  1. Website will go up on March 1, 2019
  2. Suggestion to have a mindset of creating a visioning process rather than writing a general plan
  3. All Steering Committee Members asked to allow a picture to be taken or forward a picture of themselves for the website.

 CAPS PRESENTATION (Members of CAPS High School students)

  • High School CAPS students present a survey intended to find out how residents feel what Heber City’s identity should become.

 OPEN DISCUSSION (Steering Committee, Staff and Consulting Teams)

  • Heber City’s growth pattern seems to have taken off after the Olympics
  • The swath of land being determined for consideration in the activity is large because we want to make sure to include potential space affected through 2050.
  • It is important to bring in the North fields so the community can implement their wishes into the area and to determine how much area they want to see in conservation easement.
  • Our dairy farms are vital to the community; we need agricultural sustainability.
  • The Valley is beautiful the beauty is most likely what the community wants to preserve.
  • The reason for the visioning process is to make sure we know what the community desires to conserve.
  • The trickledown effect of maintenance on new roads needs to be considered.
  • A general survey will be provided for public who cannot make it to the workshop.
  • The suggestion to record the workshop was made and perhaps public who cannot make it to the workshop could contribute through technology options.
  • There will be a full range of public opinion; opinions that fit well together could be a scenario.
  • The public will be able to look at parts of opinions and scenarios they do not like.
  • The trade-off process is critical for success, Staff, Committee and Volunteers we will assist with explaining the importance of the trade-off
  • Concerns voiced of Heber City starting to loose deep-rooted families due to housing prices.
  • Through the activities, the public will be able to address issues like cost of living concerns.
  • Chips to be placed on the individual maps will be relevant to the concerns and needs of the city.
  • Some trade-offs will be easier than others
  • The groups of eight to ten will have to agree on where to put their chips
  • Matt Brower’s presentation of roles and responsibilities to be placed on each table to help with issues such as:
    • To remind all of rules of engagement
    • Individuals who may only care about property
    • To remind we are all a community and need to work together
    • To assist with the mentality of, “I don’t know why I am here; they won’t listen to me anyway”.
    • All concerns are important and are to be validated
    • To assist more dominant personalities from taking control of a group
  • Have Airport and Bypass representatives present to clear up public confusion

 ACTION ITEMS:

WELCOME AND APPRECIATION: (City Manager Matt Brower)

Introductions: All Steering Committee Members and Staff introduced themselves

STEERING COMMITTEE OVERVIEW

  1. Reminder of Roles and Responsibilities (City Manager Matt Brower)
  • Participate fully
  • Be Respectful
  • Offer Constructive Insights
  • Seek Consensus and Compromise
  • Seek Community Vision
  • Speak on behalf of the Steering Committee
  1. Housekeeping (City Manager Matt Brower)
  • Envision Heber City 2050 Meetings will always be held at the Police Station community room
  • Please be on time and advise if you will not be able to come to a meeting.
  • Action Items: Items needing follow up.
  • Parking Lot Items: Items to be addressed at a later or more appropriate time as to keep current discussions focused and on task.
  • Thank you for being a part of the process

 VISIONING

  1. PROCESS AND ROADMAP (Christie Oostema)

Envisioning 

  • The vision is about our city’s future, present and past
  • We envision to help the public and today’s decision makers understand the long-term consequences of the choices they make now. Envisioning also informs our general plan, which guides the growth and development of our city.

Improved process

  • Values of the community
  • Provides vision to the community
  • Provides a strategy to implement the general plan.

Envision Heber

  • Community voice, community project, community vision. We are all in this together. This is a legacy we will create for future generations.

A Public Stakeholder Process

  • We will provide research and information to the public, seek broad public input, build plans directly from public input with transparent methods, and build momentum for implementation.

  Premise

  • The public has the right to choose its future—public officials should serve that vision.
  • The public will make good choices if presented with real options.

Brainstorming Workshops: Communities Ideal Future

  • As the community imagines the future for their children and grandchildren. Ask, how shall we accommodate anticipated growth?

Scenarios

  • Contrast today’s choices by showing long-term consequences with visual aids
  • Project recent growth trends into the future and decide if this is the direction they want to go.

Practical Vision

  • The process identifies honors, and addresses values and big ideas and provides vision pictures, statements, and guiding principles.
  • Vision statement and principles guide sections of the general plan, become a standard to weigh current decisions against, and allows the City to become what the Community wants it to become.

The Public Visioning Process

  • Public Workshop (Analysis and Scenario Development)
  • Town Hall Meeting (Draft Vision Development)
  • Vision Celebration (Vision and Guiding Principles)
  • Implementation (General Plan)

TRENDS AND PROJECTIONS (Christie Oostema)

The Salt Lake Tribune (Updated: March 2018)

  • For the second year in a row, Heber ranked No. 1 for growth among the country’s smaller “micropolitan areas,” with populations between 10,000 and 50,000.
  • The Heber micropolitan area – all of Wasatch County – grew 5 percent last year, up 1,535 people. That made it both the fastest-growing micropolitan area in the country, and the nation’s third-fastest-growing large county.

Heber City: A History and Future of Growth

  • Heber City’s population grew by 2000 residents from 1950 to 1990 and grew by approximately 10,000 residents from 1990 to 2017.

Heber City’s Share of Growth in Wasatch County

  • By the year 2020 Heber City’s share of growth will be approximately 47% and by the year 2060 Heber City’s share of growth will only be 27%

Median Household Income and Median Home Sales Price

  • Median Household income from 2010 to 2016 went from $55,865 to $63,627 (12%), median home sales from 2010 to 2016 went from $290,000.00 to $455,563.00 (36%).

Where do Heber City Residents work?

  • Four out of five Heber City Residents work outside of Heber City. Four percent of Heber City Residents work in Salt Lake City County, Utah County and Summit County.

Overhead visuals presented of what growth looked like from 1963 to 2015. 

Study Area: 2050 Projection

  • The approach to allocate growth
    • Identify the share and type of growth for each sub-area of the study area then apply that trend forward. If the sub-area fills up, it may spill over into adjacent land
    • Continue process until projected household number is reached.
  1. VALUES DISCUSSION (John Janson)

Interactive Activity

  • Imagine…
    • Setup-We are 30 years ahead in time. None of us have aged but our town has evolved and changed. Think as if all your hopes and aspirations came true for Heber…
    • Each person was given a post-it note and instructed to write the number of which question was being asked on the post-it note and the group answered the same question together.
    • The questions were regarding values and trends.
    • The set-up was changed to the present day and two more questions were asked.
    • The answers were collected and grouped together per question number.
    • At the end of the activity trends appeared from the answers.
    • This activity showed what was most important to the group per the group’s similar answers.
  1. WORKSHOP PREVIEW (Christie Oostema)

Workshop: You Tell US

  • Participants imagine the future for their children and grandchildren
  • …and answer the question: How shall we accommodate anticipated growth?
    • Focused problem solving, not philosophizing
    • Mixed groups must reconcile differences
    • Recognition of competing goals
    • Long time horizon helps find common ground
  • Tasks for Workshop
    • Identify general values and ideas about growth
    • Explore where and how growth should unfold
  • Activities
    • Survey
    • Mapping
    • Sharing
  • A warm up question to see some common ground…
    • For example; in one word, what do you like best about your city?
  • Getting ready for mapping
    • Begin thinking about tradeoffs
  • Activity
    • Options will be given for the question, “How important is it to you that Heber City work toward the following goals?
    • A scale from 1 to 4 (4 being very important) will be placed next to the options.
    • The options with the most 4’s are most important as a group.

Collective Concerns Emerge

  • Mapping Activities
    • Create a picture of your ideal future and how growth should unfold as the population grows?
  • Choose open space and Agricultural Land
  • Identify preferred locations for growth
  • Create new places of interest
  • How will people get around?

Group Sharing

  • What do you like about your map?
  • What issues did you struggle with?
  • What solutions did you see?

Responsibilities for Stakeholder Volunteers

  • Familiar, trusted faces for workshop participants, set up/clean up, Welcome/sign in, map activity facilitators, and create transparency.

PROMOTIONS STRATEGY (Ryan Bunnell)

  1. Website will go up on March 1, 2019
  2. Suggestion to have a mindset of creating a visioning process rather than writing a general plan
  3. All Steering Committee Members asked to allow a picture to be taken or forward a picture of themselves for the website.

 CAPS PRESENTATION (Members of CAPS High School students)

  • High School CAPS students present a survey intended to find out how residents feel what Heber City’s identity should become.

 OPEN DISCUSSION (Steering Committee, Staff and Consulting Teams)

  • Heber City’s growth pattern seems to have taken off after the Olympics
  • The swath of land being determined for consideration in the activity is large because we want to make sure to include potential space affected through 2050.
  • It is important to bring in the North fields so the community can implement their wishes into the area and to determine how much area they want to see in conservation easement.
  • Our dairy farms are vital to the community; we need agricultural sustainability.
  • The Valley is beautiful the beauty is most likely what the community wants to preserve.
  • The reason for the visioning process is to make sure we know what the community desires to conserve.
  • The trickledown effect of maintenance on new roads needs to be considered.
  • A general survey will be provided for public who cannot make it to the workshop.
  • The suggestion to record the workshop was made and perhaps public who cannot make it to the workshop could contribute through technology options.
  • There will be a full range of public opinion; opinions that fit well together could be a scenario.
  • The public will be able to look at parts of opinions and scenarios they do not like.
  • The trade-off process is critical for success, Staff, Committee and Volunteers we will assist with explaining the importance of the trade-off
  • Concerns voiced of Heber City starting to loose deep-rooted families due to housing prices.
  • Through the activities, the public will be able to address issues like cost of living concerns.
  • Chips to be placed on the individual maps will be relevant to the concerns and needs of the city.
  • Some trade-offs will be easier than others
  • The groups of eight to ten will have to agree on where to put their chips
  • Matt Brower’s presentation of roles and responsibilities to be placed on each table to help with issues such as:
    • To remind all of rules of engagement
    • Individuals who may only care about property
    • To remind we are all a community and need to work together
    • To assist with the mentality of, “I don’t know why I am here; they won’t listen to me anyway”.
    • All concerns are important and are to be validated
    • To assist more dominant personalities from taking control of a group
  • Have Airport and Bypass representatives present to clear up public confusion

 ACTION ITEMS:

  • Access to Source Data

 PARKING LOT ITEMS:

  • Conservation areas established; working farms preservation; levels of service with growth; incentives for existing property owners to stay; firm ground rules deployed at workshop.

 NEXT MEETINGS

  • Steering Committee Meeting
    • March 14, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.
    • Heber City Police Building
    • 301 S Main Street
    • Community Room
  • Public Workshop for Community Visioning Process
    • March 20, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
    • Heber Valley Elementary School
    • 730 S 600 W
    • Auditorium
  • Access to Source Data

 PARKING LOT ITEMS:

  • Conservation areas established; working farms preservation; levels of service with growth; incentives for existing property owners to stay; firm ground rules deployed at workshop.

 NEXT MEETINGS

  • Steering Committee Meeting
    • March 14, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.
    • Heber City Police Building
    • 301 S Main Street
    • Community Room
  • Public Workshop for Community Visioning Process
    • March 20, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
    • Heber Valley Elementary School
    • 730 S 600 W
    • Auditorium

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