2020 Vision kicks off with several new additions to the city
Coming This Year
City leaders have adopted a 2020 Vision for the next decade, including the year 2020 and beyond. That vision focuses on five key areas: economic development, public safety, transportation, parks and recreation, and community building.
“These are the building blocks that make up a community,” said Mayor Kristie Overson. “We believe by concentrating on these areas, both with our attention and resources, we can continue to expand on all of the city’s successes in making our city even stronger.”
The Mayor and City Council have been working with key stakeholders and community members over the past year in developing this vision with the goal of bringing sharpness and clarity to the direction of the city. Efforts include bringing new business and housing to the city, and plans for prime development locations, transportation, and land use. City leaders also continue to focus on ensuring a safe community and building the quality of life that makes Taylorsville the preferred place to be.
“Our vision focuses on new business and economic growth taking place across the city, as well as development opportunities and projects on the horizon,” Mayor Overson said.
City leaders are calling their efforts a “2020 Vision” because, of course, perfect eyesight is 20/20 and they are looking to the upcoming decade called the 2020s, beginning on Jan. 1, 2020, and ending on Dec. 31, 2029. This planning process is meant to create a forward-thinking, proactive and reinvigorating approach focused on better serving residents, visitors, business and property owners.
Specific projects planned for completion in Year 2020 include:
- The Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center, coming in fall 2020. The $39 million center, operated by Salt Lake County, will feature the 400-seat Mainstage Theater, 200-seat Studio 5400 Theater and a multi-use rehearsal space, as well as public art installations. It will serve as home to the Taylorsville Arts Council.
- A new Target Store at Crossroads of Taylorsville, opening in fall 2020. The store at 5800 S. Redwood Road offers high visibility and ease of location. The I-215 freeway exits directly into The Crossroads center. The center and store also are bordered by main arterial Redwood Road to the east and 5400 South at the north of the center.
- The Midvalley Connector Bus Rapid Transit Project. The Midvalley Connector will link Frontrunner and the Green, Red, and Blue TRAX lines connecting Murray, Taylorsville and West Valley City. Riders will access 15 stations and 1.4 miles of dedicated transit lanes on 4500/4700 South, as well as a new transit hub at Salt Lake Community College.
- City Center Landscaping and Design. The ambitious new landscaping and open space design will tie the Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center and City Hall into one cohesive, community-centric space.
- The new freeway-style interchange at Bangerter Highway and 6200 South. Utah Department of Transportation crews spent the fall working to move an aqueduct at the site. The aqueduct relocation will shave a year off the construction time of the interchange.
Project planning has taken place in each of the vision’s five key areas, including:
Economic Development. Master-planning efforts are focused on retail centers as well as commercial district envisioning and revitalization. The planning efforts have concentrated on four primary areas: 5400 S. Redwood Road, 4800 S. Redwood Road, 4100 S. Redwood Road, and Bangerter Highway and 5400 South.
Transportation. In addition to the Midvalley Connector BRT project and the 6200 South interchange, the city continues to work with partnering agencies such as the Utah Department of Transportation and Utah Transit Authority to improve travel time, reduce traffic congestion and increase peak-hour roadway capacity. The new 5400 South interchange at Bangerter Highway, for example, has shaved commute drives by an average 10 minutes.
Public Safety. Crime in Taylorsville continues to decline. Also of note, despite national police shortages, including in the state of Utah, the Taylorsville Precinct is fully staffed. This is a credit to the Unified Police Department’s aggressive recruitment process, focus as a full-service police organization and vast opportunities for advancement and professional growth. Additionally, the Unified Fire Authority mans two stations in Taylorsville: #118 next to City Hall and the Taylorsville-Plymouth Fire Station #117 on Redwood Road.
Parks and Recreation. The city, with assistance from Salt Lake County, led a large clean-up effort along the banks of the Jordan River, including vegetation removal and trash cleanup. The city’s Community Development Department has focused on trails and trail improvements, and the city additionally is investing in its many neighborhood parks, as well as Valley Regional Park.
Building Community. The city plans to continue its tradition of supporting community-wide events with the reliance on a vast network of volunteers. Taylorsville leaders also are working in close collaboration with city partners including Salt Lake Community College, the Taylorsville Senior Center, the Taylorsville Bennion-Heritage Center, Salt Lake County’s Taylorsville Library and Taylorsville Recreation Center, and our neighborhood schools.
“We want everyone to come together in working to implement this vision,” Mayor Overson said. “There is so much opportunity that awaits. We can’t wait to see it happen.”