Taylorsville’s Mayor and City Council are keenly focused on the future. They are working to bring sharpness and clarity to the direction of the city. You might even say they are working on a perfect vision for Taylorsville – a 2020 Vision.
“We want everyone to come together and not only define what they want for Taylorsville but work to implement that vision,” said Mayor Kristie Overson. “There is so much happening here. My hope is to continue to build on all of the city’s successes in making our city even stronger.”
Mayor Overson, City Council members, city administrators and staff have been using “Priorities Meetings” to hone that vision. The goal is to implement priorities of the city’s elected and appointed leaders based on the input and feedback of their constituents. Efforts include bringing new business and housing to the city, and plans for prime development locations, transportation and land use. Toward that end, the vision depends on collaboration and involvement.
“We have been working with key stakeholders, as well as elected officials and government colleagues with shared constituencies, to maximize resources in meeting these goals,” Mayor Overson said. “Our vision focuses on new business and economic growth taking place across the city, as well as development opportunities and projects on the horizon.”
City leaders are calling their efforts a “2020 Vision” because, of course, perfect eyesight is 20/20 and they are looking to the Year 2020 and beyond. The vision reflects the five main areas of Economic Development, Transportation, Public Safety, Parks and Recreation, and Community Building. City leaders defined goals and projects in each of those areas during their Priorities Meetings. Some details include:
Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center. The Groundbreaking for the Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center was held in December 2018 and the new $39 million center adjacent to City Hall is scheduled to open in late 2020. The venue includes the 400-seat Mainstage Theater, 200-seat Studio 5400 Theater and a multi-use rehearsal space.
Summit Vista. The first-of-its-kind Summit Vista Retirement Care Community opened in fall 2018. It features a 62,000-square-foot clubhouse, four restaurants and other amenities, and is expected to bring 1,000 new jobs to Taylorsville. Additional residential buildings will be added to the 1,800-unit campus this year.
Business Support. Sorenson Research Park, Utah State University Campus, and new stores at The Crossroads of Taylorsville continue to thrive – as do area businesses such as Nelson Laboratories, Unified State Laboratories and restaurants like the popular Penny Ann’s Café.
Tech 27. Plans have been drawn and the city is working to bring the Tech 27 Research and Development Park to Taylorsville.
- The Midvalley Connector/Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). Taylorsville City—in coordination with Murray City, West Valley City, Utah Transit Authority, Utah Department of Transportation, Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake County and Wasatch Front Regional Council—helped prepare an Environmental Study Report and design for a new bus rapid transit facility. The BRT line will run from Murray Central Station to the SLCC Redwood Campus in Taylorsville to the West Valley Central Station. The city continues to seek funding, and construction is expected to begin later this year.
- Bangerter Highway. The 5400 South interchange at Bangerter Highway is complete and work on the 6200 South interchange is slated to begin later this year. By 2025, all interchanges will be completed southbound from 4700 South.
- Flex Lanes. The lanes at 5400 South marked the first flex lanes project in Utah, and they continue to be working well—improving travel time, reducing traffic congestion and increasing peak-hour roadway capacity without the need to widen the roadway and impact existing property. About 40,000 vehicles drive the two-mile stretch along 5400 South each day.
- Unified Police Department. For the last two quarters, crime in Taylorsville has dropped significantly, with overall general offenses down an average 11.3 percent. 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.
- Unified Fire Authority. The new Taylorsville-Plymouth Fire Station #117 is fully operational. The flagship station is seven times larger than the old one, features 10 individual sleeping quarters and has the largest bay area of any of UFA’s facilities, enough room to park 10 large emergency response vehicles.
Parks and Recreation
- The Jordan River. The city, with assistance from Salt Lake County, recently led a large clean-up effort along the banks of the Jordan River, including vegetation removal and trash cleanup. The Youth Council and ChamberWest also have organized service projects that resulted in the planting of hundreds of trees. In addition, the city is supporting efforts by Salt Lake County to build a new regional Jordan River Park that will include Tracy Aviary.
- Trail Improvements. The city’s Community Development Department is focusing on trails and trail improvements. A grant application has been submitted to help fund trail maps, wayfinding signage, park improvements and design elements.
- Valley Regional Park Softball Complex. The complex will soon see major improvements, including new bleachers, shelter and press box, thanks to a multi-million donation from Larry H. Miller Charities. Work is set to start in 2021.
- City Events and Volunteers. The city plans to continue its tradition of supporting community-wide events with the reliance on a vast network of volunteers. These events—including December's Saturday with Santa: Christmas around the World and, of course, the city’s premier Taylorsville Dayzz—bring our community together.
- Neighborhood Meetings. The city hosted a meeting for the Heather Glen neighborhood, seeking ideas, reactions and feedback from neighbors. It plans to hold similar information-gathering meetings for neighborhoods across the city.
- Gateway Signs. New sign markers are in place at Vista Park and T. John Labrum Memorial Park, and more are planned for other areas. The signs are part of a plan, approved by the City Council, to bring a complete and unified system of public signage to the city.
- Partnerships. The city continues to work 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 including Taylorsville High School.
“We are thinking about what makes people want to live and be in Taylorsville,” said Council Member Curt Cochran. “The big picture is in the details.”
“It’s the little things that make a community,” echoed Council Member Meredith Harker. Mayor Overson agreed. “We are a team, working together,” she said. “We celebrate our strengths while working to make things even better.”