The Wasatch Front Regional Council is an Association of Governments organized under the Interlocal Cooperation Act of Utah State Law. The Council consists of 21 voting members, 19 elected officials representing local governments from Box Elder, Davis, Morgan, Salt Lake, Tooele, and Weber counties, and one representative from the Utah Department of Transportation, and one representative from the Utah Transit Authority. The Council also includes 6 non-voting members representing the Utah State Senate, the Utah House of Representatives, the State Planning Director, the Utah League of Cities and Towns, the Utah Association of Counties, and Envision Utah.
The WFRC is responsible for the development and approval of the transportation master plans that govern the distribution of Federal transportation funding in the Wasatch Front urban region. It also acts as a forum for discussion of region wide issues such as air quality, corridor preservation, open space, active transportation, economic development, growth planning and other items of concern.
To assist and advise the Regional Council in the performance of its duties, WFRC has set up committees to review and prepare actions for its consideration.
These committees include the Regional Growth Committee (RGC) which has the responsibility for growth and long range transportation planning issues. The RGC is, in turn, assisted by a two technical advisory committees composed of city and county planners who are generally the first to review and comment on plan updates and studies. The two technical advisory (RGC Tech) committees are the Salt Lake/West Valley City RGC Tech Committee and the Ogden/Layton Tech Committee. Updates and amendments to the long range Regional Transportation Plan generally fall under the purview of the RGC and the RGC Tech committees.
The Transportation Committee (Trans Com) reviews and makes recommendations on short range transportation planning issues including the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Trans Com is, in turn, assisted by two technical advisory committees, the Salt Lake/West Valley City Trans Com and Ogden/Layton Tech Committees, made up of city and county engineers who complete the initial review of most TIP updates which occur annually.
The Regional Council also has other committees such as the Air Quality Committee, the Active Transportation Committee (bicycle and pedestrian needs), and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Committee which administers the federal CDBG program for Morgan, Tooele and Weber counties.
The Regional Council also participates in committees involving outside organizations such as the Joint Policy Advisory Committee (JPAC) which has been set up as an interagency forum for transportation oriented agencies. In addition, the Regional Council regularly participates in and assists the councils of governments (COGs) from its respective member counties and the Tooele Rural Planning Organization. The Regional Council also acts as staff to the Salt Lake COG.
Further information is available regarding these committees at their respective links on this page.