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WFRC Maps of the Month

In 2020, WFRC started a Map of the Month (MotM) series for its newsletter. The MotM typically spotlights GIS-based information directly relevant to WFRC projects, programs, or other transportation, land use, and economic development issues/interests.  While many of our features are interactive web maps that also contain links to download the GIS data, the only real criteria for each month’s entry is that some sort of map is involved.

For additional information regarding any of the maps of the month — or if you have an idea for a future map of the month feature — please contact the WFRC Analytics group.

Other resources:  WFRC Map Gallery and data.wfrc.org.

MapTitle and Description



Utah Residential Broadband Map

Planning Data Treasure Map (April 2021)

‘X marks the spot’ is a fitting synonym for #WhereMatters, the unofficial hashtag of the Wasatch Choice regional vision. Where are the best locations to attract workplace and housing development? How can a new pathway or trail connect into the existing or planned network in neighboring areas?

As your community works to best position itself for growth opportunities and challenges, it’s key that staff and consultants have the most current regional information resources at their fingertips.

This month’s “map” is an easy-to-use treasure map to those resources -- an up-to-date list to find and access the map-based GIS and other data, specific to our region, that is ready to be put to work to support transportation, housing, economic development, recreation, and other quality of life planning.

Over 50 datasets are currently included in the list, such as: growth projections, funded and planned transportation projects, active transportation plans, economic incentive areas, the latest aerial photography, and much, much more.

Is there other information that would be helpful to you as you plan your communities? Let us know! Contact analytics@wfrc.org.




Utah Residential Broadband MapUtah Economic Development Map

Utah's Broadband Landscape (March 2021)

If you didn’t think high-performing broadband options were important before the COVID-19 era, you’ve probably recently changed your mind. And, it’s almost ‘a given’ that broadband will continue to provide important connections to work, education, and basic services going forward. This month’s WFRC Map of the Month post features two existing maps that illustrate Utah’s broadband landscape at a very detailed level.

The first map, the Utah Residential Broadband Map, shows the speeds, providers, and service technologies available across Utah. You can filter by any of these factors or just type in an address to see what’s available. The link above opens the map with its filter preset to show non-mobile services with at least 25 Mbps download and 10 Mbps second upload -- a good threshold for work-at-home. HB 348, passed during the Legislature’s 2021 general session, creates a new Utah Broadband Center within the renamed Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity (Go Utah, formerly GOED) and an accompanying grant program for broadband projects that impact Utah’s un/under-served areas.

Another project of GO Utah and their mapping partner UGRC, the Utah Economic Development Map, opens to show where businesses can expect to easily obtain a fiber-based broadband connection. This is just one of the layers that show the geography of what’s important to business. Other key site selection layers include major transportation corridors, utility providers, incentive zones, and community amenities such as recreation, higher education, and healthcare destinations. Enter an address or click the map to generate a site-specific report across all the layers.



Street Connectivity Map

Street Connectivity (February 2021)

Gridded streets or otherwise highly-connected road networks respond better to peak period travel and, in general, make it safer and more convenient to walk or drive to nearby destinations.

Our February Map of the Month presents a brief exploration of how well the surface street network is interconnected along the Wasatch Front and Back. The map identifies how different areas of our region compare using intersection densities and other methods from the 2017 Utah Street Connectivity Guide and provides links to the GIS data that is shown.

In addition to creating a more efficient transportation system, street connectivity can help improve a wide range of community aspects reaching into safety, health, economic vitality, the environment, and quality of life.




Taxable Sales Map

City-level Sales Tax Trends (January 2021)

The imprint of COVID-19 on our local economies and regional retail patterns is readily apparent in taxable sales reported across different Utah cities and business sectors. The good news is that it is not all bad news...but it is interesting!

WFRC's January Map of the Month compares year-to-year taxable sales between 2019 and 2020 using data reported quarterly to the Utah State Tax Commission (USTC) for mid and large-sized cities.

There's a lot of insight to be found in the taxable sales data, especially in the second (April-June) and third (Jul-Sep) quarters. Putting this data map form makes for easier comparisons within our region. On the whole, taxable sales -- and accompanying sales tax revenues that fund everything from municipal and state services to road projects and transit operations -- have increased slightly in 2020 as Utah continues to grow. But this is certainly not true for every city, and definitely not true for every sector.

The interactive map highlights several business sectors that exhibit dynamics of COVID era, are directly relevant to transportation funding, or both. These include Non-Store Retail (internet sales, etc.), Restaurants and Bars, Retail Auto, Construction and Building Supply, General Retail, and Gas Stations.

Online shopping, a home improvement surge, and work-from-home-shop-near-home are just some of the trends that can be explored. We'll plan to add additional quarterly data to this map as it becomes available from USTC.




Parks and Trails Map

Park and Trail Accessibility (December 2020)

Public parks and trails form an interconnected network of recreation and active transportation opportunities for Wasatch Front residents.

Our December map of the month spotlights park space, family-friendly pathways, and the accessibility of these critical assets using 10 minute walk sheds around parks and trailheads.

This map series can help us understand our current strengths and where additional resources may be needed as our demand continues to grow in our region. For more information contact Nicole Mendelsohn.




Generalized Future Land Use

Generalized Future Land Use (November 2020)

Planning for our best transportation future must be done in close coordination with the future land uses envisioned in local government plans.

With help from two University of Utah students, WFRC staff have developed this generalized future land use map that summarizes the designated land uses in the general plans of over 50 cities, towns, and townships in our region.

While this map layer is not a substitute for the detailed local plans available directly from cities, it presents consistent, region-level context in the form of common land use types, ex. single-family residential, mixed use, and parks/sensitive lands, etc. Thanks to city planners and GIS staff across our region for making your future land use information available!

If you have general plan updates to share or would otherwise like to work with WFRC to provide feedback, please contact Matthew Silski




Wasatch Choice Map

Wasatch Choice Map & Updates (September 2020)

With the Wasatch Choice web map you can explore the vision for what our region's transportation system and land uses will look like in 2050. But there's more to it than that - along the top of the web map, you can explore the major projects, land use goals, economic development and other factors that are planned toward realizing the broader vision.

And new this month, there are even more map options to choose from within the Wasatch Choice map including TLC Projects, near-term, funded TIP Projects, the Active Transportation network, and Growth Projections. These additional maps can be added and reordered anytime you want from the new map settings control - just click the gear-shaped icon (shown circled in red above).




Bike and Pedestrian Data Resources

Active Transportation GIS Data Resources (August 2020)

Building on the work of so many WFRC partners, the first comprehensive bicycle and pedestrian maps and datasets are now available for the Wasatch Region! Our new Active Transportation GIS Data Resources web map allows you to view and explore all of this newly available active transportation (AT) information from the comfort of your favorite browser. This information is more important than ever, as bike use has increased by nearly 100% during the pandemic, and our region is likely to see lasting gains in biking for commuting and for recreation.

Each tab of the map offers a different view of the AT network, including:
  • Existing pathways and on-street bike infrastructure
  • Plans for new regional and local AT facilities
  • A future “build-out” view of the bicycle network
  • Bike and pedestrian demand indicators
  • Level of traffic stress and other Network Quality measures
Our new map also contains links to access all of this information as GIS-formatted map data.




TIP: Near-term Transportation Projects

Transportation Improvement Public Comment Map (July 2020)

Wasatch Front Regional Council along with our partners, Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and Utah Transit Authority (UTA), identified hundreds of priority transportation projects that aim to enhance mobility, strengthen the economy, connect communities, increase access to opportunities, and improve health along the Wasatch Front. These projects, totaling $3.4 billion in federal, state, and local funding, were listed in a draft of the 2021-2026 Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) for public comment.

As part of the WFRC process to formalize funding commitments to these projects, an interactive map was created to explore the projects' locations and details. The map also provided an easy tool for submitting comments generally, or for any specific project. Comments received helped to inform the approval process for the TIP. The deadline for TIP comments was August 8th, 2020. [Since the 2021-2026 TIP was been adopted by the Council in August 2020, we are providing a link to the most current TIP project interactive map here instead]

The Transportation Improvement Program includes roadway, transit, bicycle and pedestrian projects identified for funding over the next six years in Salt Lake, Davis, Weber, Tooele, and Morgan counties, and the urbanized portion of Box Elder County. The projects vary greatly in scope, amount of investment, and stage of development. For example, there are new freeway interchanges on I-15 that are scheduled to begin construction in 2023 or 2024. On the other end of the spectrum are minor road widenings that include pedestrian and cyclist improvements, in communities across the region including Harrisville, West Point, and Murray, some of which are already under construction. Likewise, transit projects range from the new Ogden-Weber State University bus rapid transit line, to rail operation and maintenance programs, and funding for electric bus charging infrastructure for UTA’s emerging electric bus fleet in Weber and Salt Lake Counties.

For more information regarding the TIP, please contact Ben Wuthrich, Transportation Improvement Program Coordinator.

This new viewer allows you to look at future years as well as changes in volume between years. Selecting any road summary segment from the county-based dropdown lists will graph out the history and volume for any modeled road. All volumes shown are expressed as Average Annual Daily Traffic (AADT) counts, but seasonal and other volume adjustment factors are also accessible from this web map and its accompanying downloadable datasets from data.wfrc.org.




Traffic Volume Map

Traffic Volume History & Forecasts (June 2020)

The WFRC Traffic Volume Webmap allows anyone to access forecasted and observed data for most major roads across all of Utah. The forecasted data was developed and compiled by UDOT and the Utah's four metropolitan planning organizations (Cache, Dixie, MAG, & WFRC).

This new viewer allows you to look at future years as well as changes in volume between years. Selecting any road summary segment from the county-based dropdown lists will graph out the history and volume for any modeled road. All volumes shown are expressed as Average Annual Daily Traffic (AADT) counts, but seasonal and other volume adjustment factors are also accessible from this web map and its accompanying downloadable datasets from data.wfrc.org.




Wasatch Front Bike Plans

Wasatch Front Bike Plans (May 2020)

More people around our region are using biking as a means of transportation and enjoyment. Also, cities are now required by law to include an active transportation component in their transportation element within their General Plan. Great progress is being made to plan and develop safe and comfortable bike routes in communities around our region.

Did you know that 74% of communities in the Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC) area have completed or been funded for an active transportation plan?

Wasatch Front communities continue to make speedy progress toward prioritizing safe, connected bicycling routes through the development and adoption of Active Transportation (AT) plans.

With this new interactive map, developed by Wasatch Front Regional Council and hosted by Bike Utah, you can easily check the status of AT planning in your area, access completed plan docs and maps, and information about funded plan development projects.

The map shows communities with completed AT plans (green) and those with funded projects for AT plan development (yellow). Click anywhere on the map to access more information about any of the AT plans as the map links to completed plans and details about AT planning projects in progress. You can also view the impressive AT planning progress in our region over the last 5 years, -- scroll down on the left sidebar to watch the animation!

If bikes, data, and maps are your thing, you may also want to check out this update on new and forthcoming bike-related GIS data resources.

This map is also available through Bike Utah's web page.

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