As the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Wasatch Front Regional Council’s (WFRC) primary responsibility is to coordinate the transportation planning process along the Wasatch Front. Part of this process is the development of the short-range Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), which ultimately helps implement long-range transportation plans. Updated once a year, the TIP provides a carefully reviewed prioritization of and plan for funding regional roadway, transit, bicycle, and pedestrian improvement projects over the next six years.
An additional role is to coordinate programs, plans, and projects with federal and state partners. WFRC’s programs address region-wide challenges and opportunities, including active transportation, air quality, integration of transportation and land use planning, regional economic development, and several others. In an effort to build unified approaches among local jurisdictions and state and federal agencies, as well as provide an organizational structure for local governments to manage programs that overlap municipal boundaries and/or are regional in nature, WFRC coordinates the following.
To improve air quality and connections to transit, as well as provide commuting options that enhance residents’ quality of life, the Active Transportation program supports in the funding and construction of bicycle and pedestrian facilities.
In partnership with Salt Lake County, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), and Utah Transit Authority (UTA), the Transportation and Land Use Connection (TLC) program provides technical assistance to local communities for planning efforts aligned with the Wasatch Choice Vision.
Housed within the Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC), the Wasatch Front Economic Development District (WFEDD) fosters a regional approach to economic development, as well as coordinates economic activities, research, project planning, and implementation.
In coordination with the State of Utah’s Housing and Community Development Division, the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program assists communities in providing housing and a suitable living environment for low and moderate-income residents.