Toquerville City General Plan
In order to mitigate the impacts of increasing tourist traffic on Main Street/I-15 UDOT has planned a maintenance project in coming years. The Toquerville mayor and council wanted to develop a sustainable long-term solution, a bypass road. The bypass corridor had great local support from citizens and elected officials because it is intended to take traffic away from the residential areas, and will allow the City to develop a future commercial core where tourists will be traveling. The land use, housing, safety, economic and traffic consequences will all be positive if a carefully planned bypass corridor is established. The Dixie Metro Planning Organization (MPO) was also supportive, and plans to contribute funds to the bypass corridor study.
Toquerville City, being proactive, desired to re-write their general plan so that the corridor study would be influenced by local housing, infrastructure and land use objectives. Rural Community Consultants coordinated with the transportation plan that will be developed simultaneously by Jones & DeMille Engineering.
Implementation success stories:
“Soon after we adopted our general plan, a large corporation mentioned that they were considering funding a trail project in our general area. We showed them our plan, and they committed to build it by us. This plan was just what the city needed.” – Mayor LaFevre
In 2021, UDOT announced plans to implement the bypass road project. (See the media announcement here).