Take a look at the process of creating the draft plan for The Point that included key elements such as an innovation accelerator, business core, mixed-use residential, retail and entertainment opportunities, extensive parks and open space and multiple transportation options such as biking, walking, roads and transit.
Key Vision Elements
With the help of our five working groups, six Key Vision Elements were identified to act as guides during the planning process. These elements are integral to the foundation of The Point, prioritizing community, collaboration, sustainability and more as the process of concretely planning the site moves forward.
With the Key Vision Elements as inspiration, the planning team at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill created guiding principles to inform the planning process even further. The guiding principles include:
- Connect the Jordan River Parkway to mountain trail systems.
- Respect, restore and enhance water & green infrastructure systems.
- Maximize connections to transportation assets. Emphasize walkability.
- Create a clear project center and identity.
- Create sub-districts and sub-centers based on a 5-minute walking radius.
The Point of the Mountain State Land Authority continued to proactively plan for the future of the site by creating a draft plan. The plan aimed to provide direction for future site use, while allowing for flexibility to respond to changing conditions. Planners for The Point released three preliminary concepts for the site. These concepts illustrated different potential approaches to future development.
Planners for The Point built on preliminary concepts by identifying signature features to include in alternatives for the site. These signature features were formed directly from public feedback, and include considerations for recreation and open space, access to retail, economic innovation centers, and more.
Expanding on the signature features identified earlier in the process, the planning team refined alternatives. To do so, they combined optimal attributes such as water conservation corridors, a river to range greenway and trail, an institutional anchor, and a centralized development core. Each refined alternative highlights three distinct development strategies, showcasing the differences between them.