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Goals from Cache County-wide Trail & Parkway Master Plan

The following goals and supporting strategies should be adopted by each community to successfully implement this master plan.

Fom Cache County-wide Trail & Parkway Master Plan

Map of UtahEXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The Cache County-wide Trail and Parkway Master Plan responds to public demand for a network of pathways that connect neighborhoods to parks, schools, natural areas, commercial areas, and other desired destinations. As new development continues at a rapid pace, preserving a remnant of Cache Valley’s renowned beauty and quality of life in growth areas is of high importance. With progressive planning strategies, communities can guide development to preserve river corridors, access to public lands, and other strategic open space areas that would enhance a trails system and create regional parkways for future generations.

This plan provides mapping and documentation of future trail and open space corridor opportunities, as well as educational resources to help local communities manage their growth towards a positive outcome for recreational and alternative transportation facilities. The document serves as a resource for each community to provide background and technical information to assist community officials and the public. Although the emphasis of this plan is on non-motorized trails, designated motorized trails are documented, with the possibility of adding additional motorized routes in the future.

The plan will also be enhanced in the near future to include a bike routes plan that will also serve as the Bike/Pedestrian plan for the Cache Metropolitan Planning Organization. The bike routes plan will show roads best suited for branding as bikeways, and show the relationship to walking trails that also accommodate cycling. Public demand for trails and parkways is evidenced by recent projects in multiple communities throughout the county. Smithfield City’s Heritage Park Trail and Logan City’s Logan River Golf Course Trail are successful examples of urban trails built as part of a broader future community trail network.

The 2003 adoption of the Cache County RAPZ tax (Restaurants, Arts, Parks and Zoo) has contributed to recent trail projects at the Elk Ridge Park (North Logan City), Lions Park (Hyde Park City), Wellsville Dam Recreation Area (Wellsville City), and the Bonneville Shoreline Trail highway underpass at First Dam Park (Logan City). RAPZ funding has also been awarded to support planned projects such as the Providence Canyon trail to Von’s Park, and the Logan Boulevard Parkway Trail. The objectives of this trail and parkway master plan are: 1) To guide trails, open space and development in a coordinated manner that creates identified recreation, open space, and alternative transportation opportunities, and 2) To improve air quality by promoting walkable development near trails and transit.

The following goals and supporting strategies should be adopted by each community to successfully implement this master plan:

Goal 1. Adopt the County-wide Trail and Parkway Master Plan – Adoption should occur as a general plan amendment, general plan update, or resolution of support. Updates should be provided to the County for trail master plan amendments as required. Zoning ordinances and development codes should be amended to encourage trail and parkway corridors in each community.

Goal 2. Educate the general public, elected officials, stake holders, and tourists – through the development of a County-wide interactive website, and a tourism brochure map.

Goal 3: Educate developers, land owners, utility companies and public land agencies of potential trail and parkway corridors, including unincorporated rural subdivisions along canal or rail corridors. Zoning overlays such as planned unit development codes, cluster development or transferable development rights should be considered to encourage trail corridor and parkway preservation with minimal public expense.

Goal 4. Coordinate trail and parkway efforts between communities and public land agencies - by identifying projects suitable for various funding sources, and by notifying the County-wide Trails committee of intent to apply for funding. The County will support local jurisdiction representatives or committees that represent trail and recreation interests with trail and parkway county-wide plan updates, mapping, ordinance development, trail design, and other planning technical resources.

Goal 5: Obtain funding to implement and maintain a county-wide trail and parkway system – from federal, state, local, private, inkind sources. An adopted trails plan will attract matching funds to leverage local funding and volunteer labor matches. Priority should be given to projects near rapidly growing areas.

Goal 6: Increase walking and cycling trips to improve regional air quality – by encouraging walkable development near transit stops and trails. Walkable development includes connected streets and sidewalks (no dead ends for pedestrians), a mix of uses (residential and commercial) in a more compact pattern.

Communities could encourage more transit and trail trips, and comply with Utah State Code 10- 9a-403 by encouraging moderate income and affordable housing neighborhoods near areas that provide transit, trail, and bikeway facilities.

This plan features county-wide trail system maps for each community and surrounding sub-region in the county. The maps are based on existing or planned trail systems of each community, public land agency, or private utility company in our region. Sensitive lands are shown on the map that might be considered for preservation as part of a parkway system.

Also provided in this plan are educational resources designed to help recreation committees and planning commissions integrate trail and parkway planning into their community general plan, zoning, and development approval processes. Topics covered include the following:

  • Public feedback from a preliminary 2006 public input process
  • Cache County’s 2004 Recreation Master Plan findings of public parkway demand
  • An historic overview of the county’s travel routes and utility corridors that may provide future trail opportunities.
  • An outline of potential parkway benefits, including public heath benefits, enhanced property values, reduced automobile dependency and improved air quality, and enhanced quality of life for economic development competitiveness.
  • An inventory of implementation strategies for local governments, including development guidelines for preserving strategic open space and trail corridors.
  • Legal considerations for trails planning and design, such as liability, public rightof- way determination, designated motorized vehicle routes, and affordable housing (as it relates to walkable development and maximizing trail and transit use for improved air quality).
  • Appendix of typical trail cross section illustrations and a table of trail funding sources.

Download the Goals, Implementation Efforts, and Public Survey from the Cache County Plan (pdf 2.4 mb)

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