Among the UIPA’s most vital charges is the encouragement of sustainable development in project areas. We view this as an important aspect of fulfilling our mission because we believe no one should have to choose between the environment and the economy. Introducing advanced technologies and sustainable practices will ensure Utah’s competitiveness, both nationally and globally, while reducing risk. Of course, the end goal is to safeguard the unique and natural beauty of the state for future generations. UIPA collaborates with its partners and stakeholders to incorporate highly sustainable strategies to mitigate any potential adverse impacts on land use, air quality, water and other natural resources, as well as the transportation system within the jurisdictional area.
The threefold UIPA framework for sustainable development: Green, Resilient and Equitable.
Carbon neutrality with net zero emissions is the true aim of all development within UIPA jurisdictional areas. Through the identification and preservation of ecological zones surrounding jurisdictional areas, UIPA encourages balanced development and pursues policies that minimize or altogether avoid negative environmental and health impacts. Greenhouse gas analyses and sustainable development targets also guide UIPA’s business partnerships as the Port prioritizes developers that are willing to implement emissions reduction technologies.
Developments within jurisdictions are purpose-built and increase the capacity of the Inland Port Area in order to withstand social, economic, supply chain, and environmental concerns and events. Limiting negative developmental impacts on the natural environment and local communities is as essential to Utahns as it is to the long-term success of the project area. Therefore, land use strategies will encourage dense and diverse development that creates an efficient Port with minimal ecological impact.
All communities affected by Inland Port Area developments will be consulted as part of planning processes with the goal of promoting improved accessibility, economic opportunity, connectivity, health, safety and quality of life. Development goals are to integrate the jurisdictional area, the natural landscape and local communities, while establishing the necessary environmental buffers. The creation of open spaces, multi-use employment and clustering development all play a role in UIPA’s efforts to meet this standard.
Low Impact Development
Low impact development principles are an essential part of UIPA’s sustainability framework, as they establish a platform for reducing technical barriers and promote voluntary use of sustainability strategies. These principles are established based on Low Impact Development (LID), which refers to the combination of land planning, site design and construction practices that aim to conserve and protect natural resource systems, while reducing infrastructure costs. This land use development framework focuses on protecting areas of habitat connected by corridors of water or native vegetation, which are valuable to Utah’s environment.