Green, Resilient & Equitable Development: Happening Now

UIPA’s duty to encourage sustainable development in project areas is an important aspect of fulfilling its mission. We don’t have to choose between our environment and the economy. In fact, sustainable practices reduce risk. Introducing advanced technologies and sustainable practices will ensure Utah’s competitiveness, both nationally and globally. It also safeguards the unique and natural beauty of the state for the next generations. UIPA collaborates with its partners and stakeholders to incorporate sustainable strategies to mitigate any adverse impacts on land use, air quality, water resources, natural resources, and the transportation system within the jurisdictional area.

The UIPA framework for sustainable development is threefold: green, resilient, and equitable.

Carbon neutrality and net zero emissions is the aim of all development within the UIPA jurisdictional area. Through the identification and preservation of ecological zones surrounding the jurisdictional area, UIPA can encourage balanced development and pursue policies to avoid or minimize negative environmental and health impacts. Greenhouse gas analyses and sustainable development targets will also guide UIPA’s business partnerships as the port looks for developers that are willing to implement emissions reduction technologies.

Developments should be purpose-built and increase the capacity of the inland port area to withstand social, economic, supply chain, and environmental events. Limiting negative development impacts on the natural environment and local communities is essential to long-term success of the project area. Therefore, land use strategies will encourage dense and diverse development that makes for an efficient port with minimal ecological impact.

Communities affected by inland port area developments will be consulted as part of planning processes to promote improved accessibility, economic opportunity, connectivity, health, safety, and quality of life. Development should aim to integrate the jurisdictional area, the natural landscape, and local communities while creating 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
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). LID 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 patches of habitat connected by corridors of water or native vegetation, which are valuable to Utah’s environment.