Western Zion Corridor: Planning for Regional Resilience
Zion National Park and the gateway communities along the western transportation corridor leading into the park have experienced considerable pressure from increased tourism, regional growth, and related impacts on social and environmental resources. The Center for Ecological Planning and Design is currently partnering with the University of Utah Environmental Dispute Resolution (EDR) Program* to undertake an action research project providing regional planning support for the western Zion corridor (WZC) while studying the effectiveness of collaborative regional planning as an approach for enhancing regional resilience. The research team includes faculty and graduate students from the University of Utah City and Metropolitan Planning Department, College of Law, and Environmental Humanities Program. Local project partners include Zion National Park, the Town of Springdale, the Town of Rockville, the St. George Area Tourism Office, and the Utah Department of Transportation.
This project is funded with support from the University of Utah College of Architecture and Planning Scholarship Incentive Program and the St. George Area Tourism Office.
*Established in 2012 as part of the Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources, and the Environment in the S.J. Quinney College of Law, the EDR Program exists to educate students and the public about the possibilities for collaboration, mediation and other dispute resolution processes as alternative methods to resolve public policy conflicts, especially around environmental and natural resource issues. For relevant news and reflections on dispute resolution processes, check out the EDR blog!