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It behooves every community to plan for the future, which is especially true in Washington County, said to be the fastest growing area in the entire country. So, it is good to see citizens in St. George and surrounding towns anxiously engaged in a well-organized process to prepare for what's coming their way.
Today's burgeoning Washington County population of 150,000 is expected to soar to 400,000 by 2035. Where will all of those people live, work and play? How will they get around? Should development occur willy-nilly, driven merely by market forces, or should strategies be adopted to manage the growth in order to preserve the beautiful region's unique characteristics?
Wisely, county leaders last year decided to involve the public in a series of planning meetings under the banner of Vision Dixie. The process is following the Envision Utah model that has been used so effectively along the Wasatch Front. 13 workshops last fall led to the creation of four possible scenarios for handling the projected growth. Now, citizens are in the midst of workshops to determine which growth strategies make the most sense.
KSL compliments Washington County leaders as well as the citizens of the area for their diligent involvement in the Vision Dixie process. Now is the time to prepare for what is coming.