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A lot of attention is being given the dramatic growth that is occurring along the Wasatch Front. It is the subject of exhaustive studies and comprehensive planning efforts. That’s good! Such efforts are critical to the region’s future.
But what of Utah’s Dixie? From Ivins through St. George to Hurricane, LaVerkin and Virgin, people are flocking to Southern Utah. The U.S. Census Bureau lists Washington County among the 100 fastest growing counties in the nation. State figures show it is growing faster than any other county in Utah. Home building is booming. Schools are bulging. Traffic congestion, especially in certain areas, is constant. And in the arid climate, providing enough water for the burgeoning population is always a critical concern.
KSL brings this up because of the natural propensity of bureaucrats and lawmakers, even the media in Utah, to focus on the more densely populated Wasatch Front.
In the zeal to address critical growth issues facing the state, we encourage public officials to remember what’s also happening in places like Washington County. With Dixie’s population growing rapidly and projected to exceed a half-million in a couple of decades, the area should not be treated, as some in that area bluntly put it, as the Wasatch Rear.