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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MESSAGE

Alan Matheson is executive director of The Point. 
The Point is shaping up to be Utah's Innovation Community, a true model for the nation that will help to solve some of Utah's housing challenges, provide parks and open space, facilitate economic opportunity and enhance Utahns’ quality of life.

To help inform future decisions made by the Point of the Mountain State Land Authority (Land Authority), we recently conducted a series of preliminary studies. The studies include recommendations to improve air and water quality, reduce energy and water use, bring cutting edge technology to The Point, reduce driving and provide affordable housing and transportation options. Learn more about our findings below.

HELPING TO ADDRESS UTAH'S HOUSING CRISIS

It's no secret that Utah is experiencing a housing crisis. According to the Utah Foundation's Missing Middle Project, we need approximately 45,000 more housing units to meet the needs of Utah families and individuals. One in eight Utah homeowners below median income are paying 50% or more of their income on housing. The more expensive homes become, the further Utahns will have to live from their workplaces.

The good news is that the Land Authority aims to be part of the solution to Utah's housing challenges by proactively planning for a balanced mix of housing types at The Point. With approximately 7,400 multi-family and single-family homes, townhomes, apartments and condominiums, the site will offer a wide variety of affordable choices for Utahns from all walks and stages of life. The Land Authority is working closely with the Unified Economic Opportunity Commission to implement strategies that make housing at The Point more affordable. 
READ THE MISSING MIDDLE PROJECT

CREATING ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY 

According to the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, The Point will create nearly 47,000 high-paying jobs from 2025 to 2048.
The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute has released a study showing that The Point will create a significant economic opportunity for Utahns. The study compared two redevelopment scenarios. The first scenario analyzed The Point Framework Plan which anticipates a high-quality, mixed-use, amenity-rich development. The second scenario—the baseline development—followed an approach where the land is “sold to the highest bidder.” The study found that the Framework Plan development scenario materially outperforms the baseline development scenario by all measures. 

The Framework Plan supports 46,500 jobs, $4.4 billion in annual earnings and $7 billion in annual GDP for Utahns at buildout. When compared with the baseline development, the Framework Plan features a stronger rate of job opportunity, higher-paying jobs, increased fiscal contributions and more residential, office, retail and hotel space.
READ THE ECONOMIC ANALYSIS

CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY ENHANCES QUALITY OF LIFE

The smart community recommendations for The Point utilize innovative and sustainable infrastructure, technology and shared data. Smart network and data infrastructure provide easy access to digital services today and a roadmap for the future. Smart environmental interventions spur sustainable economic growth while providing a better living experience. The following recommendations will help to inform future decisions by the Land Authority:

  • Smart ICT Infrastructure. Having a strong Information and Communications Technology (ICT) backbone to the digital environment of the site can serve as the foundation for all other smart solutions.
     
  • Smart Environment. In addition to the built environment, smart sensors and applications such as micro-climate controls and connected, off-grid street lighting can be installed to augment and enhance the local environment.
     
  • Smart Utilities. A central plant to support the heating and cooling demands of The Point can serve as a central source of local power and thermal comfort demands.
     
  • Smart Community. A smart application that provides a consolidated portal for all available digital services can benefit the people who will live, work, visit and recreate at The Point.
     
  • Smart Buildings. Smart buildings can enhance the user experience through efficient operation of the energy system operations.
READ THE SMART COMMUNITY RECOMMENDATIONS

IN THE NEWS

With over 150 counts of media coverage and potential views totaling 230 million, The Point is making headlines across the country as America's newest 15-minute city. Click on the links below to watch the latest national and local news. 
Bloomberg | Utah Dreams Up a Different Kind of '15-Minute City'
Domus | Innovative and green: The Point is the first 15-minute city in the US
Yahoo! Finance | Utah Seeks Development Partners to Build America's Newest 15-Minute City
Fox 17 | Does a '15-minute city' represent the future of towns?
ABC 15 | Does a '15-minute city' represent the future of towns?
Archinect | Utah’s vaunted 'walkable city'
The Denver Channel | Does a '15-Minute City' represent the future of towns?
Arch Daily | Rising from the Desert: A 15-Minute City is Coming to Utah
READ THE NEWS

CONTACT US

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WHAT'S THE POINT?

The 600 acres of state-owned property at the current site of the Utah State Prison in Draper is known as “The Point.” The site represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create an iconic Utah development that provides affordable housing options, advances innovation, catalyzes robust economic growth, provides parks and regional trail connections, demonstrates sustainable practices and protects the environment.

The site is centrally located in the heart of Utah’s fast-growing technology sector and between Utah’s two most populous counties. It is well served by vital infrastructure and surrounded by more than 20,000 acres of undeveloped land in area communities. It is easily accessible via high-capacity roadways and planned future transit service.
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