Envision Heber 2050 Encourages Residents To Provide Feedback On Four Growth Scenarios

Approximately 100 Heber City residents met Wednesday evening at Heber Valley Elementary school to see the results of the citizen input from the March 20th Public Visioning Workshop. They were shown four scenarios of projected growth for the valley.

Consultant for the project Christie Oostema explains what happened at the public visioning workshop in March.

“We asked people what do you value? You all filled posters with sticky notes expressing your ideas. Answering the question as we grow what do we need to hold onto? Then we also asked well what do you imagine? How should we accommodate anticipated growth? People at the workshop created lots and lots of maps expressing their ideas for the future of Heber. You can see 25 maps created by groups of citizens expressing all kinds of ideas.”

Since that meeting Heber City officials and hired consultants have been working to identify priorities expressed by community members through the 25 maps.

The result is four potential growth scenarios, labeled scenario’s A, B, C and D. You can find maps of these scenarios above.

Feedback provided about trails, open space, shopping, jobs, mobility, parking, existing neighborhoods and future gathering places all contributed to the four scenarios that were created.

Scenario A shows how growth will continue in Heber City and nearby areas if trends continue. The results would be scattered development spread out throughout the valley with shopping and employment mostly located near the edge of current city boundaries.

Scenario B has growth focused primarily along the Highway 40 corridor, with larger lot subdivisions in outlying areas. The jobs would be focused along the corridor and in an office park south of town.

Scenario C has growth focused around six smaller town centers connected by roads and a series of bike trails. The town centers would be located in southeast Heber, downtown, two north village areas, and two areas just south of Jordanelle. This scenario would support open space.

Scenario D would feature permanent preservation of open lands while focusing growth in three centers, a revitalized downtown, another densely developed area near the River Road junction with Highway 40 and a final in the mountain hills located south of the Jordanelle. There would be open space between the three denser areas.

Envision Heber 2050 is now asking citizens to review the proposed scenarios and provide feedback on what aspects they like and dislike through a survey on Envision Heber’s website. Oostema says she expects the survey to remain open for about six weeks. You can find the survey here.

See the full presentation from Wednesday evening at KPCW.org.

Heber Valley Artisan Cheese held their 2nd annual Ice Sculptures Exhibition this weekend. Several local businesses sponsored the sculptures being displayed. There were also two different ice carving demonstrations. The event was free to the public.

The annual event began last year when Carolee Kohler saw ice sculpting on a Hallmark movie and thought it would be a fun idea for their farm. They are also considering a woodcarving event.

According to Lindsey Strother, social media and events coordinator, each sculpture takes between 1-3 hours to carve. “We contacted Amazing Ice Creations back in November, and we reached out to local companies to sponsor the ice sculptures,” she said. “Yesterday morning around 9 am, they came in a massive truck and dropped them all off for us, and we set them up.”

Along with the ice sculptures, sponsors receive a sign and canopy for the display and social media marketing. The sponsors decide what they want to have sculpted. After the event, they can take the ice sculptures and display them at their businesses. The creations normally last a couple of weeks. Some will be left in the field and can be viewed throughout the week.

The ice this year included Olaf, company logos, animals, and other items. Darron Kingston, the sculptor, has carved ice for over 10 years with his dad. According to Kingston, “I like sculptures that give me a challenge. Here, for example, my favorite was the lumberjack.” One of his favorite past creations was a 9-foot bear.

Grant Kohler, owner of Heber Valley Artisan Cheese, explained, “We decided to do something that was free and something that people could just get out and come and enjoy. Especially this year with Covid, it seems like Januarys are slow months. People are looking for things to be able to get outside and do.” He continued, “Businesses pay in and buy the sculptures, we have them sculpted, and then we just let people come and enjoy them.” Kohler estimated around 3,000 to 4,000 people will stop by the event.

The dairy farm also offers cheese-making classes and tours of their new robotic barn. “The tours are everyday except Sunday,” according to Kohler. “People hayride over, intermingle with the cows, see the barn and amenities, and watch the cows be milked. The cows will literally go get milked on their own.” Tickets for the tours and other events are available on the Heber Valley Artisan Cheese website: https://hebervalleyartisancheese.com/.