The “Nature” of 2050 Visioning Workshop

11 June 2016 Written by   Published in Break-Out Sessions

Session Description

As the Wasatch Front grows, what legacy of natural space and park land will we have to enjoy? Come develop answers to these questions through an interactive small group workshop. Map out your ideas and convey your key priorities for recreation, agricultural land, and land that improves our environment. Results will be shared with cities and counties through the new Wasatch Choice 2050 Vision. This workshop is a chance to think big about the legacy we will leave.


Christie OostemaChristie Oostema, Adjunct Assistant Professor, City and Metropolitan Planning, University of Utah

Christie works across urban, suburban and rural areas of Utah in addition to providing community and regional-level capacity building assistance nationwide. Her passions include facilitating public conversations and exploring emerging solutions with citizens and stakeholders in planning processes that encompass housing, economic development, mobility, agriculture, and the environment. Recent work includes focus on the Wasatch Choice for 2040, the land use and transportation vision for Weber, Davis, Salt Lake and Utah Counties, and facilitation of several associated stakeholder processes working toward vibrant neighborhood development projects. Christie is an adjunct assistant professor in the College of Architecture + Planning at the University of Utah, serves on the advisory committee for Salt Lake City's new Downtown Master Plan, and is a board member for the Utah Housing Coalition. Christie has a masters' degree in Urban Planning. Prior to Envision Utah, Christie was executive director for a nonprofit focusing on critical lands conservation and community planning.

Sarah HinnersSarah Jack Hinners, Acting Director, Ecological Planning Center, City and Metropolitan Planning, University of Utah

Sarah is a landscape and urban ecologist that works on bridging the gap between science and academic research and real-world applications. Research interests focus on the ecological, economic and social roles and value of green infrastructure in cities across scales and along the full gradient from "pristine" to highly urbanized ecosystems. Sarah works with scientists, engineers, planners and stakeholders to better understand the way humans and landscape interact to produce "human habitat", of which cities are perhaps the ultimate example. Past research examined the effects of suburban development and suburban green space on the community ecology of wild bees in the Denver, Colorado metropolitan area. Sarah is currently working on mechanisms that facilitate inclusion of ecosystem service values and natural resource data in urban scenario planning calculations.

Betsy ByrneBetsy Byrne, MLA, Lead Planner, Envision Utah

Prior to Envision Utah, Betsy worked for the National Park Service Rivers, Trails, & Community Assistance program, where she provided technical assistance to community-led outdoor recreation and natural resource conservation projects. Betsy has a master’s degree from the Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning program at Utah State University, where she focused on active transportation, recreation and open space planning, and resilient community design.