If you ask any resident why Heber Valley is so special to them, they will probably tell you about beautiful mountain ranges, the open sky lines, the clear starry nights, and the good people of this valley. These are all things that make Heber Valley a special place to live and they can never be purchased or replaced.
With the rapid pace of new growth in Heber, it is easy to see how we could quickly lose the things we cannot replace.
Over the past few decades, Heber Valley has experienced unprecedented growth. The once small farming community of Heber that I grew up in is now covered with new homes and businesses. As is their right, land owners are finding new uses for their land and existing properties. The challenge with new land uses is knowing how to keep the identity of our small town and integrate it with the new growth.
Seeing firsthand the challenges new growth presents, I invited Envision Utah and Mountain Lands to give a presentation to the city council regarding strategies that can be incorporated to help us best manage our rapid growth and development. Partnering with one of these groups would be very beneficial as Heber City does not have the staffing in place nor the expertise required to pull together the huge quantities of data that must be analyzed in order to create a community that we all enjoy living in and that is business-friendly. The city and the county must work together on these issues and prepare now for future growth. The City will need impact fees and good planning advice to get ahead of this growth. We must recognize that constant growth is here and will continue. We need to prepare now for the changes that will inevitably come so that we can maintain our beautiful community and allow Heber City to thrive during this process.