Downtown Vernal Revitalization Plan
The Downtown Vernal Revitalization Plan is a master planning effort that explores ways to retain and attract businesses, improve the pedestrian experience, and strengthen Vernal’s unique and memorable identity, all of which support a more vibrant downtown. Included in this plan are placemaking strategies for a more walkable/bikable environment, transportation recommendations for streets within the study area and a market analysis that explores highest and best use for parcels. The area includes redevelopment options for aging commercial buildings and options for surface parking on open lots, providing possibilities of mixed-use development that attracts new economic opportunity. The plan also includes a focused look at improving walkability along paseos that help to better connect blocks with existing and proposed activity centers. To involve the community, a walking tour of downtown Vernal was organized, in addition to an online survey, two-day design workshop and focused interviews with residents. As Vernal continues to grow, the downtown will provide a concentration of places to shop, eat and gather for residents and visitors alike.
SERVICES: Master Planning, Placemaking, Landscape Architecture
A DOWNTOWN PLAN THAT IS BOTH DYNAMIC AND LESS CAR CENTRIC
The Vernal Downtown Plan identifies actionable steps, both in terms of projects and policies, that support a more pedestrian-friendly downtown that is activated morning through night, seven days of the week.
BY THE NUMBERS
Vernal, UT | 54 Acres / 9 City Blocks | 2021
By developing a Downtown Plan that is multi-modal, this project aims to support human-powered movement that has the greatest potential to reduce the carbon impact on climate.