Sugarmont Plaza!

Sugarmont Plaza  is a temporary plaza to be located at the former Deseret Industries site located at 2232 South Highland Drive,  Salt Lake City. The site has been vacant for approximately one year, and is currently owned by Salt Lake City.  The proposed project is to create a vibrant, casual public gathering space using the[…]

Great Place Wednesday: Sugar House Streetcar Greenway, Salt Lake City, UT

VODA’s been involved with an exciting new project, one of Salt Lake City’s future Great Places, the Sugar House Streetcar Greenway.  Many groups, municipalities, and organizations have been working for years to see this project come about, and everyone’s excited to see the project finally under construction.  We’ve been working with the great design team[…]

Sustainability Means Local Food

Many people easily associate sustainability with energy efficiency, recycling, biking, public transportation, solar power, hybrid vehicles, and even shopping at local businesses, but few readily associate sustainability with food.  How and what we eat as a community has a major impact on long-term sustainability.  “Eating locally” is more than just a pleasant aphorism for the[…]

Salt Lake County Economic Development Best Practices; Salt Lake City, UT

VODA worked with LYRB and Salt Lake County planning and economic development staff to create  a new “Best Practice” document to guide future economic development in the region. This document was added to the Best Practices document developed in 2008 by VODA, CRSA, and others for inclusion in Salt Lake County’s Township General Plans. The Economic Development Best Practice focuses on specific funding mechanisms that will best assist local governments in ensuring development is guided and sustainable.   In 2010 the Township General Plans were awarded a “plan development” award by the Utah Chapter of the American Planning Association.

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Artspace Community Garden; Salt Lake City, UT

VODA worked with the Artspace organization and Wasatch Community Gardens to help craft a new community garden in downtown Salt Lake City. VODA applauds any effort to improve the neighborhood, and to build a stronger sense of community in our city.  As landscape architects, we support programs that will educate the wider population of the[…]

Sugar House Community Garden; Salt Lake City, UT

VODA’s been working recently with a grassroots group of citizens determined to turn a community eyesore into a community asset.  With a highly visible corner of Sugar House occupied by long-unused tennis courts, this group is planning to create the Sugar House Community Garden on the space once occupied by the Fairmont Park Tennis Courts.

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Red Butte Creek Oil Spill Public Input Facilitation; Salt Lake City, UT

In June 2010, a Chevron pipeline running through the foothills above Salt Lake City began leaking raw crude oil into Red Butte Creek. The spill lasted only a few hours, but dumped an estimated 30,000 gallons of oil into a creek running through residential areas, public parks, and natural areas.  VODA was hired by Carbaugh & Associates and the city of Salt Lake to assist in facilitating public meetings that would determine what actions the city could take to prevent future spills, and how to deal with similar accidents in the future.

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Salt Lake County Township General Plans; Magna, Millcreek, & Kearns, UT

Working on a team at CRSA, VODA worked with the public, elected and appointed officials, and Salt Lake County planning staff to create  new general plans for Millcreek, Kearns, and Magna Townships.  An innovative new format was selected early in the planning process to make the document more understandable to the general public, as well as more useful for officials and staff responsible for implementing the plan within the Townships. In 2010 these three Township General Plans were awarded a “plan development” award by the Utah Chapter of the American Planning Association.

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Swaner Eco Center; Park City, UT

Working on a team with CRSA, VODA staff designed the low water-use landscape for this cutting edge project. This LEED Platinum certified facility is located on previously developed land adjacent to a restored wetland complex and nature preserve. All plantings used on the site are native and require little to no water. Rainwater is collected[…]

Wasatch Community Gardens; Fairpark Garden Design, Salt Lake City, UT

Working with the University of Utah, Mark Morris of VODA assisted Wasatch Community Gardens with a systems analysis in 2005. Using mapping and design programs, Mark worked with WCG to understand the populations that were most benefiting from the community gardens, and how a redesign of the Fairpark Garden might improve efficiencies. With four community gardens in Salt Lake City, Wasatch Community Gardens is the city’s largest community garden organization, and also offers workshops to educate home gardeners in how to increase their own food production. […]