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2021 APA Utah Fall Conference Speaker

Ryan Wallace

Associate Principal and Urban Design Director
MHTN

Ryan is an associate principal with MHTN and is the urban design director. He is an architect and planner with significant experience in higher education and municipal projects including campus master planning, programming, design and construction. With a combined background in urban planning and architecture, he is able to work at multiple scales simultaneously. He has contributed significantly to projects for over 9 years through his careful attention to detail, passion for client engagement and development of innovative solutions to complex problems

Session(s):

The Vernal Downtown Plan—Modeling a Walkable Community that Celebrates Cultural Identity and Place »

March 24, 2022 9:35 am

Vernal’s Downtown Plan, recently completed in October 2021, focuses on thirteen blocks surrounding the intersection of Main St. (HWY 40) and Vernal Ave. (HWY 191). The City initiated this planning effort because although Vernal’s Downtown character is both historic and charming, there are many vacant storefronts and evenings are relatively quiet. Additionally, these two major road corridors are noisy and due to the large volume of semi-trucks, can feel unsafe. This plan identifies strategies that aim to draw visitors and residents into the downtown and out of their cars to shop, dine and socialize. Through extensive public engagement and coordination with UDOT, this plan incorporates the diverse feedback received into a conceptual plan, design guidelines and implementation strategy. This presentation will cover the nine-month design process and actions taken by the city following its completion. You will hear from members of the design team and Vernal’s City Manager.

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