Planning in Gateway and Amenity Communities: Understanding Unique Challenges Associated with Transportation, Mobility, and Access to Opportunity

Gateway communities (such as towns and rural areas outside of national parks) and amenity communities (such as ski resort towns) throughout the western United States and nationally face a variety of concerns associated with rapid growth and increases in tourism. These challenges range from congestion and overwhelmed transportation systems to lack of affordable housing and negative impacts on community character. Surprisingly, while the unique transportation and planning-related challenges of gateway and amenity communities have, to some extent, been noted in recreation and tourism research, these concerns are largely overlooked in planning scholarship. This study will examine the unique transportation, mobility, and access to opportunity related challenges being experienced by gateway and amenity communities throughout the western United States (U.S.). It will also explore opportunities for these communities to address identified issues, such as through capacity building and knowledge transfer, and will illuminate pathways for future planning research. It will do so through a multi-pronged approach, which will include in-depth interviews with planners and other key public officials from 15-20 western gateway and amenity communities; on online survey of planners and other key public officials in gateway and amenity communities throughout the west; and in-depth case studies of the Zion National Park, Utah, and Bonner County, Idaho, regions. In light of the dearth of planning scholarship on this topic, the project anticipates this study will result in multiple peer-reviewed journal articles and popular press publications documenting (1) the unique transportation, mobility, and access to opportunity challenges facing gateway and amenity communities in the mountain west; and (2) opportunities for addressing these concerns and lessons learned from leading communities. The project anticipates developing a variety of tools and approaches to transfer knowledge among affected communities, including via a website platform and an in-person peer-to-peer learning summit that will be hosted at the University of Utah. Multiple graduate students will be involved in conducting this study via research assistantships and a graduate level applied workshop course focusing on gateway and amenity community transportation and planning concerns.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $208348
  • Contract Numbers:

    NITC 1118

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    University of Utah, Salt Lake City

    City & Metropolitan Planning
    201 South Presidents Circle
    Salt Lake City, UT  United States  84112

    Town of Springdale

    118 Lion Boulevard
    Springdale, Utah  United States  84767-0187

    Utah Office of Tourism

    300 North State Street
    Salt Lake City, Utah  United States  84114

    Washington County Utah

    197 East Tabernacle
    St. George, Utah  United States  84770

    Project 7B

    PO Box 2365
    Sandpoint, ID  United States  83864
  • Managing Organizations:

    TREC at Portland State University

    1900 SW Fourth Ave, Suite 175
    P.O. Box 751
    Portland, Oregon  United States  97201
  • Project Managers:

    Hagedorn, Hau

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Utah, Salt Lake City

    City & Metropolitan Planning
    201 South Presidents Circle
    Salt Lake City, UT  United States  84112

    University of Arizona

    College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture
    1040 N. Olive Road
    Tucson, Arizona  United States  85719
  • Principal Investigators:

    Rumore, Danya

    Stoker, Philip

  • Start Date: 20170901
  • Expected Completion Date: 20181231
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01641372
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Institute for Transportation and Communities
  • Contract Numbers: NITC 1118
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Jul 20 2017 7:47PM