The Goals for Life on State

Setting clear goals and objectives is a critical foundation for a successful planning effort. Goals provide direction in forming policies, strategies, and actions, and sets the basis for how they should be prioritized in achieving the community's vision.  

These goals were written by stakeholders based on input from the community and priorities established through public outreach. They reflect many of the goals in current plans adopted by Salt Lake City, South Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, the Utah Department of Transportation, Utah Transit Authority, and the Wasatch Front Regional Council .

See the summary below or read this chapter of the plan for more details.

Improve safety & Security

Create a State Street that is welcoming, safe, and healthy by improving traffic safety for drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists and transit riders, as well as addressing crime prevention and security through urban design. 

Key Issues: Traffic safety and personal security are major concerns on and around State Street.

Improve identity of place

Establish and strengthen a unique sense of place that supports State Street's cultural significance in the region, encourages civic pride in the surrounding neighborhoods, and leads to economic success.

Key Issues: State Street area currently lacks a unique sense of place that hinders its cultural significance and limits its economic potential. 

Expand Connectivity

Expand opportunities to safely cross State Street, connect more people to more places in and around the area, and improve access to nearby schools, businesses and community services.

Key Issues: Connections across State Street are limited and State Street often acts as a barrier between surrounding neighborhoods and nearby schools, businesses, and transit services.


Improve access for commuters, residents, and businesses along the State Street corridor by enhancing safe and comfortable travel for all modes of transportation.

Key Issues: State Street is a major transportation corridor for all modes, but access for pedestrians, bicyclists and transit riders is a concern. 


Examine opportunities for infrastructure improvements, regulatory changes and public-private partnerships that increase investment, job growth and promote a multi-faceted, internationally competitive corridor.

Key Issues: State Street is a center of employment and economic activity today, but the existing roadway and regulatory environment is hindering economic growth.

Support Equitable Living Opportunities

Expand and attract new housing options along State Street for all life stages and incomes, and enable sustainable, urban living with improved access to local businesses and community services.

Key Issues: State Street and surrounding area has long been identified as a key location for more housing and vitality, and a wider range of housing options are needed along this major transportation and transit corridor.

Encourage Healthy & Sustainable Design

Create a public realm and built environment that promotes healthy lifestyles and reduces the environmental impacts of new and existing development.

Key Issues: Air quality, aging infrastructure and a lack of green and public spaces are major issues along the State Street corridor.