Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and members of Envision Cache Valley unveiled a long term plan for Cache Valley and encouraged citizens to be proactive and anticipate growth in order to create a better future for the valley at a meeting Tuesday at the Logan Tabernacle.Dirk Bowles, Franklin County commissioner and co-chair of Envision Cache Valley, said the population of Cache County is projected to double by 2030.Herbert said the Envision program has seen success in other parts of the state that have faced the challenging issue of growth that now faces Cache Valley. Herbert said Utah and Washington Counties have benefited greatly from the planning program.”We have one chance here to get ahead of the curve and make sure what we’re doing in anticipation of growth is the correct thing,” Herbert said.Herbert said this project is unique because it cuts across state lines to create a dialogue among all of those in the valley. Herbert said things such as air and water quality pay no attention to borders and that working across these borders is crucial to the betterment of the valley.Herbert said, “This is an exciting opportunity for us to bring people together and talk about those issues that are important to this valley.”Idaho Rep. Marc Gibbs also spoke at the gathering. Gibbs said the old adage, “If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail,” applies to this situation and that planning now is crucial to building the ideal future of Cache Valley.Gibbs also said Idaho is “pleased and honored” to have been invited in this process.Tom Jensen, Envision Cache Valley co-chair, presented a draft of the vision for Cache Valley the group put together.
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