Salt Lake County Names Helen Peters as New Regional Planning & Transportation Director
Posted By Regional Development
October 04, 2021
Helen Peters, Salt Lake County's Regional Transportation Program Manager, was recently appointed Regional Planning & Transportation Director.
Helen has worked with Salt Lake County for more than four years on managing the County's transportation portfolio and collaborating with regional partners and governmental entities to provide expertise on transportation, land use, and funding. She’s highly regarded for her deep knowledge and technical skills in these areas that are critical to maintaining residents’ quality of life.
“I see all my work in transportation as a way of serving the question of, 'How do you give people from all backgrounds equitable access to opportunity?'” Helen Peters said.
In her new role, she will focus on how Salt Lake County can prioritize sustainable regional growth and continue to coordinate with partners and agencies to lead Salt Lake County’s efforts to implement the Wasatch Choice for 2040 Vision; coordinate countywide input and implementation of the Wasatch Front Regional Transportation Plan; and manage the Planning and Transportation Advisory Committee; as well as collaborate with Mountainland Association of Governments (MAG), Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), and Utah Transportation Authority (UTA).
"She brings an appreciation for the distinct differences between local and regional planning and transportation, as well as a recognition that collaboration with municipal partners is critical to a strong region," Dina Blaes, Director of the Office of Regional Development, said.
Regional Planning & Transportation is currently actively involved in the Millcreek Canyon Federal Land Access Program grant; crafting the West General Plan; and facilitating regional solutions discussions about housing and planning, among other responsibilities.
“Our collaboration with public officials and regional partners helps us to create a vibrant Salt Lake County,” Helen said. “There are always challenges to rapid growth, but the Regional Planning & Transportation platform allows us to serve residents by contributing to communities of opportunities.”
Prior to working at the County, Helen was a transportation and policy planner at J-U-B Engineers and Parametrix. Outside all things transportation and planning, Helen enjoys live theatre and chocolate.