Utah State University Extension
About R.I.P.P.


Rural communities within the Intermountain West Region are losing their identity, purpose, and sense of place at an alarming rate. Their are many reasons for why this is occurring, some of which are, the loss of agricultural lands to residential developments and highways, the loss of valuable wildlife habitat, and the loss of natural ecosystems ’ ability to function properly.

These issues are not only difficult to address, but expensive as well. This is why the Rural Intermountain Planning Program (RIPP) was created. Under the direction of USU Cooperative Extension, the program provides expertise from an interdisciplinary group of experts to assist, and advise rural communities with decisions relate
d to environmental planning and design.

Due to its’ affiliation with the University, Utah State University Cooperative Extension has access to a tremendous collection of resources. With these resources the program can effectively address issues facing rural communities. Some of these issues include the following:

- Environmental Planning
- Community Design
- Wildlife Preservation and Design.
- Green Space Preservation and Design.
- Public Education about:
Community Revitalization
Urban Transition Zones
Wise Use of Natural Resources.

Given that the needs of every community differ greatly RIPP deals with issues not only on the rural community scale but at the regional scale as well.

A Board of Directors provides insight and vision to the program while an interdisciplinary “think tank” investigates new research opportunities. The majority of projects undertaken include outreach projects, research, government funded service projects, educational conferences and seminars, on-line education, and published literature.

Community & Regional

With the ever present pressures of expanding populations and commerce, even rural communities can not afford to overlook the importance of smart growth. Funding and support for smart growth projects, however is not easily obtained, limiting the number of potential projects a community can implement.
RIPP can assist these communities by providing the following:

- General Master Plans
- Zoning Plans
- Expansion Feasibility Evaluations
- Land Development
Proposal Evaluations

Landscape Architecture

In conjunction with the Utah Botanical Garden Staff, USU Extension Horticulturists, and the Utah Water Conservation Center, RIPP provides design services for projects such as community gateways, streetscapes, parks and open spaces, habitat restoration, public buildings and gardens, and downtown community restorations.

Downtown Community Restoration

RIPP can provide communities with recommendations to help enhance and beautify degraded downtown centers into enjoyable spaces with character and vitality. Design ideas/plans are communicated through the use of traditional methods as well as through computer technology. Some of the presentation formats are as follows:
-PowerPoint Presentation
-GIS Layout
-Visual Simulation
-3D Visual Simulation
-Planting Plan
-Master Plan View