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2020 Spring Conference Presentations

Conference Presentations

The 2020 Spring Conference in Moab, Utah was a great success. Below you’ll find the presentations from the conference.

 

A Community Roadmap to Clean & Resilient Energy

KATE BOWMAN | KEVIN EMERSON

Clean and efficient energy technologies come with many benefits, including air quality improvements, lower utility bills for residents and businesses, and improved community resiliency. Learn more about tools and resources that planners can use to foster the growth of sustainable communities, including strategies to leverage the growth of energy efficiency, electric vehicles, rooftop solar, and all-electric building technologies.

 

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Planning for Water

EVAN CURTIS | YING-YING MACAULEY | JIM HARRIS

Water and land use are inextricably linked, but to what extent are planners in Utah linking water planning to their land use plans and ordinances? Join the State Planning Coordinator, the Division of Water Resources, the Division of Drinking Water, and the Division of Water Quality to learn about the State Water Plan, regional conservation goals, drinking water capacity planning and plan review requirements, storm water updates, and water infrastructure. Following the panel discussion, attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions.

 

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Setting Goals & Action Plan

BEN LEVENGER | DOWNTOWN REDEVELOPMENT SERVICES

Master planning is a critical step for an active, vibrant and attractive community. While it is critical, many communities have the wrong style of planning to meet their desired goals. This session will answer the “5 W’s” of good planning

 

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EXPLORING CONNECTIONS BETWEEN UTAH’S LANDSCAPES & WELLBEING

Courtney Flint | Utah State University

Utah’s diverse mosaic of landscapes provide a dynamic backdrop for it’s fast-growing economy. Land use decisions are complicated because of the relationship between Utah’s lands and waters and the wellbeing and objectives of stakeholders. This presentation will draw upon recent study findings that highlight values and attitudes about landscapes and waterscapes as well as measures of personal and community wellbeing across the state. It is hoped that the discussion will explore opportunities for collaboration between Utah’s planners and those who carry out USU’s land grant mission through research and community engagement.

 

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COMMUNITY QUEST: A PLANNING GAME

SCOTT MCCOMB | AUBREY LARSEN

Monopoly on steroids for planners??? Play an exciting new board game where you’re a developer for a day, exploring trade-offs between new developments and natural landscapes. Learn how to apply the principles of this land use chip game to your community. Can you handle the CHAOS?

 

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STRATEGIES AND TACTICS FOR ONGOING PUBLIC COMMUNICATION PROGRAMS – PART 1 & 2

Lisa Church | Geoff Liesik | Christina Judd | Heila Ershadi

Join us for two panel sessions packed with professional communication expertise. The first session will focus on the purpose of a strategic communication plan and effective local government communication practices, with local practitioners and the president of the UT PIO Association sharing regional best practices and case studies from their own experience. The second session will focus on communication campaigns to engage the community for specific purposes, with two professional communication consultants and a UDOT regional communication director discussing the building blocks of effective public engagement.

 

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PRESERVING COMMUNITY CHARACTER

Meg Ryan, UTAH LEAGUE OF CITIES & TOWNS

This session will take a look back before trying to project into the future. It will address the nebulous issue of “community character” and ask, “what is that” and “how do you figure that out”? We all talk about our quality of life and how it is changing, but can we do anything about it? We will explore techniques to determine what is important to your community and worth trying to preserve. It will also suggest tools that could be used for some of the common issues. Heber City in Wasatch County will be used as an example.

 

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FINDING COMMON GROUND: CONSENSUS BUILDING IN GRAND COUNTY

RYAN WALLACE | DARRAH APPELFELLER | DAN SMITH | LIANNA ETCHBERGER

This session will use two projects in Grand County, Utah as case studies to demonstrate how comprehensive engagement and mission-driven design can help in successfully navigating the politics of small town planning. The same underpinning principles apply to working with a university as they do with an institution. We will also touch on sustainable design, living building standards, and integrating programming into master planning. Each project will be presented followed by questions and answers with a panel and a short activity where participants will be able to practice techniques described in the presentations.

 

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FINDING COMMON GROUND: CONSENSUS BUILDING IN GRAND COUNTY

RYAN WALLACE | DARRAH APPELFELLER | DAN SMITH | LIANNA ETCHBERGER

This session will use two projects in Grand County, Utah as case studies to demonstrate how comprehensive engagement and mission-driven design can help in successfully navigating the politics of small town planning. The same underpinning principles apply to working with a university as they do with an institution. We will also touch on sustainable design, living building standards, and integrating programming into master planning. Each project will be presented followed by questions and answers with a panel and a short activity where participants will be able to practice techniques described in the presentations.

 

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THE FINANCES OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING

SCOTT LOOMIS, MOUNTAINLANDS COMMUNITY HOUSING TRUST

What to do about the need for affordable housing has risen to the top of concerns in most communities in Utah and throughout the nation. This session will help you understand the many methods of financing affordable housing from Low Income Housing Tax Credits, Olene Walker Housing Loan Fund, Private Activity Bonds, CDBG, HOME funds, Opportunity Zones, New Market Tax Credits, Federal Home Loan Bank, CRA and more.

 

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UDOT MAIN STREETS

TIM SULLIVAN | JEFFREY SANDERS | TED KNOWLTON

Learn about tools that local jurisdictions and UDOT can use together to improve Main Streets with State Highway designations in rural areas. See the preliminary results of the draft tool kit and learn about UDOT’s Community of our Dreams initiative to partner with communities to meet their goals.

 

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Utah’s Night Skies

Crystal White | Amanda Podmore | Elaine Gizler | Sophie Bellina | Aubrey Larsen

 

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