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Author Archives: Judi Pickell

Lehi Connectivity Standards – A Stronger Urban Fabric

In an era of urban expansion designed for the car, Lehi experienced rapid growth in the 90’s with numerous low-density neighborhoods featuring many cul-de-sacs and dead ends.

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Housing First; Cars Last

Underutilized parking lots are a costly waste. By managing parking more efficiently, cities can free up land to house people rather than cars.

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APAUT Invitation 2021: Submit Your Article

APAUT Article Share We ask all APAUT members to submit at least one article to the website/newsletter in 2021. Intentionally, the process is informal, easy, and quick. Simple enough to submit over your lunch hour.The submission can be a simple 200-word description with photos and/or plans. Longer, in-depth, or scholarly articles are welcome too, but […]

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Zoning laws aren’t the only things hindering Utah’s housing market

Salt Lake City is expected to debate a proposal in November to allow zoning for row homes and tiny homes around Liberty Park to offset the home shortage that’s become even worse with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Congratulations to the APAUT 2020 Award Winners

Recognizing planning excellence in Utah.

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The Difference Between a Two Billion and Six Thousand Dollar Project

The following article was written by a former University of Utah City & Metropolitan Planning student and APA Utah scholarship recipient who attended the 2019 National Planning Conference in San Fransisco, California. I think walking tours are one of the best ways to explore cities. I wanted to participate in as many as possible during […]

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The Hypocrisies and Troubles of Local Control

Given President Trump’s proclivity for lurching haphazardly from issue to issue, it might come as a surprise that the president has sustained a steady interest in federal fair housing policy over the past several months—or at least in its value to his re-election campaign. It all started with a presidential Twitter rant about the perceived threat presented  by […]

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Away from the bustle: Covid-19 and the end of commuterland

Robert Edwards and Mario Stephen have responded oddly to the coronavirus pandemic and the crash in high-street spending that it has caused. They have opened a hair salon. Although both men trained and worked for years in London, their new salon is in Hitchin, a town of some 35,000 people that is 50km north of […]

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Fun and Informative Cache County Planner Tour

Thanks to all those who participated in the Cache County Tour. Tour of Cache Event Details Cache Countywide Planning  lead a “Tour of Utah” on Thursday August 27th, Tour Guides: Cache Countywide Planner – Tayler Jensen Cache County Development Services Director – Chris Harrild Tour Stops: The Springs at Logan – Affordable Housing Development Mendon […]

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APAUT Vice President Elect 2021 Francisco Astorga, AICP

Congratulations Francisco Astorga, AICP Francisco Astorga is an experienced City Planner with a demonstrated history of City Planning, including comprehensive plan and zoning code updates.  Francisco graduated from the University of Utah with a planning degree in 2006 and is a proud member of the APAUT Chapter and the American Institute of Certified Planners.  Francisco […]

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APAUT President Elect 2021 Kirsten Whetstone, AICP

Congratulations Kirsten! Kirsten Whetstone, MS, AICP has over thirty years of professional experience in municipal government working on a variety of large-scale development projects, annexations, general planning and zoning initiatives, affordable housing, and food system resilience. She started her career as a City Planner in Fort Collins, Colorado learning and implementing intricacies of the Permit […]

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A Conversation with Matthew Desmond, author of Evicted

A Conversation with Matthew Desmond, author of Evicted   Students and faculty in the City & Metropolitan Planning Department at the University of Utah recently read and discussed the 2016 New York Times bestseller and winner of the Pulitzer Prize Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond. Following this discussion in […]

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