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Housing in the West – Growing Pains

House prices in small and midsized cities are rising rapidly in America’s Mountain West. Average home values in Colorado Springs rose by 15% between February 2020 and February 2021; prices in Bozeman, Montana, increased by nearly 20% (see chart). In Boise, Idaho house prices are up by 28%, the biggest increase among the 900 metro areas tracked by Zillow, an online listings platform.

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The American Jobs Plan Will Make Our Infrastructure Crisis Worse

Like great projects of the past, the President’s plan will unify and mobilize the country to meet the great challenges of our time: the climate crisis and the ambitions of an autocratic China.

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President’s Infrastructure Proposal Includes Addressing Housing Affordability

On Wednesday, President Biden announced and outlined the next priority on his legislative agenda: a climate-centered infrastructure bill. At $2 trillion-plus, the American Jobs Plan is a far-reaching proposal to modernize and transform the built environment and infrastructure of the United States. The scope of it is impressive. The plan would, if passed, provided a […]

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We Cannot Plan from Our Desks

This article does not necessarily reflect the attitudes or opinions of APAUT or the APAUT Executive Committee. Planning is a desk-bound profession. Our work is performed in an office, detached from the populace, with only occasional field outings and community meetings. Our practice lacks street knowledge. We write long-range plans for neighborhoods we don’t frequent. […]

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Rep. Curtis, Sen. Romney introduce bill to advance the Bonneville Shoreline Trail

Today, Representative John Curtis (R-UT) and Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) released the following statements about their legislation to enable the construction of high priority sections of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail (BST) to enhance recreation opportunities near Utah’s most urban areas.

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Recording and Materials from Legislative Update – What You Need to Know

APA ULCT Legislative Update March 24 2021 Slide show SB201 Public Notice Amendments March 24 2021 ULCT Land Use Bill Summary Part 1 2021 ULCT Land Use Bill Summary Part 2 2021 Watch recording HERE.

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Western Planner CALL FOR SESSIONS

We are now accepting proposals for presentations at the 2021 Western StatesPlanning Conference to be held IN-PERSONAugust 22-25, 2021 in Paradise Valley, Arizona. This conference will be our most diverse ever as we break our professional boundaries and build new connections through this year’s partnership between APA Arizona with its network of 2,800planners and The […]

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Utah could lose out on billions in federal funding for passenger rail

In recent years, the Wasatch Front has enjoyed the addition of commuter rail, light rail, and a streetcar. However, options are still limited for those wishing to travel beyond the Wasatch Front without a car. For the past decade, I’ve been researching how Utah could expand passenger rail across our state and connect to cities in neighboring states and do so cost effectively using existing freight rail infrastructure.

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Social Equity Through Transit-Oriented Communities

Transit-Oriented Communities (TOC) zoning ordinances often incentivize affordable housing development near rail lines, bus stations and transit stops in exchange for expedited processing, density bonuses and parking reductions. In addition to encouraging forward-thinking development, these communities can provide a boost toward upward mobility for underserved populations. While legislation alone cannot solve the complex issues of […]

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Shining a Light on Outdoor Lighting Ordinances

Every community stands to benefit from reduced light pollution, whatever their size, demographics, and priorities may be.

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The Cure for the Wasatch Front’s Housing Crisis: More Affordable Homes Between North Salt Lake and Lehi

Critics will say that my proposal will drive up the costs of single-family detached and multi-family homes because I am limiting supply. I agree, initially, the price of these will rise, but I believe that it will slow and flatten.

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Ambassador Program Update

In the past, APA Ambassadors were required to apply and complete activities throughout the year to forward the idea of planning as a profession to children ages K through 12. The APA Ambassador Program will be changing for 2021!

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