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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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Legislative Interim Committee – What You Need To Know

This week the last legislative interim committee meetings are being held before the 2021 legislative session gets underway.

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Stakeholder Information Portal Survey

The Wasatch Choice Technical Assistance working group is looking for your feedback on creating an informational portal that would be valuable for your responsibilities. Please complete the 2-minute survey HERE to make this effort a success. We will have a draft of the information portal for your review in the future. Please finish by Monday, […]

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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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What the Wasatch Front needs is more basement apartments

A lot of people want to move here, but there aren’t enough places for them to live.

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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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Say Hello to the new face of APA Utah Chapter Communications

We hope that you have noticed the significant changes that have been occurring to the way APA Utah communicates with chapter membership. These changes are in response to what we heard in surveys filled out by chapter membership in 2019 – that many members felt that the website was outdated, communication was sporadic, and that the Listserv was the best way to communicate […]

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Editorial: Are You Producing or Consuming APAUT?

Admittedly, when we’re all focused on germs, earthquakes, evaporating 401k accounts, and praying mightily that our Netflix keeps streaming … the issue of our investment in APA UT probably isn’t top-of-mind. However, professional planners should be the first to realize that the way to get where we want to be in the future is to […]

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PANDEMICS AND THE PLANNING OFFICE

Pandemics and The Planning Office What a time to be alive. As we all face the looming COVID-19 Pandemic, we are realizing how the city planning office is being impacted. It seems rather trivial to write this, but it also seems somewhat important. Yesterday was the right time to plan for this. But it’s too […]

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OPMA Order Summary

The OPMA currently allows public bodies to hold electronic meeting but requires that the public body still have an “anchor location” where the public may physically attend. Under the executive order, a public body may hold an electronic meeting in accordance with the OPMA but the order waives the following statutory requirements: Posting written notice […]

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Don’t Let a Serious Crisis Go to Waste

This is such an unusual time! This headline really hit it home for me just this morning:  In the near term, the Utah League of Cities and Towns has compiled a very helpful list of resources as we all address the demands of the pandemic. Here is the key link: http://www.ulct.org/research-resources/covid-19-information-for-local-governments/ There is an […]

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