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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to what we heard in surveys filled out by chapter membership in 2019 – that many members felt that the website was outdated, communication was sporadic, and that the Listserv was the best way to communicate […]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 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: There is an […]

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Gallery: APA Spring Conference in Moab

Thank you to all who joined us for the APA Spring Conference in Moab!

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Bridging the Equity Gap through Planning and Policy

Over the past several decades, communities across the nation have developed sustainability goals and strategic plans; characterizing “sustainability” as the intersection of ecology, economy and equity. More recently, many communities have begun to take a closer look at the “equity” realm of social and environmental interaction. They have developed social equity goals and strategic plans […]

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Value of APA Membership

It’s 2020; a New Year and a new decade, although some argue the new decade starts in 2021. Arguments aside, January 1 means it’s time to think about New Year’s resolutions. Consider joining the American Planning Association (APA) this year for personal and professional development, and savings.  If you have never been a member or […]

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The Importance of Planning in a Limited Resource Environment.

I would like to share one of my favorite plot devices to storytelling and lessons that it teaches to planning. Some of my favorite movies create a natural tension in the plot by using the limited availability of resources as a plot point.  The heroes of the story must overcome some great foe with diminished […]

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