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Category Archives: Policy/Legislative

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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The Color of Law: A Book Review

Is racial segregation today the result of private choices or a lasting legacy of government-sponsored discriminatory policy? This is the question that Richard Rothstein sets out to answer in The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America.

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Zoning Reform Is Not Leftism

To characterize proposals for zoning reform as “leftist” is incorrect. It is true that a number of Democratic candidates and progressive organizations have embraced some of these proposals. Yet it remains the case that for most of American history, from the time of colonial settlements to the heyday of the robber barons, American neighborhoods grew in response to markets, not zoning.

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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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“The Great Localization” COVID-19 and Opportunities for Communities

COVID-19 could permanently change the future of our cities   COVID-19 is an important moment in the history of cities.  Even as we continue to battle the public health emergency of COVID-19, and are grappling with the economic emergency, we are beginning to understand that living with a pandemic may forever alter people’s lifestyles and […]

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Zoning Reform – English Style

Housing affordability and land use regulation are issues not only all across America, but also across the “pond.”

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Affordable Housing Guide – State-of-the-Practice in Ten Utah Cities

Affordable Housing Guide_20200720.ss (002) This guide discusses over two dozen affordable housing tools employed nationally and by ten of Utah’s largest cities: Lehi, Ogden, Orem, Park City, Provo, Salt Lake City, Sandy, South Salt Lake, West Jordan, and West Valley City. Our thanks to Cameron Diehl, Baylee White, James Wood, Ted Knowlton, Meg Ryan, Hal […]

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Annexation Reform Sorely Needed

Annexation Reform Sorely Needed by Wilf Somerkorn wilfsommerkorn@live.com Recent actions in the Utah state legislature on the issue of annexation and incorporation (see summary of annexation bills) have recalled to memory, for those of us who were around in the 1990s, the stupefying annexation wars that ricocheted around the halls of the Capitol and chambers […]

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3 Stories Show the Flip Side Of Zoning Reform

Wilf Sommerkorn discusses housing affordability and the push for zoning reform.

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Utah County Training and Bike Tour in Vineyard Big Success

With a completely full event attendance, Michael Florence and Morgan Brim lead Utah County Planners on a bike tour of Vineyard’s innovative planning and development.

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APAUT Call to Action

I am reaching out as the Co-Chair of the APA UT Legislative Committee for a call to action to request additional and flexible funding from the next Congressional coronavirus financial relief package. Senator Romney is critical to ensure state and local jurisdictions receive direct financial assistance to address the coronavirus pandemic.   National APA has activated and mobilized […]

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The Politics of Housing Affordability

Housing affordability and “reform” of local land use continues to be on political agendas with its apparent, but uncertain impacts on future urban growth

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