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2021 APA Utah Fall Conference

September 9-10, 2021

Sessions

Sessions listed chronologically.

= Keynote

Six Feet and Beyond – Fostering Public Participation During the COVID-19 Era

Saturday, May 25, 2024, 12:37 PM

The difference between a good plan and a great plan is often community buy-in. Since 2020 the newly implemented COVID-19 restrictions severely impacted the usual public outreach efforts which consisted of hosting varied in-person events. This session highlights several methods (with tips and tricks) we used to get the public involved in projects over the last 2 years. It is our hope that these examples can be helpful in getting meaningful interactions even during challenging times. We believe public participation can still thrive through the pandemic and we can be even better for it.

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The Role of the Planning Commission?

Saturday, May 25, 2024, 12:37 PM

Seasoned planning commissioners discuss ways to be effective, understanding what your role is as an individual commissioner, and a whole commission. Submitted questions and open Q&A.

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Better together: Creating, Belonging and Community

Thursday, September 09, 2021, 9:00 AM

Research shows that teams and organizations will increasingly thrive when they attract, retain, promote, and empower both men and women. This keynote will focus on practices, initiatives, and strategies that have been shown to help all employees—no matter gender, race, ethnicity, age, and ability— flourish in ways that benefit entities and communities. Discover ways to create belonging and community for yourself and others, while continuing to advance your own career.

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Townhome Tour – Mobile Workshop

Thursday, September 09, 2021, 10:00 AM

With interest in townhomes growing, come tour several recently constructed townhome developments in West Valley City. During this mobile workshop participants will see different examples of modern and more traditional townhomes with heights ranging from 1 to 3 stories. Learn how the City is steering townhome developments to specific areas of the City. Hear about the tools West Valley is using to improve the design and amenities of townhome projects.

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Integrating Water and Land Use

Thursday, September 09, 2021, 10:15 AM

Water is essential to quality of life, economy, and our beautiful natural environment in Utah. Historically water and land use planning have occurred separately with land development expecting the tap to run after lots are built and plumbing is installed. The purpose of this session is to cover the absolute essentials of why and how integrating water and land use planning occurs, including some case studies and best practices, with a focus for land use planners. Attendees will come away with specific action items they may be able to implement within their own communities to better integrate water into the development process.

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Strengthening Your Influence as Women

Thursday, September 09, 2021, 10:15 AM

This session is designed to help you learn how to strengthen your influence by understanding more about confidence, identity, purpose, and common challenges. Dr. Madsen will also discuss how understanding and effectively navigating bias is particularly beneficial as well. Tips and tools will be shared so that you can immediately begin to strengthen your influence in your home, workplace, and community. Men who want to learn more about how they can help and encourage women are also welcome to join!

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The Architectural Story of Mid Valley Performing Arts Center Tour

Thursday, September 09, 2021, 11:00 AM

Tour Taylorsville’s new Centennial Plaza and experience an open space specially designed for community gatherings such as farmers markets, arts festivals, movies in the park, live performances, food truck gatherings, and more. Also observe the architectural and urban design techniques utilized to help meld two significant and distinct community buildings into a unified place.

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Community Supported Small Business Incubation Retrospective: Lessons and Success Stories

Thursday, September 09, 2021, 11:10 AM

We take a look back at local examples of small business incubation in the community, from public partnerships to farmers’ markets, lessons learned, and success stories. This panel discussion will then discuss the need for local small business support to help make more economically resilient communities. This presentation will also hear via video the stories of small businesses that have succeeded with the support of incubator venues.

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Is Your City Missing Middle Housing?

Thursday, September 09, 2021, 11:10 AM

Middle housing building types play a critical role in the housing market and yet they’re underrepresented in the Utah market. This session will cover: what is Missing Middle Housing (MMH), availability in current housing stock, role of MMH for growth and attainability/affordability, and best practices. This session will include time for cities to share their MMH experiences and Q/A.

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Water Quantity and Quality Toolkits for Utah Planners

Thursday, September 09, 2021, 11:10 AM

Integrating water and land use planning is essential for smart growth in Utah, but many communities lack the time and resources necessary to successfully integrate these two processes. Accordingly, the Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy and Western Resource Advocates developed a toolkit called the Utah Framework for Community Action. The Blacksmith Fork Soil Conservation Districts and the Bear River Association of Governments have developed a Water Quality Toolkit for Utah Planners. This session will detail the toolkits and attendees will come away with an understanding for how these toolkits can be utilized in their own communities.

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Shaping the Future by seeing how #CitiesWork

Thursday, September 09, 2021, 12:30 PM

#CitiesWork is a call to action for all cities and towns initiated by the Utah League of Cities and Towns. This effort will strive to connect and establish relationships between State Legislators and Cities in order to help educate them on how we work and the challenges we face as we plan for the future. Because many legislators have not served in local government, they may not understand the concept of local control or the impacts of legislation on local communities, including the unintended consequences of statewide policies. The #CitiesWork resource guide outlines three easy steps to tell your local story and develop a relationship with state leaders.

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Centennial Plaza Tour

Thursday, September 09, 2021, 1:30 PM

Tour Taylorsville’s new Centennial Plaza and experience an open space specially designed for community gatherings such as farmers markets, arts festivals, movies in the park, live performances, food truck gatherings, and more. Also observe the architectural and urban design techniques utilized to help meld two significant and distinct community buildings into a unified place.

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Billboards in Utah—Information for the Local Level

Thursday, September 09, 2021, 1:40 PM

Come listen to the story of billboards in Utah from a planner’s perspective – from Lady Bird Johnson’s 1965 highway beautification efforts to where we are today. This session is designed as an open-source ‘toolkit’ for use at the local level, enabling planners to inform and educate their respective city and county councils, planning commissions, state representatives, chambers of commerce, and others about Utah’s billboard laws, and the impacts of those laws on their local planning and community development efforts.

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Unmasking Transportation after COVID-19

Thursday, September 09, 2021, 1:40 PM

As we all begin to recover from COVID-19 we will see transportation behavior, along with land use markets and ways of recreating, find a new normal. Let’s come together to discuss the latest data and share ideas for how communities can shape and build upon these new dynamics to build a better future.

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Planning for Community Resiliency: Looking Beyond Hazard Response

Thursday, September 09, 2021, 1:40 PM

The past year and a half have underscored the need for community resilience planning. Who could have predicted a global pandemic paired with localized issues of earthquakes and severe droughts? Yet frameworks of resiliency thinking allow planners to do just that – prepare for and adapt to the unexpected, aiming not just to survive but to thrive. Join Long Range Planners and partners from the Greater Salt Lake Municipal Services District (MSD) as they explore:

  • What it means to be resilient community
  • How planning for resiliency differs between a more traditional municipality and a campus setting
  • What lessons MSD planners have learned during the past year of planning in diverse Salt Lake County communities.

The presentation will be followed by a group discussion of the future of resilience planning in Utah and the tools that may help regional planners lead the state forward.

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Creating a Community Gathering Place

Thursday, September 09, 2021, 2:35 PM

Taylorsville’s original 1997 General Plan called for the area surrounding Taylorsville City Hall to be a community “gathering place and activity center.” Now, nearly 25 years later, that 1997 vision has been realized with the construction of Centennial Plaza. This new community open space integrates Taylorsville City Hall and the newly constructed Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center and creates a place specially designed for future community gatherings. Learn how architecture, landscape, and urban design unite to help create a place of both beauty and function.

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Effects of Light-Rail Transit and Bus Rapid Transit on Traffic in a Travel Corridor

Thursday, September 09, 2021, 2:35 PM

In studies for the Utah Transit Authority and Utah Department of Transportation, the Metropolitan Research Center at the University of Utah has quantified the impacts of fixed guideway transit lines on traffic in transit corridors. The session will delve into reasons why the BRT impact was less than the LRT impact, and implications for transit investments in the region. It will also discuss the recent decline in LRT ridership, the recent increase in traffic on 400 South, and the lack of affordable housing in those new apartment buildings along 400 South.

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Main Street Revitalization – An overview and economic development strategy

Thursday, September 09, 2021, 3:30 PM

As communities are looking to reinvest in their traditional downtown cores and commercial districts, there are many questions in reference to “the best” process and what some of the expected return on investment will be. Enter the Main Street model, a four point approach adopted by the National Main Street Center over 40 years ago and still being used today across the country to drive grass roots or locally based downtown revitalization. Our lecture will provide participants with a high-level oversight for the main street model, benefits of implementation, processes for being included in the newly adopted UT Main Street program.

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Ombudsman – 15 years of Advisory Opinions

Thursday, September 09, 2021, 3:30 PM

In 2006 the Utah Legislature charged the Office of the Property Rights Ombudsman with resolving land use disputes by preparing advisory opinions on land use law when asked to do so by a party. This session will discuss an overview of the issues resolved by the 235 opinions published in the first fifteen years as well as a general discussion on land use law topics raised by the audience.

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Planner Ethics – Change is Coming

Thursday, September 09, 2021, 3:30 PM

Two years ago, the APA and AICP Boards appointed a Task Force to consider possible revisions to the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. The Code’s “Aspirational Principles” and “Rules of Conduct” have not been reviewed since 2005. The Ethical Principles in Planning have not been updated since 1992. Discussions are now occurring that the Code of Ethics (revisions pending) may apply to all planners, whether AICP members or not. This session will review the ethics issues being discussed and how these changes will affect the ethical responsibilities and obligations of all planners.

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Welcome/Chapter Meeting

Friday, September 10, 2021, 8:30 AM

Overview of the progress made by the APA Utah chapter over the past year and presentation of the objectives and action items for the year to come.

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Density, Inventory and Price: Potential legislative initiatives to address Utah’s housing crisis

Friday, September 10, 2021, 9:00 AM

For several years now, Utah and many other areas have been in the midst of a housing affordability crisis. While there are many reasons for it, one that has garnered particular attention has been local land use practices, prompting regulatory and legislative initiatives. In Utah, the crisis has, among other things, led to the formation of task forces by business and government groups, and the establishment of a state level Commission on Housing Affordability. Rep. Steve Waldrip currently serves as the House co-chair of this Commission, which has been considering a number of policy proposals for recommendation for legislative action. Rep. Waldrip will talk about some of these policy considerations, their relative strengths and weaknesses, and their potential for legislative action in the upcoming session of the Utah State Legislature.

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Explore the Jordan River Parkway Part 1 : Big Bend Preserve Walking Tour

Friday, September 10, 2021, 10:00 AM

The Jordan River is a unique river and watershed. It is 50 miles in length, connecting Utah’s two largest water bodies — from Utah Lake to the Great Salt Lake. Over the past two decades the cities, counties, special service districts, and state and federal agencies that have regulatory and jurisdictional oversight of the river are increasingly working together to revitalize and improve the river corridor, commonly known today as the Jordan River Parkway. This mobile workshop series will introduce participants to some of the best emerging elements of the Jordan River Parkway in West Jordan, Murray and Taylorsville.

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Fairbourne Station – Mobile Workshop

Friday, September 10, 2021, 10:00 AM

Come learn about and tour Fairbourne Station, West Valley City’s downtown. During this mobile workshop participants will learn about the genesis of Fairbourne Station and tour the mix of office, residential, hospitality, medical, and civic uses that are the result of many years of redevelopment efforts. Learn how the City’s involvement in this development has been critical to its success.

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Dark Sky Planning along the Wasatch Front

Friday, September 10, 2021, 10:10 AM

Utah has become the leader of dark-sky tourism in the world and many national and state parks have been certified “dark sky” parks, including two rural communities. However, continued urban growth will increasingly threaten Utah’s remote places’ ability to retain their dark skies despite their steward’s best efforts. This session will explore strategies that urban communities can engage in to limit the expansion of light pollution and skyglow from the Wasatch Front.

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How Are We Doing? Updates on Moderate Income Housing Plans and Accessory Dwelling Unit Ordinances

Friday, September 10, 2021, 10:10 AM

October 1st triggers the compliance date for HB82 internal accessory dwelling units. Open discussion to share implementation and discussion with fellow members. December 1 triggers the reporting requirement for submittal of the Moderate Income Housing Plan. We will share resources and provide any updates on the form and what changes may occur in 2022. Come with your story to share and questions as we all navigate these requirements together.

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Planning for Utah’s New Climate

Friday, September 10, 2021, 10:10 AM

2021’s heat and extreme weather have been a wake-up call, but experts say in fact Utah’s climate has undergone a long-term change. What will this change mean for communities? How can we prepare for it? What will it mean for our economy, for the environment and how people live their lives? Can we do anything to slow or reverse the change?

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The Heber Vision, General Plan and Ordinance Work

Friday, September 10, 2021, 10:10 AM

Learn about the importance of Visioning in your general planning process through the Heber Vision/General Plan story. Consider this innovative planning process that can work for your community.

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Disaster Resilience in Utah

Friday, September 10, 2021, 11:20 AM

Members of the Utah Division of Emergency Management’s (DEM) Mitigation and Recovery team will be discussing disaster resilience, what it means for Utah, and how planners can leverage existing resources and opportunities to develop comprehensive resilience plans for their communities.

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Housing Tools 101 For Elected and Appointed Officials

Friday, September 10, 2021, 11:20 AM

IZ? TOD w/MIHP? Confused? Let’s decipher the acronyms into action! Come to a rapid fire introduction to the housing programs, and tools to consider in your community.

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Re-Envisioning Intermountain West Cemeteries

Friday, September 10, 2021, 11:20 AM

The Re-Envisioning of Intermountain West Cemeteries aims to create environmentally rich, thoughtfully planned, walkable green spaces that celebrate the macro (community) and micro (individual) history of an area. This is done in three parts: 1. Planning, through policies and procedure to ensure cities allow for best practices; 2. Landscaping, creating water-wise, eco-beneficial landscapes that highlight an area’s native flora and fauna; and 3. History and Preservation, memorializing community and individual histories through art, memorials and intentional care of records and headstones. By weaving these three project aspects together, communities will be empowered to create impactful community spaces.

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The Asset-Based Community Development Institute Training

Friday, September 10, 2021, 11:20 AM

Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) is a strategy for sustainable community-driven development. The appeal of ABCD for planners lies in its premise that planners can facilitate communities to drive the development process themselves by identifying and mobilizing existing, but often unrecognized assets, and thereby responding to and creating local opportunities. The six assets we will discuss are (1) individuals, (2) associations, (3) institutions, (4) physical space, (5) exchange and economy, (6) culture, history, and stories. The key is for planners to begin to use what is already in the community.

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The Power of Planners and Planning

Friday, September 10, 2021, 12:30 PM

We are all struggling with the challenges of this time in history. The environmental, social and political challenges are all acute – both nationally and at the local level throughout Utah. In this moment planners have never been more important! Becker will talk about the role we might now play and how we might “lean into” our current challenges.

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Explore the Jordan River Parkway Part 2 : Murray-Taylorsville Paddling Tour

Friday, September 10, 2021, 1:30 PM

Part 2 will include paddling a scenic stretch of the Jordan River from Winchester Park, located at 1250 W Winchester (approximately 6700 South) to Little Cottonwood Creek Confluence at Little Confluence Trailhead Park, located at 677 W 4800 South. Participants will learn about current efforts underway to address water quality, open space preservation, restoration, weed management, bank stabilization, and outdoor recreation development efforts by the Jordan River Commission, Murray City, Salt Lake County, Utah Division of Water Quality and other partners. Participants should wear casual clothes and shoes that might get damp or wet during the paddle tour.

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Critical City Design Elements to Know for Planning Commissioners

Friday, September 10, 2021, 1:40 PM

Planning Commissioners play a critical role in shaping growth, land development, neighborhoods, and downtowns. This session will cover the most important elements of planning and design for cities and land development. Every planning commissioner should be familiar with these areas and planning/design principles. The rapid fire presentations will be given by multiple professionals from various backgrounds. Topics to include: historic patterns, centers, active transportation, street networks, housing choices, parks, transect methodology, densities in the right place, walkability, and water wise design.

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Is Transit-Oriented Development Affordable for Low and Moderate Income Households?

Friday, September 10, 2021, 1:40 PM

In a study funded by the National Institute for Transportation and Communities, the Metropolitan Research Center at the University of Utah has surveyed transit agencies, metropolitan planning organizations, and city transportation departments to compile a complete inventory of TODs across the nation that are served by rail and meet eight other criteria: (1) adjacent or nearly adjacent to rail stations, (2) dense and multistory, (3) mixed-use with residential and commercial, (4) pedestrian-friendly with public space, (5) built after rail opened, (6) largely built out, (7) with their own parking facilities, and (8) master-planned.

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Taking Regional Solutions into Local Hands: Transportation Planning in Southwest Salt Lake County

Friday, September 10, 2021, 1:40 PM

The Southwest Salt Lake County Transportation Analysis and Solutions Development project is an example of an innovative approach to a common issue among fast-growing cities along the Wasatch Front: the time gap between planned transportation infrastructure improvements and the pace of population and employment growth. The Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC), the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), and the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) in partnership with Salt Lake County and the cities and townships in the southwest corner of Salt Lake County successfully completed this study to analyze potential solutions that would help minimize congestion, provide transit alternatives, and connect the bicycle network.

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The Creating Communities Guide: Planning Mixed-Use Centers

Friday, September 10, 2021, 1:40 PM

Envision Utah’s long-awaited guide to mixed-use centers is here! Learn more about the Creating Communities Guide and how to use it to creative vibrant places in your community. The guide is a resource for city councils, city planners and staff, mayors, and anyone looking to learn more about planning to preserve our quality of life. Our walk through of the guide will cover what centers are, how to implement them, and the benefits of centers from housing to transportation to open space.

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Group Decisions

Friday, September 10, 2021, 2:35 PM

The dynamics of interacting with your fellow council or commission members, as you deliberate in front of the public.

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(Re)Introducing the Governors’ Office of Planning & Budget

Friday, September 10, 2021, 2:35 PM

During the 2021 legislative session, HB 326 re-introduced planning into the name of the Governor’s Office of Planning & Budget (formerly Governor’s Office of Management and Budget). The office will streamlined planning, budgeting, efficiency improvement, and economic functions as Utah grows, understanding that proactive planning leads to cost-effective investments into quality of life for future generations. This session will be a workshop format.

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Bicycling Cities: Next Steps in Utah’s Bicycle Evolution

Friday, September 10, 2021, 2:35 PM

The cities you know as bike meccas had to create those conditions. Can communities in Utah achieve similar results? Utah’s obstacles to building bike infrastructure here are unique and will require customized strategies. Come join the roundtable to discuss key challenges and solutions. Let’s share and network.

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Dr. Strangeportation or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Prepare for the Future

Friday, September 10, 2021, 2:35 PM

Transportation is changing, and so should our planning. Our the last year, Utah’s Unified Transportation Plan partners have been studying the external forces (for instance, telecommuting, autonomous vehicles, e-commerce, micromobility, and high-tech transit) that may significantly change our regional transportation systems and travel behavior. How will our travel change? What does this mean for our future plans and anticipated projects?

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APA Utah Book Club: Introduction & Discussion of A City is Not a Tree: 50th Anniversary Edition

Friday, September 10, 2021, 3:30 PM

City planners across the country have been organizing and participating in book discussions on city planning and related literature for AICP certification maintenance (CM) credit. These educational events have provided lively group discussions, professional development, and socializing opportunities. Likewise, APA Utah recently selected A City is Not a Tree: 50th Anniversary Edition for review and discussion. Whether you have read this landmark critique of modern urban design or not, everyone is welcome to attend this session and be inspired by great ideas and friendly discussions.

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Land Use Ethics for Planners

Friday, September 10, 2021, 3:30 PM

This session will explore real-world scenarios where those involved can discuss appropriate responses to ethical issues.

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Welcome

Wednesday, March 23, 2022, 1:00 PM

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Kanab: Adventure’s Base

Wednesday, March 23, 2022, 1:10 PM

Kanab is at the center of the region with incredible places to hike and camp. Thus tourism is the biggest employer in Kane County and vital to the economy. I will provide a personal perspective of hikes in some of the spectacular places around Kanab, including Grand Canyon and the Kaibab Forest, Zion and Bryce Canyon national parks, Grand Staircase and Lake Powell, etc. Following this some of the planning issues Kanab has dealt with will be discussed, including night sky protection, regulating short-term rentals, Hwy 89 thru downtown, a western development theme, and related issues will be briefly covered.

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Empowering Communities through the GNAR Initiative

Wednesday, March 23, 2022, 1:50 PM

Now more than ever, “gateway” communities in Utah and the West are facing unprecedented challenges that threaten the qualities that make them such desirable places to live. In this session you will learn how the Gateway & Natural Amenity Region (GNAR) Initiative empowers western communities to thrive while preserving the things that make them special. You will see real examples of how communities have benefited from our education resources, capacity building tools, and our evidence-based research.

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East Zions Inter-local Trail Success- Trail Planning and Resources for Rural Utah

Wednesday, March 23, 2022, 1:50 PM

Utah is experiencing unprecedented legislative interest and support to fund trail projects throughout the State. How can your locality take advantage of these bolstered trail development programs? Speakers at this session will share exciting updates to existing funding programs and what this means for rural Utah. They will share their insights on how to leverage your localities strength to procure grant funding, from both state and federal sources.

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Ethics Update

Wednesday, March 23, 2022, 1:50 PM

Two years ago, the APA and AICP Boards appointed a Task Force to consider possible revisions to the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. The Code’s “Aspirational Principles” and “Rules of Conduct” have not been reviewed since 2005. The Ethical Principles in Planning have not been updated since 1992. Discussions are now occurring that the Code of Ethics (revisions pending) may apply to all planners, whether AICP members or not. The Task Force has now finalized Report and the 2022 Ethics update is now in effect. Revisions include items regarding equity and social justice, sexual harassment, discrimination, and other issues related to the use and interpretation of the Ethics Code(s). This session will review the updated ethics issues and how these changes will affect the ethical responsibilities and obligations of all planners.

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Inclusive Planning: Connecting with Diverse Communities in Outreach and Public Engagement

Wednesday, March 23, 2022, 2:45 PM

Utah’s growing diversity is a key contributor to the economic and social vibrancy of our cities and towns. Local governments and planning bodies are required to meet a minimum standard of public noticing and public engagement; but does the status quo unintentionally leave diverse voices out of planning conversations? What do we lose when this happens? Dr. Lucero will focus on the basics of inclusive public engagement – its benefits, challenges, design, and implementation. She will share insights from her community involvement and research in Cache County, and attendees will leave with actionable steps to more effectively engage diverse perspectives in the planning process.

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Fast & Funny Planning Game

Wednesday, March 23, 2022, 2:45 PM

Fast and Funny will connect you to peers around the State and expose the less glamorous aspects of land use planning. Come bond through shared suffering and laughter as contestants compete for fabulous prizes by sharing the infuriating, the outrageous, and the downright hilarious stories they’ve experienced in their planning careers. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll kiss 75 minutes goodbye. Crowdsource solutions to coping with public clamor, out-of-order officials, and poorly-prepared presenters.

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Hindsight 20/20 2022

Wednesday, March 23, 2022, 2:45 PM

We often hear the phrase “hindsight is 20/20”. As planners we regularly look 10-20 years into the future to do our work. This session will provide advice from urban counties on what they wish they would have known and/or done 20 years ago.

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Disaster Resilience Project (THE BIG ONE)

Wednesday, March 23, 2022, 3:45 PM

Utah’s natural climate and geography put it at a high risk of a major disaster disrupting the state’s economy and impacting the lives of millions. In fact, the Wasatch Fault has a 43% chance of experiencing a 6.75 or greater magnitude earthquake in the next 50 years, and experts project that such an event would be among the deadliest disasters in U.S. history. A major earthquake on the Wasatch Front would also leave hundreds of thousands of Utahns without shelter while interrupting power, water, sewer, and road service for most of the population—potentially for months.

Envision Utah, recognizing the gaps in resiliency, launched a disaster effort in 2020 to convene key stakeholders and determine the best strategies to improve Utah’s resiliency. During this effort, Envision Utah partnered with the Utah Seismic Safety Commission to present seismic recommendations during the 2022 Legislative Session to address the most urgent vulnerabilities.

During the APA Utah Spring Conference Session, Ryan Beck from Envision Utah will present the seismic risk and resiliency gaps in the Wasatch Front, an overview of the Envision Utah stakeholder process, legislative recommendations, and next steps to continue to improve resiliency in Utah.

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Legal Considerations for Short-term Rentals

Wednesday, March 23, 2022, 3:45 PM

Looking to regulate short-term rentals? We’ll talk about the changes to state statute made last year that affect regulating and enforcing violations for short-term rentals. We’ll also talk about what you can (or, really what you cannot) do about existing short-term rentals in your areas.

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Book Club—Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

Wednesday, March 23, 2022, 3:45 PM

APA Utah has selected Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by sociologist Matthew Desmond for our next Chapter Book Discussion. In Evicted, Desmond follows eight different families in Milwaukee who are struggling to keep a roof over their heads. This critical work on poverty, housing, and economic exploitation in America today highlights many factors all planners should understand. We look forward to hearing your thoughts and lessons learned from reading Evicted. For more information about the book, and additional resources on the topic, please visit https://www.evictedbook.com/.

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Welcome/WM Smart Truck

Thursday, March 24, 2022, 8:00 AM

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WM Smart Truck

Thursday, March 24, 2022, 8:15 AM

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Destination Management: Rethinking the Role of Tourism

Thursday, March 24, 2022, 8:30 AM

Over the past decade Utah has become a premier destination for visitors, introducing new challenges and opportunities to communities across the state. Join a discussion on how the Utah Office of Tourism is working to build a sustainable tourism industry that benefits and preserves our state. Learn how the state is pursuing destination management and development, strategic partnerships, and other ways to keep Utah Forever Mighty®

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Networking Break

Thursday, March 24, 2022, 9:20 AM

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The Vernal Downtown Plan—Modeling a Walkable Community that Celebrates Cultural Identity and Place

Thursday, March 24, 2022, 9:35 AM

Vernal’s Downtown Plan, recently completed in October 2021, focuses on thirteen blocks surrounding the intersection of Main St. (HWY 40) and Vernal Ave. (HWY 191). The City initiated this planning effort because although Vernal’s Downtown character is both historic and charming, there are many vacant storefronts and evenings are relatively quiet. Additionally, these two major road corridors are noisy and due to the large volume of semi-trucks, can feel unsafe. This plan identifies strategies that aim to draw visitors and residents into the downtown and out of their cars to shop, dine and socialize. Through extensive public engagement and coordination with UDOT, this plan incorporates the diverse feedback received into a conceptual plan, design guidelines and implementation strategy. This presentation will cover the nine-month design process and actions taken by the city following its completion. You will hear from members of the design team and Vernal’s City Manager.

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Land Use Training

Thursday, March 24, 2022, 9:35 AM

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ADUs/IADUs in your Community

Thursday, March 24, 2022, 10:35 AM

Discussion of HB-82 for IADUs, and the mandates put in place by the state to address the lack of affordable housing. IADUs are a permitted use in residential zoning district. ADUs and the difference between the two types of units. What’s allowed and what’s not allowed, etc.

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Lunch Keynote: Legislative Update

Thursday, March 24, 2022, 11:35 AM

2022 Legislative Update–The APA UT Legislative Committee co-chairs will bring you up to speed on the latest and greatest, real-time happenings in the 2022 legislative session.

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Religious Land Use And Institutionalized Persons Act —What Planners Need to Know about RLUIPA

Thursday, March 24, 2022, 1:15 PM

The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, commonly known by its acronym RLUIPA, is a federal law requiring local governments to implement land use regulations without (1) burdening the exercise of religion by religious institutions or (2) the rights of institutionalized persons. We’ll briefly review the Act while highlighting best practices and issues to look out for. This should be a brief, highly practical session.

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Trail Planning and Resources for Rural Utah

Thursday, March 24, 2022, 1:15 PM

Utah is experiencing unprecedented legislative interest and support to fund trail projects throughout the State. How can your locality take advantage of these bolstered trail development programs? Speakers at this session will share exciting updates to existing funding programs and what this means for rural Utah. They will share their insights on how to leverage your localities strength to procure grant funding, from both state and federal sources.

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Keeping the Momentum: Successes, Lessons Learned, and Next Steps for the Greater Zion Region

Thursday, March 24, 2022, 1:15 PM

Leaders in the Greater Zion area are tackling the challenges unique to their region by employing methods Utah planners, elected officials, and land managers can learn from. This session will focus on what happens after plans are made, hands are shook, and the ribbons are cut; it will focus on the grind of implementation. Speakers will use their experience working on the multiple initiatives underway in East Zion and the region beyond to illustrate the power of partnerships and collaboration to ensure a better future for their communities.

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Tell Your City’s Story

Thursday, March 24, 2022, 1:55 PM

How historic preservation planning in your city can help cultivate a more sustainable community and benefit generations to come.

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Ethics Update 2022

Thursday, March 24, 2022, 1:55 PM

Two years ago, the APA and AICP Boards appointed a Task Force to consider possible revisions to the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. The Code’s “Aspirational Principles” and “Rules of Conduct” have not been reviewed since 2005. The Ethical Principles in Planning have not been updated since 1992. Discussions are now occurring that the Code of Ethics (revisions pending) may apply to all planners, whether AICP members or not. The Task Force has now finalized Report and the 2022 Ethics update is now in effect. Revisions include items regarding equity and social justice, sexual harassment, discrimination, and other issues related to the use and interpretation of the Ethics Code(s). This session will review the updated ethics issues and how these changes will affect the ethical responsibilities and obligations of all planners.

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Ethics Update 2022

Thursday, March 24, 2022, 1:55 PM

Two years ago, the APA and AICP Boards appointed a Task Force to consider possible revisions to the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. The Code’s “Aspirational Principles” and “Rules of Conduct” have not been reviewed since 2005. The Ethical Principles in Planning have not been updated since 1992. Discussions are now occurring that the Code of Ethics (revisions pending) may apply to all planners, whether AICP members or not. The Task Force has now finalized Report and the 2022 Ethics update is now in effect. Revisions include items regarding equity and social justice, sexual harassment, discrimination, and other issues related to the use and interpretation of the Ethics Code(s). This session will review the updated ethics issues and how these changes will affect the ethical responsibilities and obligations of all planners.

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Golf Event—East Zion Golf Course

Thursday, March 24, 2022, 4:00 PM

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Welcome

Friday, March 25, 2022, 8:00 AM

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Where’s the Market Going and How Do We Adapt?

Friday, March 25, 2022, 8:15 AM

  • A changing retail and office landscape
  • Reconsidering highest and best use in a new environment
  • Why economic development tools are more important now than ever
  • Rethinking the approach to residential development
  • Know your city – what data determines your decisions

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Small Town Politics, When Public Safety Is On The Line

Friday, March 25, 2022, 9:25 AM

Come hear about lessons learned when trying to relocate a small town police station and jail from the basement of a 1939 fire station turned city hall. How did positive public sentiment get checked against financial conservatism and the proverbial band aid approach to maintaining facilities? How were the citizens engaged, alternatives assessed, process made transparent, and elected officials involved?

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U.S. 89 Progressive Design Build’s Digital Stakeholder Engagement

Friday, March 25, 2022, 9:25 AM

The Utah Department of Transportation has set a high bar for public involvement and stakeholder outreach. UDOT’s U.S. 89 project communications team supported the department’s goal and raised the bar when we opened the gates of transparency and offered up an abundance of information through two digital engagement platforms: a PublicInput.com dashboard that hosted an online open house and a project-specific Facebook Group (6,100+ members strong as of December 2021). While digital engagement can be a critical tool to educate, inform, and collaborate with the public, the communications team was met with a spectrum of reactions, varying from frustration with a perceived lack of detail to praise for our unexpected transparency and willingness to incorporate public feedback. We will review our strategy, practice and results using multiple digital communication tactics and assess best practices, “hits” and “misses”, and engage the group in a lively discussion about perfecting the craft.

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Sensitive Lands

Friday, March 25, 2022, 9:25 AM

Why so sensitive? While some would argue that natural landscapes (like people) also have feelings, sensitive lands actually refer to areas where we should consider modifying or avoiding development in order to protect public health, safety, and welfare. If sensitive lands have you down, then this session is for you! Attendees will leave with a framework for understanding what sensitive lands are and why they should be protected as well as examples of “sensitive lands success” from across the state. Don’t cry, just try to be sensitive.

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Utah Water Challenges in the Age of Extreme Weather

Friday, March 25, 2022, 10:15 AM

This panel presentation will explore the increasingly important role that water planning has on communities – from the perspective of a scientist, local government and from the state. Seth Arens will discuss the two ends of hydrologic extremes in Utah, drought and flooding, which were both present in near-record forms during 2021, and projections of what to expect in the future. Laura Hanson will discuss the state’s long-term planning approach to help mitigate these extremes. And Mayor Rosenberg will discuss strategies and actions that can be taken within the local government to better prepare cities to navigate challenges of drought and flooding.

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Planning for Public Land Access and Responsible Stewardship

Friday, March 25, 2022, 10:15 AM

Utah’s Public Land Policy Coordinating Office will discuss the updates to the State and County Resource Management Plans and will provide an overview of the Access Map 360° web application that highlights roads that provide access to Utah’s public lands.

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Annexation—State Law

Friday, March 25, 2022, 10:15 AM

State Law (handout of steps), Heber and Herriman examples stressing the ability to negotiate while in an annexation process through a development agreement

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Looking Forward: The Rural Landscape in 2032

Friday, March 25, 2022, 11:10 AM

To be “rural” means different things to different people. Likewise, to be a “planner” means a lot of different things to different people. One common identifier is that planners look ahead. The purpose of this session is to gather planners that work with rural issues (that’s you) for an interactive discussion (with you) on what rural Utah will look like in the next 10 years, and what we can do now to maximize its positive potential. Rural Community Consultants will moderate the session, and it will only be as inspirational, informative, and as irreverent as you make it. There might be a t-shirt cannon.

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Your Turn

Friday, March 25, 2022, 11:10 AM

Open forum session to answer PC and CC questions.

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Keynote: Alan Matheson

Thursday, September 08, 2022, 9:00 AM

Join us for a discussion about the development of nearly 700 acres of state-owned property called ‘The Point’. Widely recognized as one of the most important economic development opportunities in state history, The Point offers unprecedented potential to create an innovation hub that fosters technological advancement, facilitates mixed-use urban areas and preserves parks and open space.

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The Mayor’s Perspective

Thursday, September 08, 2022, 10:00 AM

Maintaining Community Character: The cities of Bluffdale, Draper, and Lehi – located along the rapidly growing at the Point of the Mountain – have a rich historical character. The pressures of growth can wear at that fabric if not addressed. Hear what these communities are doing to maintain and evolve community character and make connections between the old and new residents of their towns – from the perspectives of their Mayors. A panel of mayors from these cities will present their perspectives.

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The Swiss Army Knife for Housing: Communications, Data and Best Practices

Thursday, September 08, 2022, 10:00 AM

Utah is in a housing crisis with prices having doubled in just the last 5 years. This session will present a handful of new communications and analytical resources to help planners as you help your community grapple with and adapt to these challenges. These resources are helpful technically for planners to understand how to proceed and also critical for having a community conversation about housing.

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Lehi Active Transportation Mobile Tour With Lime Ebikes

Thursday, September 08, 2022, 10:00 AM

Come check out some new active transportation improvements including the I-15 grade separated bike/pedestrian crossing, frontage road trails, and new bike/pedestrian bridge over the Timpanogos Highway and see what Lehi is doing to plan for additional improvements to encourage walking and cycling.

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Planning Gone Wrong

Thursday, September 08, 2022, 10:00 AM

Thomas takes a funny look a bad planning and engineering projects from around the world. This presentation is filled with silly images, but also tries to highlight some lessons that can be learned from other people’s mistakes. Some projects are ill-conceived, some projects with failed execution, some projects just completely bewildering. Thomas reviews them and shares their story.

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ADUs: More Housing or Just More Hassle?

Thursday, September 08, 2022, 11:10 AM

In 2021, the state legislature passed a bill stipulating that in most residential zones in most municipalities, Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) that were located within a primary residential dwelling, were now permitted uses. The intent was to make up for the large deficit in dwelling units constructed over the past decade, and to provide some that would be more affordable. This action followed a national trend to address housing affordability, with mandating ADUs being viewed as easy, low-hanging fruit. So has it worked? Are there more ADUs being built and occupied in communities around the state? If not, why not? What other factors may be affecting the lack of proliferation of ADUs? Will these factors lead to more action in the upcoming legislative session? What about external ADUs? We’ll try to address these and other questions about ADUs with our panel of experts in this session.

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Community Character

Thursday, September 08, 2022, 11:10 AM

Growth just keeps rolling into our communities. How do we shape that growth to retain our community character? How do we retain the features of our community, the features that we value, before they disappear? Learn about Summit County’s Villages Overlay that is intended to promote the compact villages that reflect the heritage of the county. Learn about two Transfer of Development Rights programs – one that preserved 750 open space acres in Mapleton and another that is just starting in Spanish Fork (with a great video!) and meant to retain the agricultural character of the River Bottoms. Growing together to preserve our community character has become an important issue across our state, as communities grapple with increased development pressure.

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Holbrook Farms Master Planned Community Bike Tour

Thursday, September 08, 2022, 11:10 AM

Exploring the successes and challenges of active transportation and mix of housing types in a 3,000 unit master planned project.

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Developing Income Restricted Housing

Thursday, September 08, 2022, 11:10 AM

Affordable housing is a hot topic in Utah with the State and cities grappling with how to combat the housing crisis and how to provide more affordable housing. As planners we know that creating these units is not an easy task, nor is it something that we can do on our own. Most planners rarely get an opportunity to be involved in the creation of affordable housing, or work with possible public/private partnerships for the creation of affordable housing. It’s something that all planners are going to have to learn more about as cities work with the state and developers to add additional affordable housing units to the States housing stock. Join Corey Johnson and Adam Lankford with Wasatch Residential and Rep. Waldrip for a discussion on how developers create affordable housing and the State Legislatures take on affordable housing. The session will include a tour of the Veranda Apartments, an income restricted development by Wasatch Residential.

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Lunch/Ethics Session: Ethics for Reals

Thursday, September 08, 2022, 12:00 PM

Every day, all planners, citizen and professional alike, and regardless of their location or planning activity, face ethical dilemmas. A Planning Commission meeting item has not been properly noticed but rescheduling to next month’s meeting will cause a burden to the applicant. As a Planning Commissioner, what should I do? Can I act on a Planning Commission item, when the staff says some application requirements are missing? Can I support a development that is supported economically but places negative impacts on the community’s resources, including water? My neighbor has made a development application. I should step aside but I am the sole planner in city hall. The mayor has received several complaints from a resident upset about the requirements for a land use permit. She wants me to relax and issue the permit without the requirements. She says it won’t hurt and no one will know. Upsetting the mayor could risk my employment. What should I do? These, and a myriad of other questions come before citizen and professional planners. Sections of the AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct are applicable to all who participate in the planning process. Session presenters will lead a discussion with citizen and professional planners on the real world, practical application of the Code of Ethics.

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Zipflow (lunch session)

Thursday, September 08, 2022, 12:00 PM

Come check out the software that actually understands permitting! Zipflow is a beautiful, easy to use system with layered GIS mapping and in-browser document review. Our software schedules site inspections and coordinates fee payments, meetings and custom forms. Zipflow can make your job much easier, come find out how.

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Legislative Lightning Round with the League: Are you meeting legislative requirements for your general plan and development code?

Thursday, September 08, 2022, 1:15 PM

Planners, have you met all the recent deadlines for land use updates recently passed under State Law? Water, housing, internal accessory dwelling units, Lamma watershed protection areas? JK, no Lamma’s yet but come to this session to learn about what was passed, where to look for help, and what may be coming down the pike this legislative session.

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Starting Small, How to Build a Strong Planning Department

Thursday, September 08, 2022, 1:15 PM

Learn from two planners with experience in growing a planning department due to incorporation or sudden growth pressure. They will discuss three specific areas of focus which are key to creating and sustaining a strong planning department through significant growth and change. They will also discuss creative implementation ideas, unique situations, and past experiences that show how a focus on these three areas has successfully helped planning departments in very different communities.

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Water in Planning: How Land Use Affects Water Use and How Utahns Feel About It

Thursday, September 08, 2022, 1:15 PM

For years, Envision Utah has been facilitating community visioning efforts at geographies ranging from the entire state to the local community. In many of those processes, we’ve worked with water experts to model the water consumption impacts of different land use choices. We’ve also engaged the public to ask them how they prioritize water conservation and how far they’re willing to go to reduce per capita use. This conference session will present the results of these various planning efforts. How much does density alone change water consumption, even without changes in landscaping? What level of landscaping changes will Utahns support? How do Utahns feel about landscaping changes versus other strategies, like shifting water from agriculture to urban uses?

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Legal Hot Topics

Thursday, September 08, 2022, 2:30 PM

There is no shortage of controversy in Utah’s land use realm. Often a single action by a landowner, developer or community can snowball into legislation that impacts the state. It is vital to understand what legal and legislative issues are currently of concern and what solutions are being considered. This is intended to provide a forum to discuss the hot button issues that appear to be rising to the top in preparation for the 2023 Utah legislative session. The APA UT – Legislative Committee will present what they are hearing in regard to – 1) Design Standards, 2) Temporary Ordinances (moratoriums), 3) Development Agreements, 4) Referendum’s and 5) Short-term rentals, as well as provide opportunity for discussion on other legislative topics.

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Visioning and Planning for a Better Future: The Role of Integrating Water Use and Land Use Planning

Thursday, September 08, 2022, 2:30 PM

In 2022, the Utah Legislature adopted a requirement for counties and (many) cities to adopt a new element in their general plans addressing the use and preservation of water. This element must be integrated with your general plan’s land use element. If you think you might comply with the law just by enacting or updating a landscaping ordinance, you will be missing the boat. We will talk about what this new element should include, how the requirement to consider water resources applies to your community, and what integrated planning could mean for the future of the places where you live, work and play.

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Planning for Mountain Biking Trails

Thursday, September 08, 2022, 2:30 PM

Learn about the successes and challenges of planning for mountain biking trails. Lehi City and Draper City will share what they are working on in their cities, and how they have been collaborating to tie their two trail systems together.

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Cache County’s Housing Affordability Task Force

Thursday, September 08, 2022, 2:30 PM

In April of this year, Cache County Executive David Zook launched a countywide task force to address the issue of housing affordability in the Cache Valley. As in much of the rest of the state, rapidly increasing costs were making housing unaffordable for the majority of the area’s residents. What were the causes, and what might be done about it?

The task force was comprised of a broad cross-section of valley political and business leaders, subject experts and academics, and planners. The group identified several key issues of concern and divided into working groups to address them. The results were reported at the Cache Valley Summit at the end of June. Three main issues were focused on, which Cache leaders say they will now work on to help with future housing affordability. The process used in Cache County will serve as somewhat of a model for a series of land use issues workshops to be held around the state during the next year, funded by the state legislature. In this session, David Zook will describe the Cache task force process, and the conclusions about what to do that were reached.

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How to Unlock the Value of Transit-Oriented Communities

Thursday, September 08, 2022, 3:30 PM

Planners know the value of TOD — e.g. riders save money, our air is cleaner and our roads are less congested. This session will explore new research on lesser known outcomes including real estate and economic benefits. The session will also highlight Utah best practices in overcoming implementation challenges associated with TOD.

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Short-term rentals: What You Wish You Already Knew

Thursday, September 08, 2022, 3:30 PM

Looking to regulate short-term rentals? We’ll talk about the changes to state statute made last year that affect regulating and enforcing violations for short-term rentals. We’ll also talk about what you can (or, really what you cannot) do about existing short-term rentals in your areas.

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Where you can succeed as a planner with your skills

Thursday, September 08, 2022, 3:30 PM

Robert A. Heinlein, an American science fiction author, aeronautical engineer, and naval officer is credited with saying – “A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, design a building, conn a ship, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve an equation, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.” Does this same approach hold true in the Planning profession? In this session we will discuss the skills Planners possess and how they can position themselves for success in a such a diverse profession.

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Tour of Thanksgiving Point

Thursday, September 08, 2022, 3:30 PM

Tour the butterfly biosphere, meet the biosphere lab’s chief entomologist, and discuss issues that impact Thanksgiving Point.

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Rob Scott Award/Presentation/Chapter History

Friday, September 09, 2022, 8:30 AM

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Keynote: State Planning Coordination

Friday, September 09, 2022, 9:15 AM

Following a long, treacherous journey, pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847 and declared the area their new home. Utah will reach the 200-year anniversary of this event in 2047—just 25 years from now.

Utah has undergone significant changes since the time of these early years of log cabins to the high-rise office towers of the present. Growth has been almost constant. Utah is growing, aging, urbanizing, diversifying, and changing. The state’s population is projected to reach 4.8 million by the year 2047, and 5.5 million by 2060. Utah is growing because we have a great quality of life and a strong economy, which means our kids stay (or come back) and others want to join us.

This growth has brought Utah many new opportunities, such as record low unemployment and tax revenue sufficient to invest in infrastructure. However, it has also brought challenges, such as traffic congestion, housing affordability, and crowding of recreation areas. In a 2018 survey, the ULCT found that 63 percent of Utahns believe that the state is growing too quickly. Envision Utah’s 2021 values research found that more Utahns think that growth will hurt their quality of life than any previous poll.

Like it or not, growth is coming. It is unrealistic to think we can close the doors; however, how this growth occurs matters. Utahns have the ability to shape the way this growth occurs to ensure that we preserve what makes Utah special. It’s time to have a statewide conversation about growth. Utahns need to come together to talk about our values, about our shared goals, and about what we can do to ensure Utah remains a great place to live 200 years from that momentous day in 1847.

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Low Impact Development – Can You Rely on it?

Friday, September 09, 2022, 10:10 AM

Does low impact development (LID) offer the solution to all our stormwater problems? Learn about the benefits and the potential for LID systems from Jeanne Riley with the State Division of Water Quality, their “Handbook”, and from engineers for two Utah communities.

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Zoning – Carrot vs. Stick

Friday, September 09, 2022, 10:10 AM

Decade’s long planning practices show that most zoning ordinances in Utah, and nationwide, include PUD (or PRUD) standards which provide incentives such as increased density in exchange for improved (and unimproved) common area(s), better architectural design, etc., but these standards are often primarily limited to residential development. This session presents additional planning tools to encourage stronger commercial, mixed use, and residential projects to help achieve affordable housing goals, better mixed use, trails, open space, public improvements, and cutting-edge design. Such tools include mechanisms to meter residential development in mixed-use areas, a commercial equivalent to residential PUDs, development agreements, special exceptions as opposed to variances, finer grain density bonuses, increased building height allowances, TDRs, and more. Planners from Farmington City and North Salt Lake will discuss and present examples they have adopted and implemented in their respective communities.

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State Planning Coordination Q & A Panel

Friday, September 09, 2022, 10:10 AM

Join us for a Q and A panel to discuss state planning coordination.

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There’s got to be a better way to do annexations!

Friday, September 09, 2022, 11:10 AM

From Hideout to Grantsville, from Herriman to Providence and Plain City, the process of annexation of properties to municipalities in Utah is fraught with many problems. At one time, Utah’s state code included a phrase that explicitly stated that urban development should take place in incorporated communities. But disputes between those who wanted municipal services so they could develop their land and those who hoped urban development would never disrupt their rural lifestyles, let alone raise their taxes to pay for those municipal services, led in the 1990s to what some called the “annexation wars,” with sweeping legislative changes made to the state code to accommodate the various factions. The result was a mess of processes and contradictory procedures. Managing new urban growth invariably involves the growth of municipalities through annexations. While the code requires cities and towns to prepared annexation policy plans, they usually fall far short of their potential to anticipate and plan for new growth and expansion of necessary urban services. And how to balance the need to accommodate new growth, and preserve the rural, agricultural lifestyle in those outlying areas? We’ll talk about these issues in this session and see what are some ways to deal more effectively with the need to expand municipal boundaries to deal with growth.

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Street Knowledge: The Wasatch Transportation Academy

Friday, September 09, 2022, 11:10 AM

The “Community Transportation Academy” model seeks to break down the barriers for community members to participate in transportation decision-making processes. Using a curriculum handbook developed in Portland, the U of U’s City & Metropolitan Planning department launched the Wasatch Transportation Academy. Working with local, regional, and state partners, the WTA ran for eight weeks during January-March 2022, reaching a total of 49 students and concluding with a suite of 18 student-led projects. Student feedback from a post-course survey showed a high degree of satisfaction across a number of pedagogic factors, with a strongly positive net promoter score, indicating a likelihood of continued success for the course in future years.

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Sensitive Lands – the New Statewide Tool

Friday, September 09, 2022, 11:10 AM

Sensitive Lands have become an important topic in our communities to help preserve the character and to avoid lands that are hazardous to develop. As a State wide issue, a new tool has been drafted to help communities find the resources they need to create their own ordinances. Listen and learn from Zac Covington, the head of that committee, and then from a practitioner responsible for several ordinances along the Wasatch.

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Walking Tour of Lehi’s Downtown

Friday, September 09, 2022, 11:10 AM

Check out Lehi’s new Public Safety Building and new mixed use building on Main Street, and hear what other plans the City is working toward in encouraging new development in their downtown area.

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Legal Pitfalls of Conditional Use Permits

Friday, September 09, 2022, 11:10 AM

Conditional Use Permits can cause huge headaches for staff and property owner alike. We’ll talk about how to avoid common legal pitfalls.

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Book Club

Friday, September 09, 2022, 12:00 PM

How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time by Jeff Speck during Fall Conference 22 in Lehi, Utah. Walkable City, which was published in 2012 and became the best-selling city-planning book in 2013 and 2014, was described by Planetizen as: “With intellectual cunning and great prose, Jeff Speck diagnoses the disconnect between what planners know about how to make cities livable, and what most of America’s small and mid-sized cities are or (mostly) aren’t doing to encourage wealth, health, and sustainability.’ According to Speck, walk-ability is the one issue around which the livability and vitality of cities depends. ‘Get walkability right,’ he says, ‘and so much of the rest will follow.’ To that end, Speck outlines ten essential ‘steps’ for creating walkability, and ushering in ‘a new era of street life in America.’” If you have been waiting for the motivation to read this urban planning classic, now is the time! Walkable City is widely and affordably available in print, electronic, and audio formats from your local bookstore, library, or online. Start reading today and join our lunchtime book discussion during the APA Utah Fall Conference on September 9, 2022, in Lehi, Utah!

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Emerging Planners

Friday, September 09, 2022, 12:00 PM

Are you a prospective or current planner with less than 10 years of experience? If so, we encourage you attending our Utah Emerging Planners Group luncheon, where you’ll have the opportunity to connect with emerging planners across the state and brainstorm future events for our initiative. Come be friends with us!

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Where Does the Water Go? Jordan Narrows Mobile Tour with Lime Ebikes

Friday, September 09, 2022, 1:15 PM

For many years, the numerous diversion of the Jordan River at the Point of the Mountain have been mostly hidden from view. Thanks to the recent completion of the Jordan River Trail, what’s happening to our river system is coming into clearer view. Join us for a bike tour that will pedal through the Jordan Narrows, observing the two main structures where most of the Jordan River is diverted. We’ll turn around at The Point in Draper, where the range to river greenway and stormwater strategies are reshaping ideas around the Jordan River Parkway.

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Consultants – When do you need them?

Friday, September 09, 2022, 1:15 PM

Many communities struggle to get to updating their community vision/general plan, find it difficult to fix their ordinances, and sometimes are just inundated with so much work that it is hard to keep up. Should they just be hiring more staff or employing consultants on temporary basis to help them out. Learn perspectives from both sides – the community side and the consultant side.

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TDRs & PDRs & AG Zones, Oh My!

Friday, September 09, 2022, 1:15 PM

Communities across the Country are looking for ways to retain their community character. In Utah we are seeing concerns raised about the consistent growth absorbing our farmer’s fields, orchards, and our open spaces. Can urban development and our rural heritage grow together in a way that is beneficial for a community? Learn the details about 4 potential programs that your community could promote through ordinance updates, options for purchasing, and the State authorized agricultural protection zones.

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Can a Bike Lane Be a Trail Too?

Friday, September 09, 2022, 1:15 PM

A protected bike lane provides physical separation between a bicyclist or pedestrian and traffic. In essence they turn a bike lane into a trail, providing a safe and comfortable riding place for all ages and abilities. While protected bike lanes are rapidly growing around the world in Utah they are just getting started. Ogden and Provo are two of Utah’s pioneers. This session will unpack the political, practical and financial issues and lessons that they sought to address and how things have unfolded to date.

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Public Input is Bad, Actually: Designing Effective Land Use Public Processes

Friday, September 09, 2022, 2:30 PM

The title for this session comes from a recent piece in The Atlantic magazine, and probably jibes with the way many planners feel about land use public hearings. The story’s author says about such hearings, “the process is fundamentally flawed: It’s biased toward the status quo and privileges a small group of residents who for reasons that range from the sympathetic to the selfish don’t want to allow projects that are broadly useful.”

In a paper titled OVERPARTICIPATION: DESIGNING EFFECTIVE PUBLIC PROCESSES, Yale Law School Professor Anika Singh Lemar says, “Integrating community engagement into an effective administrative process requires addressing the various ways in which existing public participation processes have failed to serve their purported goals.” This session will look at the processes we currently use for public input on land use decisions, and propose a new model in an effort to balance public input, legal standards, and expertise

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Financing the Future – How PID’s can Work for your Community

Friday, September 09, 2022, 2:30 PM

Is your community using all the tools available to finance public infrastructure? We invite you to come and listen to those who have experience creating, using and managing Public Infrastructure Districts. This session will provide valuable insight into why some communities find PID’s vital to their growth as a community, what are the hurdles in creating PID’s and what are the resources available to educate your elected officials and community members about this tool. Perspectives from local communities, the finance industry and development industry will be share in the robust review and conversation about PID’s.

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Wildland Fire Preparedness

Friday, September 09, 2022, 2:30 PM

Every year, devastating wildfires burn across the United States. At the same time, a growing number of people are living where wildfires are a real risk such as Utah. Also with the effects of climate change becoming more prevalent and wildfires becoming more destructive it’s important for planners to think about how to protect our cities. Utah has a lot of open space, forests, and public lands and wildfires are an increasing risk in western states due to drought from climate change. Many areas have development in close proximity to these areas and are particularly vulnerable to wildfire damage. Draper City Fire Marshal, Don Buckley, will discuss the wildland urban interface and wildland fire preparedness. He will go over what Draper City is doing to help prepare vulnerable neighborhood to help reduce risk and important steps that can be included when reviewing developments and codes for these areas. This session will include a hiking tour of some open space areas.

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Design Standards versus development agreements – who’s on first?

Friday, September 09, 2022, 2:30 PM

Many communities are struggling to get to the design standards they want – or are they? More are using development agreements to allow for greater creativity by developers. Often DAs are used to circumvent certain ordinance requirements while providing “better” alternative designs. Which should you be doing – improve your design standards or simply allow DAs to be considered more?

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Water Conservation: Utah Growing Water Smart

Friday, September 09, 2022, 2:30 PM

Water resource management and land use planning have historically been carried out separately. Yet, where and how we build has implications for our water resources: development drives water use and can impact our water quality and availability. As Utah navigates significant drought impacts, it is essential for local jurisdictions to fundamentally rethink the relationship between development and water supply, and to assume new leadership roles. In this session, we will share how the Utah Division of Water Resources’ new Growing Water Smart Workshops can support land use planners, elected officials, and water resource managers to create water smart communities by implementing strategies that address local and regional water challenges. We’ll also hear from two community case studies at different stages of their water and land use integration journey to learn more about why they’re prioritizing integrated planning, what strategies they’re using, and their results thus far. Attendees will gain a clearer understanding of integrated water and land use planning, how to implement new state regulations (e.g., SB 110), and the resources available to support them in growing water smart.

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Planning for Sign Code Success

Friday, September 09, 2022, 2:30 PM

Take away the best practices in regulating electronic message centers that are context sensitive by understanding the regulatory issues and concerns with electronic message centers and how to address aesthetic and saving historic or vintage signs. Understand regulatory best practices and methodologies on saving historic and vintage signs for your jurisdiction.

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Water Conservation: Good, Better & Best Practices in Urban Design

Friday, September 09, 2022, 3:40 PM

Public conscientiousness and concern about water is growing. Drought, climate change and stormwater are further impacting the already impaired waterways that thread through our communities. Urban designers and planners need solutions. Recent changes in state law are raising the bar on water-wise planning. Join this conversation to learn about some of the elegant solutions to improve water quality, and put more if it back where it is needed the most—in our rivers, streams and lakes.

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Public Engagement Tools, Tips, and Tricks

Friday, September 09, 2022, 3:40 PM

Tools, tips, and tricks to help improve your public engagement efforts.

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Talking Heads, What I Wish I Would Have Known on Day One

Friday, September 09, 2022, 3:40 PM

Planners can learn from listening, talking, and observing other planners and professionals. Three recently retired planners (planning experts), with decades of experience, will reflect on the totality and breath of their careers. These reflections will provide answers to the question, “what do you wished you had known earlier in your career?” A professional civil engineer and practicing attorney will offer another perspective, answering the question, “what do you wish planners knew?” The insights of the session panelists will provide attendees with invaluable relationship, decision-making, and professional development guidance. This session will benefit all planners, including students, citizen planners, and professionals at various stages of their careers.

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Your Turn – ask those burning questions

Friday, September 09, 2022, 3:40 PM

Did your last PC meeting leave you wondering about an unresolved issue? Did you attend a session at the conference where you wanted to ask a question but the time was up? Bend the ear of three practitioners that just might have an answer for you!

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Tour of Thanksgiving Point

Friday, September 09, 2022, 3:40 PM

Tour the butterfly biosphere, meet the biosphere lab’s chief entomologist, and discuss issues that impact Thanksgiving Point.

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Miles and Smiles: How Active Transportation Can Empower Your Community

Wednesday, May 10, 2023, 11:00 AM

In partnership with the Gateway & Natural Amenity Region (GNAR) Initiative and the University of Utah’s City & Metropolitan Planning program, graduate students Tyler Torres and Anna Maki are moving a project forward to gather insights and experiences from professionals who work in rural communities to plan active transportation projects. Our goal is to compile the collective wisdom of practitioners and best practice resources to create an accessible learning module that can be used by gateway rural communities to support their own efforts in making walking and biking safe, accessible, and enjoyable for all.

Uinta Basin Railroad Project

Wednesday, May 10, 2023, 1:10 PM

The Uinta Basin Railway is the first greenfield railroad built in the United States in over 50 years. This 100-mile, $1.5 billion dollar project is also the first common-carrier freight transportation service to connect the Uintah Basin to the rest of Utah’s industrialized economy. While the scale and scope of this project is monumental, what is no less impressive is how the project came to be, leveraging the benefits of cooperative regional planning and public-private partnerships. These planning efforts and partnerships can offer both planners and government officials unique insight into large, complex infrastructure projects in the 21st Century.

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Utah’s New Watershed Stakeholder Groups

Wednesday, May 10, 2023, 1:50 PM

In 2020, the Utah Legislature passed the Watershed Councils Act, (H.B. 166) which authorized and directed the Division of Water Resources to create the Utah Watersheds Council (a state council) and twelve local watershed councils. The intent of the Act is to “develop diverse and balanced stakeholder forums for discussion of water policy and resource issues at watershed and state levels that are not vested with regulatory, infrastructure financing, or enforcement powers or responsibilities.” Session attendees will learn about the work the state and local councils are doing to improve watershed health.

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Short-Term Rentals

Wednesday, May 10, 2023, 1:50 PM

Brace yourself for the non-stop thrill ride that is short-term rentals. Join Utah League of Cities and Towns’ Karson Eilers, Sandy City’s Brynn Bohlender, and Hurricane City’s Fred Resch on a journey beginning with the latest updates from the state legislature and ending with what two of Utah’s most robust Cities are doing to meet the challenge. Questions for our panelists include: how are short-term rentals impacting your community? What have been the real community benefits? What tools are you using to process and manage short-term rental applications and permits? If these are not your burning questions, come stump our all-star panel of experts with your own! All this, and more, at Short-term Rental All Stars!

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In Utah’s Forests, Management Makes the Difference

Wednesday, May 10, 2023, 2:45 PM

Active forest management is needed in Utah to reduce the likelihood of undesirable fires, improve forest health, improve wildlife habitat, protect infrastructure improvements and increase public safety. Years of fire suppression and fire exclusion have contributed to the current unhealthy forest conditions as have years of limited funding for vegetation treatments and frequent litigation by environmental groups. Session attendees will learn what forest managers are doing to restore forest health in Utah.

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Moderate Income Housing

Wednesday, May 10, 2023, 2:45 PM

Planning for moderate income housing is a requirement of General Plans in the State of Utah. Several communities are also required to submit a moderate income housing report annually to the state, describing strategies, implementation plans, and reporting progress for moderate income housing in the community. This session will review the requirements for the reporting communities and present tools and resources available for them to complete their annual reports.

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Community Fishing Pond Case Studies

Wednesday, May 10, 2023, 2:45 PM

Old Fort Ponds (at the historic site of Fort Thornburgh) are Vernal’s first and only true community fishing ponds. In this session, learn how the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR) worked with community partners to complete this project and how a similar project in Roosevelt city is progressing.

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Referendums

Wednesday, May 10, 2023, 3:45 PM

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Planning for Utah’s Water Future

Wednesday, May 10, 2023, 3:45 PM

Learn about recent legislative activity focused on water, and water conditions on Great Salt Lake and Colorado River. Explore water programs and resources supported by the Division of Water Resources.

Fieldhouse Tour

Wednesday, May 10, 2023, 3:45 PM

On this tour, we will be seeing behind the scenes of the natural history museum. We will discover how it functions and provides services to its patrons, how people flow through the museum space, and how they keep history connected with the community. This tour will include exhibits that aren’t displayed for the public.

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Stop-Think-Lead Training

Thursday, May 11, 2023, 8:00 AM

The Stop-Think-Lead (STL) process is a personal Influence and emotional intelligence (EQ) process for dealing with critical situations at work and at home. Learn the benefits of focusing on the situation instead of focusing on the person to strengthen your balance between the rational and emotional mind. This workshop is designed to teach specific interpersonal skills, tactics, and attitudes that help leaders learn the ultimate skill or the art of tact: the art of making a point without making an enemy to live a life of fewer regrets. In this seminar, you will have the opportunity to apply the principles of Stop-Think-Lead in a fun and engaging way to see if you can avoid the pitfalls of having an awkward conversation. Apply the golden rule: If the conversation is going to be awkward, don’t have it. When caught in awkward conversations, end it.

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Have a side of Planning Ethics with your lunch

Thursday, May 11, 2023, 12:00 PM

APA made significant changes, effective January 2022, to the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. These changes affect both professional and nonprofessional planners. This luncheon presentation will focus on the ethical and behavioral standards applying to all Utah planners, including the ethical and professional standards for professional and citizen planners serving Utah’s small communities (municipalities and counties). This session is designed to meet your dietary needs of ethical awareness. Think about this; is your lunch ethical?

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Stop-Think-Lead

Thursday, May 11, 2023, 1:30 PM

The Stop-Think-Lead (STL) process is a personal Influence and emotional intelligence (EQ) process for dealing with critical situations at work and at home. Learn the benefits of focusing on the situation instead of focusing on the person to strengthen your balance between the rational and emotional mind. This workshop is designed to teach specific interpersonal skills, tactics, and attitudes that help leaders learn the ultimate skill or the art of tact: the art of making a point without making an enemy to live a life of fewer regrets. In this seminar, you will have the opportunity to apply the principles of Stop-Think-Lead in a fun and engaging way to see if you can avoid the pitfalls of having an awkward conversation. Apply the golden rule: If the conversation is going to be awkward, don’t have it. When caught in awkward conversations, end it.

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Building Code and Historic Buildings

Thursday, May 11, 2023, 1:30 PM

Join Utah SHPO Historical Architect Jansen Bennett and Historic Tax Credit Coordinator Amber Anderson for an overview of building codes and historic buildings. Gain a high-level understanding of code and learn about the three different compliance paths that can be used to bring an existing building back into use. We will walk through the pros and cons of each path as applied to a case study building

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Defending Land Use Decisions

Thursday, May 11, 2023, 1:30 PM

The Utah Supreme Court has spoken several times in the past five years in response to challenges to local administrative decisions. Based on these opinions, how do we make sure that our administrative records stand up to challenges? What does the staff need to do to make sure the local land use authority’s decisions are bulletproof?

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Vernal City Walking Tour

Thursday, May 11, 2023, 2:00 PM

During this session and walking tour, we will discuss and visit some of the upcoming summer projects, visit storefronts that have taken advantage of the facade grant, and discuss how vernal city is getting projects built.

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Stop-Think-Lead

Thursday, May 11, 2023, 2:50 PM

The Stop-Think-Lead (STL) process is a personal Influence and emotional intelligence (EQ) process for dealing with critical situations at work and at home. Learn the benefits of focusing on the situation instead of focusing on the person to strengthen your balance between the rational and emotional mind. This workshop is designed to teach specific interpersonal skills, tactics, and attitudes that help leaders learn the ultimate skill or the art of tact: the art of making a point without making an enemy to live a life of fewer regrets. In this seminar, you will have the opportunity to apply the principles of Stop-Think-Lead in a fun and engaging way to see if you can avoid the pitfalls of having an awkward conversation. Apply the golden rule: If the conversation is going to be awkward, don’t have it. When caught in awkward conversations, end it.

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Challenges of Small Town Planning

Thursday, May 11, 2023, 2:50 PM

Balancing housing, economic development, transportation infrastructure, water resources, utility management, human services, and the countless other activities that our communities require every day is the focus of planning and public administrators. Addressing each area of need is particularly challenging in rural areas, where staffing and fiscal resources are stretched thin. Learn about some of the strategies being utilized and proposed to assist rural communities in meeting their community’s planning needs.

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Come Get Dirty with Us! Laying the Groundwork for a GNAR Initiative Training Program

Thursday, May 11, 2023, 2:50 PM

The Gateway + Natural Amenity Region (GNAR) Initiative exists to help western GNAR communities thrive and preserve the things that make them special. Join the GNAR Initiative team for an interactive session, where we’ll be showcasing our latest resources available to gateway and rural Utah communities. Our team will also be soliciting thoughts and feedback on piloting a GNAR online training program. Come join us and help shape resources for your community!

Tribal Consultation: an Essential Element of Peace & Mutual Prosperity

Thursday, May 11, 2023, 3:50 PM

Many communities in Utah have tribal lands located near or within their jurisdictional boundaries. Tribes are sovereign nations and establishing a government-to-government relationship is essential to promoting coordination, cooperation and equity during the land use planning process. Session attendees will learn from experts how to facilitate this cooperation as we manage community development.

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Maintaining Public Access to Public Land

Thursday, May 11, 2023, 3:50 PM

Public lands constitute 75.2 percent of the total land mass in Utah. People from around the state, around the nation and around the world enjoy visiting and recreating on these public lands. Session attendees will learn how federal agencies are managing travel to reduce resource conflicts and how state agencies and local governments are participating in the travel management process to preserve public access to public lands in the future.

25 Land Use FAQs

Thursday, May 11, 2023, 3:50 PM

Come hear answers to the 25 most frequently asked land use questions. You’ve probably asked these as well. We’ll cover boundary disputes, vested rights, and more!

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no related speakers.

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Legislative Update

Friday, May 12, 2023, 8:15 AM

We’re calling it the Year of the Planner, or maybe the Planners Full Employment Acts. So much happened during this year’s legislative session regarding land use, planning and housing. We will recap the bills that were passed by the legislature this year and talk about what it will require of local officials and staff to comply with all the new requirements. We’ll also talk about some of the implications of these legislative actions, and what to maybe expect in the future.

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Gun Ranges

Friday, May 12, 2023, 9:25 AM

Many communities struggle to locate gun ranges in or near their jurisdictions to serve the public and law enforcement personnel. Payson City is currently attempting to acquire federal land in Utah County for such purposes. Learn in this session from Payson’s experience and the experience of Uintah County; which was successful in acquiring land from the Bureau of Land Management for the Buckskin Hills Shooting Range and a variety of other recreation facilities. This session is the perfect lead-in to the Buckskin Hills field tour offered later in the day.

The State of Power in Utah

Friday, May 12, 2023, 9:25 AM

Power access, supply, and reliability are critical to future growth in Utah. Everyone involved in the development process must work together using solutions that work if we want to keep turning on the lights. So, what is the state of power in Utah? Where do we need to be? What are the solutions government officials, staff, and private developers need to consider for ensure our bright future? Experts in the field will guide us through these issues.

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Legislative bills and my role

Friday, May 12, 2023, 9:25 AM

This session will be a follow up the legislative update. Come with questions on this year’s legislative bill and see why as a planning commissioner you should care about the bills and your role with the legislature. Karson Eilers and Meg Ryan of ULCT will navigate the new laws with you and talk about how you can get involved in the legislative process.

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Annexation/De-Annexation

Friday, May 12, 2023, 10:15 AM

In all our discussions about planning for and managing growth, we don’t often talk about the process by which cities actually grow in area – annexation of new land into the city’s boundaries. Utah state code has an entire section dealing with this topic, and it is … a mess! Over the years, competing interests have jostled back and forth over how annexations should be allowed to work, and the result is what wee have in state code today. It needs an overhaul. Fortunately, there has been an effort underway since last year to do just that, and it appears that the next legislative session may be the time. In the meanwhile, in this session, we’ll talk about some of the processes required for annexation that must be followed today, and maybe what they should be. And particularly, how should areas just outside of current city boundaries be treated, because these areas are often the sites of significant new growth.

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Oil & Gas: Why We Can’t Keep it in the Ground

Friday, May 12, 2023, 10:15 AM

With many concerned about the “climate crisis,” agencies are exploring ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote a “clean energy” future. By refusing to lease federal land for oil and gas exploration, terminating pipeline projects and heavily subsidizing wind and solar energy facilities, the federal government is attempting to do its part. However, these efforts have contributed to higher energy costs and inflation. Session attendees will learn that the stakes are high if we attempt to leave oil and gas in the ground.

Buckskin Hills Recreation Complex and Gun Range Tour

Friday, May 12, 2023, 10:15 AM

Uintah County applied for a land grant from the BLM for the purpose of building a shooting range and a motorized recreation facility. The county applied for the land grant under the provisions of the Recreation and Public Purposes Act. The application included plans to develop over 2000 acres of land into a multiple-use recreation park and a shooting range, which would all be managed by Uintah County. The patents for the property were given to Uintah County on the condition that the county would follow certain stipulations regarding the use of the land. Uintah County has since sought to develop the property in accordance with the patents. The property, which was named “Buckskin Hills”, is now a common place for outdoor recreation activities, shooting guns, and other events. This Mobile tour will deal with how the land was obtained from the BLM and how the County is working with user groups to develop the property in accordance with the conditions placed on the property by the BLM. The tour will include both the shooting range and the recreation complex.

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Common Illegal Land Use Ordinances

Friday, May 12, 2023, 10:15 AM

Your community may have these on the books. Some are very unexpected. Even well-intentioned ordinances may be illegal. Avoid these legal pitfalls and avoid being sued.

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Guiding our Growth

Friday, May 12, 2023, 11:10 AM

Utah was the fastest growing state in the nation between 2010 and 2020. Population is projected to increase from 3.4 million today to 5.5 million in 2060, a 63% increase. What makes Utah great is also what makes Utah grow. Utah’s appeal means others move here and our children stay. Growth can threatened what makes Utah great if we don’t plan for it. Utah cam remain a great place to live, but we must work together to protect or improve Utah’s housing costs, water resources, transportation convenience, recreational opportunities, and sense of community. It’s time to come together to guide our growth. Join us to learn about this statewide growth conversation, how you can participate, and how the input from Utahns will help shape the future of our state.

 

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Coordinating Planning Resources Statewide

Friday, May 12, 2023, 11:10 AM

“Planning” touches every aspect of our daily lives. From the wasatch regions, throughout central Utah, into red rock country and everywhere in-between, planning professionals throughout the state are working hard to address the needs of their communities. While every community is unique, the concepts and best practices of planning can be applied consistently, with resources and strategies shared amongst planners and agencies at every level to improve efficiency and responsiveness. Let’s discuss how we are – and how we can better – share and connect.

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How to plat, how not to plat, that is the question. Life after SB 174 and HB 406

Friday, May 12, 2023, 11:10 AM

Come learn about all the new subdivision and development standards in SB 174 and HB406 that passed this session. ULCT staff will walk you through the changes and the new deadlines that every municipality must meet. All municipalities are subject to the changes so come one come all.

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WFRC Safe Streets and Routes for All (SS4A) Comprehensive Safety Action

Monday, September 18, 2023, 2:00 PM

Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC) is developing a regional Comprehensive Safety Action Plan (CSAP). The purpose of the WFRC CSAP is to develop a holistic, well-defined strategy to reduce roadway fatalities and serious injuries in the Wasatch Front region. The CSAP will analyze safety needs, identify high-risk locations and factors contributing to crashes, and prioritize strategies to address them. The CSAP will be structured to identify and prioritize safety needs both at the regional and local levels, within geographic focus areas. The CSAP will support applications for Implementation Grants from the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) program. It is assumed that the 2024 SS4A CSAP requirements will remain the same as the 2023 SS4A requirements. This presentation will report on preliminary findings, and describe next steps, and how attendees can become engaged in the safety plan. A key focus could be the region’s intent to commit to eliminating fatalities and serious injuries through adoption of a Regional Safety Commitment Resolution. This session could also include a panel of MAG and FCAOG to report on their respective SS4A Projects which will also be underway.

Welcome

Thursday, September 28, 2023, 8:30 AM

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What is smart growth? A policymaker’s perspective

Thursday, September 28, 2023, 9:00 AM

As the fastest growing and most urbanized state in the nation, Utah faces unique planning challenges. State policy makers must confront the changing dynamics of Utah’s population: demographic shift, housing and transportation needs, and pressure on natural resources. In this keynote, Rep Lesser will present how the Utah legislature approaches growth in our state and the need to embrace change.

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Short-term Rentals: The Pros and the Cons

Thursday, September 28, 2023, 10:10 AM

Short-term rentals are a concern in communities across the state. As Weber County has worked with property owners and elected and appointed officials, we have adopted a code that will help maintain neighborhood character and allow for STRs in a well-regulated way. Weber County has also partnered with a third-party enforcement group to help gather information about STRs in the County and respond to residents’ concerns. This session will discuss the progress we’ve made in enforcement and regulation of STRs.

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Walking Tour of The Monarch and Dumke Arts Plaza

Thursday, September 28, 2023, 10:10 AM

The Monarch is a collaborative environment where artists, creative businesses and makers of all types can connect, inspire and create together in the heart of Ogden’s Nine Rails Creative District. With the belief that creativity drives communities, we strive to provide the region with uniquely artful experiences through artist engagement, creative dining and memorable events. Housed in an industrial parking garage from the 1920s, The Monarch’s historic architecture is balanced with modern design features to provide a unique urban backdrop for your creative studio, cozy dinner date or exclusive event. The Mr. Thaine Fischer will guide the tour with a focus on adaptive reuse of historic buildings and the economic strategy of ARTS.

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Weber County Archery Park Tour

Thursday, September 28, 2023, 10:10 AM

The Weber County Archery Park is located at 2840 F Avenue, Ogden, UT 84401. The WCAP opened in July of 2020 and offers our users an 11 acre park which includes: an indoor facility housing an archery shop, classroom, and range with shooting distances up to 60 yards as well as an outdoor area that has over 50 bag targets ranging from 10 to 100+ yards.

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Flood Mitigation and Emergency Response

Thursday, September 28, 2023, 10:10 AM

Join Weber County engineering, roads, and emergency management to get a behind-the-scenes perspective on the coordinated efforts that were initiated during the spring 2023 flood season. The discussion will highlight the expertise of these departments and the aerial imagery, captured by a drone, which aided in the emergency response.

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The Death and Life of American Planning

Thursday, September 28, 2023, 10:10 AM

An era in American City Planning which began in Cincinnati in 1925 is finally ending. Our changing climate is forcing cities to figure out how to grow in the opposite direction. Decentralization didn’t work and has contributed to the crisis we have today. This session will explore the current state of the practice and its application in Boise, Idaho.

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Form-based Villages, The Tale of Two Communities

Thursday, September 28, 2023, 11:10 AM

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Weber County Planners are drinking the form-based cool-aid hoping to create villages that transcend current times and provide various communities of lasting value. In doing so, we’ve noticed a stark difference between formulating street regulating plans with community residents and business owners versus doing so with a developer. In this session we will explore the ways in which Weber County is implementing a hybrid form-based code for various village areas, along with our experiences engaging the public in doing so.

Active Transportation: Overcoming Barriers and Enabling Community Champions

Thursday, September 28, 2023, 11:10 AM

This session will focus on crossing the barriers that divide our communities for more connected biking and walking networks. It will also explore how to help enable active transportation community champions and the role of public health in keeping community at the center of the work.

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Downtown Ogden Growth—Economy and Culture

Thursday, September 28, 2023, 11:10 AM

Ogden City and Weber County work together collaboratively to create and maintain spaces that are beautiful, useful, and economically viable. In this session, representatives from the Downtown Alliance will discuss the reformation of the Ogden Downtown Alliance to serve the event production and business support needs in the Central Business District. While largely focused on Historic 25th Street, the entire downtown area has benefitted from the area’s reinvestment efforts, from creating a cycling park on the old City landfill to the revitalization of the Junction, a mixed-use development on the site of the old Ogden City Mall.

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Awards Lunch

Thursday, September 28, 2023, 12:15 PM

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Managing the Pressures of a Planning Office

Thursday, September 28, 2023, 2:00 PM

Cities and towns across the country are facing an unprecedented amount of growth which is directly reflected in the huge influx of development applications being received by local governments. Most planning and zoning departments don’t have the staff available to accommodate timely review of all applications in addition to working on special projects to continue to plan for the future. To compound the issue, many of these same cities and towns are developing under outdated regulatory and policy documents leading them to navigate the storm without the necessary tools to achieve desired development goals. This session will provide some insight into how the public and private sector can work together to realize these goals, what managers/directors can do to set everyone up for success, and tools for planners to manage their workload and stress.

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Weber County Pioneer Museum Tour | Building on the Historic Framework of Pioneers

Thursday, September 28, 2023, 2:00 PM

Working from primarily raw ground, Utah’s natives and pioneers developed many of the early land use applications and heavily influenced the development of community buildings and culture. Daughters of Utah Pioneers has preserved historic artifacts reflecting the rich legacy of local pioneers. This tour includes a look at early architecture and lifestyles, featuring a full display of Native American artifacts and pioneer-era farm equipment, kitchen, bedroom and parlor spaces.

The Weber County Pioneer Museum serves as both an exhibition space and educational asset to the greater Ogden community. The building was commissioned by Brigham Young in 1877 and paid for with funds raised by Relief Society women through sale of eggs and butter. Dedicated on July 19, 1902, it quickly became a central meeting place for cultural events, including festivals, plays, concerts and dances. The structure is designed in classic gothic style and constructed of red brick manufactured in Weber County. On January 24, 2012, the 600-ton building was successfully re-located to a half-acre of land that was donated by Ogden City on the corner of Lincoln Avenue and 21st Street, in conjunction with the remodel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Temple.

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Local Funding Opportunities

Thursday, September 28, 2023, 2:00 PM

Seems like the potential to obtain funding for your local planning and capital project needs has expanded and gotten more confusing over the past couple of years. Learn from your local regional association about the dollars they manage as well as potential funding from the State. Recent planning dollars have become available for local communities to update their ordinances, general plans, and enhance Main Streets, but there is also funding available for infrastructure, trails, roads, and training. Learn from the people who manage funding a variety of programs.

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Agri Tourism Tour: Cold Springs Trout Farm

Thursday, September 28, 2023, 2:00 PM

Visit one of Weber County’s many successful agritourism operations. From the CUP approval process to recent expansions, learn about how Cold Springs Trout Farm has grown over the years and become a favorite local hangout and event spot for friends and families. Fall activities are in full swing during this visit. We’ll get a tour from the owner and an insightful discussion with a county Planner all while learning about Weber County’s agritourism ordinance.

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Writing and Understanding Effective Staff Reports

Thursday, September 28, 2023, 3:00 PM

Staff reports are one of the main ways that planning staff communicate with the City Council, Planning Commission, applicants, and the public. But are they communicating everything they need to be, and does the general public and Planning Commission understand them? After hours of research, review, and drafting, are staff reports doing what they should? This session will explore some of the best practices and review ideas for making staff reports more engaging, communicating the key points and being more accessible.

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Camping is a Cash-Cow for Landowners and Counties – is Your Land Use Code Ready?

Thursday, September 28, 2023, 3:00 PM

Campgrounds across the U.S. are overrun, negatively impacting user experience and overburdening public lands, but RV and tent camping is still on the rise. Join Hipcamp to talk about communities across the West creating new land use regulations that create accessible pathways for private landowners to host campers so they can support sustainable tourism, agritourism, and conservation. We will share example ordinances, discuss potential impacts of camping to consider, discuss policy details, and more.

Zoom Towns: The New Frontier

Thursday, September 28, 2023, 3:00 PM

COVID-19 challenged traditional city-planning timelines, funding mechanisms, decision-making models, and engagement strategies, and stressed our parklands/natural areas, transportation networks, and housing resources. These challenges were arguably most acute in small communities that boast high quality of life, access to the outdoors, and a lower cost of living than major metropolitan areas. This presentation covers the difficulties small communities have faced with as post-pandemic urban flight continues to increase demands for workers, housing, retail, and transportation. The panel will share examples of specific communities/regions in Idaho and Utah, including the challenges they faced and some of the tools that are being implemented to proactively deal with the Zoom Town effects. A panel discussion concludes the presentation. Case study communities

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Public and Private Sector Planners Working Together—Panel Discussion

Thursday, September 28, 2023, 4:00 PM

A panel discussion about how public and private sector planners can work better together in the government land use planning process. Get the perspective from the private sector planners on issues and timelines they face when working with local and county governments and planning departments. Get the perspective of the local planners and the difficulties of balancing multiple interests while promoting best planning practices. Hear ideas from panelists and audience about ways to address some of these issues to work towards a good final product and mutual benefit.

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Water Wise Landscapes

Thursday, September 28, 2023, 4:00 PM

Water year 2023 is wrapping up, and it’s been a good year for the state’s water supply. However, we should never grow complacent in our efforts to regulate for sustainable water use practices. This session will highlight ordinances and practices that have been found to reduce water use in new development, discuss programs that Weber Basin Water Conservancy District has made available to water users in the area, and provide an opportunity to learn some best practices for planners across the region.

Secret Sauce for Cycling Success

Thursday, September 28, 2023, 4:00 PM

Have you ever wondered what ingredients you need to see greater success with your bike network among all ages and abilities? Join us as we discuss land use and the 5 design principles for a successful bike network (Cohesion, Directness, Safety, Comfort, and Attractiveness). We will share picture and video examples both locally and from the Netherlands to visualize these principles as well as show some possible design options here in Utah.

Awards Reception

Thursday, September 28, 2023, 5:30 PM

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Storytelling: Stepping into the Narrative

Friday, September 29, 2023, 9:15 AM

It has been said that storytelling is one of the most powerful ways to put an idea into the world. So how do you harness the story that lies behind (or within) an idea, and how do you tell that story in such a way that the world receives the idea? Jennie Taylor joins us to share pieces of her own story (which includes her husband’s service as a small-town mayor before his shocking death in Afghanistan left her the widow of their seven young children) and lessons she’s learned about utilizing vulnerability, perspective, and human emotion to engage with audiences large and small around the country.

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Planting Cities in Ag Country

Friday, September 29, 2023, 10:10 AM

Ever feel like it has to be done wrong in order to convince folks to do it right? This session explores the politics of burgeoning development in agrarian areas and how to help a community overcome the fear of change that leads to a poorly planned future. Reserving big opportunities while growing incrementally is key. In this session we will explore ways that Weber County is attempting to guide predominantly conservative unincorporated rural communities in both Western Weber and the upper Ogden Valley toward better community outcomes despite historically being overallocated with large-lot single-family residential zoning.

Ogden Diversity Commission

Friday, September 29, 2023, 10:10 AM

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Walking Tour of 25th

Friday, September 29, 2023, 10:10 AM

Walking Tour of 25th Street. This tour will explore the changes that have taken place over the last 160 years of the evolution of 25th Street from Notorious Two Bit Street to the 2014 APA awarded Great American Street. Various factors such as social, transportation, historic preservation, private investment and redevelopment have each played an important role in the transformation of this street and of its perception in the community and region. Join us on this four block walking tour where you will learn the various planning and redevelopment programs that have taken place and are still taking place on the street.

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Bike tour of the Ogden River Parkway Trail

Friday, September 29, 2023, 10:10 AM

The Ogden River and Ogden River Parkway are a true pride and joy in the heart of our downtown. Once on its way to becoming a “dead river”, the river is now honored as a Blue Ribbon Fishery, indicating the exceptionally high quality of river fishing available. The river was pretty damaged and neglected, as you can imagine the history of a railroad town would do to a river. More than a decade ago the waterway was identified as a primary zone for restoration and redevelopment as part of Ogden’s larger redevelopment program. The cleanup efforts removed and recycled 5,684 tons of concrete and metal, including seven car bodies, removed 8,359 tons of non-recyclable glass, concrete and miscellaneous waste, removed and recycled 2,460 automotive tires that were used to manufacture flip flops, built nine storm water filtering areas that are vegetated with wetland plants, built two fishing ramps that are accessible to those with physical challenges and created 20 access points to the river for fishing and other recreation Today, the river is a much different place! The waterway is healthy, vibrant, and flowing with life. The Ogden River Parkway is a spectacular 9.6-mile walk through nature in the heart of downtown Ogden and is easily accessible from Historic 25th Street. The parkway is family-friendly, paved, and can be accessed from any intersecting road. The trail begins near Rainbow Gardens at the mouth of Ogden Canyon, and ends at the south end of Fort Buenaventura just west of 24th Street. Construction of the trail began in 1992 and the parkway now connects into the trail system along the Bonneville Shoreline (access from Rainbow Gardens) as well as intersecting on the west end with the Weber River for an additional stretch south towards Riverdale. historic25th.com

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Housing affordability toolkit: what do cities have to do with it and tools to implement

Friday, September 29, 2023, 10:10 AM

Housing affordability in Utah has eroded over the past few years, threatening Utahns’ peace of mind and financial security. Ordinances, codes, and policies can impede or promote housing affordability. At the direction of Housing and Community Development, Envision Utah worked with expert stakeholders in policy, land use, and housing to identify regulation types that impact housing affordability and attainability. Please join us for what is likely to be a lively discussion.

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Equity in City Planning: Pioneering Inclusivity for Tomorrow’s Cities

Friday, September 29, 2023, 10:10 AM

The topic of equity can often feel overwhelming. Join us as we explore the topic of equity, what it truly means, its impact on city planning, the hurdles that can arise, and the challenging topic of community engagement, particularly its significance within distinct demographics. This presentation aims to inspire city planners to integrate equity into their work so that we may create cities that celebrate diversity, ensure accessibility, and uplift the quality of life for all residents.

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Got SUBS?

Friday, September 29, 2023, 10:10 AM

Come learn about how to comply with the new state provisions for subdivisions for Single Family, Two Family and Townhomes. Todd Godfrey and Karson Eilers from the League of Cities and Towns will let you know about resources available to help you implement the updates and answer any questions you may have.

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Guiding Our Growth and Regional Visioning

Friday, September 29, 2023, 11:10 AM

Both Utah and Idaho are rapidly growing! Should planners take a sprawling development or a centered approach? Should we make investments in transit and bicycle pedestrian infrastructure or roads? Rapid growth brings both opportunities and challenges for our communities, and advancing one goal may require compromises on another. Join us for a two-part presentation that explores the what and the how of regional planning and Guiding Our Growth: A Statewide Conversation about Utah’s Future. Come learn about how Utahns want to see their communities grow and help inform what state and local decision-makers should do with this information. Both Utah and Idaho planners are invited and encouraged to attend.

What County Recorders Want Planners to Know

Friday, September 29, 2023, 11:10 AM

Have you ever taken an intensively reviewed plat to the County Recorder’s Office for recording, only to be told the plat has issues that need to be fixed before it can be documented? Has it been challenging to understand the requirements for different types of plats, such as Subdivision, Condominium, Annexation, Vacating, and more? The purpose of this session is for planners and all others involved with plats to learn from state certified cadastral mappers from various County Recorder’s Offices in what they inspect in a plat before it is ready to be recorded. Come ready to ask questions and gain valuable insight in plat reviewal, so next time the plat is sent to the Recorder’s Office, it is ready to be recorded.

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Land Use Jeopardy

Friday, September 29, 2023, 11:10 AM

Pick a topic, any topic, and learn about the planning principles involved, related court cases, and best practices from the state’s ombudsman and two “experienced” planners.

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Understanding Conservation Easements as a Planning Tool

Friday, September 29, 2023, 11:10 AM

In this session we will explore the key elements of conservation easements and how they can intersect with community planning. Come learn about conservation easement enforcement and stewardship and how these easements compare with other land protection tools. Working together, land trusts and community planners can better serve their communities by using conservation easements.

Lunch: Main Ballroom

Friday, September 29, 2023, 12:00 PM

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Emerging Planners

Friday, September 29, 2023, 12:15 PM

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Book Club

Friday, September 29, 2023, 12:15 PM

Paul Goldberger’s 2019 book Ballpark: Baseball in the American City will be a featured session at the APA Utah Fall Conference in Ogden, Utah, on Friday, September 29, 2023. Whether you have read the book—or even like baseball—or not, attendees will love our next “book club” session, which will feature an image-rich presentation by Mark McGrath, AICP—an experienced long-range planner for Taylorsville, Utah, an adjunct instructor at the University of Utah, and a long-time fan of “America’s National Pastime.”

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Women In Planning

Friday, September 29, 2023, 12:15 PM

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Planning for Planes: Aviation in Your Community

Friday, September 29, 2023, 1:30 PM

A series of speakers from J-U-B Engineers and other community leaders will discuss the following topics: Land Use Compatibility The Utah State Legislature recently enacted an Airport Land Use Amendment Bill (H.B. 206) which encourages the adoption of land use regulations and airport overlay zones. The implementation of zoning ensures compatible land uses around an airport. Developing a land use overlay is an effective way of establishing airport land use zoning and should include land use compatibility zones and airspace protection zones. Airport overlay zones prevent the creation of aviation hazards, which endanger the health, safety, and welfare of the public and users of the Airport. We’ll look at a couple of examples of Land Use Compatibility measures in Utah and Idaho that are helping to protect the community. Jurisdictional Coordination Often jurisdictions own and operate an airport near the fringes or even outside of their political boundaries. Considering the discussion about Land Use Compatibility coordination between multiple municipalities or other political jurisdictions is key. Issues such as the types of development, access, airspace protection, and neighboring land use need buy-in from all the jurisdictions to promote continued safe operations at the Airport and for the land and business that surround it. This part of the presentation will illustrate a couple of real-world examples where coordination was required between County and City jurisdictions pertaining to development and land use permitting near an airport. Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) The aviation industry is always evolving, and new aviation trends are emerging that may influence airport and city planning. One that is likely to impact commercial districts, downtown areas, and public facilities, even more than the airport itself, in the years to come is the introduction of Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) into the nation’s airspace. Electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft are expected to play an important role in AAM as a new type of lightweight electrical aircraft. The FAA is in the process of adapting existing aviation regulations to prepare aircraft, airspace, operations, infrastructure, and communities to accommodate this new technology. The AAM industry is making rapid strides and it is recommended that cities and their airports stay abreast of related developments.

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Systems Connecting WSU to Downtown, BRT Mobile Tour

Friday, September 29, 2023, 1:30 PM

Attendees will experience the UTA Ogden Express bus-rapid transit (BRT) system firsthand. Ogden’s new BRT system includes 13 strategically placed transit stations that extend from Downtown Ogden to Weber State University. Each BRT station provides new opportunities to create places that inspire community and reinvestment. During the tour, attendees will learn about how neighborhoods are being bolstered around each station area. Ogden Express is providing residents and businesses with new opportunities to connect with the community.

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Release the Parking Brake on Your Community

Friday, September 29, 2023, 1:30 PM

Parking is the most important of the boring topics on earth. It occupies more than 25% of our land. Parking affects how streets look and feel, a city’s fiscal health, the affordability of housing, how people choose to get around, and business profitability. Hear how some cities have started to vary parking requirements based on different contexts, avoiding a one-size misfits all citywide approach. This is a hot topic and a lot of new thinking and research is actively being explored, including a new “parking modernization” from Utah’s transportation agencies.

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It Ain’t Over Yet: More Changes Coming from the State Legislature

Friday, September 29, 2023, 1:30 PM

Zoning reform as a way to deal with the housing affordability crisis has been the emphasis of the state legislature for the last couple of years, and it looks like it will continue, certainly for next year’s session. What might we have to look forward to?

APA Utah and Idaho’s legislative chairs Wilf Sommerkorn, Scott Hess, and Jonathan Spendlove will be joined by ULCT’s Legal Director Jared Tingey and Policy Director, Karson Eilers for a panel discussion on the possible changes to the land use code for next year.

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Everything a Planning Commissioner Needs To Know

Friday, September 29, 2023, 1:30 PM

As part of the required training for planning commissioners, learn about the role you play in the planning process. Learn how to think on a local and regional scale as you make recommendations and decisions for your community.

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Net Zero Transportation Systems

Friday, September 29, 2023, 2:40 PM

The number of EVs on the road is projected to increase to 26.4 million by 2030. There is also a 45 percent growth rate anticipated for the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle Market between 2022 and 2029. This has significant infrastructure and economic impacts to both urban and rural communities, especially those communities situated along major travel corridors such as I-15 and US 20, which will need to prepare for increased EV traffic to national parks such as Zion, Arches, and Yellowstone. As a committed leader to demonstrating to communities of all sizes how to transition to clean, renewable energy sources, Idaho National Laboratory has committed to reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2031—which includes transitioning a 600+ vehicle fleet with over 80 motor coaches that transport 2,500 employees each day—to low- and no-carbon options. INL’s multi-faceted strategy includes replacing fossil fuel-powered vehicles with electric and hydrogen vehicles, utilizing renewable fuels, and implementing necessary systems to make these shifts possible. This presentation will explore INL’s approach to installing the infrastructure to support this diverse set of solutions that links the urban Idaho Falls campus to the rural desert site over 50 miles away. The lessons learned from this effort are significant to both urban and rural planners seeking to meet the growing demand for a net-zero transportation infrastructure. Session attendees will learn what the future of EV infrastructure looks like and how to begin to plan now for both urban and rural applications.

Untamed Women of Ogden & Historic Preservation

Friday, September 29, 2023, 2:40 PM

Weber County has an amazing legacy of pioneering women. Come learn about what this legacy has translated to in this session on the Untamed Women of Ogden. The Weber County Heritage Foundation will present the efforts of our community to keep people engaged in the history of the area, from History in a Minute videos to walking tours of significant historical sites. The discussion will then shift to a walking tour led by Dr. Katie Nelson, who will lead a group around significant sites in the 25th Street area and talk about how women have shaped the community. This is a session/walking tour you will NOT want to miss!

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Building Healthy Communities: The Intersection between Health and City Planning

Friday, September 29, 2023, 2:40 PM

In our modern society, the relationship between health and city planning has become increasingly significant. The design and organization of our communities can have a profound impact on the well-being and quality of life of the people who inhabit them. This presentation will delve into the fascinating and vital intersection between health and city planning, exploring how the two fields can collaborate to create healthier, more sustainable communities.

We will examine the various ways in which urban planning practices directly influence public health outcomes. We will explore the concept of “healthy cities” and discuss Get Healthy Utah’s Healthy Utah Community Designation that Utah cities and towns can be awarded. Community design strategies are part of the designation’s three focus areas of active living, access to healthy food, and mental health. We will highlight some of the strategies such as access to green spaces, walkability, the integration of active transportation, land use policies and zoning regulations for healthy food access, and spaces for social connectedness. Learn about Utah success stories and walk away with actions you can take to plan and build healthy communities.

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PLANNER ETHICS – MAKING THE ETHICS CODE ACTIONABLE (E)

Friday, September 29, 2023, 2:40 PM

APA recently updated the Planner’s Code of Ethics. The Code now requires planners to proactively achieve respect, social justice, and inclusion for all planning participants. These principles include examining our own cultures, practices, values, and positions to understand our biases and privileges and to be conscious of the rights of others through inclusive, respectful, and compassionate planning. These are issues with long and sad histories that we continue to grapple with. The panelists will dig deep into specific actions we can all take, whether as professionals or citizen planners, to ensure our behaviors and all planning processes and outcomes have their foundations to achieve equity, equality, inclusion, and justice for all societal members.

Handle with Care: Planning Commission Meeting Management

Friday, September 29, 2023, 2:40 PM

Planning Commission’s are a vital piece of orderly development within your community. From public hearings vs. public meetings to administrative vs. legislative decision-making—join us in discussing strategies and stories that highlight how to best manage your meetings and ensure efficiency and consistency in your process.

Great Salt Lake Future

Friday, September 29, 2023, 3:50 PM

The Great Salt Lake is an amazing resource—not just for the counties who share a stake in it, but for the entire region. As we look to the future of the GSL and how to protect it, watershed management becomes an important part of maintaining lake levels and habitat viability. Land use decisions in our local communities have a significant impact on the continued health of this valuable resource. This session will discuss what we can do to ensure the ongoing health and importance of the GSL.

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Utilizing Microgrids to Meet Energy Demands

Friday, September 29, 2023, 3:50 PM

Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is helping to solve the nation’s energy problems with innovative solutions. Microgrids that incorporate various combinations of solar, wind, batteries, and nuclear to provide secure, safe, and resilient carbon pollution-free energy are one critical example of such solutions. Integrated microgrids are capable of being scaled up or down to meet the diverse energy needs of communities that range from small towns to larger cities without adding extensive transmission and distribution lines. This presentation will share findings related to siting microgrids, scaling them to meet varying power demands, footprints, permitting, and safety. Given the nation’s aging energy infrastructure and the costs associated with upgrading transmission and distribution lines that run across vast stretches of the American West, this presentation will be informative for rural and urban planners seeking to increase resiliency while also meeting sustainability goals.

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Updating Ordinance Priorities and Processing Options you might not be aware of!

Friday, September 29, 2023, 3:50 PM

With so many changes to State Law over the past 15 years, are you keeping up? Seems almost impossible to update our ordinances every year because of the State Law changes, but with some focus, it can be done. Consider prioritizing the bigger updates, one bit at a time. Suggestions from a past planning director/consulting planner will cover subdivisions, Conditional Uses, Site plan/Permitted uses, BOA to AA, Landscaping, and processing options.

Plan ahead, not behind: Creating accessible, cost-effective homes and neighborhoods

Friday, September 29, 2023, 3:50 PM

We all share basic values for independence, stability, and social connections and mobility. And everyone is painfully aware of the current housing crisis impacting families and communities. But the way we plan, design, and build single-family residential neighborhoods doesn’t reflect either our shared values or housing interests. We’re currently building whole neighborhoods of new housing that is inaccessible to anyone with a mobility related disability. This increases housing costs—through a ‘disability surcharge’ required to retrofit an inaccessible home—and isolates people from their neighbors and community. This panel features experts—from Idaho and Utah—in housing design, modification, affordability and accessibility. We’ll focus on the benefits of Visitability standards in new residential development and engage with participants to explore how we can create housing for the whole community. (featuring the Idaho Access Project, Idaho Housing and Finance Association, and Assist Utah).

Welcome messages

Wednesday, May 08, 2024, 1:00 PM

A warm welcome from the APA UT Vice President and the Mayor of Cedar City

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Air Quality: A public and private partnership

Wednesday, May 08, 2024, 1:50 PM

Building construction can be a dirty business. However, good planning and implementation of best practices and requirements to mitigate dust, can certainly help keep our air quality good during and after the construction process. This session will demonstrate how contractors, city officials and government agencies who consistently work together can contribute to preserve the clean and healthy air we all enjoy.

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CODE ENFORCEMENT: HOW TO WORK WITH THE COMMUNITY

Wednesday, May 08, 2024, 1:50 PM

Working with the community in the context of code enforcement requires a collaborative and communicative approach. Let’s be honest no one likes to have Code Enforcement show up at their front door, or receive a notice of a violation through the mail. These discussions though sometimes painful for all parties involved must take place to ensure compliance with local codes and ordinances. Code enforcement typically involves ensuring that local regulations and ordinances are followed, often related to building safety, zoning, health, and other aspects that contribute to the well-being of the community. I will show you how to effectively communicate with local residents, builders, and developers.

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Landing Strategies: Navigating Land Use & Transportation Planning in the Era of Aerial Innovation

Wednesday, May 08, 2024, 1:50 PM

This session addresses the emerging realm of Advanced Air Mobility (AAM), poised with potential to bring resolution to many of aviation’s challenges, including with noise, emissions, and accessibility. This session examines the foundation communities already have in aviation infrastructure—encompassing everything from airports to heliports—and the increasing role they will play as aviation continues to evolve. It highlights the importance of leveraging this foundation, not as an endpoint but as a springboard for innovation and adaptation. As AAM brings aviation matters into more frequent public and planning discourse, learning from existing precedents becomes crucial. This session aims to equip communities with the insights to navigate these changes, fostering a proactive approach to integrating AAM into the fabric of urban planning. By building on what we know and anticipating what’s to come, we can pave the way for a future where aviation serves as a complement to holistic mobility in sustainable and accessible ways.

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Elevating Opportunities: An Airport’s Role in Economic Takeoff

Wednesday, May 08, 2024, 2:45 PM

This airport tour explores the impact of local airports as catalysts for economic development and job creation. This event builds on our engaging session on Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) and land use planning, extending the conversation to the tangible economic benefits airports contribute to communities. Participants will gain firsthand insight into how the airport not only serves as a hub for transportation but also as an anchor for economic growth and innovation. Discover how the integration of AAM and proactive planning strategies can enhance the airport’s role in fostering economic resilience, attracting investment, and driving sustainable development. This tour provides a comprehensive look at the airport’s multifaceted contributions to the local economy, illustrating the powerful synergy between aviation and economic prosperity.

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Is Small Community Planning different from that in larger places? Perhaps, and if so Why and How?

Wednesday, May 08, 2024, 2:45 PM

Many planners see small community planning as being different from that in other places. Is this true? What is a small community and how is smallness measured? This session will review these questions and others including if small community planning is different, including why and how it may be different. Considering a small community’s planning workplace and a planners work responsibilities may provide answers. This session will provide takeaways for all Utah planners, not just those working in small communities. A small community planner also faces many ethical questions and dilemmas regularly. How should a planner navigate treacherous ethical waters? This session encourages attendee participation to address the realities of small community planning.

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How to get your community cycling

Wednesday, May 08, 2024, 2:45 PM

This session will discuss how to encourage cycling in your community by outlining the elements of a healthy bicycle ecosystem – elements such as best design practices low-stress bicycle routes; street connectivity; wayfinding; family-friendly amenities; bicycle parking; promotion through events, marketing, and encouragement; access to a local bicycle shop; and a robust safe routes to school program. We will explore partners to engage with in the work, including local advocacy groups, health departments, schools, and chambers of commerce. Ultimately, attendees will leave the session with options to pursue a healthier bicycle ecosystem in their community, taking on the element that they have interest in and resources to implement.

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The Rental Revolution: Adapting Land Use Planning for the Age of Short-Term Rentals

Wednesday, May 08, 2024, 2:45 PM

As short-term rentals continue to reshape housing markets and community landscapes across the State, planners and local government officials face the complex challenge of regulating these accommodations in a manner that balances economic benefits with neighborhood integrity and housing availability. This panel discussion at the 2024 APA Spring Conference aims to equip participants with the latest legislative insights, tools, and strategies for effectively managing short-term rentals within their jurisdictions.

Welcome to Zion, Now Take a Hike: What does Overtourism mean for Utah’s Rural Communities?

Wednesday, May 08, 2024, 3:45 PM

Popular tourist destinations around the world are experiencing “overtourism” — more tourists than the local infrastructure can support. After years of promoting tourism as an economic development tool, many popular tourist destinations around the world are now realizing that too much of a good thing can actually be a bad thing. What is the state of tourism in Utah’s rural communities? And what can Utah’s rural tourist destinations learn from the growing trend of anti-overtourism policies in traditional tourist hotspots?

How Utah’s AOG’s Can Help Your Community

Wednesday, May 08, 2024, 3:45 PM

Utah’s seven associations of governments wear many hats or have multiple designations and roles, including area agencies on aging, community action planning, economic development districts, regional planning agencies, metropolitan planning organizations, rural transportation planning organizations, regional housing authorities among others. The variety or roles and funding sources among the AOG’s provides for greater efficiency through economies of scale with the advantage of control and oversight by local elected officials representing 29 counties and 243 cities and towns.

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Stomping Economic Tricks with Recreational Trails

Wednesday, May 08, 2024, 3:45 PM

The demand for mountain biking trails, racecourses, teams, and events is growing. This session will include a discussion with planners, event organizers, elected officials, and industry leaders from rural Utah who are building mountain bike trails, cooperatives, and events within their communities. Come hear what it took to find and engage stakeholders, get funding, build trails, and create economic benefits for their communities.

Creating Space for “We”: How to Change Minds, Resolve Conflict, and Find Peace in Troubled Times

Thursday, May 09, 2024, 8:20 AM

The over-abundance of conflict in the world and our inability to navigate it effectively is shaping up to be one of the most challenging threats to our personal and collective well-being. Figuring out how to better get along is critical, whether it’s in the workplace, at home, or on the local, national and international levels. While there are no easy solutions, there are some simple things we can do to improve our ability to understand and connect with others, and each of us doing our part can make a significant positive step toward peace.

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Active Transportation and Trails across Utah

Thursday, May 09, 2024, 9:30 AM

Thomas and Ryan take a look at active transportation planning and design around the state of Utah. They talk about recent projects with good and bad examples. The presentation will highlight some lessons that can be learned and will address funding options for trails and active transportation.

Landslide Mobile Tour

Thursday, May 09, 2024, 9:30 AM

This mobile tour includes a drive up scenic Cedar Canyon to visit the problematic SR-14 landslide at milepost 8. Reports of landslide activity near milepost 8 on SR-14 date back to at least 1906. In recent decades, large landslides in 1989 and 2011 destroyed significant parts of SR-14, disrupting a critical regional transportation corridor. Since the reconstruction of SR-14 in 2012, persistent, relatively minor slumping and cracking of the roadway near the east flank of the 2011 slide have occurred requiring regular maintenance. More recently, in late spring of 2023, a 6-acre landslide formed near the west margin of the landslide complex that forced road closure for several hours. We will discuss the history of the SR-14 landslide and the value of recognizing landslide and rockfall hazards prior to development.

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Advancing Mitigation and Resilience in Utah – It Starts with a Plan!

Thursday, May 09, 2024, 9:30 AM

Planning for hazards is the most powerful way Utah communities can manage growing disaster and climate risks, and other future conditions. In this session, participants will learn about their role and value in hazard mitigation planning, and better understand the call to action to help mitigate and adapt to amplified risk. This includes funding for your community’s mitigation and adaptation planning and project needs. Participants will also learn about the critical relationship local hazard mitigation plans have to advancing the implementation of Utah’s new Enhanced State Hazard Mitigation Plan. Participants will learn about the State’s mitigation solution and investment strategy, projects with cascading benefits, and steps to break the disaster cycle and support the most socially vulnerable populations. This session dives into critical and innovative principles, strategies, and best practices for bringing together diverse stakeholders, including federal agencies, state agencies, academia, emergency managers, the public, and more.

Escaping the Charging Gorilla: How to More Effectively Resolve Conflict at Work, Home… and Just about Anywhere!

Thursday, May 09, 2024, 9:30 AM

In conflict, whether dealing with an angry member of the public, a co-worker, or a family member or friend, we too often act in ways that invite more of the behavior in others we dislike and wish would stop. This workshop will explore this unhelpful tendency and provide tools for more effectively engaging with others and resolving conflict.

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Flowing Towards Savings: Harnessing Landscape Water Efficiency for Homes and Communities

Thursday, May 09, 2024, 10:40 AM

As Utah experiences increasing strain on our water resources from climate change and growth, water wise landscapes – or Localscapes – have become a hot topic. Water wise landscapes reduce the amount of water a landscape needs by 50% or more, beautify our communities, create pollinator habitat, and help us better integrate water and land use planning. In recent years, Utah has made important progress towards water wise landscape transformation by scaling-up turf replacement incentives and by adopting local water efficient landscaping codes for new development and redevelopment. In this session, speakers will share funding opportunities, design resources, lessons learned, barriers, and other best practices for cities, counties and water providers interested in advancing water wise landscaping in their own communities. .

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Planner Burnout

Thursday, May 09, 2024, 10:40 AM

This session will examine the impacts of stress and burnout of planning professionals in the public and private sectors. Assessment and tools used in real life scenarios, lessons learned through case study discussions and come away with a renewed perspective of the profession.

“It’s Not Me, It’s You… Or, Is It Me?” How Power Affects Our Disposition and Engagement with Others

Thursday, May 09, 2024, 10:40 AM

Our approach to any and all relationships is significantly impacted by power. Our position of power within interpersonal relationships and communities often determines how we feel, think, and act. Together, we will explore key principles and practices that increase our ability to recognize and help untangle complex patterns of power, at various relationship levels, to better improve community understanding and communication.

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Affordable Housing

Thursday, May 09, 2024, 12:40 PM

Steve will address the prevailing housing crisis in both the United States and Utah, delving into its origins, current status, and potential solutions. Additionally, he will provide insights into the Housing Bill recently passed during the 2024 Legislative Session., highlighting its expected impact on facilitating the creation of more accessible housing in Utah.

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Housing Data and Planning

Thursday, May 09, 2024, 1:30 PM

The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute and Department of Workforce Services Housing and Community Development Division provide an overview of data and planning resources to support Utah communities engaging with affordable housing planning. Learn more about the Affordable Housing Dashboard, Moderate Income Housing Planning and Reporting requirements, and Housing and Community Development Division resources.

The 2024 Utah Legislative Session v. Code of Ethics

Thursday, May 09, 2024, 1:40 PM

Utah’s 2024 legislative session concluded on March 1. During the session, the legislature passed a record 591 bills and approved a $29 Billion state budget. How did the legislature do? For planners, a way of considering this question is to look at a couple of legislative actions taken, or not taken, against the Planner’s Code of Ethics. What does such an analysis reveal? Two analyzes will be reviewed. • An appropriations request was again considered to fund a plan of development and environmental impact statement to construct the 38-mile-long road across Navajo lands to connect US-163 to destinations north. The road would shave 3 hours of travel time. The Navajo Mountain and Olijato communities are isolated from Utah by terrain and the San Juan River. • The 2024 legislature passed H.B. 562 – Utah FairPark Area Investment and Restoration District. The bill commits $900 million in taxpayer money, and perhaps more, towards the construction of a Major League Baseball stadium and development of a Fairpark District surrounding the ballpark. What does the Code of Ethics have to say on these two (2) items, if anything?

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Land Use 101

Thursday, May 09, 2024, 1:40 PM

Come satisfy your required annual training for planning commissioners at this training session. We will cover the basic power and duties of elected and appointed officials and the role of staff. Learn and then align what the state says you should do with your day-to-day land use practices. This is a great refresher class for seasoned commissioners and staff as well.

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Campus Walking Tour of SUU

Thursday, May 09, 2024, 1:40 PM

College campuses are said to be ‘a city within a city’ and Southern Utah University is no exception. Join us for a tour of the SUU campus, led by Campus Facilities team members and planners and architects who have been working collaboratively to realize some of the most significant projects on campus. The tour will highlight recent plans for a Campus Master Plan update and recent infrastructure projects on campus in response to significant growth SUU has experienced in the last five years, along with coordination with UDOT and Cedar City to upgrade adjacent facilities to meet the long-term goals of campus. The campus landscape will also be featured throughout the tour, including how the campus is working to respond to House Bill 121, Water Conservation Modifications, while maintaining the sense of place for which the campus has become so well-known

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So You’re the New PC Chair!

Thursday, May 09, 2024, 2:40 PM

Congratulations! You’ve been elected (or appointed) as the next Chair of the Planning Commission! You’ll be great! Everybody thinks you’re the best person for the job! Or maybe no one else would do it? So, if you’re like most people, you’re not really sure what to do now, and how you’re supposed to do it. This session is aimed at helping you get started and get a handle on it. It’s good for everyone else, too, so they know what to expect and how to do things.

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Strategies to Bring Housing Back within Reach

Thursday, May 09, 2024, 2:50 PM

Utah faces a daunting challenge. Housing costs have risen dramatically in recent years, far outpacing wage growth. If current trends continue, up-and-coming Utahns will not have the same opportunities as prior generations to enter homeownership, have adequate space for a family, and build wealth. Causes of increasing costs range from high demand—both from a large generation of Utahns who are now in their 20s and 30s and from in-migration—to escalating land and materials costs, regulatory restrictions, and labor shortages. Please join us for a discussion on what we can do to help bring housing back within reach.

A look at Senate Bills 110 and 76; Integrating water into land use planning

Thursday, May 09, 2024, 2:50 PM

The presentations will cover background information on SB 110 and SB 76. We will focus on how our agencies can provide assistance and guidance. We will also direct the attendees to resources that might aid them in creating a useful and inclusive general plan.

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2024 Legislative Update

Friday, May 10, 2024, 8:15 AM

One of these things is not like the others… in the national push for zoning reform and housing affordability, Utah’s legislative efforts were different this year from those of other states. Wilf Sommerkorn, Jason Boal, and Scott Hess will explain, and bring up to date all this year’s land use related legislation.

Missing Middle Housing in Utah

Friday, May 10, 2024, 9:25 AM

What exactly is Missing Middle Housing? Does it look different in rural communities than it does in urban settings? How can it impact housing affordability and availability in my community? Join us as we discuss the concept’s history, its current status, and potential future activities to better understand and implement it throughout the Beehive State.

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Managing Growth Impact fees

Friday, May 10, 2024, 9:25 AM

The benefits and challenges resulting from new growth affect entities in different ways. Impact fees serve as a mechanism to ensure the construction of critical infrastructure necessary to promote sustainable communities and economic vitality. This session will discuss how impact fees are used to promote and preserve a community’s vision. We will also address updates to the Impact Fee Act based on the recent legislative session, and the potential future of impact fees in an ever changing environment.

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ULCT- Legislative Bills Workshop

Friday, May 10, 2024, 9:25 AM

Come join ULCT staff and experts to unpack the legislative bills that passed this session in the land use arena. We will review bills that dealt with new housing product, SB168, New financing tools, SB268, HB13, and HB572 and process updates with bills HB476 and HB 465. The session will run from 9:30 to 11:30 with time for questions throughout. A break will occur at 10:20 if you want to join in after another session.

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State Planners Panel: Current State Agency Planning Projects

Friday, May 10, 2024, 10:20 AM

State agencies are making plans! Join us for an overview of four new planning projects from the Office of the Property Rights Ombudsman, the Division of Multicultural Affairs, the Division of Forestry, Fire, and State Lands, and the Division of Emergency Management. Learn how and why these plans were created, how they are being implemented, and how they may benefit you.

Parking is like jeans: “one size all” misfits all

Friday, May 10, 2024, 10:20 AM

Parking affects how streets look and feel, a city’s fiscal health, the affordability of housing, how people choose to get around, and business profitability. Hear how some cities have started to vary parking requirements based on different contexts, avoiding a one-size mis-fits-all citywide approach. This is a hot topic and a lot of new thinking and research is actively being explored, including a new “parking modernization” from Utah’s transportation agencies.

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“Park-it-once”: amplify your town center by rethinking the approach to parking

Friday, May 10, 2024, 11:15 AM

Typically each business or home provides parking for itself. At any time of day this means lots of empty parking. The shift is to think of parking like we do with water and electricity: consolidating production to improve efficiency. Park your car once and visit multiple places on foot. Come with your questions as we look at case studies of communities that have implemented and learned lessons in using a “park once district” in their city or town center.

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Bill of Rights and Responsibilities for Property Owners

Friday, May 10, 2024, 11:15 AM

We have saved the best for last! Less boring than parking and more important than just about anything! In this last session of the conference, we will help you (1) protect property rights and (2) avoid being sued. We will guide you through applicants’ rights and responsibilities in plain, understandable, non-lawyer English.

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