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2021 APA Utah Fall Conference

September 9-10, 2021

Sessions

Sessions listed chronologically.

= Keynote

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.

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.

Assets

No materials are available for this session

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.

Signs of the Times

Thursday, September 09, 2021, 10:15 AM

Sign ordinances are always needing an update every few years due to changes in the industry and changes in case law. Recent case law, in Reed vs. Gilbert, determined that we can not make distinctions between sign types based on content. What sort of changes does this suggest that requires communities to modify their sign ordinances?

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!

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.

Assets

No materials are available for this session

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.

Assets

No materials are available for this session

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.

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.

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.

Assets

No materials are available for this session

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.

Assets

No materials are available for this session

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.

Assets

No materials are available for this session

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.

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.

Speaker(s)

no related speakers.

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.

Assets

No materials are available for this session

Development Agreements

Thursday, September 09, 2021, 2:35 PM

When a community is considering a zone change for a developer, they often see pretty pictures of what the current vision for a project is. This can result in an easily approved change of zone, but then the developer sells the land and the community is left with processing whatever the new developer brings under the written provisions of your ordinances. Should we be doing these all the time?  Learn about the use of Development Agreements by communities that often use them. Take home a template where you can “fill in the blanks” with a project proposal.

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.

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.

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.

Assets

No materials are available for this session

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.

Assets

No materials are available for this session

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.

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.

Speaker(s)

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.

Assets

No materials are available for this session

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.

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.

Assets

No materials are available for this session

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.

Assets

No materials are available for this session

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?

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.

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.

Assets

No materials are available for this session

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.

Speaker(s)

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.

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.

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.

Assets

No materials are available for this session

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.

Assets

No materials are available for this session

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.

Assets

No materials are available for this session

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.

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.

Assets

No materials are available for this session

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.

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.

Assets

No materials are available for this session

(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.

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.

Assets

No materials are available for this session

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?

Assets

No materials are available for this session

CUP’S – Careful Use Precisely!

Friday, September 10, 2021, 3:15 PM

Think you have the CUP process down? Come to a discussion of the major principles required by State Law, new processing options, and creating standards. We will also do a quick review of one communities current ordinance that we will mutually evaluate for meeting State Code. Prizes will be awarded for the communities who don’t have the word “May Deny” in their codes!!

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.

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.

Speaker(s)

Exactions – How far is too far?

Friday, September 10, 2021, 3:30 PM

Municipal governments can require contributions of land or improvements as a condition of development as long as the developer’s constitutional rights aren’t violated. What does this mean in real life and plain English?  Can government require the dedication and improvement of roadways, curbs, gutters, and sidewalks?  How about bike trails, traffic signals, flood control measures, and highway on-ramps? We’ll go over the current legal standard then walk through several examples so developers and government officials alike can see what constitutes a legal exaction.

Assets

No materials are available for this session

Your Turn: Citizen Planner Question and Answer

Friday, September 10, 2021, 3:30 PM

Bring your questions on any planning topic and we will do our best to answer them. Jake Young, Wilf Sommerkorn, and John Janson with experience in many communities and on many topics can help you think through your issues. This open conversation about planning issues in your community, will be “Your Turn” to get answers to your most pressing issues that you want to talk about!

Assets

No materials are available for this session

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