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2022 Fall Conference

2022 Fall Conference

09/08 - 09/09

Lehi Megaplex Theatre
2935 North Thanksgiving Way
Lehi, Utah 84043

Planners from across the region will descend on Lehi next week for APA Utah’s 2022 Fall Conference. With two days of presentations addressing both urban and rural planning needs, the Fall Conference provides invaluable content for professional planners, citizen planners, and elected officials. 

Topics include everything from housing affordability and transportation to billboards and greenspace. With mobile tours of Lehi-area planning projects and keynote addresses by Alan Matheson, executive director of the Point of the Mountain State Land Authority, and Laura Hanson, managing director of planning coordination with the Utah Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget, you won’t want to miss Fall Conference. 



September 8, 2022 10:00 am

The Mayor’s Perspective

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 grow...

September 8, 2022 11:10 am

Community Character

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 the...

September 8, 2022 11:10 am

ADUs: More Housing or Just More Hassle?

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 dwelli...

September 8, 2022 11:10 am

Holbrook Farms Master Planned Community Bike Tour

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

September 8, 2022 10:00 am

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

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...

September 8, 2022 1:15 pm

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

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 Lam...

September 8, 2022 1:15 pm

Starting Small, How to Build a Strong Planning Department

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 an...

September 8, 2022 1:15 pm

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

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 w...

September 9, 2022 1:15 pm

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

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 ha...

September 8, 2022 2:30 pm

Legal Hot Topics

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 under...

September 8, 2022 2:30 pm

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

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 i...

September 8, 2022 2:30 pm

Planning for Mountain Biking Trails

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 ...

September 8, 2022 3:30 pm

How to Unlock the Value of Transit-Oriented Communities

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 es...

September 8, 2022 3:30 pm

Short-term rentals: What You Wish You Already Knew

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 wh...

September 8, 2022 11:10 am

Developing Income Restricted Housing

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 the...

September 9, 2022 9:15 am

Keynote: State Planning Coordination

Like it or not, growth is coming. It’s time to have a statewide conversation about growth.

September 9, 2022 10:10 am

State Planning Coordination Q & A Panel

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

September 9, 2022 10:10 am

Zoning – Carrot vs. Stick

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 improve...

September 9, 2022 11:10 am

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

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 c...

September 9, 2022 11:10 am

Street Knowledge: The Wasatch Transportation Academy

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...

September 9, 2022 11:10 am

Sensitive Lands – the New Statewide Tool

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...

September 9, 2022 11:10 am

Walking Tour of Lehi’s Downtown

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.

September 8, 2022 3:30 pm

Where you can succeed as a planner with your skills

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, ...

September 9, 2022 1:15 pm

Consultants – When do you need them?

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 ke...

September 9, 2022 1:15 pm

TDRs & PDRs & AG Zones, Oh My!

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, orcha...

September 9, 2022 2:30 pm

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

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 ...

September 9, 2022 2:30 pm

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

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 Di...

September 9, 2022 3:40 pm

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

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 d...

September 9, 2022 2:30 pm

Wildland Fire Preparedness

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 clima...

September 9, 2022 3:40 pm

Public Engagement Tools, Tips, and Tricks

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

September 9, 2022 3:40 pm

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

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 total...

September 9, 2022 3:40 pm

Your Turn – ask those burning questions

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 prac...

September 8, 2022 10:00 am

Lehi Active Transportation Mobile Tour With Lime Ebikes

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 High...

September 8, 2022 10:00 am

Planning Gone Wrong

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 ...

September 8, 2022 12:00 pm

Lunch/Ethics Session: Ethics for Reals

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 notic...

September 8, 2022 2:30 pm

Cache County’s Housing Affordability Task Force

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, rap...

September 8, 2022 3:30 pm

Tour of Thanksgiving Point

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

September 9, 2022 3:40 pm

Tour of Thanksgiving Point

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

September 8, 2022 9:00 am

Keynote: Alan Matheson

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 opport...

September 9, 2022 10:10 am

Low Impact Development – Can You Rely on it?

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 Qu...

September 9, 2022 2:30 pm

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

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...

September 9, 2022 11:10 am

Legal Pitfalls of Conditional Use Permits

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

September 9, 2022 2:30 pm

Water Conservation: Utah Growing Water Smart

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...

The Role of the Planning Commission?

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.

September 9, 2022 12:00 pm

Emerging Planners

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 ...

September 9, 2022 12:00 pm

Book Club

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...

September 9, 2022 1:15 pm

Can a Bike Lane Be a Trail Too?

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 al...

September 9, 2022 2:30 pm

Planning for Sign Code Success

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 addre...

September 8, 2022 12:00 pm

Zipflow (lunch session)

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 ins...


Laura Hanson, AICP

State Planning Coordinator
Governor's Office of Planning and Budget

Ted Knowlton, AICP

Deputy Director
Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC)

Keith Bartholomew

Associate Dean
University of Utah College of Architecture + Planning

Andrea Olson

Planning Director
Utah Department of Transportation

Ari Bruening

Envision Utah

Ryan Beck

VP of Planning
Envision Utah

Aaron Wade

Gilmore Bell

Wade Budge

Land use attorney and partner
Snell and Wilmer

Adam Lankford

Vice President of Development
Wasatch Residential Group

Alan Matheson

Executive Director
Point of the Mountain State Land Authority

Brittney Harris

Planner II
Lehi City

Brent Bateman

Dentons Durham Jones Pinegar

Bruce Parker, AICP

Planning and Development Services, LLC

Corey Johnson

Vice President
Wasatch Residential Group

Craig Jenson

Real estate and land use lawyer

Jordan Cullimore

Lead Attorney
Office of Property Rights Ombudsman

Jordan Katcher

Initiatives Facilitator
Wallace Stegner Center’s Environmental Dispute Resolution Program

Mikala Jordan

Community Planner
Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC)

Soren Simonsen, AICP, FAIA, LEED AP

Executive Director
Jordan River Commission

Mark Stratford

General Counsel
Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District

Mike West

Planning Division Manager
Lehi City

Dave Anderson

Community and Economic Development Director
Spanish Fork City

David Petersen, AICP

Community Development Director
Farmington City

David Zook

County Executive
Cache County

Don Buckley

Fire Marshal
Draper City

GJ LaBonty

Manager of Customer Experience
Utah Transit Authority

Francis Lily, AICP

Planning Director
Millcreek City

Heidi Goedhart

Active Transportation Manager
UDOT Planning

Hugh Van Wagenen

Active Transportation Planner
Wasatch Front Regional Council

Jacob Curtis

Lehi City

Jason Boal

Certified Planner (AICP) and Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM)
Snell & Wilmer

Jason Bond

Assistant City Manager
Santaquin City

John Janson, AICP

Planning Solutions

Jeanne Riley

Environmental Engineer and Manager
Utah Division of Water Quality’s General Permitting Section

John Berggren

Water Policy Analyst
Western Resource Advocates

Justin Lee

Director of Government Relations

Justin Anderson

Deputy Director
Ogden City Public Services Department

Kathryn Newman

Communications Manager
Vineyard City

Kirsten Whetstone

Utah Chapter of the American Planning Association

Lyle Gibson, AICP

Assistant Community Development Director.
Farmington City

Marcie Jones

Office of the Property Rights Ombudsman

Marcus Keller

Vice President
Zions Bank

Mark McGrath, AICP

Director of Community Development
City of Taylorsville

Mark Miller

Principal Engineer
Wasatch Civil Consulting Engineering

Mark Vlasic

Landmark Design

Mark Johnson

Lehi City

Mike Johnson

Community & Economic Development Director
City of Cottonwood Heights.

Natalie Hall

Bluffdale City

Natalie Gordon

Community Engagement Manager

Nick Norris

Planning Director
Salt Lake City

Paul Drake

Director of Real Estate and Transit-Oriented Development (TOD)
Utah Transit Authority

Reid Ewing, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor of City and Metropolitan Planning
University of Utah

Ross Dinsdale

Development Engineer
Lehi City

Sean Conroy

Community Development Director
Mapleton City

Shannon Ellsworth

Principal Advisor, Land and Water
Rio Tinto

Sherrie Pace, AICP

Community Development Director
City of North Salt Lake

Sierra Pierson

Lehi City

Stephen Nelson

Planning Director
Hurricane City

Steve Waldrip

Utah State Legislature

Susie Petheram

Senior Planner and Senior Associate

Thomas McMurtry

Planning Director
Avenue Consultants

Tony Kohler, AICP

Planning Director
Heber City

Troy K. Walker

Draper City

Vaughn Pickell

City Attorney
Spanish Fork City

Weston Clark

Director of Community Outreach
Salt Lake City

Wilf Sommerkorn

Deputy Executive Director
Utah Land Use Institute

Zac Covington

Senior Regional Planner
Bear River Association of Governments (BRAG)

Olivia Cvetko

Community Planner
Logan Simpson Design

Dan Tracer, P.E.

Assistant City Engineer
City of Bluffdale

Michael Maloy, AICP

Planning Director
Herriman City

Scott Hess

Planning Director
North Ogden City

Robert Scott

Planning Director
North Ogden City

Paul Allred

Planning Commissioner
Kaysville City

Meg Ryan

Senior Land Use Manager
Utah League of Cities & Towns

Kelly Kopp

Professor and Extension Specialist
Plants, Soils & Climate department at Utah State University

Cameron Diehl

Executive Director
Utah League of Cities and Towns

James Carpentier

Director State and Local Government Affairs
International Sign Association

Erica Brown

VP of Marketing
Thanksgiving Point

Kelsey Lindquist

Planning Manager
Salt Lake City

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