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2022 Spring Conference

2022 Spring Conference

03/23 - 03/25

Kanab Center
20 North 100 East
Kanab, Utah 84741

The 2022 APA Utah Spring Conference is replete with topics and speakers that represent the most pressing issues facing the planning community. This spring, Utah’s planning community will converge in Kanab.

The preliminary conference agenda contains a draft agenda featuring dates, times and topics.



March 24, 2022 8:00 am

Welcome/WM Smart Truck

Test of excerpt of welcome session.

March 23, 2022 1:10 pm

Kanab: Adventure’s Base

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 ...

March 23, 2022 1:50 pm

Empowering Communities through the GNAR Initiative

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 sess...

March 23, 2022 1:50 pm

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

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? ...

March 24, 2022 1:55 pm

Ethics Update 2022

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” a...

March 23, 2022 2:45 pm

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

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 pub...

March 23, 2022 2:45 pm

Fast & Funny Planning Game

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 fabu...

March 23, 2022 3:45 pm

Disaster Resilience Project (THE BIG ONE)

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 exp...

March 23, 2022 3:45 pm

Legal Considerations for Short-term Rentals

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...

March 23, 2022 3:45 pm

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

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 M...

March 24, 2022 8:30 am

Destination Management: Rethinking the Role of Tourism

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 To...

March 23, 2022 2:45 pm

Hindsight 20/20 2022

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 the...

March 24, 2022 9:35 am

Land Use Training

March 24, 2022 10:35 am

ADUs/IADUs in your Community

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 differenc...

March 24, 2022 11:35 am

Lunch Keynote: Legislative Update

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.

March 24, 2022 1:15 pm

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

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 ...

March 24, 2022 1:55 pm

Tell Your City’s Story

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

March 23, 2022 1:50 pm

Ethics Update

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” a...

March 25, 2022 8:15 am

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

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...

March 25, 2022 9:25 am

Small Town Politics, When Public Safety Is On The Line

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...

March 25, 2022 9:25 am

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

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 ...

March 25, 2022 9:25 am

Sensitive Lands

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...

March 25, 2022 10:15 am

Annexation—State Law

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

March 25, 2022 10:15 am

Planning for Public Land Access and Responsible Stewardship

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 th...

March 25, 2022 10:15 am

Utah Water Challenges in the Age of Extreme Weather

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 wi...

March 25, 2022 11:10 am

Looking Forward: The Rural Landscape in 2032

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 pur...

March 25, 2022 11:10 am

Your Turn

Open forum session to answer PC and CC questions.


Seth Arens

Research Scientist
Western Water Assessment

Bob Nicholson

Kanab City Planning Consultant

Jake Powell

GNAR Initiative Lead/ Associate Professor/ Extension Specialist- Utah State University

Tara McKee

Program Manager
Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation

Patrick Morrison

Program Specialist
Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation

Bruce Parker, AICP

Planning and Development Services, LLC

Betsy Byrne

Landscape Architect
National Park Service's Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance (RTCA)

Jess Lucero

Chair of the Social Work Department
Utah State University

Brian Carver

Community & Economic Development, Bear River Association of Governments

Marcie Jones

Office of the Property Rights Ombudsman

Susie Petheram

Senior Planner and Senior Associate

Flint Timmins

Destination Development Lead
Utah Office of Tourism

Ryan Wallace

Associate Principal and Urban Design Director

Dan Smith

Planner and Landscape Architect

John Janson, AICP

Planning Solutions

Camille Johnson Taylor

Executive Director of Tourism
Kane County

Kelly Stowell

Executive Director
Center for Education, Business, and the Arts, (CEBA)

Craig Call

Executive Director
Utah Land Use Institute

Travis Hair

Planner II
Greater Salt Lake MSD

Jim McNulty

Planning & Economic Development Manager
Santa Clara City

Brent Chamberlain

Kane County

Dan Gunn

Outdoor Recreation Planner
Kanab Field Office

Harry Barber

Paria River District Manager
Bureau of Land Management

Paul Larsen

Community and Economic Development Director
Brigham City

Greg Montgomery

Planning Division Manager
Ogden City

Amber Anderson

Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Programs for the Utah State Historic Preservation Office

Nan Anderson

Office of Rural Development at the Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity (Go Utah)

Benj Becker

Vice President
Piper Sandler

Dennis Marker

Operations Analyst
Santaquin City

Aubry Bennion

Public Involvement Manager
David Evan and Associates

Leah Jaramillo

Public Involvement Manager
David Evans and Associates

Zac Covington

Senior Regional Planner
Bear River Association of Governments (BRAG)

Rick Rosenberg

Santa Clara City

Laura Hanson, AICP

State Planning Coordinator
Governor's Office of Planning and Budget

Jordan Cullimore

Lead Attorney
Office of Property Rights Ombudsman

Tony Kohler, AICP

Planning Director
Heber City

Clint Spencer

Planning Manager
Herriman City

Mike Hansen

Rural Community Consultants

Ryan Robinson

Rural Community Consultants

Bryan Thiriot

Executive Director of Five County Association of Governments

Rachel Toker

State OHV Grant Administrator
Utah Department of Natural Resource's Division of Recreation

Blake Leonelli

Public Sector Solutions, Manager
Waste Management Of Utah

Alison Lewis

Landscape Architect and Urban Designer

Quinn Bennion

Vernal City Manager

Drew Ellerman

Community Development Director
Washington City

Wilf Sommerkorn

Deputy Executive Director
Utah Land Use Institute

Dillon Hoyt

Resource Management Plan Program Manager
Utah's Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office (PLPCO)

Jason Wolf

GIS Program Manager
Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office

Nathan Moses

Regional Engineer
State of Utah

Zach Renstrom

General Manager
Washington County Water Conservancy District

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