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2023 Fall Conference

2023 Fall Conference

September 28-29, 2023

Ogden Eccles Conference Center
2415 Washington Blvd.
Ogden, Utah 84401


September 28-29th, 2023

Ogden Eccles Conference Center in Ogden Utah.


Planners from Utah and Idaho will descend on Ogden this September for APA Utah’s 2023 Fall Conference. With two days of presentations addressing both urban and rural planning needs, the Fall Conference highlights content for professional planners, citizen planners, and elected officials. Topics include everything from planning ethics and preservation to transportation, housing, and inclusion. Mobile tours will also provide case studies in planning and environmental developments in the Ogden area.


Registrations Closed on Sept. 24th due to record-breaking attendance.

No refunds are available after Sept, 24.  However, registrations are transferable with APAUT approval.

All sessions are CM-approved and qualify for state-required Planning Commissioner Training Hours


Lunch will be provided on both September 28-29th.


Evening Event: 

Awards Reception, 2023

September 28, 2023

Alleged 205 25th Street, Ogden, Utah, 84401, United States

5:30-9:30 PM

Food and live music!

Ticket purchase includes 2 tickets for $30.

Please register here:


Hotel Information:

Hampton Inn & Suites

Room rate: $98.00 per night.  This group rate ends August 29th.

Address: 2401 Washington Blvd Ogden, UT 84401

Phone: 801-394-9400,WW,HILTONLINK,EN,DirectLink&fromId=HILTONLINKDIRECT

***If you would like to book the hotel for additional nights. You will have to go to the ribbon on the top of the page where it says “edit stay” and change the dates manually. Once you do that it should still reflect the correct group rate.

Courtyard Marriott

Room rate: $98.00 per night. This group rate ends September 6th.

Address: 247 24th Street Ogden, Utah, 84401

Link: Book your group rate for American Planning Association

***If you would like to book the hotel for an additional night. Please make the single-night reservation and email me at I will send them your info and they will manually adjust the nights.

Hilton Garden Inn

Room Rate: $98 per night. This group rate is only available for the night of the 28th.  This group rate ends on September 21st.

Address: 2271 S Washington Blvd, Ogden, UT 84401

Phone: 801-399-2000



Tru by Hilton Ogden

Room Rate: $98 per night. This group rate is only available for the night of the 28th.  This group rate ends on September 21st.

Address: 2405 Lincoln Ave, Ogden 84401

Phone: 801-695-9797


A special thank you to our Idaho Fall Conference Sponsors:


September 28, 2023 10:10 am

Short-term Rentals: The Pros and the Cons

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...

September 28, 2023 10:10 am

Walking Tour of The Monarch and Dumke Arts Plaza

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. ...

September 28, 2023 10:10 am

Weber County Archery Park Tour

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 archer...

September 28, 2023 2:00 pm

Managing the Pressures of a Planning Office

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...

September 18, 2023 2:00 pm

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

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 roadwa...

September 29, 2023 10:10 am

Planting Cities in Ag Country

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...

September 28, 2023 2:00 pm

Agri Tourism Tour: Cold Springs Trout Farm

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 be...

September 28, 2023 3:00 pm

Writing and Understanding Effective Staff Reports

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,...

September 28, 2023 3:00 pm

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

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 ac...

September 28, 2023 3:00 pm

Zoom Towns: The New Frontier

COVID-19 challenged traditional city-planning timelines, funding mechanisms, decision-making models, and engagement strategies, and stressed our parklands/natural areas, transportation networks, an...

September 28, 2023 2:00 pm

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

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...

September 29, 2023 2:40 pm

Net Zero Transportation Systems

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. T...

September 28, 2023 4:00 pm

Public and Private Sector Planners Working Together—Panel Discussion

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 ...

September 28, 2023 4:00 pm

Water Wise Landscapes

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...

September 28, 2023 5:30 pm

Awards Reception

September 29, 2023 9:15 am

Storytelling: Stepping into the Narrative

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 sto...

September 29, 2023 10:10 am

Ogden Diversity Commission

September 28, 2023 2:00 pm

Local Funding Opportunities

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 ass...

September 29, 2023 10:10 am

Walking Tour of 25th

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 G...

September 29, 2023 11:10 am

Guiding Our Growth and Regional Visioning

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? R...

September 29, 2023 11:10 am

What County Recorders Want Planners to Know

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 ch...

September 29, 2023 11:10 am

Land Use Jeopardy

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.

September 29, 2023 1:30 pm

Planning for Planes: Aviation in Your Community

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 Amend...

September 28, 2023 10:10 am

Flood Mitigation and Emergency Response

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 discuss...

September 29, 2023 2:40 pm

Untamed Women of Ogden & Historic Preservation

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 ...

September 28, 2023 11:10 am

Active Transportation: Overcoming Barriers and Enabling Community Champions

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 ...

September 29, 2023 10:10 am

Bike tour of the Ogden River Parkway Trail

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, indicat...

September 29, 2023 1:30 pm

Systems Connecting WSU to Downtown, BRT Mobile Tour

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...

September 29, 2023 2:40 pm

Building Healthy Communities: The Intersection between Health and City Planning

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-b...

September 28, 2023 4:00 pm

Secret Sauce for Cycling Success

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 success...

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 inclu...

September 29, 2023 3:50 pm

Great Salt Lake Future

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 managem...

September 29, 2023 3:50 pm

Utilizing Microgrids to Meet Energy Demands

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 t...

September 29, 2023 3:50 pm

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

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 c...

September 29, 2023 2:40 pm

Handle with Care: Planning Commission Meeting Management

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 dis...

September 29, 2023 1:30 pm

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

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 n...


Charles Allen

Transportation Engineer

Leon Letson

Community Planning Manager
Ada County Development Services

Monte Stewart

Parks and Cemetery Manager
Ogden City

Thaine Fischer

Managing Partner

Eli Johnson

Program Coordinator
Weber County

Jennie Taylor

Brent Taylor Foundation

Gage Froerer

County Commissioner
Weber County

Rhiannon Sinclair

Planning Principal
Agency Landscape + Planning

Jamie Park

Vice President
Weber County Heritage Foundation

Erik Kingston

Housing Resources Coordinator
Idaho Housing and Finance Association

Jhansi Kandasamy

Executive Director
Idaho National Laboratory

Jeremy Maxand

Executive Director
LINC / Idaho Access Project

Jason Wheeler

Executive Director

Hilary Patterson

Community Planning Director
City of Coeur d'Alene

Kaitlin Myers

Executive Director
Moab Area Community Land Trust

Tim Keane

Director of Planning and Development Services
City of Boise, Idaho

Brandon Rypien

Senior Planner
Ogden City

Lisa Schwartz Gosline

Emergency Management and Homeland Security Program Director
Weber County


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