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2024 Spring Conference

2024 Spring Conference

May 8-10, 2024

R. Haze Hunter Conference Center
351 West University Blvd.
Cedar City, Utah 84720


Planners from across the region will descend on Cedar City this May for APA Utah’s 2024 Spring Conference. With three days of presentations addressing both urban and rural planning needs, the Spring 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 developments in the Cedar area.


May 8, 2024 3:45 pm

“We can help” the AOG’s

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, regiona...

May 9, 2024 9:30 am

Active Transportation and Trails across Utah

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 l...

May 9, 2024 1:40 pm

Campus Walking Tour of SUU

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 arc...

May 8, 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,...

May 9, 2024 2:50 pm

Strategies to Bring Housing Back within Reach

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 opportunit...

May 8, 2024 2:45 pm

How to get your community cycling

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 route...

May 10, 2024 10:20 am

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

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 va...

May 10, 2024 8:15 am

2024 Legislative Update

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 sta...

May 9, 2024 1:40 pm

Land Use 101

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. Le...

May 8, 2024 2:45 pm

Elevating Opportunities: An Airport’s Role in Economic Takeoff

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...

May 9, 2024 9:30 am

Landslide Mobile Tour

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. I...

May 10, 2024 9:25 am

Managing Growth Impact fees

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 ...

May 10, 2024 9:25 am

Missing Middle Housing in Utah

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...

May 9, 2024 10:40 am

Planner Burnout

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 ca...

May 9, 2024 1:40 pm

The 2024 Utah Legislative Session v. Code of Ethics

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...

May 9, 2024 1:30 pm

Housing Data and Planning

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 en...

May 9, 2024 2:40 pm

So You’re the New PC Chair!

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...

May 10, 2024 10:20 am

State Planners Panel: Current State Agency Planning Projects

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 Fores...

May 8, 2024 3:45 pm

Stomping Economic Tricks with Recreational Trails

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 fro...

May 8, 2024 2:45 pm

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

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 accommoda...

May 8, 2024 2:45 pm

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

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 questi...

May 8, 2024 1:50 pm

Air Quality: A public and private partnership

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...

May 9, 2024 10:40 am

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

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 redu...

May 8, 2024 3:45 pm

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

Popular tourist destinations around the world are experiencing “overtourism” — more tourists than the local infrastructure can support. After years of promoting tourism as an econ...


Meagan Booth

Principal Planner
Salt Lake City

Clint Harper

Advanced Air Mobility Community Advocate
Harper4D Solutions

Fred Resch

City Planner
Hurricane City

Bruce Parker, AICP

Planning and Development Services, LLC

Hugh Van Wagenen

Active Transportation Planner
Wasatch Front Regional Council

Ted Knowlton, AICP

Deputy Director
Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC)

Dennis Marker

City/Zoning Administrator
Gunnison City

Ryan Wallace

Associate Principal and Urban Design Director

Thomas McMurtry

Planning Director
Avenue Consultants

Tippe Morlan

Senior/Long Range Planner
City of Saratoga Springs

Meg Ryan

Senior Land Use Manager
Utah League of Cities & Towns

Wilf Sommerkorn

Deputy Executive Director
Utah Land Use Institute

Rob Terry

Statewide Land Use Training Director
State of Utah


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