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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 8, 2024 3:45 pm

How Utah’s AOG’s Can Help Your Community

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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...

May 10, 2024 11:15 am

“Park-it-once”: amplify your town center by rethinking the approach to parking

Typically each business or home provides parking for itself. At any time of day this means lots of empty parking. The shift is to think of parking like we do with water and electricity: consolidati...

May 9, 2024 10:40 am

“It’s Not Me, It’s You… Or, Is It Me?” How Power Affects Our Disposition and Engagement with Others

Our approach to any and all relationships is significantly impacted by power. Our position of power within interpersonal relationships and communities often determines how we feel, think, and act. ...

May 9, 2024 2:50 pm

A look at Senate Bills 110 and 76; Integrating water into land use planning

The presentations will cover background information on SB 110 and SB 76. We will focus on how our agencies can provide assistance and guidance. We will also direct the attendees to resources that m...

May 8, 2024 1:00 pm

Welcome messages

A warm welcome from the APA UT Vice President and the Mayor of Cedar City

May 8, 2024 1:50 pm

Landing Strategies: Navigating Land Use & Transportation Planning in the Era of Aerial Innovation

This session addresses the emerging realm of Advanced Air Mobility (AAM), poised with potential to bring resolution to many of aviation’s challenges, including with noise, emissions, and accessibil...

May 9, 2024 8:20 am

Creating Space for “We”: How to Change Minds, Resolve Conflict, and Find Peace in Troubled Times

The over-abundance of conflict in the world and our inability to navigate it effectively is shaping up to be one of the most challenging threats to our personal and collective well-being. Figuring ...

May 9, 2024 9:30 am

Escaping the Charging Gorilla: How to More Effectively Resolve Conflict at Work, Home… and Just about Anywhere!

In conflict, whether dealing with an angry member of the public, a co-worker, or a family member or friend, we too often act in ways that invite more of the behavior in others we dislike and wish w...

May 9, 2024 9:30 am

Advancing Mitigation and Resilience in Utah – It Starts with a Plan!

Planning for hazards is the most powerful way Utah communities can manage growing disaster and climate risks, and other future conditions. In this session, participants will learn about their role ...

May 9, 2024 12:40 pm

Affordable Housing

Steve will address the prevailing housing crisis in both the United States and Utah, delving into its origins, current status, and potential solutions. Additionally, he will provide insights into t...

May 10, 2024 9:25 am

ULCT- Legislative Bills Workshop

Come join ULCT staff and experts to unpack the legislative bills that passed this session in the land use arena. We will review bills that dealt with new housing product, SB168, New financing tools...

May 10, 2024 11:15 am

Bill of Rights and Responsibilities for Property Owners

We have saved the best for last! Less boring than parking and more important than just about anything! In this last session of the conference, we will help you (1) protect property rights and (2) a...


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

Marcie Jones

Office of the Property Rights Ombudsman

Alex Roy

Assistant Transportation Planning Manager
Park City

Francis Lily, AICP

Planning Director
Millcreek City

Julie Bjornstad

Senior Transportation Planner
Wasatch Front Regional Council

Terrah Anderson

Budget and Policy Analyst
Governor's Office of Planning and Budget

Trever McIntyre

Long Term Community Recovery Program Coordinator IA
Utah Department of Emergency Management

Claudia Loayza

Planning Policy & Engagement Coordinator
Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs

Cameron Diehl

Executive Director
Utah League of Cities and Towns

Fred Philpot

Vice President/COO
LRB Public Finance Advisors

Jason Boal

Urban Planner
Snell & Wilmer

Scott Hess

Community and Economic Development Director
North Ogden City

Christina Oliver

Director of the Housing Community Development Division
Department of Workforce Services

Ryan Beck

Vice President of Planning
Envision Utah

Sophie Frankenburg

Logan Simpson

Karson Eilers

Policy Director
Utah League of Cities and Towns

Steve Waldrip

Utah State Legislature

Rick Webster

Project Specialist
Utah Division of Water Resources

Jay Olsen

County Water and Land Conservation Manager
Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

Michael Grainge

Planning Technical Support
Utah Division of Drinking Water

Mike Gottfredson

Deputy Director of Community Development
Duchesne County

Hailey Kirlin

Planning Technical Support
Utah Division of Water Resources

Tiger Funk

Vice President of Campus Operations
Southern Utah University

Chad Nielsen

Architect and CEO
MHTN Architects

Vince Olcott

Director, Landscape Architecture
MHTN Architects

Ben Johnson

AVP Facilities Management
Southern Utah University

Alyssa Gamble

Moderate Income Housing Program Manager
Housing Community Development Division of the Department of Workforce Services

Dejan Eskic

Senior Research Fellow
Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute

Valerie Claussen

Planning Outpost

Fred R. Turnier

Principal | City/County Management & Economic and Policy Strategy

Arinn Aanderud

Walking Distance

Chelsea Benjamin

Policy Advisor, Healthy Rivers
Western Resource Advocates

Candace Schaible

Water Conservation Coordinator
Utah Division of Water Resources

Brooke LaPlaca

Program Analyst
FEMA Region 8

Logan Sand

Community Planning Section Chief
FEMA Region 8

Maranda Miller

Post-Disaster Mitigation Coordinator
The Utah Division of Emergency Management

Tyler Knudsen

Senior Geologist
Utah Geological Survey

Benjamin Cook

Walking Distance

Jen Wakeland

Strategic Development Director
Beaver County

Shay Morrison

Community Advisor
R6 Regional Council

Robert Allen

Programming Manager
Mountainland Association of Governments

Nate Wiberg

Senior Planner
Five County Association of Governments

Thomas Dansie

Director of Community Development
Town of Springdale

Camille Johnson

Director of Community and Partner Relations
Utah Office of Tourism

Danya Rumore

Wallace Stegner Center Environmental Dispute Resolution Program, University of Utah

Natalie Randall

Managing Director
Utah Office of Tourism

Kaden Figgins

Director, Planning & Economic Development
Garfield County

Kathy Tolleson

District Manager
Associated General Contractors of Utah (AGC)

Bill Baum

Senior Project Director
SIRQ Construction

Jay Sandberg

City Engineer
City of St George

Mindy Benson

Southern Utah University

Mayor Garth Green

Cedar City


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