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Last modified on January 14, 2022

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LUTF UPDATE »

Last modified on November 19, 2021

November 19, 2021 As promised, here’s a quick update on what the Land Use Task Force is working on, from what I’ve gleaned from notes I’ve seen, from conversations, and from reports on the LUTF in League LPC and Commission on Housing Affordability meetings. For all the frequent meeting and talking that’s been going on […]

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HERE, MIDDLE MIDDLE MIDDLE… »

Last modified on November 19, 2021

November 17, 2021 A few months ago, Salt Lake County along with several partner organizations brought Dan Parolek, author and instigator of the term “Missing Middle Housing,” to Utah for a seminar on what middle missing housing is and how it works.  It was a great event, well attended, and certainly helped to point out […]

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MODERATE INCOME HOUSING PLANS PROPOSED CHANGES »

Last modified on November 19, 2021

November 16, 2021 There is so much churn going on right now on legislative proposals for land use related topics, it’s hard for me to sort it out and share it in some reasonable manner.  But I’ll give it a go, in several different posts by topic. First, let me give enormous credit to the […]

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SIGN OF THE TIMES – IN U.S. SUPREME COURT »

Last modified on November 19, 2021

November 15, 2021 Last Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of our very own Reagan Outdoor Advertising trying to be able to convert their non-conforming billboards to electronic in Austin, Texas.  The court’s eventual decision could have significant implications for the future of how signs are regulated, and even for […]

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WHO’S ON FIRST? »

Last modified on November 19, 2021

Greetings!  Looks like I’m at it again, trying to get a regular online commentary going on what’s happening in the rapidly changing world of community planning and land use regulation in our fair state of Utah (oops, I mean pretty, great state!).  I’ve been urged on by my colleagues at the Utah Land Use Institute […]

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Governor Cox vetoed HB98 »

Last modified on March 25, 2021

After all the time we spent yesterday in the legislative recap, turns out Governor Cox vetoed HB98 – Local Government Building Regulation Amendments, yesterday!  Wow!   https://governor.utah.gov/2021/03/24/gov-cox-signs-and-vetoes/   Just got a call from Cam Diehl, he talked with Governor Cox yesterday before he vetoed HB98.  The thing to be aware of is that he vetoed […]

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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE MARCH 24, 2021 – “WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW” MATERIALS »

Last modified on March 31, 2021

ULCT Land Use Bill Summary Part 2 2021 ULCT Land Use Bill Summary Part 1 2021 SB201 Public Notice Amendments March 24 2021 APA ULCT Legislative Update March 24 2021 Slide show   Watch recording HERE.  AICP CM 9213717

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Morris: Why do you bang your head against that brick wall? Boris: Because it feels so good when you finally stop! »

Last modified on March 11, 2021

Well, the session has been over for nearly a week, and it feels so good now that it’s stopped!   As noted through all our update messages, there was a lot that happened on land use, a bunch of which was not anticipated.  So now we need to assess what happened.  As promised, here are […]

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The Last Day »

Last modified on March 5, 2021

We are down to the final day of the 2021 General Session of the Utah Legislature.  And for planning issue related bills, it’s all pretty much over (unless there’s a zombie apocalypse and the billboard bills come back – don’t laugh, I’ve seen it happen!)   The last three big bills still hanging fire we […]

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Settling Down »

Last modified on March 4, 2021

Well, it looks like things are finally settling down, with pretty much all the main actions taken with just some loose ends to wrap up.   But be forewarned, there are going to be a number of things that will be different about how the practice of land use planning and regulation takes place in […]

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Moving Right Along »

Last modified on March 3, 2021

Tuesday saw movement on a number of our watch list bills and issues.  Here’s a rundown by topic:   Housing   In  Senate committee yesterday, a 5th substitute version and an amendment for HB82 – Single-Family Housing Modifications, and then passed out the bill favorably.  The newest version of the bill makes a number of […]

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Crunch Time »

Last modified on March 2, 2021

Four days left, and so much still to do.   Three significant planning issue bills are up for hearing today, on the final day of committee hearings.  Each one of these has some significant changes proposed as well.  They are:   SB164 – Housing Affordability Amendments – 2nd Substitute – this bill has not yet […]

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Five Days Left »

Last modified on March 1, 2021

As we get set to start the final week of this year’s legislative session, there are a few things to update on land use bills as late last Friday. HB98, the inspections and housing design limitations bill, was substituted and then passed by the House, so it now goes over to the Senate for action.  […]

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Slow but steady on the Hill »

Last modified on February 26, 2021

Not a lot of action yesterday on bills we are watching.  A couple of things to update on –   SB217 – Housing and Transit Reinvestment Zones Act was passed by the Senate last night, it moves on to the House.   HB256 – County Land Use and Development Amendments also was passed out favorably by committee […]

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HB98 – Local Government Building Regulation Amendments »

Last modified on February 25, 2021

It’s finally out, the substitute for HB98 – Local Government Building Regulation Amendments.  Here’s the comparison with the original bill.  Victoria Ashby at the League has indicated that the changes were in line with what the League was pushing for that they have now changed their position on the bill from oppose to neutral.   […]

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Does Building New Housing Reduce Overall Housing Costs? »

Last modified on February 25, 2021

Geez, up to the third update for today!  But that’s what happens when there are a lot of land use bills and we are getting down to serious crunch time in the legislative session.  Several things that need updating.   First, a substitute version of SB164 – Utah Housing Affordability Amendments is now out.  Here’s […]

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What aren’t we going to do? »

Last modified on February 25, 2021

“The question isn’t ‘What are we going to do?’ The question is ‘What aren’t we going to do?’”   With apologies to fans of that classic movie, Ferris Buehler’s Day Off, yesterday turned out to be a not so good day for me to take off and do some other things because all kinds of […]

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