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APA Utah Fall Conference Speaker

Thomas Dansie

Director of Community Development
Town of Springdale

Tom Dansie is the Director of Community Development in the Town of Springdale, gateway to Zion National Park. Tom loves helping small, rural communities preserve their character through thoughtful land use planning and community visioning. He also loves running, biking, and skiing in Utah’s mountains and deserts. Most of all he loves his wife and four kids.


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

2024 Spring Conference, May 8, 2024 3:45 pm

Popular tourist destinations around the world are experiencing "overtourism" -- more tourists than the local infrastructure can support. After years of promoting tourism as an economic development tool, many popular tourist destinations around the world are now realizing that too much of a good thing can actually be a bad thing. What is the state of tourism in Utah's rural communities? And what can Utah's rural tourist destinations learn from the growing trend of anti-overtourism policies in traditional tourist hotspots?

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

2024 Spring Conference, May 8, 2024 2:45 pm

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 accommodations in a manner that balances economic benefits with neighborhood integrity and housing availability. This panel discussion at the 2024 APA Spring Conference aims to equip participants with the latest legislative insights, tools, and strategies for effectively managing short-term rentals within their jurisdictions.

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