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APA Utah Fall Conference Speaker

Sophie Frankenburg

Logan Simpson

Sophie is a Professional Planner with experience in both the public and private sectors. Sophie began her profession as a planner in Springdale Utah before attending graduate school at the University of Utah. After graduating with a Masters in City and Metropolitan and Planning, and a focus in Small and Resort Town Planning, she began working for Logan Simpson in 2022. Sophie has supported communities throughout the Intermountain West in long-range community planning and land use code authorship. Now living in La Verkin UT, Sophie continues to work for Municipalities and Counties in Utah, Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, and Arizona. Sophie is drawn to working in rural communities that are connected to natural amenity areas where workforce housing, sustainability, sustainable tourism, recreation, and dark skies are priorities. On Saturdays, Sophie can be found mountain biking on the mesas of Southwestern Utah or skiing in the Wasatch Mountains.


Strategies to Bring Housing Back within Reach »

2024 Spring Conference, May 9, 2024 2:50 pm

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 opportunities as prior generations to enter homeownership, have adequate space for a family, and build wealth. Causes of increasing costs range from high demand—both from a large generation of Utahns who are now in their 20s and 30s and from in-migration—to escalating land and materials costs, regulatory restrictions, and labor shortages. Please join us for a discussion on what we can do to help bring housing back within reach.

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

2024 Spring Conference, May 9, 2024 10:40 am

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 reduce the amount of water a landscape needs by 50% or more, beautify our communities, create pollinator habitat, and help us better integrate water and land use planning. In recent years, Utah has made important progress towards water wise landscape transformation by scaling-up turf replacement incentives and by adopting local water efficient landscaping codes for new development and redevelopment. In this session, speakers will share funding opportunities, design resources, lessons learned, barriers, and other best practices for cities, counties and water providers interested in advancing water wise landscaping in their own communities. .

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