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APA Utah Fall Conference Speaker

John Janson, AICP

Planning Solutions

John M. Janson graduated from the University of Utah in 1975 with a degree in Geography. He received a Master of City and Regional Planning from the Ohio State University in 1977. Having worked as a consultant and then in Davis County, Utah, the majority of his career was with West Valley City, Utah, where he was employed as the Planning Director for 25 of his 30 years there. As a frequent local conference speaker, and having performed consultant projects throughout the State, he has significant exposure to regional and city issues. His consulting work includes: general plans, area studies, Form Based Codes (the Utah Template), and general ordinance updates and implementation. He served on the Millcreek Township Planning Commission and helped the recently incorporated community create their first General Plan and update their ordinances. Currently he is working several communities on their ordinances and general plans.


Your Turn – ask those burning questions »

2022 Fall Conference, September 9, 2022 3:40 pm

Did your last PC meeting leave you wondering about an unresolved issue? Did you attend a session at the conference where you wanted to ask a question but the time was up? Bend the ear of three practitioners that just might have an answer for you!

Design Standards versus development agreements – who’s on first? »

2022 Fall Conference, September 9, 2022 2:30 pm

Many communities are struggling to get to the design standards they want - or are they? More are using development agreements to allow for greater creativity by developers. Often DAs are used to circumvent certain ordinance requirements while providing "better" alternative designs. Which should you be doing - improve your design standards or simply allow DAs to be considered more?

TDRs & PDRs & AG Zones, Oh My! »

2022 Fall Conference, September 9, 2022 1:15 pm

Communities across the Country are looking for ways to retain their community character. In Utah we are seeing concerns raised about the consistent growth absorbing our farmer's fields, orchards, and our open spaces. Can urban development and our rural heritage grow together in a way that is beneficial for a community? Learn the details about 4 potential programs that your community could promote through ordinance updates, options for purchasing, and the State authorized agricultural protection zones.

Sensitive Lands – the New Statewide Tool »

2022 Fall Conference, September 9, 2022 11:10 am

Sensitive Lands have become an important topic in our communities to help preserve the character and to avoid lands that are hazardous to develop. As a State wide issue, a new tool has been drafted to help communities find the resources they need to create their own ordinances. Listen and learn from Zac Covington, the head of that committee, and then from a practitioner responsible for several ordinances along the Wasatch.

Low Impact Development – Can You Rely on it? »

2022 Fall Conference, September 9, 2022 10:10 am

Does low impact development (LID) offer the solution to all our stormwater problems? Learn about the benefits and the potential for LID systems from Jeanne Riley with the State Division of Water Quality, their "Handbook", and from engineers for two Utah communities.

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