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2021 APA Utah Fall Conference Speaker

John Janson, AICP


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 in several communities on their ordinances and general plans.


Hindsight 20/20 2022 »

March 23, 2022 2:45 pm

We often hear the phrase "hindsight is 20/20". As planners we regularly look 10-20 years into the future to do our work. This session will provide advice from urban counties on what they wish they would have known and/or done 20 years ago.

Sensitive Lands »

March 25, 2022 9:25 am

Why so sensitive? While some would argue that natural landscapes (like people) also have feelings, sensitive lands actually refer to areas where we should consider modifying or avoiding development in order to protect public health, safety, and welfare. If sensitive lands have you down, then this session is for you! Attendees will leave with a framework for understanding what sensitive lands are and why they should be protected as well as examples of "sensitive lands success" from across the state. Don’t cry, just try to be sensitive.

Annexation—State Law »

March 25, 2022 10:15 am

State Law (handout of steps), Heber and Herriman examples stressing the ability to negotiate while in an annexation process through a development agreement

Your Turn »

March 25, 2022 11:10 am

Open forum session to answer PC and CC questions.

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