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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.


Signs of the Times »

September 9, 2021 10:15 am

Sign ordinances are always needing an update every few years due to changes in the industry and changes in case law. Recent case law, in Reed vs. Gilbert, determined that we can not make distinctions between sign types based on content. What sort of changes does this suggest that requires communities to modify their sign ordinances?

Development Agreements »

September 9, 2021 2:35 pm

When a community is considering a zone change for a developer, they often see pretty pictures of what the current vision for a project is. This can result in an easily approved change of zone, but then the developer sells the land and the community is left with processing whatever the new developer brings under the written provisions of your ordinances. Should we be doing these all the time?  Learn about the use of Development Agreements by communities that often use them. Take home a template where you can “fill in the blanks” with a project proposal.

CUP’S – Careful Use Precisely! »

September 10, 2021 3:15 pm

Think you have the CUP process down? Come to a discussion of the major principles required by State Law, new processing options, and creating standards. We will also do a quick review of one communities current ordinance that we will mutually evaluate for meeting State Code. Prizes will be awarded for the communities who don't have the word "May Deny" in their codes!!

Your Turn: Citizen Planner Question and Answer »

September 10, 2021 3:30 pm

Bring your questions on any planning topic and we will do our best to answer them. Jake Young, Wilf Sommerkorn, and John Janson with experience in many communities and on many topics can help you think through your issues. This open conversation about planning issues in your community, will be “Your Turn” to get answers to your most pressing issues that you want to talk about!

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