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2021 APA Utah Fall Conference Speaker

Erin O'Kelley

Long Range Planner
Greater Salt Lake Municipal Services District

Erin O’Kelley is a University of Utah graduate who has been working as an urban planner in the Salt Lake Valley for the last 4 years. More recently, she worked for one of Utah’s newest Cities, Millcreek, and contributed to new policies and planning initiatives which included: planning for urban development, city center plans, ordinance writing, community engagement, and residential development. Erin is excited to be joining the team at the Greater Salt Lake Municipal Services District as a Long Range Planner to help the Metro Townships of Salt Lake County become thriving communities.

Session Information:

Planning for Community Resiliency: Looking Beyond Hazard Response
September 9, 2021 1:40 pm

The past year and a half have underscored the need for community resilience planning. Who could have predicted a global pandemic paired with localized issues of earthquakes and severe droughts? Yet frameworks of resiliency thinking allow planners to do just that – prepare for and adapt to the unexpected, aiming not just to survive but to thrive. Join Long Range Planners and partners from the Greater Salt Lake Municipal Services District (MSD) as they explore: * what it means to be resilient community; * how planning for resiliency differs between a more traditional municipality and a campus setting; and * what lessons MSD planners have learned during the past year of planning in diverse Salt Lake County communities. The presentation will be followed by a group discussion of the future of resilience planning in Utah and the tools that may help regional planners lead the state forward.

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