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APA Utah Fall Conference Speaker

Bruce Parker, AICP

Planning and Development Services, LLC

Bruce Parker, AICP is principal of Planning and Development Services, LLC (PDS), a Salt Lake City based planning consultancy experienced in municipal, county, rural, and resort planning, including land use ordinance formulation and development review and permitting. PDS also represents private sector clients on various planning issues. Bruce holds a bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Hons) (UNE) and a master of City and Metropolitan Planning (Utah). Bruce is an adjunct professor, University of Utah, where he teaches Small Town and Resort Community Planning. Bruce regularly advises state and local officials, including the Utah state legislature, on statutory law revisions affecting planning. He acts as a special projects manager for community (municipalities and counties) general plans, plan implementation actions, monitoring, and providing litigation support and expert witness testimony for public and private sector clients.



2023 Fall Conference, September 29, 2023 2:40 pm

APA recently updated the Planner’s Code of Ethics. The Code now requires planners to proactively achieve respect, social justice, and inclusion for all planning participants. These principles include examining our own cultures, practices, values, and positions to understand our biases and privileges and to be conscious of the rights of others through inclusive, respectful, and compassionate planning. These are issues with long and sad histories that we continue to grapple with. The panelists will dig deep into specific actions we can all take, whether as professionals or citizen planners, to ensure our behaviors and all planning processes and outcomes have their foundations to achieve equity, equality, inclusion, and justice for all societal members.

Have a side of Planning Ethics with your lunch »

2023 Spring Conference, May 11, 2023 12:00 pm

APA made significant changes, effective January 2022, to the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. These changes affect both professional and nonprofessional planners. This luncheon presentation will focus on the ethical and behavioral standards applying to all Utah planners, including the ethical and professional standards for professional and citizen planners serving Utah’s small communities (municipalities and counties). This session is designed to meet your dietary needs of ethical awareness. Think about this; is your lunch ethical?

Where you can succeed as a planner with your skills »

2022 Fall Conference, September 8, 2022 3:30 pm

Robert A. Heinlein, an American science fiction author, aeronautical engineer, and naval officer is credited with saying - “A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, design a building, conn a ship, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve an equation, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.” Does this same approach hold true in the Planning profession? In this session we will discuss the skills Planners possess and how they can position themselves for success in a such a diverse profession.

Lunch/Ethics Session: Ethics for Reals »

2022 Fall Conference, September 8, 2022 12:00 pm

Every day, all planners, citizen and professional alike, and regardless of their location or planning activity, face ethical dilemmas. A Planning Commission meeting item has not been properly noticed but rescheduling to next month’s meeting will cause a burden to the applicant. As a Planning Commissioner, what should I do? Can I act on a Planning Commission item, when the staff says some application requirements are missing? Can I support a development that is supported economically but places negative impacts on the community’s resources, including water? My neighbor has made a development application. I should step aside but I am the sole planner in city hall. The mayor has received several complaints from a resident upset about the requirements for a land use permit. She wants me to relax and issue the permit without the requirements. She says it won’t hurt and no one will know. Upsetting the mayor could risk my employment. What should I do? These, and a myriad of other questions come before citizen and professional planners. Sections of the AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct are applicable to all who participate in the planning process. Session presenters will lead a discussion with citizen and professional planners on the real world, practical application of the Code of Ethics.

Ethics Update 2022 »

2022 Spring Conference, March 24, 2022 1:55 pm

Two years ago, the APA and AICP Boards appointed a Task Force to consider possible revisions to the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. The Code's "Aspirational Principles" and "Rules of Conduct" have not been reviewed since 2005. The Ethical Principles in Planning have not been updated since 1992. Discussions are now occurring that the Code of Ethics (revisions pending) may apply to all planners, whether AICP members or not. The Task Force has now finalized Report and the 2022 Ethics update is now in effect. Revisions include items regarding equity and social justice, sexual harassment, discrimination, and other issues related to the use and interpretation of the Ethics Code(s). This session will review the updated ethics issues and how these changes will affect the ethical responsibilities and obligations of all planners.

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