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APA Utah Fall Conference Speaker

Ryan Beck

VP of Planning
Envision Utah

Ryan Beck began working at Envision Utah in 2008; he serves as the Vice President of Planning. Currently Ryan is the project manager of an effort to help Utah become more disaster resilient with the primary objectives being to build awareness and political will to further strategies that experts have identified as the most beneficial for our resilience. Prior work includes planning work for Valley Visioning, a visioning effort for Utah County, the Point of the Mountain, and Your Utah Your Future a statewide visioning effort. Ryan’s education includes a B.A. in History from the University of Utah and a master’s degree in Law and Policy from the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver, where he specialized in land use and water law. Outside of work Ryan enjoys being in the mountains, riding his bike or backcountry skiing.


Water in Planning: How Land Use Affects Water Use and How Utahns Feel About It »

2022 Fall Conference, September 8, 2022 1:15 pm

For years, Envision Utah has been facilitating community visioning efforts at geographies ranging from the entire state to the local community. In many of those processes, we've worked with water experts to model the water consumption impacts of different land use choices. We've also engaged the public to ask them how they prioritize water conservation and how far they're willing to go to reduce per capita use. This conference session will present the results of these various planning efforts. How much does density alone change water consumption, even without changes in landscaping? What level of landscaping changes will Utahns support? How do Utahns feel about landscaping changes versus other strategies, like shifting water from agriculture to urban uses?

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