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APA Utah Fall Conference Speaker

Scott Hess

Planning Director
North Ogden City

Scott Hess is the Community and Economic Development Director for North Ogden City, Utah. He leads a department whose work covers General Plan development, short range planning, business licensing, building permit review, and economic development. He brings fifteen years of experience spanning positions in Municipal, County, and Regional Planning. In his free time he enjoys spending time outdoors, and riding bikes with his three daughters. He holds a B.S. in Urban Planning and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Utah., 801-737-9841.


2024 Legislative Update »

2024 Spring Conference, May 10, 2024 8:15 am

One of these things is not like the others... in the national push for zoning reform and housing affordability, Utah's legislative efforts were different this year from those of other states. Wilf Sommerkorn, Jason Boal, and Scott Hess will explain, and bring up to date all this year's land use related legislation.

It Ain’t Over Yet: More Changes Coming from the State Legislature »

2023 Fall Conference, September 29, 2023 1:30 pm

Zoning reform as a way to deal with the housing affordability crisis has been the emphasis of the state legislature for the last couple of years, and it looks like it will continue, certainly for next year’s session. What might we have to look forward to?

APA Utah and Idaho's legislative chairs Wilf Sommerkorn, Scott Hess, and Jonathan Spendlove will be joined by ULCT's Legal Director Jared Tingey and Policy Director, Karson Eilers for a panel discussion on the possible changes to the land use code for next year.

Legislative Update »

2023 Spring Conference, May 12, 2023 8:15 am

We’re calling it the Year of the Planner, or maybe the Planners Full Employment Acts. So much happened during this year’s legislative session regarding land use, planning and housing. We will recap the bills that were passed by the legislature this year and talk about what it will require of local officials and staff to comply with all the new requirements. We’ll also talk about some of the implications of these legislative actions, and what to maybe expect in the future.

Legal Hot Topics »

2022 Fall Conference, September 8, 2022 2:30 pm

There is no shortage of controversy in Utah’s land use realm. Often a single action by a landowner, developer or community can snowball into legislation that impacts the state. It is vital to understand what legal and legislative issues are currently of concern and what solutions are being considered. This is intended to provide a forum to discuss the hot button issues that appear to be rising to the top in preparation for the 2023 Utah legislative session. The APA UT – Legislative Committee will present what they are hearing in regard to – 1) Design Standards, 2) Temporary Ordinances (moratoriums), 3) Development Agreements, 4) Referendum’s and 5) Short-term rentals, as well as provide opportunity for discussion on other legislative topics.

Legislative Lightning Round with the League: Are you meeting legislative requirements for your general plan and development code? »

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

Planners, have you met all the recent deadlines for land use updates recently passed under State Law? Water, housing, internal accessory dwelling units, Lamma watershed protection areas? JK, no Lamma’s yet but come to this session to learn about what was passed, where to look for help, and what may be coming down the pike this legislative session.

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