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2021 APA Utah Fall Conference Speaker

Wilf Sommerkorn

Deputy Executive Director
Utah Land Use Institute

Wilf Sommerkorn retired as the Director of Regional Planning and Transportation for Salt Lake County in 2019, where he served from 2014. Prior to that, he was Salt Lake City Planning Director from 2008 to 2014, and Director of the Davis County Community & Economic Development Department for 14 years prior to that. He was a planner in various positions with that Department from 1981. Wilf has also served as the Community Development Director for Centerville City, and as an adjunct professor of urban planning at the University of Utah, where he taught a class in The Politics of Planning, something every planner should know! Wilf has served as Legislative Chair for the Utah Chapter of the American Planning Association since 1990, where he has had a role in writing the state codes regarding land use. He was President of the APA Utah Chapter from 1986 to 1988. Wilf holds a BS in Physical Geography and Geology from the University of Utah, and an MS in Urban Planning from the University of Tennessee. Wilf now works with the non-profit Utah Land Use Institute as Deputy Executive Director, and also does planning consulting work through his firm, Sommerkorn Consulting. He is currently serving on the Kaysville City Planning Commission.


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.

Group Decisions »

September 10, 2021 2:35 pm

The dynamics of interacting with your fellow council or commission members, as you deliberate in front of the public.

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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