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APA Utah Fall Conference Speaker

Wilf Sommerkorn

Deputy Executive Director
Utah Land Use Institute

Wilf Sommerkorn retired in 2019 after a 40-year career which included directing planning in Salt Lake County, Salt Lake City, Davis County, and Centerville City. He was also 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. Wilf now works with the non-profit Utah Land Use Institute as deputy executive director. He is currently also serving on the Kaysville City Planning Commission.


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.

So You’re the New PC Chair! »

2024 Spring Conference, May 9, 2024 2:40 pm

Congratulations! You’ve been elected (or appointed) as the next Chair of the Planning Commission! You’ll be great! Everybody thinks you’re the best person for the job! Or maybe no one else would do it? So, if you’re like most people, you’re not really sure what to do now, and how you’re supposed to do it. This session is aimed at helping you get started and get a handle on it. It's good for everyone else, too, so they know what to expect and how to do things.

Handle with Care: Planning Commission Meeting Management »

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

Planning Commission's are a vital piece of orderly development within your community. From public hearings vs. public meetings to administrative vs. legislative decision-making—join us in discussing strategies and stories that highlight how to best manage your meetings and ensure efficiency and consistency in your process.

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.

Land Use Jeopardy »

2023 Fall Conference, September 29, 2023 11:10 am

Pick a topic, any topic, and learn about the planning principles involved, related court cases, and best practices from the state’s ombudsman and two “experienced” planners.

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