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August 5, 2020
Housing Policy/Legislative
3 Stories Show the Flip Side Of Zoning Reform

By Wilf Sommerkorn As housing affordability has become an increasingly prominent issue in many of our country’s urban areas over the last few years, there has been an associated push for “zoning reform.”  I have written about these efforts, both for the APA Utah Chapter legislative updates and for the broader commentary on planning and […]

July 29, 2020
Utah County Training and Bike Tour in Vineyard Big Success

With a completely full event attendance, Michael Florence and Morgan Brim lead Utah County Planners on a bike tour of Vineyard’s innovative planning and development.

July 29, 2020
APAUT Call to Action

I am reaching out as the Co-Chair of the APA UT Legislative Committee for a call to action to request additional and flexible funding from the next Congressional coronavirus financial relief package. Senator Romney is critical to ensure state and local jurisdictions receive direct financial assistance to address the coronavirus pandemic.   National APA has activated and mobilized […]

July 23, 2020
Housing Policy/Legislative
The Politics of Housing Affordability

Housing affordability and “reform” of local land use continues to be on political agendas with its apparent, but uncertain impacts on future urban growth

July 21, 2020
APA Ballots Should Have Arrived

Ballots for the APA UT  election were sent out. If you did not receive your election email please contact 2020 Consolidated Leadership Elections ELECTIONS ARE UNDERWAY FOR APA CHAPTER, DIVISION, AND STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES COUNCIL Balloting is now open through August 17. APA has partnered with Survey & Ballot Systems to administer the 2020 APA […]

July 17, 2020
The mess that is annexation

You may recall that one of the issues that garnered a couple of different bills during this year’s legislative session was annexation.  These bills were prompted by different things.  One was about dealing with proposed annexations in an area that was under consideration for incorporation into a new city.  Another with the problem of trying […]

July 15, 2020
Housing Land Use Policy/Legislative
Zoning, Affordability, and COVID-19

Governments have undertaken moves to ban or severely restrict the use of exclusive single-family zoning

July 7, 2020
Where do we go NOW!? – President’s Message

Even as society faces an exigency like this, the planning profession has special value right now.

July 1, 2020
Featured Members
An Interview With Ashley Cleveland, MCMP

An Interview With Ashley Cleveland, MCMP Promise Program Manager|  Tell us a little bit about yourself? Where did you grow up? If you are not from Utah, what brought you here?  I have been living in Utah for six years. Both sides of my family are from Georgia; most have never lived outside the state. […]

July 1, 2020
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City Written by Matthew Desmond, Ph.D. | Professor of Sociology at Princeton University Book review by This summer, a group of students and faculty from the City & Metropolitan & Planning Department at the University of Utah have chosen to read and discuss Matthew Desmond’s book, “Evicted: […]

July 1, 2020
Policy/Legislative Transportation Urban Planning
Salt Lake City Needs Some Traffic Calming Measures

The Salt Lake City Transportation Department recently announced a draft “Street Typologies Guide” that would significantly improve pedestrian safety (among other objectives) if approved by the City Council. University of Utah Professor Reid Ewing’s following editorial in the Salt Lake Tribune illustrates the importance of this proposal and other measures that improve pedestrian safety.

June 19, 2020
APA Utah Policy/Legislative
Say Hello to the new face of APA Utah Chapter Communications

We hope that you have noticed the significant changes that have been occurring to the way APA Utah communicates with chapter membership. These changes are in response to what we heard in surveys filled out by chapter membership in 2019 – that many members felt that the website was outdated, communication was sporadic, and that the Listserv was the best way to communicate […]