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May 6, 2021
Policy/Legislative
Is Remote Work Here to Stay?

Have you been working remotely? perhaps from home?  You are not alone and the secret is out that it may not be just a short-term thing.

April 29, 2021
Featured Members
New Interim Chapter Treasurer: Mike Gottfreson

APA UT Executive Committee welcomes Mike Gottfredson as the Interim Chapter Treasurer.  Thank you to the previous Treasurer, Kevin Leo, best of luck in your new position in sunny San Diego, CA.

April 28, 2021
Environmental Policy/Legislative Rural Planning
SENSITIVE LANDS PLANNING: PROTECTING PUBLIC HEALTH, SAFETY, AND WELFARE FOR GENERATIONS TO COME

Sustainable land use practices guide development and preserve what makes our communities unique while protecting public health, safety, and welfare for generations to come.

April 26, 2021
Economic Development Policy/Legislative
Bond Ratings are for Investors (Not Taxpayers)

In this context, a AAA bond rating says a lot about where a community is in its life cycle and very little about its management. It doesn’t say anything about how the city analyzes the viability of projects. It says nothing about its financial productivity or return on investment. It doesn’t even say anything about the quality of life there and whether people will want to stick around once the sheen wears off.

April 19, 2021
Transportation
Cars Will Take the Streets Back Unless Cities Act Quickly

The pandemic forced communities to make space on their streets for people. That change should be permanent.

April 15, 2021
Federal Housing
U.S. Housing Market Is Nearly 4 Million Homes Short of Buyer Demand

Freddie Mac says gap has widened significantly in past two years as builders struggle to keep up

April 15, 2021
Policy/Legislative
It’s Complicated (Ok, you’ve heard that before, but maybe not for this topic – billboards.)

This year’s Legislative Session was memorable for a lot of reasons. One reason was the Outdoor Advertising Industry, was unsuccessful in getting another State Law change that would have allowed any existing billboard to be changed over into an electronic billboard.

April 13, 2021
Housing
Housing in the West – Growing Pains

House prices in small and midsized cities are rising rapidly in America’s Mountain West. Average home values in Colorado Springs rose by 15% between February 2020 and February 2021; prices in Bozeman, Montana, increased by nearly 20% (see chart). In Boise, Idaho house prices are up by 28%, the biggest increase among the 900 metro areas tracked by Zillow, an online listings platform.

April 12, 2021
Equity Equity Policy/Legislative
The Color of Law APAUT Online Book Discussion

In February, Chapter President Kirsten Whetstone announced our first-ever Utah Chapter “Book Discussion” and the selection of our first book—The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein. This free event—which will be AICP CM credit eligible—will be accessible to any registered participants.

April 12, 2021
Federal Policy/Legislative
The American Jobs Plan Will Make Our Infrastructure Crisis Worse

Like great projects of the past, the President’s plan will unify and mobilize the country to meet the great challenges of our time: the climate crisis and the ambitions of an autocratic China.

April 7, 2021
Planning News
Weber, Utah, Davis, Salt Lake counties are all growing, but there are differences

In Utah and Weber counties, for instance, different dynamics are at play. Utah County’s younger population bodes for more pronounced population increases, a University of Utah demographer says, while Weber County’s older population bodes for slower growth.

April 6, 2021
Housing
President’s Infrastructure Proposal Includes Addressing Housing Affordability

On Wednesday, President Biden announced and outlined the next priority on his legislative agenda: a climate-centered infrastructure bill. At $2 trillion-plus, the American Jobs Plan is a far-reaching proposal to modernize and transform the built environment and infrastructure of the United States. The scope of it is impressive. The plan would, if passed, provided a […]