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April 19, 2021
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
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 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
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 […]

April 1, 2021
We Cannot Plan from Our Desks

This article does not necessarily reflect the attitudes or opinions of APAUT or the APAUT Executive Committee. Planning is a desk-bound profession. Our work is performed in an office, detached from the populace, with only occasional field outings and community meetings. Our practice lacks street knowledge. We write long-range plans for neighborhoods we don’t frequent. […]

March 31, 2021
Land Use State
Rep. Curtis, Sen. Romney introduce bill to advance the Bonneville Shoreline Trail

Today, Representative John Curtis (R-UT) and Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) released the following statements about their legislation to enable the construction of high priority sections of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail (BST) to enhance recreation opportunities near Utah’s most urban areas.

March 30, 2021
Two In-Person Half-Day Workshops

Two half-day in-person workshops you don’t want to miss.

March 25, 2021
Recording and Materials from Legislative Update – What You Need to Know

APA ULCT Legislative Update March 24 2021 Slide show SB201 Public Notice Amendments March 24 2021 ULCT Land Use Bill Summary Part 1 2021 ULCT Land Use Bill Summary Part 2 2021 Watch recording HERE.