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April 14, 2020
Planning News Policy/Legislative
Editorial: Are You Producing or Consuming APAUT?

Admittedly, when we’re all focused on germs, earthquakes, evaporating 401k accounts, and praying mightily that our Netflix keeps streaming … the issue of our investment in APA UT probably isn’t top-of-mind. However, professional planners should be the first to realize that the way to get where we want to be in the future is to […]

April 14, 2020
Local Policy/Legislative State
2020 Legislative Update Resources

The transcript from the April 14, 2020 APAUT/ULCT Legislative Update presentation is HERE.  meeting_saved_chat April 14 2020 Find the 2020 Legislative Update Companion Guide HERE 2020 Legislative Update Companion Guide 4_14_20  and the Zoom presentation HERE:2020 Legislative Update Zoom 4_14_20 The video recording here.   This is a summary, just released from Legislative Research, of the bills for […]

April 14, 2020
Environmental
Wishful Locavore – We want it “locally grown” but how much of our food actually is?

Utahns overwhelmingly want more locally produced and consumed foods, but the fact is they’re not getting it. Public policy, climate change and population growth are all major factors affecting agriculture in the state. “Utah residents envision feeding their families with healthy, high-quality food grown in Utah. They see an abundance of locally grown products as […]

April 13, 2020
Economic Development Land Use Rural Planning Urban Planning
The Importance of Sense of Place in our Communities

Being a practicing planner has ruined me for the kind of travel that is enjoyed by the great unwashed.

March 31, 2020
Citizen Planner Local Planning News
PANDEMICS AND THE PLANNING OFFICE

Pandemics and The Planning Office What a time to be alive. As we all face the looming COVID-19 Pandemic, we are realizing how the city planning office is being impacted. It seems rather trivial to write this, but it also seems somewhat important. Yesterday was the right time to plan for this. But it’s too […]

March 19, 2020
Planning News Policy/Legislative
OPMA Order Summary

The OPMA currently allows public bodies to hold electronic meeting but requires that the public body still have an “anchor location” where the public may physically attend. Under the executive order, a public body may hold an electronic meeting in accordance with the OPMA but the order waives the following statutory requirements: Posting written notice […]

March 18, 2020
Planning News
Don’t Let a Serious Crisis Go to Waste

This is such an unusual time! This headline really hit it home for me just this morning:  In the near term, the Utah League of Cities and Towns has compiled a very helpful list of resources as we all address the demands of the pandemic. Here is the key link: http://www.ulct.org/research-resources/covid-19-information-for-local-governments/ There is an […]

March 18, 2020
Policy/Legislative
Don’t Let a Serious Crisis Go to Waste

This is such an unusual time! This headline really hit it home for me just this morning:  In the near term, the Utah League of Cities and Towns has compiled a very helpful list of resources as we all address the demands of the pandemic. Here is the key link: http://www.ulct.org/research-resources/covid-19-information-for-local-governments/ There is an […]

March 5, 2020
Planning News
Gallery: APA Spring Conference in Moab

Thank you to all who joined us for the APA Spring Conference in Moab!

February 6, 2020
Housing Land Use Transportation Urban Planning
An Answer to the Suburban Growth Dilemma

We all know the politics of planning are really tough, especially as we experience rapid growth. The most motivated voters in a city are those that are fighting to minimize change. These voters tend to be the most wealthy and the most likely to turn out anyway.  If a council accepts density that is in […]

February 6, 2020
Planning News
Bridging the Equity Gap through Planning and Policy

Over the past several decades, communities across the nation have developed sustainability goals and strategic plans; characterizing “sustainability” as the intersection of ecology, economy and equity. More recently, many communities have begun to take a closer look at the “equity” realm of social and environmental interaction. They have developed social equity goals and strategic plans […]

January 8, 2020
Planning News
Value of APA Membership

It’s 2020; a New Year and a new decade, although some argue the new decade starts in 2021. Arguments aside, January 1 means it’s time to think about New Year’s resolutions. Consider joining the American Planning Association (APA) this year for personal and professional development, and savings.  If you have never been a member or […]

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