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September 15, 2020
What’s Keeping Utah’s Real Estate Market Hot in the Time of COVID?

The recent global health pandemic has shaken the foundation
of our everyday lives and likely forced cultural shifts that will
stay with us for a long time. Every part of the economy has been
impacted to different degrees. While the economy fell into a
record recession and experienced all-time high unemployment,
Utah’s construction industry set a record for the first six months
of the year.

September 15, 2020
The Color of Law: A Book Review

Is racial segregation today the result of private choices or a lasting legacy of government-sponsored discriminatory policy? This is the question that Richard Rothstein sets out to answer in The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America.

September 8, 2020
Land Use
(Contract) Zoning by Agreement in Utah

There has been a growing trend by municipalities and counties in Utah in recent years to conduct and approve rezones by what I’ll characterize as agreement, or even as by… contract!

September 3, 2020
Federal Housing Policy/Legislative
Zoning Reform Is Not Leftism

To characterize proposals for zoning reform as “leftist” is incorrect. It is true that a number of Democratic candidates and progressive organizations have embraced some of these proposals. Yet it remains the case that for most of American history, from the time of colonial settlements to the heyday of the robber barons, American neighborhoods grew in response to markets, not zoning.

September 1, 2020
Rural Planning
Fun and Informative Cache County Planner Tour

Thanks to all those who participated in the Cache County Tour. Tour of Cache Event Details Cache Countywide Planning  lead a “Tour of Utah” on Thursday August 27th, Tour Guides: Cache Countywide Planner – Tayler Jensen Cache County Development Services Director – Chris Harrild Tour Stops: The Springs at Logan – Affordable Housing Development Mendon […]

August 26, 2020
AICP Featured Members Planning News
APAUT Vice President Elect 2021 Francisco Astorga, AICP

Congratulations Francisco Astorga, AICP Francisco Astorga is an experienced City Planner with a demonstrated history of City Planning, including comprehensive plan and zoning code updates.  Francisco graduated from the University of Utah with a planning degree in 2006 and is a proud member of the APAUT Chapter and the American Institute of Certified Planners.  Francisco […]

August 26, 2020
APAUT President Elect 2021 Kirsten Whetstone, AICP

Congratulations Kirsten! Kirsten Whetstone, MS, AICP has over thirty years of professional experience in municipal government working on a variety of large-scale development projects, annexations, general planning and zoning initiatives, affordable housing, and food system resilience. She started her career as a City Planner in Fort Collins, Colorado learning and implementing intricacies of the Permit […]

August 26, 2020
“The Great Localization” COVID-19 and Opportunities for Communities

COVID-19 could permanently change the future of our cities   COVID-19 is an important moment in the history of cities.  Even as we continue to battle the public health emergency of COVID-19, and are grappling with the economic emergency, we are beginning to understand that living with a pandemic may forever alter people’s lifestyles and […]

August 24, 2020
Housing Urban Planning
Missing Middle Housing: Thinking Big and Building Small to Respond to Today’s Housing Crisis

By Dan Parolek As Published on Planetizen It is critical for jurisdictions in cities large and small and contexts rural and urban to understand how to enable Missing Middle Housing to meet their housing needs. To effectively deliver Missing Middle Housing, the conventional approach of creating plans, zoning, policies, and strategies to deliver housing must […]

August 16, 2020
Housing Policy/Legislative
Zoning Reform – English Style

Housing affordability and land use regulation are issues not only all across America, but also across the “pond.”

August 11, 2020
Affordable Housing Guide – State-of-the-Practice in Ten Utah Cities

Affordable Housing (002) This guide discusses over two dozen affordable housing tools employed nationally and by ten of Utah’s largest cities: Lehi, Ogden, Orem, Park City, Provo, Salt Lake City, Sandy, South Salt Lake, West Jordan, and West Valley City. Our thanks to Cameron Diehl, Baylee White, James Wood, Ted Knowlton, Meg Ryan, Hal […]

August 11, 2020
Annexation Reform Sorely Needed

Annexation Reform Sorely Needed by Wilf Somerkorn Recent actions in the Utah state legislature on the issue of annexation and incorporation (see summary of annexation bills) have recalled to memory, for those of us who were around in the 1990s, the stupefying annexation wars that ricocheted around the halls of the Capitol and chambers […]