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March 9, 2021
awards Policy/Legislative
Shining a Light on Outdoor Lighting Ordinances

Every community stands to benefit from reduced light pollution, whatever their size, demographics, and priorities may be.

March 8, 2021
Housing Policy/Legislative
The Cure for the Wasatch Front’s Housing Crisis: More Affordable Homes Between North Salt Lake and Lehi

Critics will say that my proposal will drive up the costs of single-family detached and multi-family homes because I am limiting supply. I agree, initially, the price of these will rise, but I believe that it will slow and flatten.

March 5, 2021
Policy/Legislative
Ambassador Program Update

In the past, APA Ambassadors were required to apply and complete activities throughout the year to forward the idea of planning as a profession to children ages K through 12. The APA Ambassador Program will be changing for 2021!

March 3, 2021
Planning News
Local Needs Among Utah’s Multicultural Communities During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Our hope is that the qualitative data discussed in this report will elevate the importance of actively listening to marginalized communities and underscore the importance of equity in times of crisis.

February 25, 2021
Policy/Legislative
WFRC Governmental Affairs Update

Infrastructure Bill Released H.B.433 (Amendments Related to Infrastructure Funding) (Rep. Mike Schultz) With a mere seven legislative days left (so few and yet so many), the long-awaited infrastructure funding bill HB433 is out. The bill authorizes nearly $2.3 billion in investments in state roads, public transportation, active transportation, and outdoor recreation, through a combination of the […]

February 25, 2021
Policy/Legislative Urban Planning
Campus Mobility Hub Study – APAUT Award Winner

Mobility hubs are a new and emerging trend in the US. The Campus Mobility Hub Study pioneered how mobility hubs can be researched, sited, programmed, funded, designed, and developed. The Stakeholder Group included the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, the Veteran’s Administration, the Utah Transit Authority, Wasatch Front Regional Council, and Utah Department of […]

February 25, 2021
Policy/Legislative
Does Building New Housing Reduce Overall Housing Costs?

There are other factors that are acknowledged as well, such as the price of land, the cost of building materials, the shortage of construction labor, and the cost of financing (low) which drives up demand. But it seems that everyone is focused on the lack of production.

February 19, 2021
Featured Members Policy/Legislative
Greg Mikolash Obituary

On February 5, 2021 Gregory Howard Mikolash passed away following a brief illness. The oldest of five siblings, Greg was born December 30, 1968 in San Jose, CA to Howard “Mick” Mikolash and Bonnie Boogard. He grew up in Ogden and attended Ogden High School where he was a member of the soccer and swim […]

February 18, 2021
Policy/Legislative
Aldo Leopold: Albuquerque’s First Environmental Planner

Human sensitivity to the natural world characterizes the work of forester, writer, environmentalist, and hands-on policy maker Aldo Leopold. Best known for spearheading the establishment in 1923 of what would become the first wilderness area in the country, the Gila in southwestern New Mexico, and for the environmental classic “Sand County Almanac,” published in 1949, […]

February 17, 2021
Policy/Legislative
Layton Forward – Layton City’s Comprehensive General Plan Update

Participants responded to a survey with images comparing standard subdivisions to neighborhoods with variety and amenities, and options for mixed-use town centers and corridors.

February 11, 2021
Policy/Legislative
Spring Conference Postponed, Book Club, President’s Message

“Good fortune is what happens when opportunity meets with planning.” – Thomas Edison

February 2, 2021
Policy/Legislative
Cities must take the lead on improving housing supply and costs

Unnecessary regulations boost the prices of homes for young families in Utah.