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APAUT Vice President Elect 2021 Francisco Astorga, AICP

August 26, 2020 by Nicole Mason
AICP, Featured Members, Planning News

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 is currently the Bountiful City Director of Planning and Economic Development and is responsible for overseeing planning, economic development including the redevelopment agency, business licensing, and code enforcement.


Before Bountiful Francisco spent over eleven (11) years working at Park City Municipal where he enjoyed managing large and complex resort expansions and major master planned developments.  He prepared ordinances and development agreements, coordinated major projects on a regular/on-going basis, and provided support and expertise to others.  Francisco performed comprehensive technical analysis for complex planning projects and provided technical assistance pertaining to land use / planning issues.  Francisco also implemented special planning programs and land use studies while preparing detailed planning and related reports for presentation of professional recommendations to the City Council, Planning Commission, Historic Preservation Board, and other organizations.  Before Park City, Francisco worked at Draper City where he learned the ropes of planning.   Francisco is an active member of the APAUT Chapter and was critical in the implementation of the fall conference in Park City a few years back.


Francisco is excited to run for Chapter Vice President as he sees various opportunities to continue the work of the Chapter by focusing on expansion, connection, keeping up, and helping.  An EXPANDING network allows us to share our dedication to maintain and create cohesive communities that thrive and prosper by discussing experiences and solving challenges.  CONNECTING with elected and appointed officials, leaders, neighbors, developers, clients, design professionals, residents, and/or adjacent municipalities allows us to build trust and foster relationships.  KEEPING UP with best planning practices, current trends, and academic research allows us to stay ahead while not losing our vision.  Our multidisciplinary skill set allows us to be effective leaders that HELP our communities choose best possible outcomes given the constant change.


Francisco believes that an opportunity to take the VP seat will allow him to continue the work that Chapter while focusing on these principles that will uniquely benefit the Chapter.


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