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Category Archives: Policy/Legislative

3 Stories Show the Flip Side Of Zoning Reform

By Wilf Sommerkorn As housing affordability has become an increasingly prominent issue in many of our country’s urban areas over the last few years, there has been an associated push for “zoning reform.”  I have written about these efforts, both for the APA Utah Chapter legislative updates and for the broader commentary on planning and […]

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Utah County Training and Bike Tour in Vineyard Big Success

With a completely full event attendance, Michael Florence and Morgan Brim lead Utah County Planners on a bike tour of Vineyard’s innovative planning and development.

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APAUT Call to Action

I am reaching out as the Co-Chair of the APA UT Legislative Committee for a call to action to request additional and flexible funding from the next Congressional coronavirus financial relief package. Senator Romney is critical to ensure state and local jurisdictions receive direct financial assistance to address the coronavirus pandemic.   National APA has activated and mobilized […]

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The Politics of Housing Affordability

Housing affordability and “reform” of local land use continues to be on political agendas with its apparent, but uncertain impacts on future urban growth

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APA Ballots Should Have Arrived

Ballots for the APA UT  election were sent out. If you did not receive your election email please contact 2020 Consolidated Leadership Elections ELECTIONS ARE UNDERWAY FOR APA CHAPTER, DIVISION, AND STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES COUNCIL Balloting is now open through August 17. APA has partnered with Survey & Ballot Systems to administer the 2020 APA […]

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The mess that is annexation

You may recall that one of the issues that garnered a couple of different bills during this year’s legislative session was annexation.  These bills were prompted by different things.  One was about dealing with proposed annexations in an area that was under consideration for incorporation into a new city.  Another with the problem of trying […]

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Zoning, Affordability, and COVID-19

Governments have undertaken moves to ban or severely restrict the use of exclusive single-family zoning

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Where do we go NOW!? – President’s Message

Even as society faces an exigency like this, the planning profession has special value right now.

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Salt Lake City Needs Some Traffic Calming Measures

The Salt Lake City Transportation Department recently announced a draft “Street Typologies Guide” that would significantly improve pedestrian safety (among other objectives) if approved by the City Council. University of Utah Professor Reid Ewing’s following editorial in the Salt Lake Tribune illustrates the importance of this proposal and other measures that improve pedestrian safety.

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Say Hello to the new face of APA Utah Chapter Communications

We hope that you have noticed the significant changes that have been occurring to the way APA Utah communicates with chapter membership. These changes are in response to what we heard in surveys filled out by chapter membership in 2019 – that many members felt that the website was outdated, communication was sporadic, and that the Listserv was the best way to communicate […]

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Does Density Aggravate the COVID-19 Pandemic? Early Findings and Lessons for Planners

The impact of density on emerging highly contagious infectious diseases has rarely been studied.

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Call For Award Nominations

The American Planning Association Utah Chapter (APAUT) is accepting nominations for awards to recognize plans, projects, programs, and individuals that are making a significant contribution to planning in Utah. Awards help recognize and reward those furthering planning practice in Utah and encourage others to learn from and incorporate lessons learned from outstanding planning efforts. The […]

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