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Mobile Tour Description

Join us for a fun and informative look at recent and ongoing redevelopment along our new streetcar line and active transportation “greenway,” as well as a key, future redevelopment area in close proximity. Hear from experts in transportation, municipal redevelopment, landscape architecture/design, and planning who will discuss how the streetcar/greenway project came together, how it influenced past and current development in an eclectic and desirable area of Salt Lake City (Sugar House), and how our regional planning program, Transportation Land Use Connection (TLC), is assisting another city in their efforts to create similar investment and development in neighboring South Salt Lake. This tour will begin on the regional transit system, and offer participants the chance to ride both light rail and streetcar lines. A large portion of this tour will include walking along sidewalks and a grade separated, mixed-use path. Be sure to wear comfortable and breathable clothing, as well as appropriate footwear. Also, please consider bringing a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.


Levi RobertsLevi Roberts, Strategic Planner, Utah Transit Authority

Levi Roberts, AICP is a Strategic Planner with the Utah Transit Authority. Levi focuses on enhancing regional transportation options through improved transit system accessibility and coordinated land use/transportation planning. Previously, Levi worked with the Five County Association of Governments of Southwest Utah where he coordinated human service and public transportation services, administered land use ordinances and developed several community affordable housing plans. Levi holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from Utah State University.

Julianne SabulaJulianne Sabula, Transit Program Manager, Salt Lake City

Julianne Sabula is a Transit Program Manager for the Salt Lake City Transportation Division. She has 15 years of experience in transportation, financial, land use and environmental planning, and holds degrees in Urban Planning and Cultural Anthropology. Her current projects include the Salt Lake City Transit Master Plan, the Sugar House Streetcar Phase 2 Environmental Analysis and Conceptual Design, and the Downtown Salt Lake City Transit Alternatives Analysis.

Ben DavisBen Davis, Project Manager, Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City

Ben is a Project Manager for the Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City (RDA). His work at the RDA has focused on the design and construction of public open space infrastructure and the management of public/private partnerships through the RDA’s land disposition, loan, and tax increment reimbursement programs. In addition to his experience at the RDA, Ben has worked for an architectural firm, a civil engineering firm, and in private land development. Ben received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and an MBA from Utah State University, and has been a licensed landscape architect since 2010.

Bryce WardBryce Ward, ASLA, MPA, Urban Designer/Planner, GSBS

Bryce practices design as an urban planner and landscape architect. With a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture and a master's degree in public administration, Bryce enjoys the application and implementation of public policy through design solutions that construct interesting and engaging civic spaces. As the lead landscape designer for the S-Line public investment project, Bryce sought to create a new linear park experience for the various multi-modal users. Borrowing concepts from local ecosystems, Bryce crafted the S-Line landscapes to create a pollinator habitat that also acts as a safety delineator for pedestrians and cyclists, in addition to being a unique visual experience for all users.

Megan TownsendMegan Townsend, Transportation Planner, Wasatch Front Regional Council

Megan Townsend is a Transportation Planner for the Wasatch Front Regional Council, the Metropolitan Planning Organization of the Salt Lake and Ogden urbanized areas. Her work serves the Transportation and Land Use Connection program, assisting local communities with visioning, planning, and implementation efforts that proactively address anticipated growth. She specializes in centers planning and development, with growing experience in form based code development. Megan is completing a Master of City and Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah, and serves as a board member for the Seven Canyons Trust non-profit organization which she helped to found.

Francis LillyFrancis Xavier Lilly, AICP, Housing Administrator/Deputy Director of Community Development, South Salt Lake

Francis Xavier Lilly, AICP is the Deputy Director of Community and Economic Development for South Salt Lake City. Francis participated on the committee that oversaw the development of the Template Form Based Code as part of the Wasatch Choice for 2040 initiative, and worked with his colleagues in calibrating the template for South Salt Lake's East Streetcar Corridor and Downtown. Francis also serves as the City’s Housing Administrator. His responsibilities include managing the City’s Community Development Block Grant allocations, which are currently being used to fund a neighborhood revitalization campaign and a number of other initiatives to encourage long-term residency in South Salt Lake. Francis obtained a Bachelor of Science in Urban Planning, a Master in Public Administration, both from the University of Utah.

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Explore Salt Lake City while peddling on one of Salt Lake City’s popular GREENbikes! Learn about the innovative approaches the City has taken to implement active transportation infrastructure in an urban environment. You will be joined by city and transportation agency staff who will explain the projects you will experience first-hand. Come learn about best practices for your own community. Comfortable and breathable clothing is recommended. Please bring a helmet if you would like to wear one.


Blake PerezBlake Perez, Special Projects Analyst, Salt Lake City Division of Transportation

Blake Perez currently works for Salt Lake City’s Transportation Division. In his role as Special Projects Analyst, he is charged with the task of looking at transportation planning through a more equitable lens. One of the programs that Blake coordinates is the Hive Pass Program, a discount transit pass for Salt Lake City residents. Previous to his position with Salt Lake City, Blake worked for a non-profit leading program aimed to help low income families build financial stability. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah in International Studies. Blake currently serves as chair for the Rose Park Community Council and was recently elected to serve on the Board at the University of Utah’s Bennion Center.

Jennifer McGrathJennifer McGrath, Active Transportation Planner, Utah Transit Authority

Jennifer McGrath is currently the Active Transportation Planner for the Utah Transit Authority. Formerly a UTA Transit Planning Project Manager, she now has direct responsibility UTA’s ongoing Active Transportation planning efforts. Ms. McGrath has a robust real estate background having previously been a Property Administrator, Right-Of-Way Agent, and Property Acquisition/Sales Agent. Jennifer earned her Master’s Degree in Real Estate Development, Graduate Certificate in Urban Planning and Bachelor’s degrees in Urban Planning and Political Science from the University of Utah. She currently sits on the WTS Northern Utah Chapter and Salt Lake City Community Development and Capital Improvement Project Advisory Boards.

Colin QHColin Quinn-Hurst, Transportation Planner I, Salt Lake City Division of Transportation

Colin currently plans bicycle and trail projects for the Salt Lake City Transportation Division. He graduated from the Master of City and Metropolitan Planning program at the University of Utah in 2011. Colin previously worked for Commute Options for Central Oregon, a non-profit organization in Bend, Oregon promoting walking, biking and public transit.

Dan BergenthalDan Bergenthal, Engineer VII, Salt Lake City Division of Transportation

Dan Bergenthal, P.E., is a Transportation Engineer for Salt Lake City Corp and currently serves as the division’s Safety Program Manager. Over the years he has helped pioneer a variety of unique projects to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety such as adding pedestrian flags to crosswalks and green shared lanes on downtown streets. As a result of much of his work, Salt Lake City was recognized as a bronze (2007) and then as a silver level Bicycle Friendly Community (2010) by the League of American Bicyclists. He enjoys the challenge of improving safety for all modes of travel and promoting active transportation. In addition to bicycling and running, Dan enjoys camping and hiking with his wife and two sons.

Ben BolteBen Bolte, Founder and Director, GREENbike

Ben is responsible for all policy decisions, growth strategies, fundraising, financial management, branding, contracts, board/sponsor relations & setting system objectives. As Director, Ben coordinates the procurement, manufacturing and implementation processes with GREENbike’s vendors, strategic partners and local businesses.

Jake SplanJacob Splan, Engineering and Construction Planner, Utah Transit Authority

Jacob has been working in the transit industry for the past four years at Utah Transit Authority. Working in the Capital Development department with projects include assisting in the opening of new LRT lines, historic mitigation, active transportation projects and design and construction of passenger enhancements. Jacob has a Masters of Urban Planning and Development from the University of Utah. His hobbies include skiing, rafting, mountain biking, eating delicious food after adventures, playing hockey, good urban planning.

Joe TaylorJoe Taylor, Graphics and GIS Specialist, Utah Transit Authority

Joe has worked with Envision Utah, the City of West Jordan, and is currently at the Utah Transit Authority. He holds a Masters in City and Metropolitan Planning from the University of Utah. Motivated by cost and convenience, Joe has been using his bike as transportation for the better part of two decades.

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Mobile Tour Description

Join us on a mobile tour to learn why more than 4,300 high-tech companies call Utah home. Hear from Utah's leaders, including planners, developers, and entrepreneurs, about what makes Utah so attractive. A UTA motor coach will drive attendees from the Little America Hotel to Lehi City in Utah County. Participants will be joined by key staff from the Governor's Office of Economic Development and Economic Development Corporation of Utah who will share information about what makes Utah's technology ecosystem boom. We will take a five-minute break at the Lehi City Hall before embarking on a tour of the City's numerous technology companies, led by the City's economic development director, and including a few of Utah's unicorns. Attendees will hop off the bus at Adobe where they will learn first-hand what makes Utah so attractive from Adobe's regional site operations manager’s perspective. On the way back to Little America Hotel, participants will learn about future opportunities in and around Utah's point of the mountain from one of Utah's visionary leaders from Envision Utah.


Ryan BeckRyan Beck, Senior Planner, Envision Utah

Ryan Beck began working with Envision Utah in 2008. He serves as the Senior Planner. Ryan is currently involved with Envision Utah’s work on the Your Utah, Your Future statewide vision, helping to implement the vision for the 11 topic areas. Prior to working at Envision Utah, Ryan worked with a local private transportation planning firm. While there, he prepared city transportation plans and operated travel demand models. Specifically, Ryan was involved with the Twin Falls Master Transportation Plan, Vision Dixie, and UTA/Brigham City Transit Feasibility Studies. Ryan’s education includes a B.A in History from the University of Utah and a Masters degree in Environmental Law and Policy from the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver.

LaNiece DavenportLaNiece Davenport, Director, Wasatch Front Economic Development District, Wasatch Front Regional Council

LaNiece Davenport holds a bachelor’s of geography and a master’s of public administration from the University of Utah. She has held diverse roles and responsibilities during her 13-years at the Wasatch Front Regional Council including her most recent as the Director of the Wasatch Front Economic Development District. As a senior planner with WFRC, she administered the region’s federal small cities Community Development Block Grant program and state Community Impact Board program. She led many regional planning projects including a resource management plan, broadband plan, green infrastructure plan, and natural resource hazard mitigation plan. Ms. Davenport is the President of the Utah Chapter of American Society of Public Administration and board member of the Jordan River Commission’s technical advisory committee.

Erin LaneyErin Laney, Director of Business Development, Economic Development Corporation of Utah

After a career in law as Senior Associate Attorney for Pite Duncan, LLP (now Aldridge Pite, LLP), Erin came to EDCUtah in 2013. She's enjoyed working with a diverse range of companies, including Boeing, Armada Skis, and Thumbtack. In her spare time, Erin has a passion for international travel, endurance sports (marathons being the current favorite), film, literature, and spending time with her family. Erin has a JD from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and a BS in Economics from the University of Utah.

Ben HartBenjamin Hart, Managing Director of Urban and Rural Business Services, Utah's Governor's Office of Economic Development

Benjamin Hart is the Managing Director for Urban and Rural Business Services for the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. His responsibilities include overseeing the GOED programs that help Utah businesses to grow. Prior to his position at GOED, Hart served as the director of employer initiatives for the Department of Workforce Services. During his tenure at DWS, Hart oversaw the department’s business services portfolio of programs. Hart helped develop programs such as the Small Business Bridge program, the UCAIR Clean Air Assist program and the Utah Cluster Acceleration Partnership. Hart completed both his undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Utah.

Doug MeldrumDoug Meldrum, Economic Development Director, Lehi City

Doug Meldrum received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning from Utah State University in 1991. Upon graduation, Doug worked for First Security Bank then Key bank as an Area Manager until July 2006. In July of 2006, he accepted a position as the Community Development Director for South Jordan City. In November of 2009, Doug accepted a position with Lehi City as their Economic Development Director and is also accountable for the building and inspection departments. Doug currently serves as a board member for the Utah Association for Economic Development, he is the Secretary of the Lehi Area Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of the Legislative Policy Committee for the Utah League of Cities and Towns. He lives in South Jordan with his wife and loves being a part of the communities where he serves and lives.

Jeremy MacDonaldJeremy MacDonald, Regional Site Operations Manager, Adobe

Jeremy Macdonald is the Site Operations Manager for Adobe Lehi, and also for Latin America. He studied architecture at UC Berkeley, and Business at Thunderbird. Site Operations means coordinating budget and processes across all stakeholders and employees at each site, finding the appropriate balance of corporate oversight and local flavor. He also leads Adobe’s Employee Community Fund for investing in local non-profits.

Robert GrowRobert J. Grow, JD, CEO, President, Envision Utah

Robert Grow holds degrees in engineering and law from the University of Utah and the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, and has had a diverse career, including practicing law, leading and supporting regional visioning processes, being president of a large manufacturing company, and chairing a national trade association. Grow was the primary architect of Envision Utah’s grass roots, bottom up, stakeholder driven, values based approach. He is the founding chair emeritus and current President and CEO of Envision Utah.

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Session Description

As the Wasatch Front grows, what legacy of natural space and park land will we have to enjoy? Come develop answers to these questions through an interactive small group workshop. Map out your ideas and convey your key priorities for recreation, agricultural land, and land that improves our environment. Results will be shared with cities and counties through the new Wasatch Choice 2050 Vision. This workshop is a chance to think big about the legacy we will leave.


Christie OostemaChristie Oostema, Adjunct Assistant Professor, City and Metropolitan Planning, University of Utah

Christie works across urban, suburban and rural areas of Utah in addition to providing community and regional-level capacity building assistance nationwide. Her passions include facilitating public conversations and exploring emerging solutions with citizens and stakeholders in planning processes that encompass housing, economic development, mobility, agriculture, and the environment. Recent work includes focus on the Wasatch Choice for 2040, the land use and transportation vision for Weber, Davis, Salt Lake and Utah Counties, and facilitation of several associated stakeholder processes working toward vibrant neighborhood development projects. Christie is an adjunct assistant professor in the College of Architecture + Planning at the University of Utah, serves on the advisory committee for Salt Lake City's new Downtown Master Plan, and is a board member for the Utah Housing Coalition. Christie has a masters' degree in Urban Planning. Prior to Envision Utah, Christie was executive director for a nonprofit focusing on critical lands conservation and community planning.

Sarah HinnersSarah Jack Hinners, Acting Director, Ecological Planning Center, City and Metropolitan Planning, University of Utah

Sarah is a landscape and urban ecologist that works on bridging the gap between science and academic research and real-world applications. Research interests focus on the ecological, economic and social roles and value of green infrastructure in cities across scales and along the full gradient from "pristine" to highly urbanized ecosystems. Sarah works with scientists, engineers, planners and stakeholders to better understand the way humans and landscape interact to produce "human habitat", of which cities are perhaps the ultimate example. Past research examined the effects of suburban development and suburban green space on the community ecology of wild bees in the Denver, Colorado metropolitan area. Sarah is currently working on mechanisms that facilitate inclusion of ecosystem service values and natural resource data in urban scenario planning calculations.

Betsy ByrneBetsy Byrne, MLA, Lead Planner, Envision Utah

Prior to Envision Utah, Betsy worked for the National Park Service Rivers, Trails, & Community Assistance program, where she provided technical assistance to community-led outdoor recreation and natural resource conservation projects. Betsy has a master’s degree from the Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning program at Utah State University, where she focused on active transportation, recreation and open space planning, and resilient community design.

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A community is only as healthy as the people who live there. Even if a community has an ideal plan, it means nothing if it doesn’t improve the health outcomes of its residents. This session will demonstrate the health data that is available at state, county, and city levels. Local public health practitioners will share how this data is used to bridge the gap between community design and optimal health. If you are looking for information about how you can work better with your public health departments, this session will help you figure out why the health we do what we do.


Kim ClausingKim Clausing, Health Educator, Tooele County Public Health Department

Kim Clausing is a Health Educator for Tooele County Health Department, an advocate for the Tooele County Community, as well as a wife, mother of three and grandmother of two. Kim is a Utah native, born in Logan, Utah where she began biking, sometimes to Aggie ice cream. Kim spent her teen years in the Draper, Utah area and rode her bike throughout the Southern end of the Salt Lake Valley, including up Little Cottonwood Canyon to Snowbird. The active community of Stansbury Park, Utah is where she has been for over 20+ years raising kids, finishing college and working on her career, all while walking, hiking and biking with her family. Kim is now working with many agencies on the federal, state and local level for policies on Active Transportation, and is focused on helping change the health environment of the Tooele County Community, for the better.

Travis OlsenTravis Olsen, Health Educator, Weber-Morgan Health Department

Travis Olsen is a community health educator at Weber-Morgan Health Department, which serves Weber and Morgan Counties. He has worked with planning agencies to help bring health into the planning realm, especially in the active transportation sector. He worked at Utah County Health Department prior to his current position as a health education technician with similar objectives, and received his Bachelor of Science in Public Health from Brigham Young University. He firmly believes that both the planning and health sectors can and should share similar goals and benefit from collaboration.

Brett McIffBrett McIff, Physical Activity Coordinator, Utah Department of Health

Brett has worked in physical activity promotion for almost 20 years in a variety of fields from personal training to policy development. He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Utah in Exercise and Sport Science. His graduate work continued with a Master of Science in Public Health and a Ph.D. in Public Health at Walden University. Brett is the Immediate Past President of the National Physical Activity Society, and works with committees at the national, state, and local levels to promote environments that encourage regular physical activity. He is currently the Physical Activity Coordinator at the Utah Department of Health.

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Discuss the challenges and benefits of shifting the transportation paradigm in our communities. Three cities will share their process of changing the transportation paradigm in their cities. They will discuss some of the challenges associated with change, how they have and continue to overcome these challenges, and the benefits of making the change within their communities.


Cameron Diehl Cameron Diehl, Director of Government Relations, Utah League of Cities and Towns
Cameron Diehl has worked for ULCT for 7 years, coordinates all ULCT efforts at the county, state, and federal levels, and administers the Legislative Policy Committee. He is responsible for law enforcement, transportation funding, and literally every other conceivable political issue.

Dave Millheim Dave Millheim, City Manager, Farmington
Dave has served as City Manager of two Utah Cities, Farmington and South Jordan. He was a real estate developer for a decade and has a private sector approach to government. He started in California where he was an Assistant City Manager in Morgan Hill and Palm Desert. He has been a volunteer Firefighter, negotiated contracts with Police and Fire unions and enjoys large complicated projects. He has written articles for Public Management Magazine on public and private sector decision making. He enjoys his cabin, reading, basketball, fishing and skiing (snow and water).

Bill Applegarth Bill Applegarth, Mayor, Riverton
Bill Applegarth is currently serving as mayor of Riverton City. He was elected mayor in 2005. Riverton has a population of about 42,000 people, with 74% of the population being under the age of 45. Improving the transportation infrastructure (active transportation, public transportation, and roads) are some of the most important responsibilities the mayor has.

Justin Anderson Justin Anderson, City Engineer, Ogden
Justin Anderson is the Public Service Deputy Director and City Engineer for Ogden City. He graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a Masters in Civil and Environmental Engineering, and has 13 years of experience. Justin instigated Phase 1 of the Grant Avenue Promenade which received the “2015 Active Transportation & Health Summit Outstanding Project of the Year Award” for Utah. Over the past 7 years he has been responsible for over $130 million dollars of public infrastructure improvements. He enjoys fishing, horseback riding and spending time with his wife and two boys.

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Across the nation, high quality urban trails have been created and ultimately invited significant urban revitalization. How can we acknowledge and unlock this potential in Utah as we develop great urban trails? This session will explore national case studies of developers enhancing active transportation infrastructure and in-turn maximizing real-estate benefits and revitalizing communities. National speakers from New Jersey and Indiana will join our local experts.


Matt NorrisMatt Norris, Senior Associate, Urban Land Institute

Matthew Norris, Senior Associate for Content at the Urban Land Institute, supports the Building Healthy Places Initiative and works on projects linking health, sustainability and development. He previously worked at the Tri-State Transportation Campaign where he focused on improving access to safe, reliable and equitable modes of transportation throughout southern New Jersey and the Greater Philadelphia area. Matt earned his Master’s in City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University-New Brunswick in 2010.

Nora ShepardNora Shepard, Planning Director, Salt Lake City

Nora is the Planning Director for Salt Lake City. Nora previously spent 15 years as a planner with Park City Municipal Corporation in Utah, including five years as Planning Director. She served two terms as Chapter President for the American Planning Association Utah Chapter and four years at the Region V Director on the APA Board of Directors. Ms. Shepard has had a diverse career that includes being a Transportation Planner for Monmouth County New Jersey, Community Development Director for Summit County Utah, a senior associate with Bear West, and work with the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. Nora’s degree is in Natural Resource Planning from Humboldt State University. She received the Planner of the Year award from Western Planning Resources in 1994 and was awarded the 2006 Professional Citizen of the Year by the Park City Rotary Club.

Alexander GrgurichAlexander Grgurich, Development Analyst, Nelson Construction and Development

Alexander Grgurich is the Development Analyst at Nelson Construction & Development in Des Moines, Iowa. His role focuses on understanding market demands and trends to concept new projects in the apartment, restaurant, retail, hotel, and office sectors. Further, he assesses financial feasibility, develops the project brand and identity, and sees the idea through to successful execution. Having been elected to City Council while still an undergraduate student, Alexander learned at a young age why community involvement is instrumental to a thriving city. Aside from his real estate investments, Alexander is a certified espresso competition judge, avid NBA fan, and organizer of TEDxDesMoines events.

Session Description

People are drawn to streets that are designed for walking, and repelled by streets that are not. However, it is often difficult to explain why a street works or doesn't work for walking. Additionally, identifying needed improvements can be an elusive problem. This session will demystify walkability. We will describe a new methodology to measure walkability, show off the local application where more than 1,200 blocks were scored, and discuss practical ways to make our streets safe and attractive for walking again.


Jon LarsonJon Larsen, Modeling, Forecasting, and Information Services Manager, Wasatch Front Regional Council

Jon is the manager of the Modeling, Forecasting, and Information Services group at WFRC. This group is in charge of model development and application, data management, and geographic information services (GIS). This work provides the technical base for nearly all of the work performed by WFRC. Prior to joining WFRC, Jon worked as a consultant where he managed projects and performed travel demand modeling, traffic engineering, and transportation planning.

Reid EwingReid Ewing, Professor, Director, Metropolitan Research Center, University of Utah

Reid Ewing, Ph.D., is chair of the Department of City and Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah, associate editor of the Journal of the American Planning Association, and columnist for Planning magazine. He holds master’s degrees in Engineering and City Planning from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Transportation Systems from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Ewing’s work is aimed at planning practitioners. His eight books include Pedestrian and Transit Oriented Design, just co-published by the Urban Land Institute and American Planning Association; and Best Development Practices, listed by the American Planning Association (APA) as one of the 100 “essential” books in planning over the past 100 years. His 90 peer reviewed articles include "Relationship Between Urban Sprawl and Physical Activity, Obesity, and Morbidity," the most widely cited academic paper in the Social Sciences as of late 2005, according to Essential Science Indicators; and “Travel and the Built Environment: A Meta-Analysis,” given the Best Article of 2010 Award by the American Planning Association.

Callie NewCallie New, Transportation Planner, Wasatch Front Regional Council

Callie New is a Transportation Planner for the Wasatch Front Regional Council, where she works on the Regional Transportation Plan, spatial analysis related to accessibility, and technical support for the Transportation Land Use Connection program. Prior to joining WFRC, Callie obtained a M.S. in Urban Planning from Columbia University, where she studied planning implications of rapid growth and decline. Callie's favorite research topics involve examining the nexus between the built environment and pedestrian travel behavior.

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Laura is an architect and sustainability coordinator at Babcock Design Group. She believes that social, economic, and cultural concerns are an inherent part of the larger sustainability movement and advocates that building sustainably integrally addresses environmental and social issues. She has played an innovative role in community engagement by establishing platforms for dialogue between citizens, groups, and design professionals. She has led urban revitalization efforts in Tremonton, Lester Park in Ogden, Pioneer Park in SLC, and has been an active proponent for walkability throughout SLC. Utilizing her training in Public Interest Design, Laura incorporates engagement, inclusion and advocacy to create healthy and vibrant spaces. She believes that strong communities are a result of intentional, collaborative, integrated design, and works to seek solutions across disciplines and typologies. She is an active leader in the AIA YAF, the AIA COTE, and Urban Design Utah where she looks for opportunities at the intersection of interior/exterior, public/private, built/unbuilt - at the threshold of disciplines where solutions are found through communication, collaboration, and action.

Session Description

In the second of our two sessions regarding “disruptive” technologies, we will look at other recent trends and speculate a bit on how they may affect our future, regional, urban character. Examples such as the effect of rideshare on transit, shared lodging (Airbnb or VRBO), smaller or more transient housing (tiny homes, accessory dwelling units, or short term rentals), work that can be done from anywhere with a laptop and Wi-Fi, the trend toward on-line retail, and others will surely affect the way our communities look and feel in the future.


Wilf SommerkornWilf Sommerkorn, Director of Regional Planning and Transportation, Salt Lake County

Wilf Sommerkorn is the Director of Regional Planning and Transportation for Salt Lake County. He was the Salt Lake City Planning Director from 2008 to 2014. Prior to that, Wilf was Director of the Davis County Community & Economic Development Department for 14 years. He was a planner in various positions with that department, starting in 1981. Wilf has also served as the Community Development Director for Centerville City, and as an adjunct professor of urban planning at the University of Utah, where he has taught a class in The Politics of Planning, something every planner should know! Wilf has served as Legislative Chair for the Utah Chapter of the American Planning Association since 1990, where he has had a role in writing the state codes regarding land use. He was President of the APA Utah Chapter from 1986 to 1988. Wilf holds a BS in Physical Geography and Geology from the University of Utah, and an MS in Urban Planning from the University of Tennessee.

Ali OliverAli Oliver, Strategic Planner, Utah Transit Authority

Ali Oliver is a Strategic Planner for the Utah Transit Authority. She was formerly employed by the regional MPO where she did both long-range transit planning and Mobility Management. Ali thoroughly enjoys her job with the transit agency, providing internal support on research, data collection and other initiatives related to technology, regional and local travel demand modeling, on-demand transit, and social equity issues.

Session Description

Launched two years ago as a joint partnership between Salt Lake County and WFRC, the Transportation and Land Use Connection (TLC) program's main objective is to provide technical assistance, including staff time, consulting, and training to local communities for planning, implementation, and visioning efforts that proactively address anticipated growth. In July of 2014, South Salt Lake City received a grant to update the zoning ordinance along the East Streetcar S-Line district. At present, over 600 units are entitled in the East Streetcar zone (Ritz: 278 units; Zellerbach: 287 units; S-Line Townhomes: 32 units), in addition to a grocery store west of State Street (Boyer). The area is poised to be a new, vibrant, and walkable neighborhood. Presenters will address the City's approach as to how this work was implemented and also provide the developers' perspective as to how well the form based code ordinance met the existing market demands. City staff will highlight the process for the planning and ordinance work, as well as the development of the 10-block area along the S-Line corridor (from State Street to 500 East).


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Julia Collins is the Program Manager for the Transportation and Land Use Connection Program at Wasatch Front Regional Council. The program provides regional perspective through grants and project assistance to local governments with challenges involving land use, economic development and transportation planning. Julia’s recent accomplishments include leading the Downtown Clearfield City Plan and West Centerville Neighborhood Plan. Prior to joining Wasatch Front Regional Council, Julia worked for True Partners Consulting in Chicago, specializing in securing state and local economic development incentives. Julia holds a Master’s in City and Metropolitan Planning from the University of Utah and a Bachelor’s degree from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Julia is an avid mountain biker and serves as Planning Commissioner for Summit County.

Francis LillyFrancis Xavier Lilly, AICP, Housing Administrator/Deputy Director of Community Development, South Salt Lake

Francis Xavier Lilly, AICP is the Deputy Director of Community and Economic Development for South Salt Lake City. Francis participated on the committee that oversaw the development of the Template Form Based Code as part of the Wasatch Choice for 2040 initiative, and worked with his colleagues in calibrating the template for South Salt Lake's East Streetcar Corridor and Downtown. Francis also serves as the City’s Housing Administrator. His responsibilities include managing the City’s Community Development Block Grant allocations, which are currently being used to fund a neighborhood revitalization campaign and a number of other initiatives to encourage long-term residency in South Salt Lake. Francis obtained a Bachelor of Science in Urban Planning, a Master in Public Administration, both from the University of Utah.

Justin EarlJustin Earl, Director of Acquisitions and Development, ICO Development

Justin Earl is the Director of Acquisitions and Development at ICO Development (Ivory Commercial) and Adjunct Professor at the David Eccles School of Business. He has a primary responsibility to implement the growth and development objectives of ICO Development in commercial real estate product types (retail, office, industrial) and in Student Housing. Justin’s real estate experience includes acquisitions, development, property management, leasing, and underwriting. Prior to joining ICO, Justin worked as a financial analyst/underwriter with Phillips Edison & Company, the largest private owner of grocery anchored shopping centers in the country with 27 million square feet in 250+ shopping centers in approximately 37 states. Justin has a Master’s degree in Real Estate Development from the University of Utah, a Master’s degree in Finance from the University of Utah, and a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Brigham Young University.

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