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Zoning Reform for Housing Attainability

“Zoning Reform” has become a loaded term, garnering strong opinions across the spectrum. Salt Lake County’s decision to host the annual Regional Solutions Event on this topic is certainly timely but not intended to be an endorsement of state preemption of municipal land use authority. Rather, the goal of this event is to convene many points of view --academics, policymakers, elected officials, practitioners, and advocates--to seek strategies through civil discourse and respect for the important and distinct roles we all play in bringing about solutions.

Local regulation is only one of many factors influencing housing attainability. Rising interest rates, escalating land costs, rising labor costs, shortages in skilled labor, supply chain constraints, material costs, and the reality that housing costs have for nearly a decade risen sharper and faster than household incomes are all factors contributing to today’s challenging housing market. 

Municipal leaders are keenly aware of the housing crisis in their communities and are working to find solutions in the areas they can influence. Both state and regional leaders are also concerned about housing attainability and what part they can play in supporting policies to bring about needed change.


This event qualified for up to 3.75 hours of CM Mandatory Credits! 

CM Credit #9278775

About the Event

We hope you had the chance to join us for a morning keynote speech with the University of Utah’s College of Architecture & Planning Dean Dr. Arnab Chakraborty, AICP.

The keynote was followed by a special luncheon and Q&A with housing policy expert and journalist Jerusalem Demsas with The Atlantic. Following the luncheon, author and researcher Dr. Chris Nelson, FAICP presented.

Lastly we enjoyed a panel discussion with local affordable housing advocate Turner Bitton with SLC Neighbors for More Neighbors, Principal, GSBS Architects & Economic Planning Christine Richman, AICP, and Arnab Chakraborty. 

This event is part of Salt Lake County’s Regional Solutions Series.

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