Break-Out Sessions

Disruptive Technologies Part 1: Autonomous and Connected Vehicles

Session Description

As we plan for the future of our region and its communities, we need to understand the shape of the trends and forces that will come to the forefront. Recent events in technology have led many to believe that the future may look much different. In this first session regarding the possible effect of “disruptive” technologies, we will take a look at mobility and transportation – ride sharing and autonomous vehicles and how they may affect the future of urban transportation. Transportation systems are considered to be the “backbone” in which our regional form is based, and ultimately dramatic changes in these systems may have profound effects on our future, regional, urban form.


Jeff HarrisJeff Harris, Planning Director, Utah Department of Transportation

Jeff has worked in the transportation field for over 25 years. His areas of focus include long-range planning, systems planning, and transportation funding and finance. Jeff is currently the Planning Director for the Utah Department of Transportation. Prior to joining UDOT, he worked for HNTB Corporation as the Intermountain District Leader, Fehr & Peers as a project manager, and for the Utah Transit Authority in various positions including Deputy Chief for Asset Management and Business Development and Manger of Planning and Programing. Jeff holds a BS in Economics and an MBA, both from the University of Utah. When he is not working, eating or sleeping, Jeff is training on his road bike.

BlaineLeonardBlaine Leonard, P.E., D.GE., Pres.10.ASCE, Intelligent Transportation Systems Program Manager, Utah Department of Transportation

Blaine Leonard is employed by the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) in Salt Lake City, where he is the Program Manager for Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). In this role, he is responsible for planning and building ITS elements around the state. He also leads the planning for connected and automated vehicles, including anticipating the impacts those technologies on the Department. He chairs the AASHTO Connected and Automated Vehicle Working Group and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Vehicle to Infrastructure Deployment Coalition (V2I DC). Prior to joining the Department, Blaine spent 20 years in the consulting engineering Business, including 10 years as a partner at Van Boerum and Frank Associates.

Active Transportation for the Masses

Session Description

This plenary session will feature representatives from the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), the Utah Transit Authority (UTA), the Mountainland Association of Governments (MAG), the Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC), Salt Lake City Transportation, and Bike Utah. This discussion panel gathers viewpoints from state government, MPO's, local government, and an advocacy organization to discuss the importance of collaboration in planning and implementing active transportation infrastructure. Panelists will discuss challenges, lessons learned, and strategies moving forward, as well as the multi-faceted approach that can be taken toward planning for active transportation.


Phil SarnoffPhil Sarnoff, Executive Director, Bike Utah

Ever since he went on a 10-mile ride when he was in the 1st grade, Phil has loved bicycles and has always encouraged more people to get out and ride. As Executive Director, Phil handles everything Bike Utah, including membership, legislative work, fundraising, coordinating with partner organizations, and planning the Utah Bike Summit. Phil’s work experience includes Program Manager for GREENbike (Salt Lake City’s bike share program), SmartTrips Coordinator for Salt Lake City’s Division of Sustainability, Environmental Education Teacher for the Peace Corps in Kazakhstan, and Coordinator for the Outdoor Recreation Program at North Dakota State University. He has a Ph.D. in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism from the University of Utah. Outside of work, Phil rides for the SaltCycle-Intelitechs Bike Racing Team, coordinates SLC Bike Party, and spends the rest of his time on skis.

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 of 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.

HeidiGoedhart RedoneHeidi Goedhart, Active Transportation Manager, Utah Department of Transportation

Heidi Goedhart is employed by the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) in Salt Lake City, where she is the Active Transportation Manager. In this role, she works closely with MPO’s, UTA, UDOT Regions and local governments to advance coordination and planning efforts for bikes and pedestrians. She also helps manage existing programs, projects and studies that help to advance safety and promote integrated transportation in the State of Utah. Heidi just completed a master’s degree in City and Metropolitan Planning with an emphasis on Smart Growth and Transportation. Previously, she worked as the Bicycle Coordinator for the University of Utah. Three years ago Heidi turned in her car keys and became a full-time bicycle commuter which has opened her eyes to the benefits and challenges active transportation users face. She aspires to help design and cultivate transportation options that support resilient urban environments that focus on health, activity and wellness.

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.

JimPrice RedoneJim Price, Bicycle/Pedestrian Program Manager, Mountainland Association of Governments

Jim Price, AICP, PTP is the Bicycle / Pedestrian Program Manager at Mountainland Association of Governments (MAG) in Orem. He earned a BS in Psychology and Masters of Public Administration at Brigham Young, and has been with MAG since 1999. His favorite thing about his job is, "taking trail projects from a blurry idea to three inches of asphalt." Jim is a voracious reader of history, science, and 'why buildings fall down and planes crash.' He lives in Lehi with his wife Kris and son Matthew.

Scott HessScott Hess, Active Transportation Planner, Wasatch Front Regional Council

Scott Hess is the Active Transportation Planner for Wasatch Front Regional Council. His role is to provide a focus to Active Transportation within the 2019-2050 Regional Transportation Plan and Regional Vision. He brings nearly ten years of experience in various Planning roles. Most recently he worked as the Planning Department Manager for Clearfield City with prior work as Davis County Planner focused on regional trail and bicycle infrastructure implementation. He holds a B.S. in Urban Planning and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Utah

How to (Re)create the Walk-to-School Neighborhood

Session Description

Traditionally, schools have been woven into the fabric of our neighborhoods, enabling kids to easily and safely walk-to-school. Today, we often fall short of this outcome. What are the best practices being utilized in Utah to achieve the walk-to-school? We'll hear various perspectives from the school district, local planner, and developer. We'll discuss siting, site design, and street and trail connections to schools, as well as the quality and safety of the walking routes. We'll also highlight how the planner, developer and school district can collaborate to (re)create the walk-to-school.


Ted KnowltonTed Knowlton, AICP, Deputy Director, Wasatch Front Regional Council

Ted's career has focused on helping communities and metropolitan areas coordinate place-making and transportation to improve desired outcomes. Knowlton led the original development of the Wasatch Choice for 2040 vision, and the Salt Lake metropolitan area's shared four-county vision. Before joining WFRC, Ted was the Planning Director at Envision Utah. Knowlton is an Adjunct Professor in the College of Architecture + Planning at the University of Utah and has a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University. Ted is also the Vice President of APAUtah and is a Planning Commissioner in North Salt Lake City.

Kim StruthersKim Struthers, AICP, Planning Director, Lehi City

Kim is the Community Development Director for Lehi City. Kim is grateful to have been a part of Lehi’s dynamic growth for the last 20 years. During that time, he has planned and facilitated the City’s growth from a population of 13,000 to over 58,000 people, and has helped Lehi in the transformation from a one traffic light town to a dynamic technology and employment hub. Kim has a Masters of Public Administration degree from Brigham Young University.

Greg HawesGreg Haws, Senior Project Manager, Psomas

Greg specializes in large-scale master-planned communities, having developed them across the western United States and in three different continents. He excels in negotiating the intricacies of the development process and embracing the challenge of creating a solution that derives a profit for the developer and meets the needs of the community at the same time. Greg has a Masters Degree at Utah State University in landscape architecture & environmental planning.

Paul BergeraPaul Bergera, Jordan School District

Paul Bergera is the Staff Assistant of Auxiliary Services for Jordan School District. In this capacity, he directs the Jordan School District Safety Team. His broad experience as an educator and school administrator are invaluable. He understands all aspects required to provide a safe and secure environment for students, both to and from school, and in the classroom. Paul works collaboratively with Jordan School District personnel, members of School Community Councils, representatives from each of the District's municipalities and developers in creating, amending and ultimately approving safe walking routes and SNAP plans for students in Jordan School District.

Thinking Regionally, Implementing Locally: South Salt Lake’s Streetcar District

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).


JuliaCollinsColor RedoneJulia Collins, Program Manager, Wasatch Front Regional Council

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.

Disruptive Technologies Part 2: Land Use and Transportation in the Sharing Economy

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.

A Sidewalk Isn’t Enough: Relearning How to Design for Three Miles Per Hour

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.

LauraClayton cropped BW RedoneLaura Clayton, Architect, Sustainability Coordinator, Babcock Design

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.

Is “Trail-Oriented Development” the Next TOD?

Session Description

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.

From Cars and Streets to Paths for Bikes and Feet

Session Description

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.

Community Health Outcomes: What the Health Are We Talking About?

Session Description

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.

The “Nature” of 2050 Visioning Workshop

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.