The Utah Land Use Institute
  A non-profit educational institute established to share information about the planning and zoning process in Utah.
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About Us is the website for the Utah Land Use Insitute, a Utah non-profit corporation created to educate and inform Utah citizens about the land use management process.  We sponsor seminars, conferences, publications and other public outreach programs to help all of those involved in the planning and zoning process fully participate.  Other areas of interest include private property rights and eminent domain.  We also encourage the use of alternative dispute resolution methods to solve land use conflicts and to assist with collaborative decision making.

The current directors of the Utah Land Use Institute, in alphabetical order, are:

Brent Bateman, Lead Attorney in the Office of the Property Rights Ombudsman, Utah State Department of Commerce.

Taz Biesinger, Executive Director of the Home Builders of Utah.

Gary Crane, the Layton City Attorney

Paxton Guymon, Attorney with Miller Guymon in Salt Lake City and Chair of the Real Property Section, Utah State Bar.

David Hirschi, Prominent real estate attorney and past chair of the Real Estate Section of the Utah State Bar Association.  David is our chairperson.

Jodi Hoffman, a Park City attorney in private practice and consultant with the Utah League of Cities and Towns.  Jodi is one of our vice-chairs.

Neil Lindberg, AICP, Legal Counsel for the Salt Lake City Council.

Glenn McKay, Director of Real Estate for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Arthur C. (Christian "Chris") Nelson.  Presidential Professor, Director of the Metropolitan Research Center, Department of City and Metropolitan Planning, University of Utah.

Michael Ostermiller, Executive Director of the Weber North Davis Board of Realtors.  Mike is one of our vice-chairs.

Wilf Sommerkorn, AICP, Director of Community and Economic Development for Davis County and Legislative Chair for the Utah Chapter of the American Planning Assn.

Professor David Thomas is on the faculty of the J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU and has authored several treatises on real property law.

Our part-time Executive Director is Craig M. Call, attorney with Anderson Call, P.C. in Salt Lake City.  Craig was for ten years the Property Rights Ombudsman for the State of Utah.

Our offices are located at 136 East South Temple Street, Suite 2400, Salt Lake City, UT 84111.  Telephone 801 859-2255.

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