Past Event: Breakfast Briefing: Housing Challenges, the Missing Middle and the Future of Utah Communities

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Is it time to rethink how we create housing in Utah?

Homeownership is moving out of reach for more and more Utahns. The state faces a never-before-seen squeeze on housing supply. The population is quickly expanding. The demographics are changing. In short, Utah faces unprecedented housing challenges.

On March 22, 2022, the Utah Foundation held an important Breakfast Briefing seeking to address these challenges, with concrete answers to the big questions, such as:

  • How can Utah communities make housing more attainable for first-time home buyers and renters?
  • What strategies can be deployed to expand the range of available housing options?
  • What are the connections between attainable housing and expanded transportation options?
  • What must local governments and developers do to address changing buyer and renter preferences?
  • How can local governments and developers work together to open up the housing playbook?
  • How do we balance the need for more housing supply with quality of life and tax base concerns?
  • What is the role and potential for so-called “missing middle” housing?

Our panelists included:

  • Cameron Diehl, Executive Director at Utah League of Cities and Towns
  • Beth Holbrook, UTA Trustee, real estate agent and former Bountiful City Council member
  • Dave Kallas, Senior Advisor at Clyde Cos. and Bluffdale City Council member
  • Shawn Teigen, Research Director at the Utah Foundation
  • Jake Young, Planning Program Manager, Salt Lake County Planning & Transportation

Thanks to our sponsors, Salt Lake County Regional Development and the Utah Transit Authority, and to our host, Salt Lake Community College, this event was free to the public.

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