Monday, April 13, 2015

A Field Day for Planning Agritourism @ APA Seattle

For those heading to the APA conference in Seattle this weekend, I wanted to make a hearty recommendation that you attend the session below on agritourism.  (I was initially supposed to speak on the panel, but have had to bough out because of some personal timing conflicts.)  It is going to be a great event, and Tricia Nilsson will be discussing some of the work that my Clinic has done with her on agritourism.  

I guarantee it will be well worth your time and, I hear, Tricia will be raffling off some wine from some of the region's premier wineries!  


A Field Day for Planning Agritourism

CM | 1.25
Saturday, April 18, 2015
9 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Agritourism — such as farm weddings, you-pick-it operations, and farm stays — is becoming a popular way for farmers to increase their incomes. But it has come afoul of local zoning and building codes. What zoning and building-code standards are needed to ensure agritourism activities are appropriate and safe?

You’ll learn about:

• How to analyze Census of Agriculture data to recognize opportunities for agritourism

• Factors to consider when promoting tourism in rural areas 

• The importance of coordination of building and zoning regulations


Patricia Nilsson, AICP

Canyon County Dev. Services

Patricia Nilsson has been a public sector planner in Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Idaho for more than 30 years. She has extensive experience in long-range planning, and has been a project manager for comprehensive plan and zoning ordinance updates, a multi-million dollar open space program, and transportation plans. She is currently the Director of Development Services for Canyon County, Idaho. She is a past president of the Idaho Planning Association (predecessor of the Idaho chapter of the American Planning Association) and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Ms. Nilsson received a bachelor’s in Political Science from Virginia Tech.

Scott Mendoza

Weber County

Having an interest in both physical and social sciences, Scott Mendoza chose to study geography and land use planning at Weber State University (in Ogden, Utah) where he was given the opportunity to combine elements of both science disciplines into one degree. This field of study has enabled Scott to hold employment positions in the private sector as well as city, county, and federal levels of government. Past relevant employers consist of a private land survey firm, the US Forest Service, Ogden City Neighborhood Development, Davis County Engineering, and the Weber County Surveyor’s Office. Currently, Scott works as a principal planner for Weber County where he primarily focuses on long range planning issues and code development. Scott enjoys the creative outlet and challenge that comes with integrating new and progressive ideas into land use codes. Recently, Weber County was recognized by the Utah Chapter of the American Planning Association for its efforts in crafting and adopting an innovative mountain resort development code and an easily adaptable agri-tourism code.

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