As mandated by the Utah Code, The Office of the Property Rights Ombudsman (“OPRO”) provides free training on a variety of topics, including, but not limited to, land use & development, eminent domain and takings law. This training is ideal for citizen’s groups, planning commissions and councils, local officials, etc. The OPRO can meet anytime during the day or evening, and can travel anywhere in Utah to conduct training sessions. Attorneys in our office can tailor training to the particular needs of the audience, and are prepared to answer questions individually if desired.
You will find more information about the training the OPRO offers below. If you would like to request training, please contact our office to discuss how we can best meet your needs.
What Training Does the Ombudsman Provide?
The attorneys in the OPRO can provide training to private citizens, civic groups, planning commissions & city/county councils, government entities, and other interested parties upon request. Potential training topics include (but are not limited to):
- The purpose and function of the OPRO and how the OPRO might assist you;
- Alternative forms of dispute resolution;
- Avoiding land use-related lawsuits: best practices for county and municipal governments;
- Recent legislative changes in the area of land use or eminent domain law;
- Land use laws and practice;
- Eminent domain laws and practice;
- Takings laws and practice;
- Conditional uses and variances; and
- Appeals procedures for land use decisions.
The OPRO can provide training on other topics if helpful to you.
Why Does the Ombudsman Provide Training?
The OPRO provides training to further the Utah Legislature’s desire that citizens be informed about property rights and land use regulation. By being better informed property owners and government agencies can avoid costly disputes and litigation.
Will the Training Cost Me Anything?
The OPRO provides this training free of charge as part of its responsibilities given pursuant to state law.
Where is the Training Held?
The OPRO can hold the training in a convenient place for you. The OPRO staff attorneys can travel throughout the state to make it easier for you to receive training.
When Can the Ombudsman Provide Training?
The OPRO can provide training at convenient times for you, such as over a lunch hour, in the evenings during government meetings, or at other times that work well for you. The Office will work with you to determine an appropriate format and length for the training.
Does the Ombudsman Provide Training for any Required Licensing Credit?
On occasion, the OPRO attorneys provide training for required licensing credit. Usually the OPRO does this through other entities, such as the Utah Land Use Institute. Please contact our office for additional information on training for credit.
How do I Request Training?
Please call or email the Ombudsdman Office to arrange for training. We look forward to working with you to prepare and provide the most helpful training possible.
I Just Have a Couple of Questions. Is There a Less Formal Way to Get Them Answered?
Absolutely. Please do not hesitate to call or email our office at any time to discuss your questions with one of our attorneys. We look forward to assisting you.