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Posted on: September 15, 2023

New Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances in Effect

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New Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances are now in effect for Copperton, Kearns, Magna, and White City Metro Townships. You can find these new ordinances by visiting the Municode Library and searching for your municipality. Completing these ordinance updates was a huge feat for the Metro Townships and our staff. When the Metro Townships incorporated, they inherited Salt Lake County Ordinances. Many of the ordinances were not specific to each unique community. The goals of the ordinance update project were to:

  • Maintain consistency with State Code requirements (LUDMA)
  • Conform with each municipality’s General Plan  
  • Increase ease of use for staff and the public
  • Meet the unique needs and preserve the character of each community 

With the help of the Planning Commissions, Councils, and Legal Team, MSD staff were able to complete this project in just thirteen months. The new ordinances consist of more than 350 pages of text. A few highlights that staff are most excited about include:

  • The creation of new mixed-use zones
  • The creation of new parks and open space zones 
  • Updates to site development standards to improve development quality
  • Revised definitions and updated use tables
  • A new water-efficient landscaping ordinance
  • Reductions in off-street parking requirements

We look forward to seeing how these new ordinances will impact development in the Metro Townships. Staff will continue to keep an eye on development patterns and bring adjustments to the Planning Commissions and Councils as needed. The Town of Brighton is currently in the process of updating its Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances, and Emigration Canyon will be starting its updates in the near future. Congratulations to Copperton, Kearns, Magna, and White City, and to the MSD project team (Brian Tucker, Curtis Woodward, Kayla Mauldin, Erin O’Kelley, and Matt Starley).

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