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Pending Zoning Amendments

Pending Zoning Amendments

The Planning Division is working on city initiated proposals that may impact multiple properties and be of interest to residents and property owners. Please review the list and contact the staff member associated with each zoning amendment to learn more about the changes, the timing, and potential impact to your property and/or project. 

The list was last updated in October 2022.


Adopted Zoning Amendments

Appeals Hearing Officer Ordinance Changes

This proposal addresses the authority of appeals hearing officers as it pertains to interpreting Utah Code. The proposed changes and recommendation from the Planning Commission can be found in the October 14, 2020 Planning Commission Meeting information.

The City Council adopted the proposed ordinance as ordinance number 48 of 2021. The ordinance became effective on September 30, 2021. 

Staff Contact: Daniel Echeverria // daniel.echeverria@slcgov.com or 801-535-7165

Changes to the RMF-30 Zoning District

Modifications to the RMF-30 zoning district include changes to density requirements, bulk and mass standards, allows more housing types in the zone, and adds design standards.

The City Council adopted the proposed ordinance as ordinance number 68 of 2022 on October 18, 2022. The ordinance will become effective in 180 days.

Staff Contact: Kelsey Lindquist // kelsey.lindquist@slcgov.com or 801-535-7930

Design Standards added to the CSHBD Sugar House Business Zoning District

The proposal adds design standards to the CSHBD zoning district, including door placement and ground floor active use requirements, increases sidewalk width requirements, and requires commercial spaces along 2100 South and 1100 E/Highland Drive.  

The City Council adopted the proposed ordinance as ordinance number 72 of 2021. The ordinance became effective on December 15, 2021.

Staff Contact: Daniel Echeverria // daniel.echeverria@slcgov.com or 801-535-7165

Mayor Initiated Petition Related to Homeless Shelters and Homeless Resource Centers

Mayor Erin Mendenhall initiated a zoning amendment to prohibit new, permanent homeless shelters and homeless resource centers in the city and the City is invoking the pending rule doctrine to prohibit the processing of any land use applications for either use for 180 days. 

For more information, please reference the following documents:

Staff Contact: Nick Norris, Planning Director // nick.norris@slcgov.com

Modifications to Fence Height Regulations

The City Council adopted an ordinance removing fence height special exceptions from the zoning code and clarified when over-height fences may be appropriate. The City Council adopted the proposed ordinance as ordinance number 52 of 2021. The ordinance became effective on October 7, 2021.

Staff Contact: Krissy Gilmore // kristina.gilmore@slcgov.com or 801-535-7780

Parking Requirement Amendments

Updates to the off-street parking requirements including basing parking requirements on transit access, neighborhood context in terms of walkability, and proximity to cycling infrastructure. Changes are city wide. Learn more // City Council’s Information Page – Proposal to Update Off-street Parking Regulations.

The City Council adopted the proposed ordinance as ordinance number 67 of 2022 on October 18, 2022.

Staff Contact: Eric Daems // eric.daems@slcgov.com or 801-535-7236

Permitting Restaurants in the Public Lands Zoning District

The City Council adopted an ordinance that added restaurants as a permitted use within the PL – Public Lands Zoning District. The ordinance became effective on September 14, 2021.

Staff Contact: Amanda Roman // amanda.roman@slcgov.com or 801-535-7660

Shared Housing

Changes the definition, adds requirements, and expands where this type of land use may be located within the City. The City Council has held briefings and public hearings on the proposal and has requested follow up information from the Planning Division regarding how the proposal could be more equitable and further expand where in the city SROs can be located. 

The City Council adopted the proposed ordinance as ordinance number 66 of 2022 on October 18, 2022.

Staff Contact: Wayne Mills // wayne.mills@slcgov.com or 801-535-7282

Significant Water Consuming Land Uses Amendment

The City council adopted the proposed ordinance as Ordinance No. 69 of 2021 on December 7th, 2021. The adopted ordinance prohibits new land uses or expansions of land uses that will exceed an annual average of 200,000 gallons of water per day.

Staff Contact: Daniel Echeverria // daniel.echeverria@slcgov.com or 801-535-7165

Special Exception Code Changes

The City Council adopted an ordinance eliminating special exceptions from the zoning code. That ordinance became effective on December 2, 2021. No new applications for a special exception will be accepted.

Staff Contact: Nick Norris, Planning Director // nick.norris@slcgov.com


Pending City Council Action

Accessory Dwelling Unit Modifications

The Planning Commission initiated a petition to make modifications to regulations related to accessory dwelling units, including allowing ADUs as permitted uses instead of conditional uses in single family residential zoning districts, updating regulations for internal ADUs to comply with Utah Code, and clarifying other ADU regulations. 

Staff Contact: Michael McNamee // michael.mcnamee@slcgov.com or 801-535-7226

Early Engagement Ordinance

Some projects require early engagement with the community. This section may impact the timing of your project and add additional steps. Types of applications that may be impacted: 

  • Alley or street vacation or closure
  • Conditional use
  • Design review when required to be reviewed by the Planning Commission
  • Demolition of any landmark site or contributing structure in a local historic district
  • Master plan amendments
  • New construction within a local historic district (except single-family and two-family dwellings)
  • Planned development
  • Zoning amendments (map and text)

Staff continues to work with the City Council on finalizing language.

Staff Contact: John Anderson // john.anderson@slcgov.com or 801-535-7214

Fleet Block Zoning Amendment

Creates a new form based zoning district for the city owned block located between 300 – 400 West and 800 – 900 South. The rezone includes one privately owned parcel on the block. View the proposed changes and recommendation from the Planning Commission.

The City Council has held public hearings and briefings with City Staff. It is not known when the City Council will make a decision regarding this proposal.

Staff Contact: Daniel Echeverria // daniel.echeverria@slcgov.com or 801-535-7165


Pending Planning Commission Action

The following proposals are under review by the planning commission. Stay tuned for future updates.

Affordable Housing Incentives

This proposal would add incentives to the zoning ordinance to promote more affordable housing.

Staff Contact: Sara Javoronok // sara.javoronok@slcgov.com or 801-535-7625

Downtown Building Height & Street Activation Updates

This proposal would update portions of the Land Use Code related to building heights, review processes, and pedestrian spaces within downtown. The code revisions aim to accommodate growth and respond to new development pressures while developing standards for public spaces. Changes seek to have a positive impact on human-scale orientation, pedestrian accessibility, and community character.

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Proposals in the Engagement and Drafting Stages

The following proposals are in the early stages of being drafted and may have started the public engagement stages. The projects are listed here for reference.

Historic Preservation Overlay Reorganization

This proposal reorganizes the historic preservation overlay ordinance so that it is more user friendly in preparation for adding standards for changes to historic properties that are not currently in the zoning ordinance.

Staff Contact: Amy Thompson // amy.thompson@slcgov.com or 801-535-7281

Homeless Resource Center Amendments

Homeless Resource Center Amendments
The Planning Division is proposing that the City Council adopt an overlay zoning district to regulate future homeless resource centers and homeless shelters. The overlay would be adopted into the zoning code, along with updates to the existing regulations that apply to homeless resource centers and homeless shelters. Prior to opening a new homeless resource center, the overlay would have to be applied to the zoning map. This means that anyone who wants to establish an HRC or shelter, would have to apply for a zoning map amendment.

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Modifications to Landscape Regulations in Order to Qualify for Rebates

The State of Utah and the Central Water Conservancy District offer rebates to property owners who
remove sod and replace landscaping with more appropriate vegetation for our climate with the goal of conserving water. Both rebate programs are being modified and those modifications require cities to update landscaping regulations for property owners to qualify for the rebate programs.

Staff Contact: Nick Norris, Planning Director // nick.norris@slcgov.com