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The Planning Department reviews and processes all development applications through City staff, Architectural Review Committee, Planning Commission, Appeals and Variance Hearing Officer, and City Council approvals. The Planning staff coordinates other City department reviews of projects as they are submitted. The staff also provides direct assistance to various boards, commissions, and committees. The Planning Division maintains and updates the City's Zoning/Development Code, the official Zoning and Future Land Use maps, and the City's General Plan.

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Salt Lake County Plat Review Procedure

Effective May 14th, 2019

Salt Lake County Plat Review Procedures Purpose

It is the intent to minimize the amount of time the plat review process demands, and to avoid duplicating efforts through multiple reviews of the same plat. This helps ensure faster parcel number generation for all recorded projects in the county.

Plats are reviewed in accordance with Utah State Statutes, including but not limited to:

  • 10-9a-603(1),(4)
  • 10-9a-604
  • 17-21-21
  • 17-23-17(3)
  • 17-27a-603(1),(4) and 57-8-13(1)
  • 57-2a
  • 46-1-16UCA

A Quick Overview of What We Look For

  1. Is the name unique?
  2. Does the boundary description close?
  3. Does the boundary description match the graphic representation?
  4. Is the basis of bearing present and accurate?
  5. Is the acreage shown for each lot/parcel/unit/common area/open space?
  6. Surveyor Seal and City/Township approval boxes present?
  7. Is the title block correct?
  8. Are all parcels identified? I.e. private ownership, dedicated to public, HOA, common area, limited common area, etc.
  9. If a Condo: Declaration, building ties to perimeter, elevation, and dimensions provided?
  10. If there are HOA parcels: Is the HOA name and mailing address included?
  11. Are there split ownership issues?
  12. Are addresses for each lot/parcel/unit/common area/open space present?
  1. (A) Steps for Recording
  2. (B) Items Looked for on Final Review
  3. (C) Common Issues Found During Review & at Time of Recording
  4. (D) Post Recordation
  1. The plat will be submitted to the Plat Department for review. At this time, the plat should have had at least 1 preliminary review completed by the municipality. The plat should be ready to be printed to Mylar and ready for the signature collection process. The county plat review process may take up to five business days.
  2. A technician will create a Plat Review sheet highlighting any concerns found. Plat Review sheets will be returned to the requesting party(s). Re-Reviews should be avoided and will be handled in the same manner as above until all issues are resolved. When all issues are resolved, a Plat Review sheet will be forwarded to the requesting party(s). It will state the plat is "Ready for Signatures".
  3. We request that the municipalities and/or developer contact our office at least 1 business day in advance to schedule an appointment for recording. At this time, a signed copy of the corrected/final plat can be forwarded to us for a quick final review.
  4. Upon completion of a final review, a Plat Review sheet will be forwarded to the requesting party(s). It will state the plat is "Ready to Record". This form should be brought in when the plat is recorded to help ensure any issues have been addressed.
  5. No plats will be recorded after 4:30 pm. Plats submitted after 4:30 pm will be recorded on or after the next business day.

Park Strip Landscaping

16.04.190: Parks, Park Strips, Walkways, Trails, and Open Space:

All applicants shall incorporate into development design and implement the following requirements pertaining to parks, park strips, trails and open space. Parks, park strips, trails and open space are also subject to the requirements of Title 16, Chapter 16.30, "Water Efficiency Standards", of this Code.

  1. Collector Street Park Strips
  2. Residential Street Park Strips
  3. Park Strip Materials, Colors & Sizes
  4. Landscaping & Maintenance

Park strips at the rear or side of single-family residential lots and collector street park strips along commercial, office, multi-family residential, industrial, and institutional developments shall be planted with a combination of trees, plants, shrubs or other live vegetation which are low maintenance and commonly found along the Wasatch Front or within similar climates. Lawn shall not be installed in park strips. Applicants shall demonstrate that proposed live vegetation will cover a minimum of 50% of the park strip area upon landscape maturity. Tree canopies do not count toward the required 50% vegetation coverage. In combination with the 50% live vegetation requirement, the following may be used:

  • Mulch made of bark or rock material that is one and one-half inches (1.5") or larger may be used in combination with live vegetation, provided that it is fully contained within the park strip at all times.
  • Up to fifty % (50%) of the park strip area, per street frontage, may be hardscape, with stamped natural earth tone colored concrete. However, stamped concrete shall not be used in sections greater than fifteen (15) linear feet per section.

Tree Species Allowed in Streetscape

This species list for streetscape trees was created by researching which trees can handle the pressures of an urban setting. Although not a perfect list, it provides a guideline. When planting trees in a streetscape setting, one should consider the amount of salt that the trees will receive in the winter, due to snowplows and the source of irrigation (e.g., secondary water tends to yield soils with high alkalinity). It is also very important that the size of each species be considered, and each tree planted in the right place. Many of the large trees will lift sidewalks in smaller park strips.

Some cultivars of individual species may still grow too tall to be placed under power lines. Check with local nursery for exact cultivar height.

  1. Small Trees
  2. Medium Trees
  3. Large Trees
  4. Xeriscape Trees
  5. Non-Approved Street Tree Species

Minimum park strip of 3 feet for adequate rooting. May be planted under power lines.

Botanical NameCommon NameSalt TolerantDrought Tolerant
Acer campestrehedge mapleYesYes
Acer ginnalaamur mapleYesYes
Acer griseumpaperbark mapleYesNo
Acer tataricumtatarian mapleYesYes
Amalanchier alnifoliawestern serviceberryYesYes
Cercis canadensiseastern redbudNoYes
Crataegus crus-gallicockspur hawthornYesYes
Cratagegus phaenopyrumWashington hawthornYesYes
Malus sppcrabappleYesYes
Prunus virginianachokecherryYesYes
Syringa reticulataJapanese tree lilacYesYes

General Plan & Supporting Documents