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S.B. 267

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CHANGES TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT

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PROVISIONS

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2006 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: L. Alma Mansell

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House Sponsor: ____________

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             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill modifies provisions related to counties, municipalities, and special districts.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    modifies the definition of "affected entity";
             14          .    expands requirements imposed on counties and municipalities with respect to notice
             15      and information to be provided to applicants submitting a land use application;
             16          .    allows an applicant to waive a county's or municipality's failure to comply with
             17      certain requirements;
             18          .    requires counties and municipalities to process and render a decision on land use
             19      applications with reasonable diligence;
             20          .    modifies budgeting requirements for counties, municipalities, and special districts
             21      with respect to impact fees; and
             22          .    imposes requirements and limitations on counties and municipalities in calculating
             23      an impact fee.
             24      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             25          None
             26      Other Special Clauses:
             27          None


             28      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             29      AMENDS:
             30          10-6-109, as last amended by Chapter 300, Laws of Utah 1999
             31          10-9a-103, as last amended by Chapter 7 and renumbered and amended by Chapter
             32      254, Laws of Utah 2005
             33          10-9a-202, as enacted by Chapter 254, Laws of Utah 2005
             34          10-9a-509, as enacted by Chapter 254, Laws of Utah 2005
             35          11-36-202, as last amended by Chapter 254, Laws of Utah 2005
             36          17-27a-103, as last amended by Chapter 7 and renumbered and amended by Chapter
             37      254, Laws of Utah 2005
             38          17-27a-202, as enacted by Chapter 254, Laws of Utah 2005
             39          17-27a-508, as enacted by Chapter 254, Laws of Utah 2005
             40          17-36-8, as last amended by Chapter 300, Laws of Utah 1999
             41          17A-1-408, as renumbered and amended by Chapter 186, Laws of Utah 1990
             42     
             43      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             44          Section 1. Section 10-6-109 is amended to read:
             45           10-6-109. Budget required for certain funds -- Capital projects fund budget.
             46          (1) The budget officer shall prepare for each budget period a budget for each of the
             47      following funds:
             48          (a) the general fund, including the class "C" and collector road funds;
             49          (b) special revenue funds;
             50          (c) debt service funds; [and]
             51          (d) impact fee funds; and
             52          [(d)] (e) capital improvement funds.
             53          (2) Major capital improvements financed by general obligation bonds, capital grants, or
             54      interfund transfers, shall use a capital projects fund budget. The term of the budget shall
             55      coincide with the term of the individual project or projects. To the extent appropriate, the
             56      requirements for preparation, adoption, and execution of the budgets of the funds enumerated
             57      in Subsection (1) above, as set forth in this chapter, shall apply to budgets of capital projects
             58      funds.


             59          (3) Impact fee funds shall be identified by the year in which they were received, the
             60      project from which the funds were collected, the capital projects for which the funds are
             61      budgeted, and the projected schedule for expenditure.
             62          Section 2. Section 10-9a-103 is amended to read:
             63           10-9a-103. Definitions.
             64          As used in this chapter:
             65          (1) "Affected entity" means a county, municipality, independent special district under
             66      Title 17A, Chapter 2, Independent Special Districts, local district under Title 17B, Chapter 2,
             67      Local Districts, school district, interlocal cooperation entity established under Title 11, Chapter
             68      13, Interlocal Cooperation Act, specified public utility, a property owner, a property owners
             69      association, or the Utah Department of Transportation, if:
             70          (a) the entity's services or facilities are likely to require expansion or significant
             71      modification because of an intended use of land;
             72          (b) the entity has filed with the municipality a copy of the entity's general or long-range
             73      plan; or
             74          (c) the [entity's boundaries or facilities are within one mile of land which is the subject
             75      of a general plan amendment or land use ordinance change] entity has filed with the
             76      municipality a request for notice during the same calendar year and before the municipality
             77      provides notice to an affected entity in compliance with a requirement imposed under this
             78      chapter.
             79          (2) "Appeal authority" means the person, board, commission, agency, or other body
             80      designated by ordinance to decide an appeal of a decision of a land use application or a
             81      variance.
             82          (3) "Billboard" means a freestanding ground sign located on industrial, commercial, or
             83      residential property if the sign is designed or intended to direct attention to a business, product,
             84      or service that is not sold, offered, or existing on the property where the sign is located.
             85          (4) "Charter school" includes:
             86          (a) an operating charter school;
             87          (b) a charter school applicant that has its application approved by a chartering entity in
             88      accordance with Title 53A, Chapter 1a, Part 5, The Utah Charter Schools Act; and
             89          (c) an entity who is working on behalf of a charter school or approved charter applicant


             90      to develop or construct a charter school building.
             91          (5) "Chief executive officer" means the:
             92          (a) mayor in municipalities operating under all forms of municipal government except
             93      the council-manager form; or
             94          (b) city manager in municipalities operating under the council-manager form of
             95      municipal government.
             96          (6) "Conditional use" means a land use that, because of its unique characteristics or
             97      potential impact on the municipality, surrounding neighbors, or adjacent land uses, may not be
             98      compatible in some areas or may be compatible only if certain conditions are required that
             99      mitigate or eliminate the detrimental impacts.
             100          (7) "Constitutional taking" means a governmental action that results in a taking of
             101      private property so that compensation to the owner of the property is required by the:
             102          (a) Fifth or Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States; or
             103          (b) Utah Constitution Article I, Section 22.
             104          (8) "Culinary water authority" means the department, agency, or public entity with
             105      responsibility to review and approve the feasibility of the culinary water system and sources for
             106      the subject property.
             107          (9) (a) "Disability" means a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one
             108      or more of a person's major life activities, including a person having a record of such an
             109      impairment or being regarded as having such an impairment.
             110          (b) "Disability" does not include current illegal use of, or addiction to, any federally
             111      controlled substance, as defined in Section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S.C.
             112      802.
             113          (10) "Elderly person" means a person who is 60 years old or older, who desires or
             114      needs to live with other elderly persons in a group setting, but who is capable of living
             115      independently.
             116          (11) "General plan" means a document that a municipality adopts that sets forth general
             117      guidelines for proposed future development of the land within the municipality.
             118          (12) "Identical plans" means building plans submitted to a municipality that are
             119      substantially identical to building plans that were previously submitted to and reviewed and
             120      approved by the municipality and describe a building that is:


             121          (a) located on land zoned the same as the land on which the building described in the
             122      previously approved plans is located; and
             123          (b) subject to the same geological and meteorological conditions and the same law as
             124      the building described in the previously approved plans.
             125          (13) "Land use application" means an application required by a municipality's land use
             126      ordinance.
             127          (14) "Land use authority" means a person, board, commission, agency, or other body
             128      designated by the local legislative body to act upon a land use application.
             129          (15) "Land use ordinance" means a planning, zoning, development, or subdivision
             130      ordinance of the municipality, but does not include the general plan.
             131          (16) "Legislative body" means the municipal council.
             132          (17) "Lot line adjustment" means the relocation of the property boundary line in a
             133      subdivision between two adjoining lots with the consent of the owners of record.
             134          (18) "Moderate income housing" means housing occupied or reserved for occupancy
             135      by households with a gross household income equal to or less than 80% of the median gross
             136      income for households of the same size in the county in which the city is located.
             137          (19) "Nominal fee" means a fee that reasonably reimburses a municipality only for time
             138      spent and expenses incurred in:
             139          (a) verifying that building plans are identical plans; and
             140          (b) reviewing and approving those minor aspects of identical plans that differ from the
             141      previously reviewed and approved building plans.
             142          (20) "Noncomplying structure" means a structure that:
             143          (a) legally existed before its current land use designation; and
             144          (b) because of one or more subsequent land use ordinance changes, does not conform
             145      to the setback, height restrictions, or other regulations, excluding those regulations, which
             146      govern the use of land.
             147          (21) "Nonconforming use" means a use of land that:
             148          (a) legally existed before its current land use designation;
             149          (b) has been maintained continuously since the time the land use ordinance governing
             150      the land changed; and
             151          (c) because of one or more subsequent land use ordinance changes, does not conform


             152      to the regulations that now govern the use of the land.
             153          (22) "Official map" means a map drawn by municipal authorities and recorded in a
             154      county recorder's office that:
             155          (a) shows actual and proposed rights-of-way, centerline alignments, and setbacks for
             156      highways and other transportation facilities;
             157          (b) provides a basis for restricting development in designated rights-of-way or between
             158      designated setbacks to allow the government authorities time to purchase or otherwise reserve
             159      the land; and
             160          (c) has been adopted as an element of the municipality's general plan.
             161          (23) "Person" means an individual, corporation, partnership, organization, association,
             162      trust, governmental agency, or any other legal entity.
             163          (24) "Plan for moderate income housing" means a written document adopted by a city
             164      legislative body that includes:
             165          (a) an estimate of the existing supply of moderate income housing located within the
             166      city;
             167          (b) an estimate of the need for moderate income housing in the city for the next five
             168      years as revised biennially;
             169          (c) a survey of total residential land use;
             170          (d) an evaluation of how existing land uses and zones affect opportunities for moderate
             171      income housing; and
             172          (e) a description of the city's program to encourage an adequate supply of moderate
             173      income housing.
             174          (25) "Plat" means a map or other graphical representation of lands being laid out and
             175      prepared in accordance with Section 10-9a-603 , 17-23-17 , or 57-8-13 .
             176          (26) "Public hearing" means a hearing at which members of the public are provided a
             177      reasonable opportunity to comment on the subject of the hearing.
             178          (27) "Public meeting" means a meeting that is required to be open to the public under
             179      Title 52, Chapter 4, Open and Public Meetings.
             180          (28) "Record of survey map" means a map of a survey of land prepared in accordance
             181      with Section 17-23-17 .
             182          (29) "Residential facility for elderly persons" means a single-family or multiple-family


             183      dwelling unit that meets the requirements of Part 4, General Plan, but does not include a health
             184      care facility as defined by Section 26-21-2 .
             185          (30) "Residential facility for persons with a disability" means a residence:
             186          (a) in which more than one person with a disability resides; and
             187          (b) (i) is licensed or certified by the Department of Human Services under Title 62A,
             188      Chapter 2, Licensure of Programs and Facilities; or
             189          (ii) is licensed or certified by the Department of Health under Title 26, Chapter 21,
             190      Health Care Facility Licensing and Inspection Act.
             191          (31) "Sanitary sewer authority" means the department, agency, or public entity with
             192      responsibility to review and approve the feasibility of sanitary sewer services or onsite
             193      wastewater systems.
             194          (32) "Special district" means an entity established under the authority of Title 17A,
             195      Special Districts, and any other governmental or quasi-governmental entity that is not a county,
             196      municipality, school district, or unit of the state.
             197          (33) "Specified public utility" means an electrical corporation, gas corporation, or
             198      telephone corporation, as those terms are defined in Section 54-2-1 .
             199          (34) "Street" means a public right-of-way, including a highway, avenue, boulevard,
             200      parkway, road, lane, walk, alley, viaduct, subway, tunnel, bridge, public easement, or other
             201      way.
             202          (35) (a) "Subdivision" means any land that is divided, resubdivided or proposed to be
             203      divided into two or more lots, parcels, sites, units, plots, or other division of land for the
             204      purpose, whether immediate or future, for offer, sale, lease, or development either on the
             205      installment plan or upon any and all other plans, terms, and conditions.
             206          (b) "Subdivision" includes:
             207          (i) the division or development of land whether by deed, metes and bounds description,
             208      devise and testacy, map, plat, or other recorded instrument; and
             209          (ii) except as provided in Subsection (35)(c), divisions of land for residential and
             210      nonresidential uses, including land used or to be used for commercial, agricultural, and
             211      industrial purposes.
             212          (c) "Subdivision" does not include:
             213          (i) a bona fide division or partition of agricultural land for the purpose of joining one of


             214      the resulting separate parcels to a contiguous parcel of unsubdivided agricultural land, if
             215      neither the resulting combined parcel nor the parcel remaining from the division or partition
             216      violates an applicable land use ordinance;
             217          (ii) a recorded agreement between owners of adjoining unsubdivided properties
             218      adjusting their mutual boundary if:
             219          (A) no new lot is created; and
             220          (B) the adjustment does not violate applicable land use ordinances; or
             221          (iii) a recorded document, executed by the owner of record:
             222          (A) revising the legal description of more than one contiguous unsubdivided parcel of
             223      property into one legal description encompassing all such parcels of property; or
             224          (B) joining a subdivided parcel of property to another parcel of property that has not
             225      been subdivided, if the joinder does not violate applicable land use ordinances.
             226          (d) The joining of a subdivided parcel of property to another parcel of property that has
             227      not been subdivided does not constitute a subdivision under this Subsection (35) as to the
             228      unsubdivided parcel of property or subject the unsubdivided parcel to the municipality's
             229      subdivision ordinance.
             230          (36) "Unincorporated" means the area outside of the incorporated area of a city or
             231      town.
             232          (37) "Zoning map" means a map, adopted as part of a land use ordinance, that depicts
             233      land use zones, overlays, or districts.
             234          Section 3. Section 10-9a-202 is amended to read:
             235           10-9a-202. Applicant notice -- Waiver of requirements.
             236          (1) For each land use application, the municipality shall:
             237          (a) notify the applicant of the date, time, and place of each public hearing and public
             238      meeting to consider the application [and];
             239          (b) provide to each applicant a copy of each staff report regarding the applicant or the
             240      pending application at least three business days before the public hearing or public meeting;
             241      and
             242          (c) notify the applicant of any final action on a pending application.
             243          (2) If a municipality fails to comply with the requirements of Subsection (1)(a) or (b)
             244      or both, an applicant may waive the failure so that the application may stay on the public


             245      hearing or public meeting agenda and be considered as if the requirements had been met.
             246          Section 4. Section 10-9a-509 is amended to read:
             247           10-9a-509. When a land use applicant is entitled to approval -- Exception --
             248      Municipality required to comply with land use ordinances.
             249          (1) (a) An applicant is entitled to approval of a land use application if the application
             250      conforms to the requirements of an applicable land use ordinance in effect when a complete
             251      application is submitted and all fees have been paid, unless:
             252          (i) the land use authority, on the record, finds that a compelling, countervailing public
             253      interest would be jeopardized by approving the application; or
             254          (ii) in the manner provided by local ordinance and before the application is submitted,
             255      the municipality has formally initiated proceedings to amend its ordinances in a manner that
             256      would prohibit approval of the application as submitted.
             257          (b) The municipality shall process an application without regard to proceedings
             258      initiated to amend the municipality's ordinances if:
             259          (i) 180 days have passed since the proceedings were initiated; and
             260          (ii) the proceedings have not resulted in an enactment that prohibits approval of the
             261      application as submitted.
             262          (c) An application for a land use approval is considered submitted and complete when
             263      the application is provided in a form that complies with the requirements of applicable
             264      ordinances and all applicable fees have been paid.
             265          (d) The continuing validity of an approval of a land use application is conditioned upon
             266      the applicant proceeding after approval to implement the approval with reasonable diligence.
             267          (2) A municipality is bound by the terms and standards of applicable land use
             268      ordinances and shall comply with mandatory provisions of those ordinances.
             269          (3) Each municipality shall process and render a decision on each land use application
             270      with reasonable diligence.
             271          Section 5. Section 11-36-202 is amended to read:
             272           11-36-202. Impact fees -- Enactment -- Required provisions.
             273          (1) (a) Each local political subdivision wishing to impose impact fees shall pass an
             274      impact fee enactment.
             275          (b) The impact fee imposed by that enactment may not exceed the highest fee justified


             276      by the impact fee analysis performed pursuant to Section 11-36-201 .
             277          (c) In calculating the impact fee, each local political subdivision may include:
             278          (i) the construction contract price;
             279          (ii) the cost of acquiring land, improvements, materials, and fixtures;
             280          (iii) the cost for planning, surveying, and engineering fees for services provided for and
             281      directly related to the construction of the system improvements; and
             282          (iv) debt service charges, if the political subdivision might use impact fees as a revenue
             283      stream to pay the principal and interest on bonds, notes, or other obligations issued to finance
             284      the costs of the system improvements.
             285          (d) In calculating an impact fee, a local political subdivision may not include an
             286      expense for overhead unless the expense is calculated pursuant to a methodology that is
             287      consistent with:
             288          (i) generally accepted cost accounting practices; and
             289          (ii) the methodological standards set forth by the federal Office of Management and
             290      Budget for federal grant reimbursement.
             291          (e) In calculating an impact fee, each local political subdivision shall base amounts
             292      calculated under Subsection (1)(c) on realistic estimates, and the assumptions underlying those
             293      estimates shall be disclosed in the impact fee analysis.
             294          [(d)] (f) In enacting an impact fee enactment:
             295          (i) municipalities shall:
             296          (A) make a copy of the impact fee enactment available to the public at least 14 days
             297      before the date of the public hearing; and
             298          (B) comply with the notice and hearing requirements of, and, except as provided in
             299      Subsection 11-36-401 (4)(f), receive the protections of Sections 10-9a-207 and 10-9a-801 ;
             300          (ii) counties shall:
             301          (A) make a copy of the impact fee enactment available to the public at least 14 days
             302      before the date of the public hearing; and
             303          (B) comply with the notice and hearing requirements of, and, except as provided in
             304      Subsection 11-36-401 (4)(f), receive the protections of Sections 17-27a-207 and 17-27a-801 ;
             305      and
             306          (iii) special districts shall:


             307          (A) make a copy of the impact fee enactment available to the public at least 14 days
             308      before the date of the public hearing; and
             309          (B) comply with the notice and hearing requirements of, and receive the protections of,
             310      Section 17A-1-203 .
             311          [(e)] (g) Nothing contained in Subsection (1)[(d)](f) or in the subsections referenced in
             312      Subsections (1)[(d)](f)(i)(B) and (ii)(B) may be construed to require involvement by a planning
             313      commission in the impact fee enactment process.
             314          (2) The local political subdivision shall ensure that the impact fee enactment contains:
             315          (a) a provision establishing one or more service areas within which it shall calculate
             316      and impose impact fees for various land use categories;
             317          (b) either:
             318          (i) a schedule of impact fees for each type of development activity that specifies the
             319      amount of the impact fee to be imposed for each type of system improvement; or
             320          (ii) the formula that the local political subdivision will use to calculate each impact fee;
             321          (c) a provision authorizing the local political subdivision to adjust the standard impact
             322      fee at the time the fee is charged to:
             323          (i) respond to unusual circumstances in specific cases; and
             324          (ii) ensure that the impact fees are imposed fairly; and
             325          (d) a provision governing calculation of the amount of the impact fee to be imposed on
             326      a particular development that permits adjustment of the amount of the fee based upon studies
             327      and data submitted by the developer.
             328          (3) The local political subdivision may include a provision in the impact fee enactment
             329      that:
             330          (a) exempts low income housing and other development activities with broad public
             331      purposes from impact fees and establishes one or more sources of funds other than impact fees
             332      to pay for that development activity;
             333          (b) imposes an impact fee for public facility costs previously incurred by a local
             334      political subdivision to the extent that new growth and development will be served by the
             335      previously constructed improvement; and
             336          (c) allows a credit against impact fees for any dedication of land for, improvement to,
             337      or new construction of, any system improvements provided by the developer if the facilities:


             338          (i) are identified in the capital facilities plan; and
             339          (ii) are required by the local political subdivision as a condition of approving the
             340      development activity.
             341          (4) Except as provided in Subsection (3)(b), the local political subdivision may not
             342      impose an impact fee to cure deficiencies in public facilities serving existing development.
             343          (5) Notwithstanding the requirements and prohibitions of this chapter, a local political
             344      subdivision may impose and assess an impact fee for environmental mitigation when:
             345          (a) the local political subdivision has formally agreed to fund a Habitat Conservation
             346      Plan to resolve conflicts with the Endangered Species Act of 1973, 16 U.S.C. Sec 1531, et seq.
             347      or other state or federal environmental law or regulation;
             348          (b) the impact fee bears a reasonable relationship to the environmental mitigation
             349      required by the Habitat Conservation Plan; and
             350          (c) the legislative body of the local political subdivision adopts an ordinance or
             351      resolution:
             352          (i) declaring that an impact fee is required to finance the Habitat Conservation Plan;
             353          (ii) establishing periodic sunset dates for the impact fee; and
             354          (iii) requiring the legislative body to:
             355          (A) review the impact fee on those sunset dates;
             356          (B) determine whether or not the impact fee is still required to finance the Habitat
             357      Conservation Plan; and
             358          (C) affirmatively reauthorize the impact fee if the legislative body finds that the impact
             359      fee must remain in effect.
             360          (6) Each political subdivision shall ensure that any existing impact fee for
             361      environmental mitigation meets the requirements of Subsection (5) by July 1, 1995.
             362          (7) Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, municipalities imposing
             363      impact fees to fund fire trucks as of the effective date of this act may impose impact fees for
             364      fire trucks until July 1, 1997.
             365          (8) Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, a local political subdivision
             366      may impose and collect impact fees on behalf of a school district if authorized by Section
             367      53A-20-100.5 .
             368          Section 6. Section 17-27a-103 is amended to read:


             369           17-27a-103. Definitions.
             370          As used in this chapter:
             371          (1) "Affected entity" means a county, municipality, independent special district under
             372      Title 17A, Chapter 2, Independent Special Districts, local district under Title 17B, Chapter 2,
             373      Local Districts, school district, interlocal cooperation entity established under Title 11, Chapter
             374      13, Interlocal Cooperation Act, specified public utility, property owner, property owners
             375      association, or the Utah Department of Transportation, if:
             376          (a) the entity's services or facilities are likely to require expansion or significant
             377      modification because of an intended use of land;
             378          (b) the entity has filed with the county a copy of the entity's general or long-range plan;
             379      or
             380          (c) the [entity's boundaries or facilities are within one mile of land that is the subject of
             381      a general plan amendment or land use ordinance change] entity has filed with the county a
             382      request for notice during the same calendar year and before the county provides notice to an
             383      affected entity in compliance with a requirement imposed under this chapter.
             384          (2) "Appeal authority" means the person, board, commission, agency, or other body
             385      designated by ordinance to decide an appeal of a decision of a land use application or a
             386      variance.
             387          (3) "Billboard" means a freestanding ground sign located on industrial, commercial, or
             388      residential property if the sign is designed or intended to direct attention to a business, product,
             389      or service that is not sold, offered, or existing on the property where the sign is located.
             390          (4) "Charter school" includes:
             391          (a) an operating charter school;
             392          (b) a charter school applicant that has its application approved by a chartering entity in
             393      accordance with Title 53A, Chapter 1a, Part 5, The Utah Charter Schools Act; and
             394          (c) an entity who is working on behalf of a charter school or approved charter applicant
             395      to develop or construct a charter school building.
             396          (5) "Chief executive officer" means the person or body that exercises the executive
             397      powers of the county.
             398          (6) "Conditional use" means a land use that, because of its unique characteristics or
             399      potential impact on the county, surrounding neighbors, or adjacent land uses, may not be


             400      compatible in some areas or may be compatible only if certain conditions are required that
             401      mitigate or eliminate the detrimental impacts.
             402          (7) "Constitutional taking" means a governmental action that results in a taking of
             403      private property so that compensation to the owner of the property is required by the:
             404          (a) Fifth or Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States; or
             405          (b) Utah Constitution Article I, Section 22.
             406          (8) "Culinary water authority" means the department, agency, or public entity with
             407      responsibility to review and approve the feasibility of the culinary water system and sources for
             408      the subject property.
             409          (9) (a) "Disability" means a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one
             410      or more of a person's major life activities, including a person having a record of such an
             411      impairment or being regarded as having such an impairment.
             412          (b) "Disability" does not include current illegal use of, or addiction to, any federally
             413      controlled substance, as defined in Section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S.C.
             414      802.
             415          (10) "Elderly person" means a person who is 60 years old or older, who desires or
             416      needs to live with other elderly persons in a group setting, but who is capable of living
             417      independently.
             418          (11) "Gas corporation" has the same meaning as defined in Section 54-2-1 .
             419          (12) "General plan" means a document that a county adopts that sets forth general
             420      guidelines for proposed future development of the unincorporated land within the county.
             421          (13) "Identical plans" means building plans submitted to a county that are substantially
             422      identical building plans that were previously submitted to and reviewed and approved by the
             423      county and describe a building that is:
             424          (a) located on land zoned the same as the land on which the building described in the
             425      previously approved plans is located; and
             426          (b) subject to the same geological and meteorological conditions and the same law as
             427      the building described in the previously approved plans.
             428          (14) "Interstate pipeline company" means a person or entity engaged in natural gas
             429      transportation subject to the jurisdiction of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission under
             430      the Natural Gas Act, 15 U.S.C. Sec. 717 et seq.


             431          (15) "Intrastate pipeline company" means a person or entity engaged in natural gas
             432      transportation that is not subject to the jurisdiction of the Federal Energy Regulatory
             433      Commission under the Natural Gas Act, 15 U.S.C. Sec. 717 et seq.
             434          (16) "Land use application" means an application required by a county's land use
             435      ordinance.
             436          (17) "Land use authority" means a person, board, commission, agency, or other body
             437      designated by the local legislative body to act upon a land use application.
             438          (18) "Land use ordinance" means a planning, zoning, development, or subdivision
             439      ordinance of the county, but does not include the general plan.
             440          (19) "Legislative body" means the county legislative body, or for a county that has
             441      adopted an alternative form of government, the body exercising legislative powers.
             442          (20) "Lot line adjustment" means the relocation of the property boundary line in a
             443      subdivision between two adjoining lots with the consent of the owners of record.
             444          (21) "Moderate income housing" means housing occupied or reserved for occupancy
             445      by households with a gross household income equal to or less than 80% of the median gross
             446      income for households of the same size in the county in which the housing is located.
             447          (22) "Nominal fee" means a fee that reasonably reimburses a county only for time spent
             448      and expenses incurred in:
             449          (a) verifying that building plans are identical plans; and
             450          (b) reviewing and approving those minor aspects of identical plans that differ from the
             451      previously reviewed and approved building plans.
             452          (23) "Noncomplying structure" means a structure that:
             453          (a) legally existed before its current land use designation; and
             454          (b) because of one or more subsequent land use ordinance changes, does not conform
             455      to the setback, height restrictions, or other regulations, excluding those regulations that govern
             456      the use of land.
             457          (24) "Nonconforming use" means a use of land that:
             458          (a) legally existed before its current land use designation;
             459          (b) has been maintained continuously since the time the land use ordinance regulation
             460      governing the land changed; and
             461          (c) because of one or more subsequent land use ordinance changes, does not conform


             462      to the regulations that now govern the use of the land.
             463          (25) "Official map" means a map drawn by county authorities and recorded in the
             464      county recorder's office that:
             465          (a) shows actual and proposed rights-of-way, centerline alignments, and setbacks for
             466      highways and other transportation facilities;
             467          (b) provides a basis for restricting development in designated rights-of-way or between
             468      designated setbacks to allow the government authorities time to purchase or otherwise reserve
             469      the land; and
             470          (c) has been adopted as an element of the county's general plan.
             471          (26) "Person" means an individual, corporation, partnership, organization, association,
             472      trust, governmental agency, or any other legal entity.
             473          (27) "Plan for moderate income housing" means a written document adopted by a
             474      county legislative body that includes:
             475          (a) an estimate of the existing supply of moderate income housing located within the
             476      county;
             477          (b) an estimate of the need for moderate income housing in the county for the next five
             478      years as revised biennially;
             479          (c) a survey of total residential land use;
             480          (d) an evaluation of how existing land uses and zones affect opportunities for moderate
             481      income housing; and
             482          (e) a description of the county's program to encourage an adequate supply of moderate
             483      income housing.
             484          (28) "Plat" means a map or other graphical representation of lands being laid out and
             485      prepared in accordance with Section 17-27a-603 , 17-23-17 , or 57-8-13 .
             486          (29) "Public hearing" means a hearing at which members of the public are provided a
             487      reasonable opportunity to comment on the subject of the hearing.
             488          (30) "Public meeting" means a meeting that is required to be open to the public under
             489      Title 52, Chapter 4, Open and Public Meetings.
             490          (31) "Record of survey map" means a map of a survey of land prepared in accordance
             491      with Section 17-23-17 .
             492          (32) "Residential facility for elderly persons" means a single-family or multiple-family


             493      dwelling unit that meets the requirements of Part 4, General Plan, but does not include a health
             494      care facility as defined by Section 26-21-2 .
             495          (33) "Residential facility for persons with a disability" means a residence:
             496          (a) in which more than one person with a disability resides; and
             497          (b) (i) is licensed or certified by the Department of Human Services under Title 62A,
             498      Chapter 2, Licensure of Programs and Facilities; or
             499          (ii) is licensed or certified by the Department of Health under Title 26, Chapter 21,
             500      Health Care Facility Licensing and Inspection Act.
             501          (34) "Sanitary sewer authority" means the department, agency, or public entity with
             502      responsibility to review and approve the feasibility of sanitary sewer services or onsite
             503      wastewater systems.
             504          (35) "Special district" means any entity established under the authority of Title 17A,
             505      Special Districts, and any other governmental or quasi-governmental entity that is not a county,
             506      municipality, school district, or unit of the state.
             507          (36) "Specified public utility" means an electrical corporation, gas corporation, or
             508      telephone corporation, as those terms are defined in Section 54-2-1 .
             509          (37) "Street" means a public right-of-way, including a highway, avenue, boulevard,
             510      parkway, road, lane, walk, alley, viaduct, subway, tunnel, bridge, public easement, or other
             511      way.
             512          (38) (a) "Subdivision" means any land that is divided, resubdivided or proposed to be
             513      divided into two or more lots, parcels, sites, units, plots, or other division of land for the
             514      purpose, whether immediate or future, for offer, sale, lease, or development either on the
             515      installment plan or upon any and all other plans, terms, and conditions.
             516          (b) "Subdivision" includes:
             517          (i) the division or development of land whether by deed, metes and bounds description,
             518      devise and testacy, map, plat, or other recorded instrument; and
             519          (ii) except as provided in Subsection (38)(c), divisions of land for residential and
             520      nonresidential uses, including land used or to be used for commercial, agricultural, and
             521      industrial purposes.
             522          (c) "Subdivision" does not include:
             523          (i) a bona fide division or partition of agricultural land for agricultural purposes;


             524          (ii) a recorded agreement between owners of adjoining properties adjusting their
             525      mutual boundary if:
             526          (A) no new lot is created; and
             527          (B) the adjustment does not violate applicable land use ordinances;
             528          (iii) a recorded document, executed by the owner of record:
             529          (A) revising the legal description of more than one contiguous unsubdivided parcel of
             530      property into one legal description encompassing all such parcels of property; or
             531          (B) joining a subdivided parcel of property to another parcel of property that has not
             532      been subdivided, if the joinder does not violate applicable land use ordinances; or
             533          (iv) a bona fide division or partition of land in a county other than a first class county
             534      for the purpose of siting, on one or more of the resulting separate parcels:
             535          (A) an unmanned facility appurtenant to a pipeline owned or operated by a gas
             536      corporation, interstate pipeline company, or intrastate pipeline company; or
             537          (B) an unmanned telecommunications, microwave, fiber optic, electrical, or other
             538      utility service regeneration, transformation, retransmission, or amplification facility.
             539          (d) The joining of a subdivided parcel of property to another parcel of property that has
             540      not been subdivided does not constitute a subdivision under this Subsection (38) as to the
             541      unsubdivided parcel of property or subject the unsubdivided parcel to the county's subdivision
             542      ordinance.
             543          (39) "Township" means a contiguous, geographically defined portion of the
             544      unincorporated area of a county, established under this part or reconstituted or reinstated under
             545      Section 17-27a-307 , with planning and zoning functions as exercised through the township
             546      planning commission, as provided in this chapter, but with no legal or political identity
             547      separate from the county and no taxing authority, except that "township" means a former
             548      township under Chapter 308, Laws of Utah 1996 where the context so indicates.
             549          (40) "Unincorporated" means the area outside of the incorporated area of a
             550      municipality.
             551          (41) "Zoning map" means a map, adopted as part of a land use ordinance, that depicts
             552      land use zones, overlays, or districts.
             553          Section 7. Section 17-27a-202 is amended to read:
             554           17-27a-202. Applicant notice -- Waiver of requirements.


             555          (1) For each land use application, the county shall:
             556          (a) notify the applicant of the date, time, and place of each public hearing and public
             557      meeting to consider the application [and];
             558          (b) provide to each applicant a copy of each staff report regarding the applicant or the
             559      pending application at least three business days before the public hearing or public meeting;
             560      and
             561          (c) notify the applicant of any final action on a pending application.
             562          (2) If a county fails to comply with the requirements of Subsection (1)(a) or (b) or both,
             563      an applicant may waive the failure so that the application may stay on the public hearing or
             564      public meeting agenda and be considered as if the requirements had been met.
             565          Section 8. Section 17-27a-508 is amended to read:
             566           17-27a-508. When a land use applicant is entitled to approval -- Exception --
             567      County required to comply with land use ordinances.
             568          (1) (a) An applicant is entitled to approval of a land use application if the application
             569      conforms to the requirements of an applicable land use ordinance in effect when a complete
             570      application is submitted and all fees have been paid, unless:
             571          (i) the land use authority, on the record, finds that a compelling, countervailing public
             572      interest would be jeopardized by approving the application; or
             573          (ii) in the manner provided by local ordinance and before the application is submitted,
             574      the county has formally initiated proceedings to amend its ordinances in a manner that would
             575      prohibit approval of the application as submitted.
             576          (b) The county shall process an application without regard to proceedings initiated to
             577      amend the county's ordinances if:
             578          (i) 180 days have passed since the proceedings were initiated; and
             579          (ii) the proceedings have not resulted in an enactment that prohibits approval of the
             580      application as submitted.
             581          (c) An application for a land use approval is considered submitted and complete when
             582      the application is provided in a form that complies with the requirements of applicable
             583      ordinances and all applicable fees have been paid.
             584          (d) The continuing validity of an approval of a land use application is conditioned upon
             585      the applicant proceeding after approval to implement the approval with reasonable diligence.


             586          (2) A county is bound by the terms and standards of applicable land use ordinances and
             587      shall comply with mandatory provisions of those ordinances.
             588          (3) Each county shall process and render a decision on each land use application with
             589      reasonable diligence.
             590          Section 9. Section 17-36-8 is amended to read:
             591           17-36-8. Preparation of budgets.
             592          (1) The budget officer of each county shall prepare each budget period, on forms
             593      provided pursuant to Section 17-36-4 , a budget for each of the following funds which are
             594      included in its system of accounts:
             595          [(1)] (a) general fund;
             596          [(2)] (b) special revenue funds;
             597          [(3)] (c) debt service funds;
             598          [(4)] (d) capital project funds; [and]
             599          (e) impact fee funds; and
             600          [(5)] (f) any other fund or funds for which a budget is required by the uniform system
             601      of budgeting, accounting, and reporting.
             602          (2) Impact fee funds shall be identified by the year in which they were received, the
             603      project from which the funds were collected, the capital projects for which the funds are
             604      budgeted, and the projected schedule for expenditure.
             605          Section 10. Section 17A-1-408 is amended to read:
             606           17A-1-408. Budget required for certain funds -- Capital projects fund.
             607          (1) The budget officer shall prepare for each budget year a budget for each of the
             608      following funds:
             609          (a) the general fund;
             610          (b) special revenue funds;
             611          (c) debt service funds;
             612          (d) capital projects funds;
             613          (e) impact fee funds;
             614          [(e)] (f) proprietary funds, in accordance with Section 17A-1-432 ; and
             615          [(f)] (g) any other fund or funds for which a budget is required by the uniform system
             616      of budgeting, accounting, and reporting.


             617          (2) Major capital improvements financed by general obligation bonds, capital grants, or
             618      interfund transfers shall use a capital projects fund budget unless the improvements financed
             619      are to be used for proprietary type activities. The district shall prepare a separate budget for the
             620      term of the projects as well as the annual budget required under Subsection (1).
             621          (3) Impact fee funds shall be identified by the year in which they were received, the
             622      project from which the funds were collected, the capital projects for which the funds are
             623      budgeted, and the projected schedule for expenditure.




Legislative Review Note
    as of 2-3-06 11:18 AM


Based on a limited legal review, this legislation has not been determined to have a high
probability of being held unconstitutional.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel


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