Neighborhood Preservation and Maintenance Plan

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Adopted June 2004

The purpose of the Sandy City Neighborhood Preservation and Maintenance Plan is to protect the health, safety and welfare of the residents of Sandy City from deteriorating neighborhoods. This plan proposes policies and strategies to help create a framework to address deterioration issues before they become a widespread problem in Sandy City.

The Preservation and Maintenance Plan is intended to build on the strengths of Sandy City’s neighborhoods by providing appropriate measures to help neighborhoods remain strong. The approach of this plan focuses on neighborhood interventions that are carefully tailored to restore neighborhood confidence, increase community pride, protect housing values, and strengthen civic involvement.

The process of developing this plan has allowed those involved to learn more about the opportunities, assets and needs of the neighborhoods they live in. This process has also made it possible to set priorities and identify actions needed to ensure the long-term success of Sandy City neighborhoods.

Planning Process

The planning staff began a focused process of developing the Neighborhood Preservation and Maintenance Plan in August 2003, upon request from the City Council. As the process developed, it was clear by the number of people requesting to be involved that this was a topic of great interest for many people, including the media.

This planning process began with a series of community input workshops, which included several exercises designed to identify the issues and problems in the neighborhoods and to then develop solutions to the problems. The last phase of the workshops considered many possible solutions and how they should be prioritized to determine what should be tackled first. The workshops provided a much needed forum for participants to discuss issues and test ideas about what could possibly be implemented in their neighborhoods.

A steering committee, which consisted of residents, community coordinators, property owners, City staff, and City officials, was formed to provide input, review, and give direction to the preparation of the plan. Ongoing public input was obtained through public workshops where the community was invited to provide input to key recommendations. Once the steering committee supported the draft plan, the document was presented to the Planning Commission and City Council.

General Overview

The development of this plan will promote citizen initiative to continue in the effort of maintaining and revitalizing their neighborhoods, while providing a foundation for legislative decision-making. Cooperation between the City and residents is the key to ensure the long-term success of neighborhoods in Sandy City. The following is a general overview of the goals established by the steering committee for the plan:

  • All housing in the community should be maintained in a decent, safe, healthy and clean condition.
  • Encourage home improvements and exterior upgrades to homes and yards in Sandy through several educational means.
  • Focus the activities of City departments, neighborhood groups, church or other volunteer groups towards the priorities and opportunities identified in this plan.
  • Target limited resources based on clear priorities in order to strengthen the neighborhoods.
  • Encourage neighborhood pride and neighborliness through involvement of residents in neighborhood promotion and pride projects they organize.
  • Promote collaboration between City government, neighborhood groups, and other interested parties.
  • Encourage a pro-active position on legislative matters that support neighborhood revitalization.
  • Encourage programs, policies and strategies that will ensure that Sandy’s neighborhoods continue to be a safe and pleasant place to live.

Implementation

This plan is a long-term vision that includes recommendations for programs, policies and strategies that will assist in preserving Sandy’s neighborhoods in a well maintained state. As Sandy’s neighborhoods continue to age, choices must be made that will satisfy the current needs while preserving the viability of the community for future generations. A phased approach to implementation is suggested later in this document which will require participation by all stakeholders: residents, landlords, property owners, City staff, and elected officials.