Site Plan Review

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Sandy City Ordinance requires a landowner desiring to develop commercial, industrial, or institutional zoned property to go through a site plan review process.

A detailed Site Plan Review Procedure is available in PDF format. This procedure lists all of the documents that are required to be provided to Sandy City, the time line for approvals, and other important requirements. A simplified version is listed below.

The process of site plan review consists of six basic steps:

  1. Preliminary Review by staff
  2. Architectural Review Committee (CBD and Automall Districts only)
  3. Preliminary Review by the Planning Commission (if required)
  4. Redline Review Meeting
  5. Final Review by staff
  6. Final Approval by staff

During preliminary review with staff, the proposed plan is reviewed for compliance with local zoning regulations. This includes but is not limited to compliance with minimum building setbacks, building heights, landscape standards, access, grading and drainage, water needs, etc. The Public Utilities Department, Public Works Department, Parks & Recreation Department, Community Development Department, Police Department, Fire Department and applicable Sewer District review the proposal and provide comments and corrections to the City's Planning staff.

The Architectural Review Committee (CBD and Automall Districts only) reviews the architectural building elevations, colors and materials for compliance with the City's Architectural Design Standards as well as the architectural design standards of the CBD or the Automall District.

The Planning Commission (when required) then holds a Public Meeting to determine that the preliminary site plan review is complete. Often additional conditions of approval are attached to the proposed plan.

The purpose of the Redline Review Meeting is to give the developer, his architect, engineer and landscaper an opportunity to ask questions and to clarify comments and corrections from preliminary review prior to their submittal for final review.

During final review by City Staff, the applicant resolves all outstanding issues. Typically at this stage all final engineering work is complete. The Public Utilities Department, Public Works Department, Parks & Recreation Department, Community Development Department, Police Department, Fire Department and applicable Sewer District review the final plan and provide comments, corrections, or approvals to the City's Planning staff. At this stage, the developer can also submit building plans to the Building and Safety Division to begin the Plan Check process for building permits.

Final approval requires the developer to provide 8 copies of the final site plan and all final civil drawings, and the final landscape and irrigation plans to staff to be used for final signatures by city staff and the developer.

Questions about the Site Plan Review process may be addressed to Doug Wheelwright at 801-568-7255.


Civic Center Architectural Review Committee

The Civic Center Architectural Review Committee (ARC) has been established by Sandy City to review planned building projects within the CBD (Central Business District) area in order to make recommendations to the Planning Commission with respect to architectural design, colors and materials, as forwarded to them by the Community Development Director. The ARC is also responsible for recommending amendments and/or changes to the Development Code for the District to the Planning Com-mission and City Council and any other design criteria, standards, and guidelines relating to the development of lots within the CBD District area.

The Committee consists of seven voting members. Three members are representatives of Sandy City including one member of the Planning Commission, one member of the City Council, and one member of the Planning staff. The committee also includes three architects- and one- representative of the Sandy business community. Members are appointed -by the Mayor.

There are no regular meeting times for the Architectural Review Committee. However, the Committee attempts to meet within seven days after submission of plans and requests from an applicant.

Current Members:

  • Steve Burt - Entelen Design-Build, LLC
  • Lyle Beecher - Beecher Walker Architects
  • Cheryl Bottorff - Sandy City Resident
  • Scott Westra - Workers Compensation Fund
  • Mike Coulam (Alternate - Jared Gerber) - Planning Staff representative
  • Nancy Day (Alternate - Jared Clayton) - Planning Commission representative
  • Steve Smith & Chris McCandless - City Council representatives

Automall Architectural Review Committee

An Automall Architectural Review Committee (ARC) has been established by Sandy City. The Committee was responsible for creating a Master Plan and establishing design criteria and standards for the development of the Automall. The ARC is also responsible to review and make recommendations on each site development plan to the Planning Commission, as forwarded to them by the Community Development Director. They are also responsible for recommending amendments and/or changes to the Master Plan to the Planning Commission and City Council and any other design criteria, standards, and guidelines relating to the development of lots within the Automall area.

The Committee consists of seven members. Three members are representatives of Sandy City, including one member from the Planning Commission, one member from the City Council, and one member from the Planning staff. Also, three members are represented by landowners within the area which has included the Master Project Developer and two other landowners or designated representatives of the automobile dealership landowners, or the Auto Dealer's Association. The seventh member is appointed by the Mayor and shall be a resident of Sandy City.

There are no regular meeting times for the Architectural Review Committee. However, the Committee attempts to meet within seven days after submission of plans and requests from an applicant.

Current Members:

  • Lynn Woodbury - Woodbury Corporation
  • Chris Page - Riverton Chevrolet
  • Shane Parrish - Stockton #12 Honda (Alternate - Cory Nannaman LH Miller Chrysler Jeep)
  • Doug Wheelwright (Alternate - Mike Coulam) - Planning Staff representative
  • Nancy Day - Planning Commission representative
  • Dennis Tenney - City Council representative