Long Range Planning

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The Long Range Planning section of the Planning Division coordinates the following activities:


Questions or Comments about the operations of the Long Range Planning activities of Sandy City may be addressed to Jake Warner, Long Range Planning Manager, at 801-568-7262, Email: jwarner@sandy.utah.gov.

The Cairns Master Plan

To address the growing needs of Sandy City and to accommodate regional growth, a vision for the creation of a city center has been developed, called The Cairns District.  The Cairns Master Plan is a culmination of over 6 years of planning to re-imagine the future of Sandy's downtown area.  Design guidelines for the area are currently being developed based on the goals and policies outlined in this plan. This document was formally adopted by the City Council on January 17, 2017 as part of the City's General Plan (as a Local Area Master Plan). 

Trails Master Plan

The Sandy City Trails Master Plan has been revised and adopted. View the text and maps of the new plan in PDF format.

Special Studies

Sandy City conducts special studies when a specific area, landuse or issue needs careful examination or analysis. These studies help to illustrate future development scenarios and designs of public and private interest. Some of these have been adopted as part of the City's General Plan. The following are major special studies which have been conducted.

  • Jordan River Parkway Study - Conducted February 1995
  • East Bench Trailhead Plan - Conducted November 1997
  • Sandy City 1300 East Corridor Study - Conducted May 1998
  • Sandy City Streetscape Plan - Adopted 2003
  • 9400 South 150 East Trax Station Study - Conducted 2003
  • Neighborhood Preservation Plan - Adopted June 2004


The 2010 Census population shows Sandy City as having a population of 87,461 residents, with a total of 29,501 dwelling units. The Community Development Department estimates that the population, as of Jan 1, 2019, was 98,849 with 33,443 dwelling units.

The 2018 Statistical Report (PDF) is a valuable tool for research, market analysis studies, and school projects. It includes information on population, land use and housing characteristics, development trends, economics, city community facilities and public services. The printed Report is also available for sale at the Planning Department office at City Hall.

Questions or Comments about Sandy Demographics may be addressed to Jake Warner, Long Range Planning Manager, at 801-568-7262, Email: jwarner@sandy.utah.gov.


A rezoning (aka zoning map district amendment) is required in order to change the land uses legally allowed upon a piece of property. To see what a piece of property is zoned click here. To see which uses are allowed within a zone you may view the City's Non-residential land use matrix or Residential and Civic land use matrix.

Once an application is submitted it is scheduled for a Planning Commission Meeting and evaluated by the Planning Staff who make recommendations to the Planning Commission. Although they are not required to do so by State law, the Planning Commission attempts to send out notification of the scheduled Public Meeting to all adjacent property owners within at least 300 feet of the affected properties. The Planning Commission then conducts a Public Meeting on the rezoning request and recommends approval or denial to the City Council.

The rezoning request is then scheduled for a Public Hearing before the City Council. According to State law, a Notice of Public Hearing is published in a paper of local circulation 15 days prior to the scheduled Public Hearing. Out of courtesy, the City Council also attempts to send out notification of the Public Hearing to all property owners within at least 300 feet of the proposed zone change. The City Council then holds a Public Hearing on the rezoning request and makes a final decision.

It is recommended that prior to submitting an application for a rezoning request that the applicant meet with a member of the Planning Staff to discuss the request. You may also download the forms from the City's applications page.

For information on Planning Commission dates & deadlines, contact the Planning Division of the Community Development Department in City Hall at 801-568-7256.

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