Area Master Plans

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Area Master Plans are plans that require more than just scaling down a City-wide plan. Special consideration must be given to those characteristics which distinguish the plan area from the rest of the City. At the same time, however, the area is and must be treated as an integral part of its surroundings and compliment the goals and policies of the general plan.

Several recent Area Master Plans are now available online:

The following are major Area Master Plans which the City has adopted as part of the General Plan:

For full copies of the summarized Master Plans above, or any other questions or comments about the General Plan or Plan Elements may be addressed to Jake Warner, Long Range Planning Manager, at 801-568-7262, Email: jwarner@sandy.utah.gov.


Historic Sandy Neighborhood Plan Summary

For many years the Historic Sandy Area has been referred to by many as the original square mile of Sandy City. Its boundaries are 8400 South, 700 East, 9000 South, and State Street.

The neighborhood is different in many ways from other areas in Sandy City. It is the oldest neighborhood and, hence suffers from problems not found in the newer developments. A plan specific to the area was therefore needed.

Through citizen input and staff involvement, plans for the neighborhood are taking shape. The neighborhood has already been officially labeled as the Historic Sandy District by the Sandy City Council in 1983.

Other programs have affected the area in the past, but the Historic Sandy Neighborhood Plan is special in its focus and comprehensiveness. Such a concentrated effort is the best means for successfully revitalizing a mature or declining neighborhood.

Several general goals were discussed as part of the plan, such as: 1) Conserve the existing housing stock; 2) Provide guidelines for a concerted and orderly revitalization effort; 3) Create a viable neighborhood-oriented commercial district where appropriate; 4) Up-grade the environmental character, natural and man made, of the neighborhood; 5) Renew resident and potential resident confidence in the area; 6) Create a sense of belonging and community pride in the neighborhood; 7) Keep the neighborhood a safe and pleasant place to live and raise a family.


Sandy City 90th South Gateway Master Plan

The purpose of the Sandy City 90th South Gateway Master Plan is to present a comprehensive plan that guides the future development for the northwest area of Sandy. This plan is to be used by residents, business owners, developers, property owners, City department staff, the Planning Commission, and the City Council as a policy guide for decisions made as to the type and intensity of infill and redevelopment throughout the 9000 South/I-15 Gateway area. The master plan should be used as a guidebook for consideration of private development, implementation of public improvements, and the preservation of community resources and amenities.

Planning Process

Existing development in the study area has been guided by a previous master plan prepared in 1996. The planning staff began the focused process of updating this plan in 2002. This more recent master planning process began with a series of community input workshops, which included a series of maps prepared by residents, property owners, business owners and other key stakeholders. These maps illustrated the desire for certain types of development patterns consistent with a more urbanized area.

A steering committee, which consisted of residents, business owners, property owners, developers, City Staff and City Officials, was formed to provide input, review, and give direction to the preparation of the master plan. Ongoing public input was obtained through public workshops and an open house where the community was invited to provide input to key recommendations. Once the steering committee supported the draft plan, the document was presented for public hearings held by the Planning Commission and City Council with final adoption by the City Council.

General Overview

The development of this master plan will promote citizen and business initiative to continue in the effort of revitalizing the area while providing a foundation for legislative decision-making. Cooperation between the City, businesses and residents is the key to continued successful development and redevelopment of the area. The following is a general overview of what this plan provides:

  • Recommendations to provide efficient and expanded transportation options.
  • Recommendations that encourage new land uses that are compatible with the existing adjacent land uses.
  • Recommendations to integrate land uses with the existing and proposed transportation infrastructure.
  • Recommendations that encourage economic growth and development.
  • Recommendations that encourage expanded housing choices and additional affordable housing opportunities.
  • Recommendations that encourage the preservation and expansion of open space and trail networks.
  • Recommendations to preserve and integrate existing neighborhoods.
  • Recommendations to provide greater connectivity between existing and proposed land uses.
  • Recommendations to encourage expanded service oriented business uses and other opportunities for local residents and employees to take advantage of.

Implementation

This master plan is a long-term vision for the 9000 South Gateway area. As this area continues to develop and redevelop, 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 in the full document and will require participation by all stakeholders: residents, business owners, property owners, City staff, and elected officials.

Short-term implementation will focus on areas that are presently undeveloped or underdeveloped. Some improvements may require a change in direction for projects that have already been considered but not yet built. In time, existing properties that are legally nonconforming can be redeveloped and improved to better meet the future needs of the entire community and create positive economic growth opportunities for the owners. In an area as highly developed as the 9000 South Gateway area, it is important that individual property rights are balanced with overall community goals and objectives. Maintaining the strong, diverse economy and family environment that characterize Sandy City today should continue to be a central focus in making wise decisions for the future.


Sandy City Downtown

Purpose

The purpose of the Sandy Downtown Illustrative Master Plan is to present a comprehensive plan that guides the future development for the central business and commercial district in Sandy. With a population of approximately 100,000 Sandy City is the fourth largest municipality in the State of Utah and particularly well known for the high quality of life enjoyed by its citizens and its vibrant and booming commercial growth. Sandy is a family community, where children attend nationally recognized schools and where many cultural and family events occur.

A strong economy, low unemployment rate, strong family atmosphere, and some of the world's finest winter and summer recreational opportunities in close proximity, provide Sandy with a promising future, as long as this high quality of life can be preserved. This plan is to be used by residents and business owners, developers and property owners, City department staff, the Planning Commission, and the City Council as a policy guide for decisions made as to the type and intensity of infill and redevelopment throughout the downtown area. The master plan should be a guidebook for consideration of private development (commercial, residential, institutional, etc.), implementation of public improvements (streets, trails, infrastructure, etc.), and preservation of community resources and amenities (open space, mobility, cultural activities, etc.).

General Overview

This community area plan updates the Sandy Civic Center Sub-Area Master Plan that was adopted in September 1996, with information specific to the Sandy Downtown area. The plan provides:

  • Recommendations for the development of distinct districts within the downtown area, and the types of development patterns consistent with characteristics, existing uses, and opportunities for each;
  • Recommendations for expanding housing choices to meet the needs of a growing and changing population base;
  • Recommendations for new and expanded retail opportunities and employment centers;
  • Recommendations for improved mobility options including automobile, transit, pedestrian and bicycle systems; and
  • Recommendations for a trails and open space network that is accessible to residents and businesses.

Implementation

This Master Plan is a long-term vision for the Downtown Sandy area. As this area continues to grow and develop, choices must be made that will satisfy the current needs while preserving the viability of the community for generations to come. A phased approach to implementation is suggested later in this document, which will require participation by all stakeholders: residents, business owners, property owners, City staff, and elected officials.

Short-term implementation will focus on areas that are presently undeveloped or underdeveloped. Some improvements may require a change in direction for projects that have already been considered, but not yet build. In time, existing properties that are nonconforming can be altered and improved to better meet the future needs of the entire community, and create positive economic growth opportunities for the owners. In an area as highly developed as Sandy Downtown, it is important that individual property rights are balanced with overall community goals and objectives. Maintaining the strong, diverse economy and family environment that characterize Sandy City today should continue to be a central focus in making wise decisions for the future.


Sandy Corners

The Sandy Corners Strategic Master Plan is a document for guiding revitalization of development at the intersection of 700 East and 9400 South. The purpose of the Sandy Corners Strategic Plan is to incorporate the principles of New Urbanism for the Sandy Corners area. Central to these planning tools is the concept of creating development and redeveloping properties to be walkable and inviting to the public. As the proper elements for this type of development are already found at Sandy Corners, no demolition is proposed. Rather, improvements are proposed that will revitalize and re-energize Sandy Corners.

The Sandy City General Plan identifies the area of 9400 South and 700 East as a Community Commercial Center District. A Commercial Center of this type is defined as an area with approximately 100,000 to 250,000 square feet of retail floor space, serving a marketing area of about 35,000 in population. This area of Sandy is a complex of shopping centers and businesses, rather than a single, planned center, but their proximity creates a single attraction. The plan states that "as the 700 East/9400 South Center grows and develops, it will be guided by public policy that will assure that this center, or any future community center, will be attractive and functional and an asset to the City." This Strategic Plan will be the guiding document behind the development of Sandy Corners as a Community Commercial Center.

The goals outlined in the Master Plan, together with a strong public involvement process and active involvement from City staff, helped create a goal for the area.

Goal: To make Sandy Corners a walkable environment while promoting efficient traffic flow, transit connections and economically viable businesses.


South Towne Promenade Urban Streetscape Design

Sandy City’s objective in creating the South Towne Promenade area was to create an attractive, safe, inviting, focal point of the City. The creation of the South Towne Promenade area has presented Sandy City with a tremendous opportunity to have an open space area within an urban environment that can create a sense of place for the community and project a positive image that combines the community’s values, quality of life and community pride.

Over the past years the Sandy Downtown area has experienced a great deal of growth both in office and commercial retail that has surrounded the promenade area. This makes it even more critical that the promenade be maintained as a focal point for more informational activities with pedestrian scale and atmosphere. The transportation system is designed to enable the closure of one or both sides of Centennial Parkway for special occasions, holiday celebrations, art and community festivals.

In November of 2003, Sandy City hired Landmark Design as a design consultant to assist a steering committee that was formed to prepare an urban streetscape design that incorporated landscape/pedestrian design features to promote a pedestrian atmosphere and help create a sense of place for the South Towne Promenade area.

The South Towne Promenade has been at the heart of the vision for the Civic Center area since its inception. Both the past and present City Council members, Mayors, Planning Commissioners and Citizens have shared in the vision and preserved the opportunities necessary to make it a reality. The South Town Promenade Urban Streetscape Deign Steering Committee worked with the consultant for several weeks on a design that me the objectives of the City and was acceptable to the different groups and interest involved.

The design incorporates identified goals and aspirations for our downtown, establishing the South Towne Promenade as a setting for large events and festivals, while creating a variety of "people places" for the enjoyment of downtown workers, visitors and residents on a daily basis.

The design addresses implementation in phases as follows:

Initial Phase: The Basics

  • Install new trees
  • Install exterior walkways
  • Install exterior planting beds
  • Install decomposed granite areas
  • Adjust and repair mechanical systems
  • Install basic seating and furnishings (+/- 30 benches and 15 trash receptacles)
  • Repair and re-grade lawn as needed

Intermediate Phase: Plazas and Places

  • Install plazas and special hardscape areas
  • Retrofit plaza trees with grates
  • Install remaining benches and trash receptacles (+/- 40 benches and 20 trash receptacles)

Final Phase: The Finishing Touches

  • Install bollards and miscellaneous furnishings
  • Install wetland improvements including boardwalk system and interpretive features
  • Upgrade City Hall Entry Court including water feature and special seating
  • Install arbors and seating walls
  • Install pedestrian-scale lighting
  • Site public artwork a provided in designated sites

 

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