Long Range Planning

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

The City is currently preparing an amendment to the General Plan, largely related to housing, to comply with SB34 (2019).  The draft amendment may be viewed at the following link:

Housing Element-amended draft (11.1.19) 


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). 

Stadium Village Master Plan

Stadium Village is a subdistrict of The Cairns Master Plan.  The area extends from 9000 S. to approximately 9600 S. and from I-15 to just east of State Street.  The Master Plan is intended to provide a vision for future infrastructure and development in the area.  The Stadium Village Master Plan was approved by the City Council on June 25, 2019.  

Trails Master Plan - Proposed Amendment

The Sandy City Trails Master Plan was first adopted in 2013.  An amendment was approved in 2019 to update the City's bicycle network.

Special Studies

Sandy City conducts special studies when a specific area, land use or issue needs careful examination or analysis. These studies may help to illustrate future development scenarios and designs of public and private interest. Some studies may be adopted as part of the City's General Plan.


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. Notices are typically mailed to property owners within 500' of the affected property. The Planning Commission then conducts a public hearing on the rezoning request and recommends approval or denial to the City Council.

The rezoning request is then scheduled for a public meeting before the City Council. Notices are typically mailed to property owners within 500' of the affected property. The City Council then holds a public meeting 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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