Lesson 1.1 – Welcome


Welcome to the course for updating your ordinance on Conditional Use Permits (CUPs).  By the end of this course you will have acquired the tools necessary to implement CUPs that are accessible and effective for your community, while ensuring compliance with the requirements set forth by the state. 

Course materials provided in this module are designed to help guide your municipality throughout the code adoption process. This material includes:

  • Guidance Document: This document is intended to provide a fundamental understanding of the issues related to CUPs. Also included within this document are best practice recommendations and links to references to current state code requirements.
  • Model Code Language: If a completely new code is needed, or if only a section needs to be updated / replaced, language is provided to meet those needs. Instead of trying to use a neighboring community’s language, you have the option to customize your own code to your own situation.
  • Model Ordinance: Save yourself some time drafting a brand new ordinance, and use our template. All that is needed from your community is to customize / fill in the blank lines where indicated.
  • Sample Public Notice Language: Inform the public of what is taking place and how they can participate in your public meetings / hearings online.

Remember, not only do you have access to these best practice documents, model ordinance language, and template ordinance document, but also have access to CiviclinQ’s industry professional consultants. Our consultants are certified are available to review and answer related questions and offer recommendations if needed. 

What to Expect :

We designed this course to help your community facilitate the successful creation / modification of a CUP ordinance in a few basic steps. These steps can be found in the best practice guide. Unless there are exceptional concerns from your municipality’s legislative body (council members), we believe that this type of policy amendment can be implemented in two or three public hearings. The milestones include: 

  1. Identifying CUPs: Identify the land uses that your community really doesn’t want to allow in each zoning district as a permitted use, as well as those land uses currently listed as a CUP.
  2. Develop Applicable Standards: Standards that a land use authority attaches to the approval of an application that falls under a CUP have to be tied to the existing standards listed in your municipality’s code. These standards are meant to mitigate potential issues, not to eliminate all potential complaints that may arise. 
  3. Hold a Public Hearing: When updating the land use sections of your municipality’s code, a public hearing is required by the State (See U.C.A. 10-9a-205).

Action Items:

  1. Identify an “issue champion”. (This person will shepherd this code / text amendment from beginning-to-end.) If you will not be the “issue champion” be sure your champion is provided with a copy of all available course materials. (Note: Course materials have been provided in easy, downloadable .PDF and able to be modified .DOCX formats.)
  2. Contact CiviclinQ if you have any questions!

Proceed to Step 2 – Take Action With Your Code.

Conditional Use Permit (CUP) Issue Briefing

  • Use the link above to download and distribute the conditional use permit (CUP) issue briefing.

Conditional Use Permit (CUP) Model Code

  • Use the link above to download and modify the word document containing the model code.

Conditional Use Permit (CUP) Model Ordinance

  • Use the link above to download and modify the word document containing the model ordinance.  Note: In order to complete the model ordinance you will need to cut the model code language you modify from the file above and paste into the document.

Sample Notice Language For Electronic Meetings

  • Use the link above to download a template to inform the public of what is taking place and how they can participate in your public meetings / hearings online.