Lesson 5 – Public Notice For Adopting Or Amending Land Use Regulations

Any county or municipality that decides to enact or change its existing land use or zoning ordinances must provide public notice before doing so. Similar to the noticing requirements of a general plan, counties and municipalities must provide public notice for every public meeting on the subject as well as the first public hearing it holds to consider the adoption or modification of a land use regulation. (§10-9a-205 / §17-27a-205). However, counties and municipalities are not required to inform the public of their intent to begin drafting or considering changes to land use or zoning ordinances.

Notices for public meetings about land use regulations must be made at least 24 hours in advance and be posted either in (a) three public locations within the county or municipality; or (b) on the county or municipality’s official website (§10-9a-205 / §17-27a-205).

Notices for public hearings about land use regulations or modifications must be made at least 10 days (calendar days) in advance

In addition to the posting requirements for public meeting notices, notices must also be mailed to the “affected entities” previously outlined in Lesson 4, Step 1 of this course module.  (§10-9a-205 / §17-27a-205).  

Mailed notices should also be provided to each property owner whose land is directly affected by the proposed land use regulation and to those property owners who are adjacent to the subject property within the parameters specified by ordinance if the county or municipality has established such parameters. (§10-9a-205 / §17-27a-205).

Notice Content

In addition to the noticing requirements outlined above, Utah state statutes also requires the following information to be provided:

For modifications to the text of the zoning code, the public notice that counties and municipalities issue for public meetings/hearings must include a summary of the effect of the proposed amendment or addition to the code that can be easily understood by a lay person. This summary must also be promptly provided to anyone who asks for it in writing. (§10-9a-205 / §17-27a-205

For a zoning map enactment or amendment, counties and municipalities should specify on notices to affected entities and property owners:

  • Identification with specificity of the property owner(s) affected by the proposed change;
  • Statement of the current zone in which the subject property(ies) is located; 
  • Statement of the new zone that the proposed change would place the subject property(ies) in;
  • Reference to the proposed regulations and permitted uses that the subject property(ies) will be subject to if the proposed change is made; 
  • Notice that the owner has up to 10 days after the first public hearing to file a written objection to the inclusion of his/her property in the zoning map amendment.
  • The address where objections should be filed and an assurance that the objections will be provided to the county or municipality’s legislative body. 
  • The time, place, and date of the public hearing.

Note: Notice for amending zoning ordinances or maps may be combined with notices for public land use hearings if those are also mailed. (§10-9a-205 / §17-27a-205)

Notice To Neighbors Of Affected Property Owners

When a county or municipality is required (by its own code or by the state) to provide notice to specific property owners, such as when a zoning ordinance changes, the municipality can either mail notices to the adjacent property owners within the parameters set by local ordinances, or it can post notice on the subject property(ies) with signs that passersby would notice. (§10-9a-206 / §17-27a-206)  Requirements to provide notice to adjacent property owners, when applicable, includes properties in adjacent jurisdictions. (§10-9a-206 / §17-27a-206)