Required Recommendations From The Planning Commission

ยง10-9a-403 of Utah State Code outlines that the water use and preservation element of a general plan must include recommendations from the Planning Commission for:

  • Applicable regional water conservation goals recommended by the Division of Water Resources;
  • If the municipality is required to adopt a water conservation plan:
    • Water conservation policies to be determined by the municipality;
    • Landscaping options within a public street for current and future development that do not require the use of lawn or turn in a parkstrip.
  • Changes to existing municipal ordinances that promote the inefficient use of water;
  • Principles of sustainable landscaping, including:
    • Reduction or limitation of the use of lawn or turf;
    • Promotion of site-specific landscape design that decreases stormwater runoff or runoff of water used for irrigation;
    • Preservation and use of healthy trees that have a reasonable water requirement or are resistant to dry soil conditions;
    • Elimination or regulation of ponds, pools, and other features that promote unnecessary water evaporation;
    • Reduction of yard waste; and
    • Use of an irrigation system, including drip irrigation, best adapted to provide the optimal amount of water to the plants being irrigated;
  • Recommendations for additional water demand reduction strategies including:
    • Creating a water budget associated with a particular type of development;
    • Adopting new or modified lot size, configuration, and landscaping standards that will reduce water demand for new single-family development;
    • Providing one or more water reduction incentives for existing development such as modification of existing landscapes and irrigation systems and installation of water fixtures or systems that minimize water demand;
    • Disincentives for economic development activities that do not adequately account for water use or do not include strategies for reducing water demand; 
    • Adopting water concurrency standards requiring that adequate water supplies and facilities are or will be in place for new development; and
    • For a town (optional) or for a city (required), a recommendation for low-water-use landscaping standards for new commercial, industrial, or institutional developments, common-interest communities, or multi-family housing projects.