The City Council Tuesday unanimously approved West Jordan's 1990 comprehensive master plan, which officials say will be a guiding light to future development of this city of 50,000.
The 126-page document is a result of research initiated by the council several years ago to update its 1974 master plan that was outdated, said Kevin Ellis, chairman of the master plan committee.The document sets several goals and objectives, such as orderly growth, efficient government and a desirable quality of life that city officials hope to accomplish through capital improvements planning, compatible land uses, economic development and application of sound urban design principles.
The city will print about 300 copies at a cost of $10,000 to $14,000 for distribution to property owners, citizens, developers, businesses, government agencies, city officials and staff.
"The old guidelines were vague and weren't realistic because they were developed when the city was a 5,000 population community," Ellis said.
The plan contains specific objectives and goals under the headings of physical environment, population, economy, transportation, parks and recreation, schools, housing, capital improvements and urban design.
Ellis said the committee, made up of more than 200 city representatives, spent about 18 months preparing the document. "It's one of the best this state has ever seen because of the way it was done," Ellis said. "One of the big goals of the master plan was for it to control development and not developers control development."
City planner Garth Smith said the master plan "shows a good and responsible effort by the citizens, by the master plan committee and the City Council. This will set a course for the city's future that's very important."
It calls for the preservation of local historic sites, supporting the city's historical commission and encouraging developments compatible with the natural environment.
The plan also establishes strong architectural and site planning standards for all industries to prevent dilapidated and poorly maintained buildings, drainage problems, inadequate parking, poor landscaping, poor lighting, low-quality signs and premature deterioration of all essential city facilities in industrial areas.
Other objectives are expanding and diversifying the city's economic base, improving traffic flow by implementing a street plan and continually monitoring and evaluating the city's road systems to ensure proposed and existing road designs will adequately meet the community's demands.
The plan also calls for a better working relationship with the Utah Transportation Authority to improve bus service to city neighborhoods and businesses and for providing a network of pedestrian and bicycle trails, including sidewalks, walkways, bike ways and urban trails.
Other goals under the transportation section are to discourage the bisection of neighborhoods by arterial roads and to develop street design standards to encourage higher levels of safety on all city streets. It also calls for widening and improving bridges and railroad crossings, adoption of a street marking program and for working closely with the Salt Lake Airport Authority to develop Airport No. 2 to its highest potential.
Recreational goals include continuous expansion of the city's park and recreational facilities, identification of sites for parks and other recreational facilities and cooperation with the school districts for the development of joint city-school recreational centers.
In the area of housing, the master plan will discourage subdivisions that create "pockets" of development too small or isolated to be served conveniently or economically.
The plan also calls for adopting and vigorously enforcing ordinances requiring landowners to keep their property free of weeds, junked vehicles and equipment and unsightly buildings.