Standard Operating Procedure


Prepare the final design of any improvements that are identified in a single phase of a Master Plan. Site Designs are to be used to finalize the entitlement process with local land use jurisdictions, and to receive approval by the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) Board of Trustees to proceed with planning financial and legal terms.

Scale and Scope:

Site Designs are to include one phase of development, as described in a Master Plan. Within this, specifications are to be the same as those found in the final construction documents, approved by the respective city, or other local jurisdiction.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Development partners are to oversee the planning and design of site designs. It is the responsibility of the developer to ensure that any consultants and contractors are aware of the standards set in the conceptual layout and master plans.
  • UTA Transit-Oriented-Development (TOD) Staff is to work alongside development partners during the planning and design process, to make recommendations based on the UTA TOD Design Guidelines.
  • A Design Review Committee, consisting of various UTA and local government staff, is to review all site designs, for the purpose of refining the plan and making recommendations to the UTA Board of Trustees.


All site designs are to be reviewed and approved by the Design Review Committee. If sites designs deviate from what has been prescribed in a master plan, amendments are to be reviewed and approved by the UTA Board of Trustees.

End Product:

The end product of the Site Design Process is a completed set of documents that precisely describe, street and sidewalk locations, building orientation and architectural features, and land use square footages. With said documents, development partners are able to begin modeling the financial aspect of the development proposal.

Site Design Process:

  1. Site Design Proposal:Site design proposals are to be completed by development partners within the timeframe defined in a project’s Master Development Agreement (MDA). Site designs are to adhere to the standards set in a respective master plan.
  2. Assemble Design Review Committee:The Design Review Committee is to include representatives from the various Departments at UTA, and is to review all site design proposals to ensure that they comply with the standards defined in a respective master plan, as well as other UTA standards.
  3. (3.1 - 3.3)Does Site Comply With Master Plan?: If a site design proposal does not comply with the aforementioned standards, the Design Review Committee is to provide the development partner with a list of findings that may be used to refine the proposal. It is the then the development partner’s responsibility to refine the proposal and resubmit. If UTA Staff and a developer partner determine that it is appropriate to deviate from what has been defined in a master plan, a Master Plan Amendment is to be recommended to the UTA Board of Trustees. Master plan amendments are to out of necessity only, and must remain compliant with the standards defined in a station area plan.
  4. Review & Approval by Executive Committee: After site design proposals have been refined, proposals are to be reviewed and approved by the Design Review Committee.
  5. Begin Drafting Operating Agreement Terms: Upon approval by the Design Review Committee, UTA Staff and developer partners may begin negotiating terms to be included in the project Operating Agreement.

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