The Development branch of the Public Works department seeks to facilitate an efficient and effective development process that will support economic development, preservation of the unique character and warmth of our community and conservation of the natural beauty of this area. Our goal is to serve all persons in a positive, professional and courteous manner.
In order to accomplish these goals, the Development Department has three divisions:
1. Planning and Zoning
2. New Development
3. Building and Safety
1. The mission of the Planning and Zoning division is to promote orderly and quality development in the community. The General Plan (also referred to as the City Master Plan) guides development according to the goals and needs of the community and is used as a guide for making land use decisions. This is accomplished by implementation of Zoning, Subdivision and related City Ordinances and Codes. The General Plan provides an overall direction of growth and development. The General Plan describes how the community wants to grow, where various land uses will be located and what the community wants to look like. The General Plan is a continuation of the effort originally begun in 1861 to strive for a better, more efficient, functional and beautiful community.
The Planning and Zoning staff provide support to five city boards including the
a. Planning Commission
b. Board of Adjustments
c. Historic Preservation Commission
d. Sign Review Board and
e. Hillside Review Board.
The staff works closely with Boards, elected officials, property owners, developers and the general public to implement the goals of the General Plan. The objective of the General Plan is to guide development, and re-development, in a manner that will enhance St. George as an attractive, diverse, convenient and sustainable place to live and work.
a. The St George Planning Commission (PC) is a seven (7) member board appointed by the City Council. The PC serves the community by making a variety of decisions or diverse items of importance to the City and its residents. The PC meets the second and fourth Tuesday of every month. PC meetings are held in the City Council Chambers located on the main level of City Hall at 175 E 200 N Street. These meetings typically begin at 5:00 p.m., however, check the current agenda for actual start dates and times
The PC Agenda is prepared and distributed one week before the meeting. The agenda clearly indicates the order and type of cases to be considered. Only issues listed on the agenda will be considered.
Citizen input into the planning process is very important and the PC makes every effort to encourage meaningful participation. Comments are also encouraged for neighborhood representatives and individuals. The PC is appreciative of the time required for everyone to participate and tries to reduce the time required to maximize opportunities for input.
If you have questions or comments concerning a proposal you may attend the PC meeting or you may contact City staff and have your comments forwarded to the PC.
b. The Board of Adjustment is a quasi-judicial body charged with the responsibility to provide for just and fair treatment in the administration of the City zoning ordinances, and to ensure the substantial justice is done. This is accomplished by the granting of variances and ruling on alleged error.
The Board of Adjustment consists of five (5) regular members and one (1) alternate member who are residents of the City. They are appointed to the Board by the mayor upon the consent of the City Council. Both regular and alternate members are appointed for a five (5) year term. Vacancies are filled by the major upon consent of the city Council to complete the length of the unexpired therm.
The members of the board of adjustment are ordinary citizens of St George. They are not City employees, but citizens with their own vocations who desire to donate some time to the City. The Board members do not answer to the mayor, City Council or Planning Commission, and can, act as an independent, quasi-judicial body.
The Board of Adjustment has adopted rules necessary to conduct it affairs. The Board meets as necessary on the fourth Tuesday of each month, and at such other times as the Board may determine. The chairperson, or in his/her absence the acting chairperson, may administer oaths and compel the attendance of witnesses. All meetings are open to the public.
The Board of Adjustment keeps minutes of its proceedings, showing the vote of each member on each question, or if absent or failing to vote indicating such fact, and keeps records of its examinations and other official actions, all of which are public record. All testimony, objections, and rulings, are included in the minutes.
For questions about the Board of Adjustment please contact Ray Snyder, Planner at 627-4206.
c. The Historic Preservation Commission was created in 1987 to advise the PC and CC on matters dealing with historic preservation. The HPC helps oversee the Historic District and also reviews & recommends applications for City Landmark Site designation. The HPC is a 7 member body appointed by the Mayor and Council and meets on call as necessary. The current HPC members are; Kim Campbell, Chairman, Peggy Childs, Lynne Cobb, Brooks Pace, Paul Iverson, Doug Alder, and Gil Almquist, Council representative. The Commission in recent years has considered various applications for Landmark Site designation, applied for preservation grants under the State CLG program, conducted a historic home and building tours in 2011, and 2012, and generally works to promote historic preservation in the city.
d. The Sign Review Board is a five member board established to approve minor variances from standards set forth in the city sign code. The members of the board are appointed by the Mayor and City Council for 3 year terms. The board also serves as an advisory board to the City Council on issues related to signs. The board typically meets on the third Tuesday of the month at noon when necessary.
e. The Hillside Review Board is a seven member board appointed by the Mayor and City Council to serve as an advisory board on issues relating to development of hillside property. The board becomes involved when major development on slopes greater than 20% is proposed. The board consists of persons who have expertise in the fields of landscaping, architecture, civil engineering, geology, biology, or similar applicable areas of expertise. The board meets on call as necessary.
2. The mission of the New Development Division of Publics Works Department is to guide the development of the City through effective measures of planning, design review, construction plan approval, code compliance in order to preserve and enhance the quality of life for the residents of the City of St. George.
3. The Building and Safety Division’s primary mission is to safeguard the public, promote the health, safety and welfare of the City of St George through enforcement of the currently adopted International Building Code. The Building Code and Municipal Codes and local City Ordinances are reviewed during plan-check and then again at the field inspection stage. Our objective is to provide quality services to the community in a manner that is comprehensive, effective, knowledgeable and business-friendly. We coordinate with other City departments during the plan review process of new construction, remodels and additions so that we can provide accurate and timely information to developers, contractors and homeowners which in turn will allow them to achieve their goals.
All structural portions of the plans must be stamped by an architect and/or an engineer licensed in the State of Utah.
Development Contact Form
Public Works Department
175 E. 200 N.
St. George, Ut 84770
Phone: 435.627.4050 Contact Form