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2021 Legislative Tracker
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HOUSING
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HB 68JudkinsRental Expenses Disclosure RequirementsRequires an owner of a residential rental unit to make expense-related disclosures to a potential renter before accepting an application fee or any other payment; prohibits an owner from charging a renter under a rental agreement a fee, tax, assessment, or other cost that is not disclosed in the rental agreement, except under certain conditions; permits a prospective renter to seek reimbursement from an owner under certain conditions.
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SB 52FillmoreProperty Tax Deferral ModificationsRequires a county to grant a property tax deferral to an owner of a single-family residence who is 66 years old or older and whose residence is valued at less than $500,000 under certain circumstances; provides an inflation adjustment for the value threshold; clarifies the application requirements for a compulsory property tax deferral.
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HB 347EliasonHomeless Serivces AmendmentsCreates the Office of Homeless Services (office) within the Department of Workforce Services; provides that the office is under the administration of a deputy director, who also serves as an advisor to the governor on homelessness issues; describes the responsibilities of the deputy director; creates the Utah Homelessness Council (homelessness council); describes the responsibilities of the homelessness council; transfers the administration of existing state homelessness services programs and funds to the office.
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SB 164AndereggUtah Housing Affordability AmendmentsModifies provisions related to a municipality collecting certain fees; provides that a municipality may grant real property that will be used for affordable housing units; provides that a municipality shall offset costs for a developer, if a developer is required to provide affordable housing units or contribute to a housing fund as a result of a local ordinance; creates an affordable housing pilot program; modifies the potential uses of a community reinvestment agency's housing allocation; describes additional activities that may receive funding from the Olene Walker Housing Loan Fund, including a mediation program and predevelopment grants; modifies the responsibilities of the Automated Geographic Reference Center.
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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
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SB 65HarperCommunity Reinvestment Agency AmendmentsAllows an agency and certain taxing entities to enter into an interlocal agreement for the purpose of transferring project area incremental revenue; for an agency that enters into an interlocal agreement for the purpose of transferring project area incremental revenue: authorizes the agency to levy a property tax on property within the agency's boundaries; prohibits the agency from extending the scope of certain project area plans or project area budgets; allows the agency to use property tax revenue for agency-wide project development; requires the agency to adopt an implementation plan to guide agency-wide project development; prohibits the agency from creating a new community reinvestment project area unless the purpose is for a cooperative development project or an economic development project; describes the method by which an agency's certified tax rate is calculated; prohibits the agency from using eminent domain for agency-wide project development; and describes how the agency accounts for property tax revenue.
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SB 194OwensUtah Main Street ProgramCreates the Utah Main Street Program; describes the duties of GOED in administering the program; and creates and describes the membership and duties of the Utah Main Street Program.
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LAND USE
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HB 28HandyLand Use and Eminent Domain Advisory BoardRepeals the sunset date of the Land Use and Eminent Domain Advisory Board
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HB 33MusselmanCommunity Correctional Facilities AmendmentsProvides for the calculation of the community supervision percentage; exempts behavioral health transition facilities from community correctional centers; makes conforming amendments related to a cap; and makes technical changes.
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HB 82WardSingle Family Home ModificationsModifies and defines terms applicable to municipal and county land use development and management; in any local land use zone permitting accessory dwelling units: requires municipalities and counties to classify certain accessory dwelling units as a permitted land use; and prohibits municipalities and counties from establishing restrictions or requirements for the construction or use of certain accessory dwelling units; provides for statewide amendments to the International Residential Code related to accessory dwelling units; requires the executive director of the Olene Walker Housing Loan Fund to establish a program to provide loan guarantees for certain loans related to accessory dwelling units; prevents a homeowners association from prohibiting the construction or rental of certain accessory dwelling units.
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HB 94WatkinsMicroenterprise Home Kitchen AmendmentsGrants administrative authority to the Department of Health to make rules regarding the sanitation, equipment, and maintenance requirements for microenterprise home kitchens; and grants administrative authority to local health departments to: create and issue microenterprise home kitchen permits; charge fees for issuing permits and inspecting premises; and inspect microenterprise home kitchens.
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HB 107FerrySubdivision Plat AmendmentsRequires an owner of land seeking a municipality's or county's approval for the recording of a subdivision plat to: describe certain water conveyance facilities in the plat; and notify the owners of certain water conveyance facilities about the proposed subdivision before submitting the plat for approval; modifies provisions related to: a municipality's or county's notification to the owners of certain water conveyance facilities regarding a proposed subdivision; and the input provided to a municipality or county regarding a proposed subdivision; requires the surveyor making a subdivision plat to verify certain information regarding water conveyance facilities located within the plat, in addition to underground facilities and utility facilities.
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HB 115WaldripMunicipal Boundary ModificationsEstablishes a procedure for filing an annexation petition proposing a cross-county annexation; extends certain notice requirements and signatory rights applicable to annexation to all other counties; prohibits the annexation of an area included in a certified incorporation petition; extends certain landowner notification requirements for incorporation; establishes a second opportunity for a property owner to exclude the owner's property from a proposed incorporation under certain circumstances; allows for a feasibility study to be modified if property is subsequently excluded from the proposed incorporation; modifies provisions relating to the public hearings required for incorporation.
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HB 171ChewAgriculture Land Use AmendmentsProhibits a municipality or county from restricting the type of crop that may be grown in certain areas; prohibits regulation by a municipality or county of an industrial hemp producer licensee in conflict with specified statutes and jurisprudence
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HB 235SaegersAnnxation AmendmentsModifies the signature requirement for an annexation petition involving rural real property to require a rural real property owner's signature only when the rural real property is larger than 1,500 acres and consists of two or more tax parcels; and
makes technical and conforming changes.
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HB 273PetersenSingle Family Housing ModificationsRepeals provisions that prohibit municipalities and counties from placing a specified limit on the number of unrelated individuals allowed to occupy a single-family residential unit; requires municipalities and counties to classify certain accessory dwelling units as a permitted land use; prohibits municipalities and counties from establishing restrictions or requirements for the construction or use of certain accessory dwelling units; prohibits a local political subdivision or private entity from imposing a separate or additional impact fee for a single-family dwelling because the single-family dwelling contains an accessory dwelling unit; provides for statewide amendments to the International Residential Code related to accessory dwelling units.
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SB 61SandallOutdoor Advertising AmendmentsProhibits a municipality or county from: enacting or enforcing an ordinance that prevents an owner of certain signs from modifying or constructing an electronic or mechanical changeable message sign in certain circumstances; and requiring a sign owner to forfeit one sign in order to upgrade or construct another electronic or mechanical changeable sign; allows a municipality or county to impose a curfew on the operation of certain signs; requires a municipality or county to pay attorney fees to an owner that successfully enforces the owner's right to upgrade a sign to an electronic or changeable message sign; amends provisions related to brightness of electronic changeable message signs.
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SB 37McCayPublic Infrastructure District RevisionsRenumbers provisions related to public infrastructure districts.
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SB 111MayneRecords of Residential Property Owner ZoningProvides that a record evidencing a municipality or county's determination of a residential zoning ordinance noncompliance is a protected record.
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SB 120KitchenOutdoor Adverstising RevisionsProhibits the placement of a sign on certain property unless a property owner and a sign owner have entered into an outdoor advertising agreement; prohibits the inclusion of certain terms or provisions in an outdoor advertising agreement; and allows a property owner, municipality, county, or the Utah Department ofTransportation to file an action to void certain outdoor advertising agreements.
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SB 125Buxton
Open and Public Meetings Act Amendments
Modifies a provision relating to a chair's determination to convene an electronic meeting without an anchor location; allows the convening of an electronic meeting without an anchor location if the building where the meeting would normally be held is ordered closed to the public to protect public health or safety.
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SB 131HarperPublic Education Buildings Standards and ProcessRequires to the State Board of Education (state board) to:
• adopt guidelines for public school construction; and
• publish the lowest, average, and highest cost new school building construction completed in the state in the previous five-year period;
▸ permits the state board to create prototype school building plans that conform to the guidelines for public school construction;
▸ requires a local education agency (LEA) to: annually adopt an educational facilities plan (plan) for facilities maintenance and renovation, and new school building construction, over a period of five, ten, and twenty years; submit the plan to affected local governmental entities; and provide an opportunity for the public to comment on the plan;
▸ requires local governmental entities to provide comment on a plan that an LEA submits;
defines terms.
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SB 144HinkinsBillboard Restrictions AmendmentsProhibits a municipality or county from taking certain actions to prevent a person from building or maintaining a billboard; provides that a municipality's or county's improper action preventing a billboard owner from building or maintaining a billboard is void; prevents a governmental entity from prohibiting the remodeling of an outdoor advertising structure; requires a governmental entity to provide notice of a proposed change in the regulation of billboards; addresses the information a municipality or county may require of an applicant for a billboard permit; extends the expiration of certain municipal and county billboard building permits and billboard bank credits; establishes a cause of action against a governmental entity that violates certain provisions of this bill.
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BUILDING
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HB 63PierucciImpact Fee AmendmentsModifies provisions regarding the calculation of impact fees; and makes technical and conforming changes.
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HB 98RayLocal Government Building Regulation AmendmentsAllows a building permit applicant to opt out of certain local building inspection and plan review requirements; allows an independent building inspector to issue a certificate of occupancy to a building permit applicant in certain circumstances; exempts a construction project involving repairs to a building damaged by a natural disaster from certain State Construction Code and building permit requirements; prohibits a municipality or county from regulating certain building design elements.
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SB 33BrambleUniform Building Code Commission AmendmentsAdopts the 2020 edition of the National Electrical Code; amends statewide amendments to the International Building Code and the International Residential Code to reference the 2020 edition of the National Electrical Code; amends statewide amendments to the National Electrical Code to update the reference of a deleted section.
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HB 171ChewAgricultural Land Use RegulationProhibits a municipality or county from restricting the type of crop that may be grown in certain areas; prohibits regulation by a municipality or county of an industrial hemp producer licensee in conflict with specified statutes and jurisprudence.
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HB 211ThurstonInitiatives and Referenda AmendmentsModifies petition filing requirements for an initiative or referendum; provides more standardization to forms, requirements, and procedures for state and local initiatives and referenda, including procedures for posting and removing signatures for a petition; clarifies actions that may be taken by a petition sponsor or an agent of a petition sponsor; modifies signature packet preparation requirements; modifies timelines and deadlines for initiatives and referenda; modifies provisions for challenging an action, relating to initiatives or referenda, in a court proceeding; addresses the verification of signatures; addresses a temporary stay of a law challenged by referendum and the effective date of the law.
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HB 235SagersAnnexation AmendmentsModifies the signature requirement for an annexation petition involving rural real property to require a rural real property owner's signature only when the rural real property is larger than 1,500 acres and consists of two or more tax parcels.
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SB 125BuxtonOpen and Public Meetings Act AmendmentsModifies a provision relating to a chair's determination to convene an electronic meeting without an anchor location; allows the convening of an electronic meeting without an anchor location if the building where the meeting would normally be held is ordered closed to the public to protect public health or safety.
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HB 23NelsonVoter Referendum AmendmentsClarifies the definition of a land use law; and modifies the elections at which a referendum relating to legislative action taken after April 15 may appear on the ballot.
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HB 256TeuscherCounty Land Use and Development AmendmentsProhibits a county of the first class from entering into a development agreement that requires the incorporation or annexation of an unincorporated area of the county; modifies the requirements for a county to approve expansion area urban development and moves the requirements to Title 17, Counties.
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HB 364BrammerUtah Lake AuthorityCreates the Utah Lake Authority; defines the status of the Utah Lake Authority and provides for the Authority's purposes, powers, duties, policies, and objectives; establishes a board to govern the Utah Lake Authority and provides for board membership, appointment, terms, duties, and responsibilities; authorizes the board to appoint nonvoting members, board officers, and advisory committees; prohibits certain individuals from serving as a member of the board or executive director and prohibits board members and the executive director from receiving certain benefits; provides for the hiring of an executive director, defines the executive director's role, and provides for the qualifications and duties of the executive director; requires the attorney general to provide legal services to the lake authority; provides a process for the adoption and amendment of a project area plan and a project area budget; provides for the Utah Lake Authority to be paid certain sales tax revenue and other sources of revenue, and provides for the allowable uses of revenue; authorizes the Utah Lake Authority to issue bonds and includes provisions related to bonds; requires the Utah Lake Authority board to adopt an annual budget and provides a process for preparing and adopting or amending a budget; requires the Utah Lake Authority to provide reports and requires the Authority to comply with audit requirements; provides limits on the dissolution of the Utah Lake Authority and requirements if a dissolution occurs; and repeals provisions relating to the authority of the Division of Forestry, Fire, and State Lands for the restoration of Utah Lake and gives some of that authority to the Utah Lake Authority.
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SB 120KitchenOutdoor Adverstising RevisionsProhibits the placement of a sign on certain property unless a property owner and a sign owner have entered into an outdoor advertising agreement; prohibits the inclusion of certain terms or provisions in an outdoor advertising agreement; and allows a property owner, municipality, county, or the Utah Department ofTransportation to file an action to void certain outdoor advertising agreements.
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SB 130SandallRegulation of Concentrated Animal FeedingRequiring adoption of county large concentrated animal feeding operation land use ordinances under certain circumstances; addressing scope of a county large concentrated animal feeding operation land use ordinance; and addressing determining the geographic area where large concentrated animal feeding operations may be located.
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SB 131HarperPublic Education Buildings Standards and ProcessRequires to the State Board of Education (state board) to:
• adopt guidelines for public school construction; and
• publish the lowest, average, and highest cost new school building construction completed in the state in the previous five-year period;
▸ permits the state board to create prototype school building plans that conform to the guidelines for public school construction;
▸ requires a local education agency (LEA) to: annually adopt an educational facilities plan (plan) for facilities maintenance and renovation, and new school building construction, over a period of five, ten, and twenty years; submit the plan to affected local governmental entities; and provide an opportunity for the public to comment on the plan;
▸ requires local governmental entities to provide comment on a plan that an LEA submits.
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SB 144HinkinsBillboard Restriction AmendmentsProhibits a municipality or county from taking certain actions to prevent a person from building or maintaining a billboard; provides that a municipality's or county's improper action preventing a billboard owner from building or maintaining a billboard is void; prevents a governmental entity from prohibiting the remodeling of an outdoor advertising structure; requires a governmental entity to provide notice of a proposed change in the regulation of billboards; addresses the information a municipality or county may require of an applicant for a billboard permit; extends the expiration of certain municipal and county billboard building permits and billboard bank credits; establishes a cause of action against a governmental entity that violates certain provisions of this bill.
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A comprehensive summary of legislation impacting cities, towns, and counties can be found by viewing the Utah League of Cities and Towns tracker.
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Transportation legislation can be found on the Wasatch Front Regional Council 2021 Legislative Tracker.
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