Standard Operating Procedure


Organize the overall development program, phasing, and schedule for a single project. Master Plans are to include specific land uses and building orientation, capital improvements, active transportation improvements, parking supply and location, and phases in which development will occur. Master plans are preparatory documents, allowing resources to be organized for the development of individual phases.

Scale and Scope:

Master Plans are to include all properties controlled by the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) that occur within a single station area. Additional properties may be included if adjacent landowners desire to participate.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Development partners are to oversee the planning and design of the Master Plan. It is the responsibility of the developer to ensure that any consultants and contractors are aware of the standards set forth in the respective conceptual layout.
  • When possible, it is desired that a representative of the local land use jurisdiction be involved to advise both UTA and its development partner of any pertinent regulations and/or policies that could influence the Master Plan.
  • 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.
  • The Design Review Committee, consisting of various UTA and local government staff, is to review all Master Plans, for the purpose of refining the plan and making recommendations to the UTA Board of Trustees.


All master plans, master development agreements, and intended land dispositions are to be reviewed and approved by the UTA Board of Trustees.

End Product:

The end product of the Master Plan Process is a Master Development Agreement. Said agreement is to be based upon a development program that describes street improvements, specific land uses, building placements and square footages, as well as the schedule of development phases.

Master Plan Process:

  1. Master Plan Proposal: Master plan proposals are to be completed by development partners within the timeframe defined in a project’s Exclusive Negotiation Agreement. Master plan proposals are to adhere to the standards set in the TOD System Analysis and respective station area and concept layouts. The TOD Department is to work alongside development partners to ensure that the aforementioned standards are clear to any planning and design consultants who are working on a development project.
  2. Affordable Housing Review: The developer will meet with the city, UTA, and affordable housing experts to discuss affordable housing needs highlighted in the system analysis and station area plan. The group will discuss any opportunities and challenges related to providing affordable products for low to moderate income households at the site.
  3. Assemble Design Review Committee: The Design Review Committee is to include representatives from the various Departments at UTA, and is to review all master plan proposals to ensure that they comply with the standards set during the Planning Stage of the Development Framework, as well as other UTA standards.
  4. Does Master Plan Comply With Standards?: If a master plan 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 then the development partner's responsibility to refine the proposal and resubmit.
  5. Review & Approval by UTA Board: After master plan proposals have been refined and the Design Review Team finds it to be compliant with any applicable standards, proposals are to be reviewed by the UTA Board of Trustees.
  6. Execute Master Development Agreement: Upon approval from the UTA Board of Trustees, the TOD Department and development partners are to execute a Master Development Agreement (MDA).

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