In a first step to defend the city's minimum lot size requirements, the Sandy City Council approved four ordinances at its regular meeting Monday, March 19.

The first ordinance, called the 'enabling ordinance,' allows the council to make amendments to the development code without having to first send those amendments through the Planning Commission. It was passed so the council could be flexible in certain situations.

Two of the ordinances returned the city's R-1 zone density to five to 10 units per acre, the density that existed before the minimum lot size restrictions, which City Attorney David Doughman said was a necessary housekeeping item in light of code scrutiny by the state Land Use Board of Appeals.

The fourth ordinance deleted a provision that compelled the city to prove that any amendments to the city's Comprehensive Plan would result in a 'net benefit' to the public, something Doughman said would be hard to prove and highly subjective.

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