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S.B. 98 Enrolled
This act modifies provisions relating to Counties to expand exceptions to the definition of
subdivision for certain unmanned telecommunications and similar facilities.
This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
17-27-103, as last amended by Chapters 34 and 209, Laws of Utah 2000
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
Section 1. Section 17-27-103 is amended to read:
17-27-103. Definitions -- Notice.
(1) As used in this chapter:
(a) "Billboard" means a freestanding ground sign located on industrial, commercial, or
residential property if the sign is designed or intended to direct attention to a business, product, or
service that is not sold, offered, or existing on the property where the sign is located.
(b) "Chief executive officer" means the county executive, or if the county has adopted an
alternative form of government, the official who exercises the executive powers.
(c) "Conditional use" means a land use that, because of its unique characteristics or
potential impact on the county, surrounding neighbors, or adjacent land uses, may not be
compatible in some areas or may be compatible only if certain conditions are required that mitigate
or eliminate the detrimental impacts.
(d) "Constitutional taking" has the meaning as defined in Section 63-34-13 .
(e) "County" means the unincorporated area of the county.
(f) "Elderly person" means a person who is 60 years old or older, who desires or needs to
live with other elderly persons in a group setting, but who is capable of living independently.
(g) "Gas corporation" has the same meaning as defined in Section 54-2-1 .
(h) (i) "General plan" means a document that a county adopts that sets forth general
guidelines for proposed future development of the land within the county, as set forth in Sections
17-27-301 and 17-27-302 .
(ii) "General plan" includes what is also commonly referred to as a "master plan."
(i) "Interstate pipeline company" means a person or entity engaged in natural gas
transportation subject to the jurisdiction of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission under the
Natural Gas Act, 15 U.S.C. Sec. 717 et seq.
(j) "Intrastate pipeline company" means a person or entity engaged in natural gas
transportation that is not subject to the jurisdiction of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
under the Natural Gas Act, 15 U.S.C. Sec. 717 et seq.
(k) "Legislative body" means the county legislative body, or for a county that has adopted
an alternative form of government, the body exercising legislative powers.
(l) "Lot line adjustment" means the relocation of the property boundary line between two
adjoining lots with the consent of the owners of record.
(m) "Municipality" means a city or town.
(n) "Nonconforming structure" means a structure that:
(i) legally existed before its current zoning designation; and
(ii) because of subsequent zoning changes, does not conform with the zoning regulation's
setback, height restrictions, or other regulations that govern the structure.
(o) "Nonconforming use" means a use of land that:
(i) legally existed before its current zoning designation;
(ii) has been maintained continuously since the time the zoning regulation governing the land
(iii) because of subsequent zoning changes, does not conform with the zoning regulations
that now govern the land.
(p) "Official map" has the same meaning as provided in Section 72-5-401 .
(q) "Person" means an individual, corporation, partnership, organization, association, trust,
governmental agency, or any other legal entity.
(r) "Plat" means a map or other graphical representation of lands being laid out and prepared
in accordance with Section 17-27-804 .
(s) "Record of survey map" means a map of a survey of land prepared in accordance with
Section 17-23-17 .
(t) (i) "Residential facility for elderly persons" means a single-family or multiple-family
dwelling unit that meets the requirements of Part 5 and any ordinance adopted under authority of that
(ii) "Residential facility for elderly persons" does not include a health care facility as defined
by Section 26-21-2 .
(u) "Special district" means all entities established under the authority of Title 17A, Special
Districts, and any other governmental or quasi-governmental entity that is not a county, municipality,
school district, or unit of the state.
(v) "Street" means public rights-of-way, including highways, avenues, boulevards, parkways,
roads, lanes, walks, alleys, viaducts, subways, tunnels, bridges, public easements, and other ways.
(w) (i) "Subdivision" means any land that is divided, resubdivided or proposed to be divided
into two or more lots, parcels, sites, units, plots, or other division of land for the purpose, whether
immediate or future, for offer, sale, lease, or development either on the installment plan or upon any
and all other plans, terms, and conditions.
(ii) "Subdivision" includes the division or development of land whether by deed, metes and
bounds description, devise and testacy, lease, map, plat, or other recorded instrument.
(iii) "Subdivision" does not include:
(A) a bona fide division or partition of agricultural land for agricultural purposes;
(B) a recorded agreement between owners of adjoining properties adjusting their mutual
(I) no new lot is created; and
(II) the adjustment does not result in a violation of applicable zoning ordinances;
(C) a recorded document, executed by the owner of record, revising the legal description of
more than one contiguous parcel of property into one legal description encompassing all such parcels
of property; or
(D) a bona fide division or partition of land in a county other than a first class county for the
purpose of siting, on one or more of the resulting separate parcels[
(I) an unmanned facility appurtenant to a pipeline owned or operated by a gas corporation,
interstate pipeline company, or intrastate pipeline company[
(II) an unmanned telecommunications, microwave, fiber optic, electrical, or other utility
service regeneration, transformation, retransmission, or amplification facility.
(iv) The joining of a subdivided parcel of property to another parcel of property that has not
been subdivided does not constitute a "subdivision" under this Subsection (1)(w) as to the
unsubdivided parcel of property or subject the unsubdivided parcel to the county's subdivision
(x) "Unincorporated" means the area outside of the incorporated boundaries of cities and
(2) (a) A county meets the requirements of reasonable notice required by this chapter if it:
(i) posts notice of the hearing or meeting in at least three public places within the jurisdiction
and publishes notice of the hearing or meeting in a newspaper of general circulation in the
jurisdiction, if one is available; or
(ii) gives actual notice of the hearing or meeting.
(b) A county legislative body may enact an ordinance establishing stricter notice
requirements than those required by this Subsection (2).
(c) (i) Proof that one of the two forms of notice authorized by this Subsection (2) was given
is prima facie evidence that notice was properly given.
(ii) If notice given under authority of this section is not challenged as provided in Section
17-27-1001 within 30 days from the date of the meeting for which the notice was given, the notice
is considered adequate and proper.
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