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First Substitute H.B. 267

Representative Melvin R. Brown proposes the following substitute bill:


             1     
PUBLIC BODY RULES OF PROCEDURE

             2     
2011 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

             4     
Chief Sponsor: Melvin R. Brown

             5     
Senate Sponsor: Lyle W. Hillyard

             6     
             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill requires that a political subdivision adopt rules of order and procedure.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    defines terms;
             13          .    requires that the following adopt and conduct a public meeting in accordance with
             14      rules of order and procedure:
             15              .    a municipal legislative body;
             16              .    a municipal planning commission;
             17              .    a county planning commission;
             18              .    a county legislative body;
             19              .    a local district board of trustees; and
             20              .    a local school board; and    
             21          .    makes technical corrections.
             22      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             23          None
             24      Other Special Clauses:
             25          None


             26      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             27      AMENDS:
             28          10-9a-103, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapters 269 and 330
             29          10-9a-301, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2005, Chapter 254
             30          17-27a-103, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapters 269 and 330
             31          17-27a-301, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 250
             32          17-53-206, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2006, Chapter 14
             33          17B-1-102, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 254
             34          17B-1-310, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapter 329
             35      ENACTS:
             36          53A-3-102, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             37      REPEALS AND REENACTS:
             38          10-3-606, as enacted by Laws of Utah 1977, Chapter 48
             39     
             40      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             41          Section 1. Section 10-3-606 is repealed and reenacted to read:
             42          10-3-606. Rules of order and procedure.
             43          (1) As used in this section, "rules of order and procedure" means a set of rules that
             44      govern and prescribe in a public meeting:
             45          (a) parliamentary order and procedure;
             46          (b) ethical behavior; and
             47          (c) civil discourse.
             48          (2) (a) Subject to Subsection (2)(b), a municipal legislative body shall:
             49          (i) adopt rules of order and procedure to govern a public meeting of the legislative
             50      body;
             51          (ii) conduct a public meeting in accordance with the rules of order and procedure
             52      described in Subsection (2)(a)(i); and
             53          (iii) make the rules of order and procedure described in Subsection (2)(a)(i) available
             54      to the public:
             55          (A) at each meeting of the municipal legislative body; and
             56          (B) on the municipality's public web site, if available.


             57          (b) Subsection (2)(a) does not affect a municipal legislative body's duty to comply with
             58      Title 52, Chapter 4, Open and Public Meetings Act.
             59          Section 2. Section 10-9a-103 is amended to read:
             60           10-9a-103. Definitions.
             61          As used in this chapter:
             62          (1) "Affected entity" means a county, municipality, local district, special service
             63      district under Title 17D, Chapter 1, Special Service District Act, school district, interlocal
             64      cooperation entity established under Title 11, Chapter 13, Interlocal Cooperation Act, specified
             65      public utility, a property owner, a property owners association, or the Utah Department of
             66      Transportation, if:
             67          (a) the entity's services or facilities are likely to require expansion or significant
             68      modification because of an intended use of land;
             69          (b) the entity has filed with the municipality a copy of the entity's general or long-range
             70      plan; or
             71          (c) the entity has filed with the municipality a request for notice during the same
             72      calendar year and before the municipality provides notice to an affected entity in compliance
             73      with a requirement imposed under this chapter.
             74          (2) "Appeal authority" means the person, board, commission, agency, or other body
             75      designated by ordinance to decide an appeal of a decision of a land use application or a
             76      variance.
             77          (3) "Billboard" means a freestanding ground sign located on industrial, commercial, or
             78      residential property if the sign is designed or intended to direct attention to a business, product,
             79      or service that is not sold, offered, or existing on the property where the sign is located.
             80          (4) "Charter school" includes:
             81          (a) an operating charter school;
             82          (b) a charter school applicant that has its application approved by a chartering entity in
             83      accordance with Title 53A, Chapter 1a, Part 5, The Utah Charter Schools Act; and
             84          (c) an entity who is working on behalf of a charter school or approved charter applicant
             85      to develop or construct a charter school building.
             86          (5) "Conditional use" means a land use that, because of its unique characteristics or
             87      potential impact on the municipality, surrounding neighbors, or adjacent land uses, may not be


             88      compatible in some areas or may be compatible only if certain conditions are required that
             89      mitigate or eliminate the detrimental impacts.
             90          (6) "Constitutional taking" means a governmental action that results in a taking of
             91      private property so that compensation to the owner of the property is required by the:
             92          (a) Fifth or Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States; or
             93          (b) Utah Constitution Article I, Section 22.
             94          (7) "Culinary water authority" means the department, agency, or public entity with
             95      responsibility to review and approve the feasibility of the culinary water system and sources for
             96      the subject property.
             97          (8) "Development activity" means:
             98          (a) any construction or expansion of a building, structure, or use that creates additional
             99      demand and need for public facilities;
             100          (b) any change in use of a building or structure that creates additional demand and need
             101      for public facilities; or
             102          (c) any change in the use of land that creates additional demand and need for public
             103      facilities.
             104          (9) (a) "Disability" means a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one
             105      or more of a person's major life activities, including a person having a record of such an
             106      impairment or being regarded as having such an impairment.
             107          (b) "Disability" does not include current illegal use of, or addiction to, any federally
             108      controlled substance, as defined in Section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S.C.
             109      802.
             110          (10) "Educational facility":
             111          (a) means:
             112          (i) a school district's building at which pupils assemble to receive instruction in a
             113      program for any combination of grades from preschool through grade 12, including
             114      kindergarten and a program for children with disabilities;
             115          (ii) a structure or facility:
             116          (A) located on the same property as a building described in Subsection (10)(a)(i); and
             117          (B) used in support of the use of that building; and
             118          (iii) a building to provide office and related space to a school district's administrative


             119      personnel; and
             120          (b) does not include land or a structure, including land or a structure for inventory
             121      storage, equipment storage, food processing or preparing, vehicle storage or maintenance, or
             122      similar use that is:
             123          (i) not located on the same property as a building described in Subsection (10)(a)(i);
             124      and
             125          (ii) used in support of the purposes of a building described in Subsection (10)(a)(i).
             126          (11) "Elderly person" means a person who is 60 years old or older, who desires or
             127      needs to live with other elderly persons in a group setting, but who is capable of living
             128      independently.
             129          (12) "Fire authority" means the department, agency, or public entity with responsibility
             130      to review and approve the feasibility of fire protection and suppression services for the subject
             131      property.
             132          (13) "Flood plain" means land that:
             133          (a) is within the 100-year flood plain designated by the Federal Emergency
             134      Management Agency; or
             135          (b) has not been studied or designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency
             136      but presents a likelihood of experiencing chronic flooding or a catastrophic flood event because
             137      the land has characteristics that are similar to those of a 100-year flood plain designated by the
             138      Federal Emergency Management Agency.
             139          (14) "General plan" means a document that a municipality adopts that sets forth general
             140      guidelines for proposed future development of the land within the municipality.
             141          (15) "Geologic hazard" means:
             142          (a) a surface fault rupture;
             143          (b) shallow groundwater;
             144          (c) liquefaction;
             145          (d) a landslide;
             146          (e) a debris flow;
             147          (f) unstable soil;
             148          (g) a rock fall; or
             149          (h) any other geologic condition that presents a risk:


             150          (i) to life;
             151          (ii) of substantial loss of real property; or
             152          (iii) of substantial damage to real property.
             153          (16) "Hookup fee" means a fee for the installation and inspection of any pipe, line,
             154      meter, or appurtenance that connects to a municipal water, sewer, storm water, power, or other
             155      utility system.
             156          (17) "Identical plans" means building plans submitted to a municipality that are
             157      substantially identical to building plans that were previously submitted to and reviewed and
             158      approved by the municipality and describe a building that is:
             159          (a) located on land zoned the same as the land on which the building described in the
             160      previously approved plans is located; and
             161          (b) subject to the same geological and meteorological conditions and the same law as
             162      the building described in the previously approved plans.
             163          (18) "Impact fee" means a payment of money imposed under Title 11, Chapter 36,
             164      Impact Fees Act.
             165          (19) "Improvement assurance" means a surety bond, letter of credit, cash, or other
             166      security:
             167          (a) to guaranty the proper completion of an improvement;
             168          (b) that is required as a condition precedent to:
             169          (i) recording a subdivision plat; or
             170          (ii) beginning development activity; and
             171          (c) that is offered to a land use authority to induce the land use authority, before actual
             172      construction of required improvements, to:
             173          (i) consent to the recording of a subdivision plat; or
             174          (ii) issue a permit for development activity.
             175          (20) "Improvement assurance warranty" means a promise that the materials and
             176      workmanship of improvements:
             177          (a) comport with standards that the municipality has officially adopted; and
             178          (b) will not fail in any material respect within a warranty period.
             179          (21) "Internal lot restriction" means a platted note, platted demarcation, or platted
             180      designation that:


             181          (a) runs with the land; and
             182          (b) (i) creates a restriction that is enclosed within the perimeter of a lot described on
             183      the plat; or
             184          (ii) designates a development condition that is enclosed within the perimeter of a lot
             185      described on the plat.
             186          (22) "Land use application" means an application required by a municipality's land use
             187      ordinance.
             188          (23) "Land use authority" means a person, board, commission, agency, or other body
             189      designated by the local legislative body to act upon a land use application.
             190          (24) "Land use ordinance" means a planning, zoning, development, or subdivision
             191      ordinance of the municipality, but does not include the general plan.
             192          (25) "Land use permit" means a permit issued by a land use authority.
             193          (26) "Legislative body" means the municipal council.
             194          (27) "Local district" means an entity under Title 17B, Limited Purpose Local
             195      Government Entities - Local Districts, and any other governmental or quasi-governmental
             196      entity that is not a county, municipality, school district, or the state.
             197          (28) "Lot line adjustment" means the relocation of the property boundary line in a
             198      subdivision between two adjoining lots with the consent of the owners of record.
             199          (29) "Moderate income housing" means housing occupied or reserved for occupancy
             200      by households with a gross household income equal to or less than 80% of the median gross
             201      income for households of the same size in the county in which the city is located.
             202          (30) "Nominal fee" means a fee that reasonably reimburses a municipality only for time
             203      spent and expenses incurred in:
             204          (a) verifying that building plans are identical plans; and
             205          (b) reviewing and approving those minor aspects of identical plans that differ from the
             206      previously reviewed and approved building plans.
             207          (31) "Noncomplying structure" means a structure that:
             208          (a) legally existed before its current land use designation; and
             209          (b) because of one or more subsequent land use ordinance changes, does not conform
             210      to the setback, height restrictions, or other regulations, excluding those regulations, which
             211      govern the use of land.


             212          (32) "Nonconforming use" means a use of land that:
             213          (a) legally existed before its current land use designation;
             214          (b) has been maintained continuously since the time the land use ordinance governing
             215      the land changed; and
             216          (c) because of one or more subsequent land use ordinance changes, does not conform
             217      to the regulations that now govern the use of the land.
             218          (33) "Official map" means a map drawn by municipal authorities and recorded in a
             219      county recorder's office that:
             220          (a) shows actual and proposed rights-of-way, centerline alignments, and setbacks for
             221      highways and other transportation facilities;
             222          (b) provides a basis for restricting development in designated rights-of-way or between
             223      designated setbacks to allow the government authorities time to purchase or otherwise reserve
             224      the land; and
             225          (c) has been adopted as an element of the municipality's general plan.
             226          (34) "Person" means an individual, corporation, partnership, organization, association,
             227      trust, governmental agency, or any other legal entity.
             228          (35) "Plan for moderate income housing" means a written document adopted by a city
             229      legislative body that includes:
             230          (a) an estimate of the existing supply of moderate income housing located within the
             231      city;
             232          (b) an estimate of the need for moderate income housing in the city for the next five
             233      years as revised biennially;
             234          (c) a survey of total residential land use;
             235          (d) an evaluation of how existing land uses and zones affect opportunities for moderate
             236      income housing; and
             237          (e) a description of the city's program to encourage an adequate supply of moderate
             238      income housing.
             239          (36) "Plat" means a map or other graphical representation of lands being laid out and
             240      prepared in accordance with Section 10-9a-603 , 17-23-17 , or 57-8-13 .
             241          (37) "Potential geologic hazard area" means an area that:
             242          (a) is designated by a Utah Geological Survey map, county geologist map, or other


             243      relevant map or report as needing further study to determine the area's potential for geologic
             244      hazard; or
             245          (b) has not been studied by the Utah Geological Survey or a county geologist but
             246      presents the potential of geologic hazard because the area has characteristics similar to those of
             247      a designated geologic hazard area.
             248          (38) "Public agency" means:
             249          (a) the federal government;
             250          (b) the state;
             251          (c) a county, municipality, school district, local district, special service district, or other
             252      political subdivision of the state; or
             253          (d) a charter school.
             254          (39) "Public hearing" means a hearing at which members of the public are provided a
             255      reasonable opportunity to comment on the subject of the hearing.
             256          (40) "Public meeting" means a meeting that is required to be open to the public under
             257      Title 52, Chapter 4, Open and Public Meetings Act.
             258          (41) "Record of survey map" means a map of a survey of land prepared in accordance
             259      with Section 17-23-17 .
             260          (42) "Receiving zone" means an area of a municipality that the municipality's land use
             261      authority designates as an area in which an owner of land may receive transferrable
             262      development rights.
             263          (43) "Residential facility for elderly persons" means a single-family or multiple-family
             264      dwelling unit that meets the requirements of Section 10-9a-516 , but does not include a health
             265      care facility as defined by Section 26-21-2 .
             266          (44) "Residential facility for persons with a disability" means a residence:
             267          (a) in which more than one person with a disability resides; and
             268          (b) (i) is licensed or certified by the Department of Human Services under Title 62A,
             269      Chapter 2, Licensure of Programs and Facilities; or
             270          (ii) is licensed or certified by the Department of Health under Title 26, Chapter 21,
             271      Health Care Facility Licensing and Inspection Act.
             272          (45) "Rules of order and procedure" means a set of rules that govern and prescribe in a
             273      public meeting:


             274          (a) parliamentary order and procedure;
             275          (b) ethical behavior; and
             276          (c) civil discourse.
             277          [(45)] (46) "Sanitary sewer authority" means the department, agency, or public entity
             278      with responsibility to review and approve the feasibility of sanitary sewer services or onsite
             279      wastewater systems.
             280          [(46)] (47) "Sending zone" means an area of a municipality that the municipality's land
             281      use authority designates as an area from which an owner of land may transfer transferrable
             282      development rights to an owner of land in a receiving zone.
             283          [(47)] (48) "Specified public agency" means:
             284          (a) the state;
             285          (b) a school district; or
             286          (c) a charter school.
             287          [(48)] (49) "Specified public utility" means an electrical corporation, gas corporation,
             288      or telephone corporation, as those terms are defined in Section 54-2-1 .
             289          [(49)] (50) "State" includes any department, division, or agency of the state.
             290          [(50)] (51) "Street" means a public right-of-way, including a highway, avenue,
             291      boulevard, parkway, road, lane, walk, alley, viaduct, subway, tunnel, bridge, public easement,
             292      or other way.
             293          [(51)] (52) (a) "Subdivision" means any land that is divided, resubdivided or proposed
             294      to be divided into two or more lots, parcels, sites, units, plots, or other division of land for the
             295      purpose, whether immediate or future, for offer, sale, lease, or development either on the
             296      installment plan or upon any and all other plans, terms, and conditions.
             297          (b) "Subdivision" includes:
             298          (i) the division or development of land whether by deed, metes and bounds description,
             299      devise and testacy, map, plat, or other recorded instrument; and
             300          (ii) except as provided in Subsection [(51)] (52)(c), divisions of land for residential and
             301      nonresidential uses, including land used or to be used for commercial, agricultural, and
             302      industrial purposes.
             303          (c) "Subdivision" does not include:
             304          (i) a bona fide division or partition of agricultural land for the purpose of joining one of


             305      the resulting separate parcels to a contiguous parcel of unsubdivided agricultural land, if
             306      neither the resulting combined parcel nor the parcel remaining from the division or partition
             307      violates an applicable land use ordinance;
             308          (ii) a recorded agreement between owners of adjoining unsubdivided properties
             309      adjusting their mutual boundary if:
             310          (A) no new lot is created; and
             311          (B) the adjustment does not violate applicable land use ordinances;
             312          (iii) a recorded document, executed by the owner of record:
             313          (A) revising the legal description of more than one contiguous unsubdivided parcel of
             314      property into one legal description encompassing all such parcels of property; or
             315          (B) joining a subdivided parcel of property to another parcel of property that has not
             316      been subdivided, if the joinder does not violate applicable land use ordinances;
             317          (iv) a recorded agreement between owners of adjoining subdivided properties adjusting
             318      their mutual boundary if:
             319          (A) no new dwelling lot or housing unit will result from the adjustment; and
             320          (B) the adjustment will not violate any applicable land use ordinance; or
             321          (v) a bona fide division or partition of land by deed or other instrument where the land
             322      use authority expressly approves in writing the division in anticipation of further land use
             323      approvals on the parcel or parcels.
             324          (d) The joining of a subdivided parcel of property to another parcel of property that has
             325      not been subdivided does not constitute a subdivision under this Subsection [(51)] (52) as to
             326      the unsubdivided parcel of property or subject the unsubdivided parcel to the municipality's
             327      subdivision ordinance.
             328          [(52)] (53) "Transferrable development right" means the entitlement to develop land
             329      within a sending zone that would vest according to the municipality's existing land use
             330      ordinances on the date that a completed land use application is filed seeking the approval of
             331      development activity on the land.
             332          [(53)] (54) "Unincorporated" means the area outside of the incorporated area of a city
             333      or town.
             334          [(54)] (55) "Water interest" means any right to the beneficial use of water, including:
             335          (a) each of the rights listed in Section 73-1-11 ; and


             336          (b) an ownership interest in the right to the beneficial use of water represented by:
             337          (i) a contract; or
             338          (ii) a share in a water company, as defined in Section 73-3-3.5 .
             339          [(55)] (56) "Zoning map" means a map, adopted as part of a land use ordinance, that
             340      depicts land use zones, overlays, or districts.
             341          Section 3. Section 10-9a-301 is amended to read:
             342           10-9a-301. Ordinance establishing planning commission required -- Ordinance
             343      requirements -- Compensation.
             344          (1) (a) Each municipality shall enact an ordinance establishing a planning commission.
             345          (b) The ordinance shall define:
             346          (i) the number and terms of the members and, if the municipality chooses, alternate
             347      members;
             348          (ii) the mode of appointment;
             349          (iii) the procedures for filling vacancies and removal from office;
             350          (iv) the authority of the planning commission; [and]
             351          (v) subject to Subsection (1)(c), the rules of order and procedure for use by the
             352      planning commission in a public meeting; and
             353          [(v)] (vi) other details relating to the organization and procedures of the planning
             354      commission.
             355          (c) Subsection (1)(b)(v) does not affect the planning commission's duty to comply with
             356      Title 52, Chapter 4, Open and Public Meetings Act.
             357          (2) The legislative body may fix per diem compensation for the members of the
             358      planning commission, based on necessary and reasonable expenses and on meetings actually
             359      attended.
             360          Section 4. Section 17-27a-103 is amended to read:
             361           17-27a-103. Definitions.
             362          As used in this chapter:
             363          (1) "Affected entity" means a county, municipality, local district, special service
             364      district under Title 17D, Chapter 1, Special Service District Act, school district, interlocal
             365      cooperation entity established under Title 11, Chapter 13, Interlocal Cooperation Act, specified
             366      property owner, property owners association, public utility, or the Utah Department of


             367      Transportation, if:
             368          (a) the entity's services or facilities are likely to require expansion or significant
             369      modification because of an intended use of land;
             370          (b) the entity has filed with the county a copy of the entity's general or long-range plan;
             371      or
             372          (c) the entity has filed with the county a request for notice during the same calendar
             373      year and before the county provides notice to an affected entity in compliance with a
             374      requirement imposed under this chapter.
             375          (2) "Appeal authority" means the person, board, commission, agency, or other body
             376      designated by ordinance to decide an appeal of a decision of a land use application or a
             377      variance.
             378          (3) "Billboard" means a freestanding ground sign located on industrial, commercial, or
             379      residential property if the sign is designed or intended to direct attention to a business, product,
             380      or service that is not sold, offered, or existing on the property where the sign is located.
             381          (4) "Charter school" includes:
             382          (a) an operating charter school;
             383          (b) a charter school applicant that has its application approved by a chartering entity in
             384      accordance with Title 53A, Chapter 1a, Part 5, The Utah Charter Schools Act; and
             385          (c) an entity who is working on behalf of a charter school or approved charter applicant
             386      to develop or construct a charter school building.
             387          (5) "Chief executive officer" means the person or body that exercises the executive
             388      powers of the county.
             389          (6) "Conditional use" means a land use that, because of its unique characteristics or
             390      potential impact on the county, surrounding neighbors, or adjacent land uses, may not be
             391      compatible in some areas or may be compatible only if certain conditions are required that
             392      mitigate or eliminate the detrimental impacts.
             393          (7) "Constitutional taking" means a governmental action that results in a taking of
             394      private property so that compensation to the owner of the property is required by the:
             395          (a) Fifth or Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States; or
             396          (b) Utah Constitution Article I, Section 22.
             397          (8) "Culinary water authority" means the department, agency, or public entity with


             398      responsibility to review and approve the feasibility of the culinary water system and sources for
             399      the subject property.
             400          (9) "Development activity" means:
             401          (a) any construction or expansion of a building, structure, or use that creates additional
             402      demand and need for public facilities;
             403          (b) any change in use of a building or structure that creates additional demand and need
             404      for public facilities; or
             405          (c) any change in the use of land that creates additional demand and need for public
             406      facilities.
             407          (10) (a) "Disability" means a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits
             408      one or more of a person's major life activities, including a person having a record of such an
             409      impairment or being regarded as having such an impairment.
             410          (b) "Disability" does not include current illegal use of, or addiction to, any federally
             411      controlled substance, as defined in Section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S.C.
             412      802.
             413          (11) "Educational facility":
             414          (a) means:
             415          (i) a school district's building at which pupils assemble to receive instruction in a
             416      program for any combination of grades from preschool through grade 12, including
             417      kindergarten and a program for children with disabilities;
             418          (ii) a structure or facility:
             419          (A) located on the same property as a building described in Subsection (11)(a)(i); and
             420          (B) used in support of the use of that building; and
             421          (iii) a building to provide office and related space to a school district's administrative
             422      personnel; and
             423          (b) does not include land or a structure, including land or a structure for inventory
             424      storage, equipment storage, food processing or preparing, vehicle storage or maintenance, or
             425      similar use that is:
             426          (i) not located on the same property as a building described in Subsection (11)(a)(i);
             427      and
             428          (ii) used in support of the purposes of a building described in Subsection (11)(a)(i).


             429          (12) "Elderly person" means a person who is 60 years old or older, who desires or
             430      needs to live with other elderly persons in a group setting, but who is capable of living
             431      independently.
             432          (13) "Fire authority" means the department, agency, or public entity with responsibility
             433      to review and approve the feasibility of fire protection and suppression services for the subject
             434      property.
             435          (14) "Flood plain" means land that:
             436          (a) is within the 100-year flood plain designated by the Federal Emergency
             437      Management Agency; or
             438          (b) has not been studied or designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency
             439      but presents a likelihood of experiencing chronic flooding or a catastrophic flood event because
             440      the land has characteristics that are similar to those of a 100-year flood plain designated by the
             441      Federal Emergency Management Agency.
             442          (15) "Gas corporation" has the same meaning as defined in Section 54-2-1 .
             443          (16) "General plan" means a document that a county adopts that sets forth general
             444      guidelines for proposed future development of the unincorporated land within the county.
             445          (17) "Geologic hazard" means:
             446          (a) a surface fault rupture;
             447          (b) shallow groundwater;
             448          (c) liquefaction;
             449          (d) a landslide;
             450          (e) a debris flow;
             451          (f) unstable soil;
             452          (g) a rock fall; or
             453          (h) any other geologic condition that presents a risk:
             454          (i) to life;
             455          (ii) of substantial loss of real property; or
             456          (iii) of substantial damage to real property.
             457          (18) "Internal lot restriction" means a platted note, platted demarcation, or platted
             458      designation that:
             459          (a) runs with the land; and


             460          (b) (i) creates a restriction that is enclosed within the perimeter of a lot described on
             461      the plat; or
             462          (ii) designates a development condition that is enclosed within the perimeter of a lot
             463      described on the plat.
             464          (19) "Hookup fee" means a fee for the installation and inspection of any pipe, line,
             465      meter, or appurtenance to connect to a county water, sewer, storm water, power, or other utility
             466      system.
             467          (20) "Identical plans" means building plans submitted to a county that are substantially
             468      identical building plans that were previously submitted to and reviewed and approved by the
             469      county and describe a building that is:
             470          (a) located on land zoned the same as the land on which the building described in the
             471      previously approved plans is located; and
             472          (b) subject to the same geological and meteorological conditions and the same law as
             473      the building described in the previously approved plans.
             474          (21) "Impact fee" means a payment of money imposed under Title 11, Chapter 36,
             475      Impact Fees Act.
             476          (22) "Improvement assurance" means a surety bond, letter of credit, cash, or other
             477      security:
             478          (a) to guaranty the proper completion of an improvement;
             479          (b) that is required as a condition precedent to:
             480          (i) recording a subdivision plat; or
             481          (ii) beginning development activity; and
             482          (c) that is offered to a land use authority to induce the land use authority, before actual
             483      construction of required improvements, to:
             484          (i) consent to the recording of a subdivision plat; or
             485          (ii) issue a permit for development activity.
             486          (23) "Improvement assurance warranty" means a promise that the materials and
             487      workmanship of improvements:
             488          (a) comport with standards that the county has officially adopted; and
             489          (b) will not fail in any material respect within a warranty period.
             490          (24) "Interstate pipeline company" means a person or entity engaged in natural gas


             491      transportation subject to the jurisdiction of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission under
             492      the Natural Gas Act, 15 U.S.C. Sec. 717 et seq.
             493          (25) "Intrastate pipeline company" means a person or entity engaged in natural gas
             494      transportation that is not subject to the jurisdiction of the Federal Energy Regulatory
             495      Commission under the Natural Gas Act, 15 U.S.C. Sec. 717 et seq.
             496          (26) "Land use application" means an application required by a county's land use
             497      ordinance.
             498          (27) "Land use authority" means a person, board, commission, agency, or other body
             499      designated by the local legislative body to act upon a land use application.
             500          (28) "Land use ordinance" means a planning, zoning, development, or subdivision
             501      ordinance of the county, but does not include the general plan.
             502          (29) "Land use permit" means a permit issued by a land use authority.
             503          (30) "Legislative body" means the county legislative body, or for a county that has
             504      adopted an alternative form of government, the body exercising legislative powers.
             505          (31) "Local district" means any entity under Title 17B, Limited Purpose Local
             506      Government Entities - Local Districts, and any other governmental or quasi-governmental
             507      entity that is not a county, municipality, school district, or the state.
             508          (32) "Lot line adjustment" means the relocation of the property boundary line in a
             509      subdivision between two adjoining lots with the consent of the owners of record.
             510          (33) "Moderate income housing" means housing occupied or reserved for occupancy
             511      by households with a gross household income equal to or less than 80% of the median gross
             512      income for households of the same size in the county in which the housing is located.
             513          (34) "Nominal fee" means a fee that reasonably reimburses a county only for time spent
             514      and expenses incurred in:
             515          (a) verifying that building plans are identical plans; and
             516          (b) reviewing and approving those minor aspects of identical plans that differ from the
             517      previously reviewed and approved building plans.
             518          (35) "Noncomplying structure" means a structure that:
             519          (a) legally existed before its current land use designation; and
             520          (b) because of one or more subsequent land use ordinance changes, does not conform
             521      to the setback, height restrictions, or other regulations, excluding those regulations that govern


             522      the use of land.
             523          (36) "Nonconforming use" means a use of land that:
             524          (a) legally existed before its current land use designation;
             525          (b) has been maintained continuously since the time the land use ordinance regulation
             526      governing the land changed; and
             527          (c) because of one or more subsequent land use ordinance changes, does not conform
             528      to the regulations that now govern the use of the land.
             529          (37) "Official map" means a map drawn by county authorities and recorded in the
             530      county recorder's office that:
             531          (a) shows actual and proposed rights-of-way, centerline alignments, and setbacks for
             532      highways and other transportation facilities;
             533          (b) provides a basis for restricting development in designated rights-of-way or between
             534      designated setbacks to allow the government authorities time to purchase or otherwise reserve
             535      the land; and
             536          (c) has been adopted as an element of the county's general plan.
             537          (38) "Person" means an individual, corporation, partnership, organization, association,
             538      trust, governmental agency, or any other legal entity.
             539          (39) "Plan for moderate income housing" means a written document adopted by a
             540      county legislative body that includes:
             541          (a) an estimate of the existing supply of moderate income housing located within the
             542      county;
             543          (b) an estimate of the need for moderate income housing in the county for the next five
             544      years as revised biennially;
             545          (c) a survey of total residential land use;
             546          (d) an evaluation of how existing land uses and zones affect opportunities for moderate
             547      income housing; and
             548          (e) a description of the county's program to encourage an adequate supply of moderate
             549      income housing.
             550          (40) "Plat" means a map or other graphical representation of lands being laid out and
             551      prepared in accordance with Section 17-27a-603 , 17-23-17 , or 57-8-13 .
             552          (41) "Potential geologic hazard area" means an area that:


             553          (a) is designated by a Utah Geological Survey map, county geologist map, or other
             554      relevant map or report as needing further study to determine the area's potential for geologic
             555      hazard; or
             556          (b) has not been studied by the Utah Geological Survey or a county geologist but
             557      presents the potential of geologic hazard because the area has characteristics similar to those of
             558      a designated geologic hazard area.
             559          (42) "Public agency" means:
             560          (a) the federal government;
             561          (b) the state;
             562          (c) a county, municipality, school district, local district, special service district, or other
             563      political subdivision of the state; or
             564          (d) a charter school.
             565          (43) "Public hearing" means a hearing at which members of the public are provided a
             566      reasonable opportunity to comment on the subject of the hearing.
             567          (44) "Public meeting" means a meeting that is required to be open to the public under
             568      Title 52, Chapter 4, Open and Public Meetings Act.
             569          (45) "Receiving zone" means an unincorporated area of a county that the county's land
             570      use authority designates as an area in which an owner of land may receive transferrable
             571      development rights.
             572          (46) "Record of survey map" means a map of a survey of land prepared in accordance
             573      with Section 17-23-17 .
             574          (47) "Residential facility for elderly persons" means a single-family or multiple-family
             575      dwelling unit that meets the requirements of Section 17-27a-515 , but does not include a health
             576      care facility as defined by Section 26-21-2 .
             577          (48) "Residential facility for persons with a disability" means a residence:
             578          (a) in which more than one person with a disability resides; and
             579          (b) (i) is licensed or certified by the Department of Human Services under Title 62A,
             580      Chapter 2, Licensure of Programs and Facilities; or
             581          (ii) is licensed or certified by the Department of Health under Title 26, Chapter 21,
             582      Health Care Facility Licensing and Inspection Act.
             583          (49) "Rules of order and procedure" means a set of rules that govern and prescribe in a


             584      public meeting:
             585          (a) parliamentary order and procedure;
             586          (b) ethical behavior; and
             587          (c) civil discourse.
             588          [(49)] (50) "Sanitary sewer authority" means the department, agency, or public entity
             589      with responsibility to review and approve the feasibility of sanitary sewer services or onsite
             590      wastewater systems.
             591          [(50)] (51) "Sending zone" means an unincorporated area of a county that the county's
             592      land use authority designates as an area from which an owner of land may transfer transferrable
             593      development rights to an owner of land in a receiving zone.
             594          [(51)] (52) "Specified public agency" means:
             595          (a) the state;
             596          (b) a school district; or
             597          (c) a charter school.
             598          [(52)] (53) "Specified public utility" means an electrical corporation, gas corporation,
             599      or telephone corporation, as those terms are defined in Section 54-2-1 .
             600          [(53)] (54) "State" includes any department, division, or agency of the state.
             601          [(54)] (55) "Street" means a public right-of-way, including a highway, avenue,
             602      boulevard, parkway, road, lane, walk, alley, viaduct, subway, tunnel, bridge, public easement,
             603      or other way.
             604          [(55)] (56) (a) "Subdivision" means any land that is divided, resubdivided or proposed
             605      to be divided into two or more lots, parcels, sites, units, plots, or other division of land for the
             606      purpose, whether immediate or future, for offer, sale, lease, or development either on the
             607      installment plan or upon any and all other plans, terms, and conditions.
             608          (b) "Subdivision" includes:
             609          (i) the division or development of land whether by deed, metes and bounds description,
             610      devise and testacy, map, plat, or other recorded instrument; and
             611          (ii) except as provided in Subsection [(55)] (56)(c), divisions of land for residential and
             612      nonresidential uses, including land used or to be used for commercial, agricultural, and
             613      industrial purposes.
             614          (c) "Subdivision" does not include:


             615          (i) a bona fide division or partition of agricultural land for agricultural purposes;
             616          (ii) a recorded agreement between owners of adjoining properties adjusting their
             617      mutual boundary if:
             618          (A) no new lot is created; and
             619          (B) the adjustment does not violate applicable land use ordinances;
             620          (iii) a recorded document, executed by the owner of record:
             621          (A) revising the legal description of more than one contiguous unsubdivided parcel of
             622      property into one legal description encompassing all such parcels of property; or
             623          (B) joining a subdivided parcel of property to another parcel of property that has not
             624      been subdivided, if the joinder does not violate applicable land use ordinances;
             625          (iv) a bona fide division or partition of land in a county other than a first class county
             626      for the purpose of siting, on one or more of the resulting separate parcels:
             627          (A) an electrical transmission line or a substation;
             628          (B) a natural gas pipeline or a regulation station; or
             629          (C) an unmanned telecommunications, microwave, fiber optic, electrical, or other
             630      utility service regeneration, transformation, retransmission, or amplification facility;
             631          (v) a recorded agreement between owners of adjoining subdivided properties adjusting
             632      their mutual boundary if:
             633          (A) no new dwelling lot or housing unit will result from the adjustment; and
             634          (B) the adjustment will not violate any applicable land use ordinance; or
             635          (vi) a bona fide division or partition of land by deed or other instrument where the land
             636      use authority expressly approves in writing the division in anticipation of further land use
             637      approvals on the parcel or parcels.
             638          (d) The joining of a subdivided parcel of property to another parcel of property that has
             639      not been subdivided does not constitute a subdivision under this Subsection [(55)] (56) as to
             640      the unsubdivided parcel of property or subject the unsubdivided parcel to the county's
             641      subdivision ordinance.
             642          [(56)] (57) "Township" means a contiguous, geographically defined portion of the
             643      unincorporated area of a county, established under this part or reconstituted or reinstated under
             644      Section 17-27a-306 , with planning and zoning functions as exercised through the township
             645      planning commission, as provided in this chapter, but with no legal or political identity


             646      separate from the county and no taxing authority, except that "township" means a former
             647      township under Laws of Utah 1996, Chapter 308, where the context so indicates.
             648          [(57)] (58) "Transferrable development right" means the entitlement to develop land
             649      within a sending zone that would vest according to the county's existing land use ordinances on
             650      the date that a completed land use application is filed seeking the approval of development
             651      activity on the land.
             652          [(58)] (59) "Unincorporated" means the area outside of the incorporated area of a
             653      municipality.
             654          [(59)] (60) "Water interest" means any right to the beneficial use of water, including:
             655          (a) each of the rights listed in Section 73-1-11 ; and
             656          (b) an ownership interest in the right to the beneficial use of water represented by:
             657          (i) a contract; or
             658          (ii) a share in a water company, as defined in Section 73-3-3.5 .
             659          [(60)] (61) "Zoning map" means a map, adopted as part of a land use ordinance, that
             660      depicts land use zones, overlays, or districts.
             661          Section 5. Section 17-27a-301 is amended to read:
             662           17-27a-301. Ordinance establishing planning commission required -- Exception --
             663      Ordinance requirements -- Township planning commission -- Compensation.
             664          (1) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (1)(b), each county shall enact an ordinance
             665      establishing a countywide planning commission for the unincorporated areas of the county not
             666      within a township.
             667          (b) Subsection (1)(a) does not apply if all of the county is included within any
             668      combination of:
             669          (i) municipalities; and
             670          (ii) townships with their own planning commissions.
             671          (2) (a) The ordinance shall define:
             672          [(a)] (i) the number and terms of the members and, if the county chooses, alternate
             673      members;
             674          [(b)] (ii) the mode of appointment;
             675          [(c)] (iii) the procedures for filling vacancies and removal from office;
             676          [(d)] (iv) the authority of the planning commission; [and]


             677          (v) subject to Subsection (2)(b), the rules of order and procedure for use by the
             678      planning commission in a public meeting; and
             679          [(e)] (vi) other details relating to the organization and procedures of the planning
             680      commission.
             681          (b) Subsection (2)(a)(v) does not affect the planning commission's duty to comply with
             682      Title 52, Chapter 4, Open and Public Meetings Act.
             683          (3) (a) (i) If the county establishes a township planning commission, the county
             684      legislative body shall enact an ordinance [defining] that defines:
             685          (A) appointment procedures[,];
             686          (B) procedures for filling vacancies and removing members from office[, and other];
             687          (C) subject to Subsection (3)(a)(ii), the rules of order and procedure for use by the
             688      township planning commission in a public meeting; and
             689          (D) details relating to the organization and procedures of each township planning
             690      commission.
             691          (ii) Subsection (3)(a)(i)(C) does not affect the township planning commission's duty to
             692      comply with Title 52, Chapter 4, Open and Public Meetings Act.
             693          (b) The planning commission for each township shall consist of seven members who,
             694      except as provided in Subsection (3)(e), shall be appointed by:
             695          (i) in a county operating under a form of government in which the executive and
             696      legislative functions of the governing body are separated, the county executive with the advice
             697      and consent of the county legislative body; or
             698          (ii) in a county operating under a form of government in which the executive and
             699      legislative functions of the governing body are not separated, the county legislative body.
             700          (c) (i) Members shall serve four-year terms and until their successors are appointed or,
             701      as provided in Subsection (3)(e), elected and qualified.
             702          (ii) Notwithstanding the provisions of Subsection (3)(c)(i) and except as provided in
             703      Subsection (3)(e), members of the first planning commissions shall be appointed so that, for
             704      each commission, the terms of at least one member and no more than two members expire each
             705      year.
             706          (d) (i) Except as provided in Subsection (3)(d)(ii), each member of a township
             707      planning commission shall be a registered voter residing within the township.


             708          (ii) (A) Notwithstanding Subsection (3)(d)(i), one member of a planning commission
             709      of a township reconstituted under Laws of Utah 1997, Chapter 389, or reinstated or established
             710      under Subsection 17-27a-306 (1)(k)(i) may be an appointed member who is a registered voter
             711      residing outside the township if that member:
             712          (I) is an owner of real property located within the township; and
             713          (II) resides within the county in which the township is located.
             714          (B) (I) Each appointee under Subsection (3)(d)(ii)(A) shall be chosen by the township
             715      planning commission from a list of three persons submitted by the county legislative body.
             716          (II) If the township planning commission has not notified the county legislative body of
             717      its choice under Subsection (3)(d)(ii)(B)(I) within 60 days of the township planning
             718      commission's receipt of the list, the county legislative body may appoint one of the three
             719      persons on the list or a registered voter residing within the township as a member of the
             720      township planning commission.
             721          (e) (i) The legislative body of each county in which a township reconstituted under
             722      Laws of Utah 1997, Chapter 389, or reinstated or established under Subsection
             723      17-27a-306 (1)(e)(i) is located shall enact an ordinance that provides for the election of at least
             724      three members of the planning commission of that township.
             725          (ii) The election of planning commission members under Subsection (3)(e)(i) shall
             726      coincide with the election of other county officers during even-numbered years.
             727      Approximately half the elected planning commission members shall be elected every four years
             728      during elections held on even-numbered years, and the remaining elected members shall be
             729      elected every four years on alternating even-numbered years.
             730          (f) (i) (A) The legislative body of each county in which a township reconstituted under
             731      Laws of Utah 1997, Chapter 389, or reinstated or established under Subsection
             732      17-27a-306 (1)(e)(i) is located shall enact an ordinance appointing each elected member of the
             733      planning and zoning board of the former township, established under Laws of Utah 1996,
             734      Chapter 308, as a member of the planning commission of the reconstituted or reinstated
             735      township. Each member appointed under this subsection shall be considered an elected
             736      member.
             737          (B) (I) Except as provided in Subsection (3)(f)(i)(B)(II), the term of each member
             738      appointed under Subsection (3)(f)(i)(A) shall continue until the time that the member's term as


             739      an elected member of the former township planning and zoning board would have expired.
             740          (II) Notwithstanding Subsection (3)(f)(i)(B)(I), the county legislative body may adjust
             741      the terms of the members appointed under Subsection (3)(f)(i)(A) so that the terms of those
             742      members coincide with the schedule under Subsection (3)(e)(ii) for elected members.
             743          (ii) Subject to Subsection (3)(f)(iii), the legislative body of a county in which a
             744      township reconstituted under Laws of Utah 1997, Chapter 389, or reinstated or established
             745      under Subsection 17-27a-306 (1)(e)(i) is located may enact an ordinance allowing each
             746      appointed member of the planning and zoning board of the former township, established under
             747      Laws of Utah 1996, Chapter 308, to continue to hold office as a member of the planning
             748      commission of the reconstituted or reinstated township until the time that the member's term as
             749      a member of the former township's planning and zoning board would have expired.
             750          (iii) If a planning commission of a township reconstituted under Laws of Utah 1997,
             751      Chapter 389, or reinstated or established under Subsection 17-27a-306 (1)(e)(i) has more than
             752      one appointed member who resides outside the township, the legislative body of the county in
             753      which that township is located shall, within 15 days of the effective date of this Subsection
             754      (3)(f)(iii), dismiss all but one of the appointed members who reside outside the township, and a
             755      new member shall be appointed under Subsection (3)(b) no later than August 16, 1997, to fill
             756      the position of each dismissed member.
             757          (g) (i) Except as provided in Subsection (3)(g)(ii), upon the appointment or election of
             758      all members of a township planning commission, each township planning commission under
             759      this section shall begin to exercise the powers and perform the duties provided in Section
             760      17-27a-302 with respect to all matters then pending that previously had been under the
             761      jurisdiction of the countywide planning commission or township planning and zoning board.
             762          (ii) Notwithstanding Subsection (3)(g)(i), if the members of a former township
             763      planning and zoning board continue to hold office as members of the planning commission of
             764      the township planning district under an ordinance enacted under Subsection (3)(f), the
             765      township planning commission shall immediately begin to exercise the powers and perform the
             766      duties provided in Section 17-27a-302 with respect to all matters then pending that had
             767      previously been under the jurisdiction of the township planning and zoning board.
             768          (4) The legislative body may fix per diem compensation for the members of the
             769      planning commission, based on necessary and reasonable expenses and on meetings actually


             770      attended.
             771          Section 6. Section 17-53-206 is amended to read:
             772           17-53-206. Meetings to comply with open meetings law -- Records and minutes --
             773      Compelling attendance at meetings of legislative body.
             774          (1) As used in this section, "rules of order and procedure" means a set of rules that
             775      govern and prescribe in a public meeting:
             776          (a) parliamentary order and procedure;
             777          (b) ethical behavior; and
             778          (c) civil discourse.
             779          [(1)] (2) Each meeting of the county legislative body shall comply with Title 52,
             780      Chapter 4, Open and Public Meetings Act.
             781          (3) (a) Subject to Subsection (3)(b), a county legislative body shall:
             782          (i) adopt rules of order and procedure to govern a public meeting of the legislative
             783      body;
             784          (ii) conduct a public meeting in accordance with the rules of order and procedure
             785      described in Subsection (3)(a)(i); and
             786          (iii) make the rules of order and procedure described in Subsection (3)(a)(i) available
             787      to the public:
             788          (A) at each meeting of the county legislative body; and
             789          (B) on the county's public web site, if available.
             790          (b) Subsection (3)(a) does not affect a county legislative body's duty to comply with
             791      Title 52, Chapter 4, Open and Public Meetings Act.
             792          [(2)] (4) The chair and clerk of the county legislative body shall sign the records and
             793      minutes of the county legislative body.
             794          [(3)] (5) The legislative body of a county may compel the attendance of its own
             795      members at its meetings and provide penalties it considers necessary for the failure to comply
             796      with an exercise of the authority to compel attendance.
             797          Section 7. Section 17B-1-102 is amended to read:
             798           17B-1-102. Definitions.
             799          As used in this title:
             800          (1) "Appointing authority" means the person or body authorized to make an


             801      appointment to the board of trustees.
             802          (2) "Basic local district":
             803          (a) means a local district that is not a specialized local district; and
             804          (b) includes an entity that was, under the law in effect before April 30, 2007, created
             805      and operated as a local district, as defined under the law in effect before April 30, 2007.
             806          (3) "Bond" means:
             807          (a) a written obligation to repay borrowed money, whether denominated a bond, note,
             808      warrant, certificate of indebtedness, or otherwise; and
             809          (b) a lease agreement, installment purchase agreement, or other agreement that:
             810          (i) includes an obligation by the district to pay money; and
             811          (ii) the district's board of trustees, in its discretion, treats as a bond for purposes of Title
             812      11, Chapter 14, Local Government Bonding Act, or Title 11, Chapter 27, Utah Refunding Bond
             813      Act.
             814          (4) "Cemetery maintenance district" means a local district that operates under and is
             815      subject to the provisions of this chapter and Chapter 2a, Part 1, Cemetery Maintenance District
             816      Act, including an entity that was created and operated as a cemetery maintenance district under
             817      the law in effect before April 30, 2007.
             818          (5) "Drainage district" means a local district that operates under and is subject to the
             819      provisions of this chapter and Chapter 2a, Part 2, Drainage District Act, including an entity that
             820      was created and operated as a drainage district under the law in effect before April 30, 2007.
             821          (6) "Facility" or "facilities" includes any structure, building, system, land, water right,
             822      water, or other real or personal property required to provide a service that a local district is
             823      authorized to provide, including any related or appurtenant easement or right-of-way,
             824      improvement, utility, landscaping, sidewalk, road, curb, gutter, equipment, or furnishing.
             825          (7) "Fire protection district" means a local district that operates under and is subject to
             826      the provisions of this chapter and Chapter 2a, Part 3, Fire Protection District Act, including an
             827      entity that was created and operated as a fire protection district under the law in effect before
             828      April 30, 2007.
             829          (8) "General obligation bond":
             830          (a) means a bond that is directly payable from and secured by ad valorem property
             831      taxes that are:


             832          (i) levied:
             833          (A) by the district that issues the bond; and
             834          (B) on taxable property within the district; and
             835          (ii) in excess of the ad valorem property taxes of the district for the current fiscal year;
             836      and
             837          (b) does not include:
             838          (i) a short-term bond;
             839          (ii) a tax and revenue anticipation bond; or
             840          (iii) a special assessment bond.
             841          (9) "Improvement district" means a local district that operates under and is subject to
             842      the provisions of this chapter and Chapter 2a, Part 4, Improvement District Act, including an
             843      entity that was created and operated as a county improvement district under the law in effect
             844      before April 30, 2007.
             845          (10) "Irrigation district" means a local district that operates under and is subject to the
             846      provisions of this chapter and Chapter 2a, Part 5, Irrigation District Act, including an entity that
             847      was created and operated as an irrigation district under the law in effect before April 30, 2007.
             848          (11) "Local district" means a limited purpose local government entity, as described in
             849      Section 17B-1-103 , that operates under, is subject to, and has the powers set forth in:
             850          (a) this chapter; or
             851          (b) (i) this chapter; and
             852          (ii) (A) Chapter 2a, Part 1, Cemetery Maintenance District Act;
             853          (B) Chapter 2a, Part 2, Drainage District Act;
             854          (C) Chapter 2a, Part 3, Fire Protection District Act;
             855          (D) Chapter 2a, Part 4, Improvement District Act;
             856          (E) Chapter 2a, Part 5, Irrigation District Act;
             857          (F) Chapter 2a, Part 6, Metropolitan Water District Act;
             858          (G) Chapter 2a, Part 7, Mosquito Abatement District Act;
             859          (H) Chapter 2a, Part 8, Public Transit District Act;
             860          (I) Chapter 2a, Part 9, Service Area Act; or
             861          (J) Chapter 2a, Part 10, Water Conservancy District Act.
             862          (12) "Metropolitan water district" means a local district that operates under and is


             863      subject to the provisions of this chapter and Chapter 2a, Part 6, Metropolitan Water District
             864      Act, including an entity that was created and operated as a metropolitan water district under the
             865      law in effect before April 30, 2007.
             866          (13) "Mosquito abatement district" means a local district that operates under and is
             867      subject to the provisions of this chapter and Chapter 2a, Part 7, Mosquito Abatement District
             868      Act, including an entity that was created and operated as a mosquito abatement district under
             869      the law in effect before April 30, 2007.
             870          (14) "Municipal" means of or relating to a municipality.
             871          (15) "Municipality" means a city or town.
             872          (16) "Political subdivision" means a county, city, town, local district under this title,
             873      special service district under Title 17D, Chapter 1, Special Service District Act, an entity
             874      created by interlocal cooperation agreement under Title 11, Chapter 13, Interlocal Cooperation
             875      Act, or any other governmental entity designated in statute as a political subdivision of the
             876      state.
             877          (17) "Private," with respect to real property, means not owned by the United States or
             878      any agency of the federal government, the state, a county, or a political subdivision.
             879          (18) "Public entity" means:
             880          (a) the United States or an agency of the United States;
             881          (b) the state or an agency of the state;
             882          (c) a political subdivision of the state or an agency of a political subdivision of the
             883      state;
             884          (d) another state or an agency of that state; or
             885          (e) a political subdivision of another state or an agency of that political subdivision.
             886          (19) "Public transit district" means a local district that operates under and is subject to
             887      the provisions of this chapter and Chapter 2a, Part 8, Public Transit District Act, including an
             888      entity that was created and operated as a public transit district under the law in effect before
             889      April 30, 2007.
             890          (20) "Revenue bond":
             891          (a) means a bond payable from designated taxes or other revenues other than the local
             892      district's ad valorem property taxes; and
             893          (b) does not include:


             894          (i) an obligation constituting an indebtedness within the meaning of an applicable
             895      constitutional or statutory debt limit;
             896          (ii) a tax and revenue anticipation bond; or
             897          (iii) a special assessment bond.
             898          (21) "Rules of order and procedure" means a set of rules that govern and prescribe in a
             899      public meeting:
             900          (a) parliamentary order and procedure;
             901          (b) ethical behavior; and
             902          (c) civil discourse.
             903          [(21)] (22) "Service area" means a local district that operates under and is subject to the
             904      provisions of this chapter and Chapter 2a, Part 9, Service Area Act, including an entity that was
             905      created and operated as a county service area or a regional service area under the law in effect
             906      before April 30, 2007.
             907          [(22)] (23) "Short-term bond" means a bond that is required to be repaid during the
             908      fiscal year in which the bond is issued.
             909          [(23)] (24) "Special assessment" means an assessment levied against property to pay all
             910      or a portion of the costs of making improvements that benefit the property.
             911          [(24)] (25) "Special assessment bond" means a bond payable from special assessments.
             912          [(25)] (26) "Specialized local district" means a local district that is a cemetery
             913      maintenance district, a drainage district, a fire protection district, an improvement district, an
             914      irrigation district, a metropolitan water district, a mosquito abatement district, a public transit
             915      district, a service area, or a water conservancy district.
             916          [(26)] (27) "Taxable value" means the taxable value of property as computed from the
             917      most recent equalized assessment roll for county purposes.
             918          [(27)] (28) "Tax and revenue anticipation bond" means a bond:
             919          (a) issued in anticipation of the collection of taxes or other revenues or a combination
             920      of taxes and other revenues; and
             921          (b) that matures within the same fiscal year as the fiscal year in which the bond is
             922      issued.
             923          [(28)] (29) "Unincorporated" means not included within a municipality.
             924          [(29)] (30) "Water conservancy district" means a local district that operates under and


             925      is subject to the provisions of this chapter and Chapter 2a, Part 10, Water Conservancy District
             926      Act, including an entity that was created and operated as a water conservancy district under the
             927      law in effect before April 30, 2007.
             928          [(30)] (31) "Works" includes a dam, reservoir, well, canal, conduit, pipeline, drain,
             929      tunnel, power plant, and any facility, improvement, or property necessary or convenient for
             930      supplying or treating water for any beneficial use, and for otherwise accomplishing the
             931      purposes of a local district.
             932          Section 8. Section 17B-1-310 is amended to read:
             933           17B-1-310. Quorum of board of trustees -- Meetings of the board.
             934          (1) (a) (i) Except as provided in Subsection (1)(b), a majority of the board of trustees
             935      constitutes a quorum for the transaction of board business, and action by a majority of a
             936      quorum constitutes action of the board.
             937          (ii) Except as otherwise required by law, an otherwise valid action of the board is not
             938      made invalid because of the method chosen by the board to take or memorialize the action.
             939          (b) (i) Subject to Subsection (1)(b)(ii), a board may adopt bylaws or other rules that
             940      require more than a majority to constitute a quorum or that require action by more than a
             941      majority of a quorum to constitute action by the board.
             942          (ii) Except for board action to dispose of real property owned by the local district,
             943      board bylaws or rules may not require a vote of more than two-thirds vote of the board to
             944      constitute board action.
             945          (2) The board of trustees shall hold such regular and special meetings as the board
             946      determines at a location that the board determines.
             947          (3) (a) Each meeting of the board of trustees shall comply with Title 52, Chapter 4,
             948      Open and Public Meetings Act.
             949          (b) Subject to Subsection (3)(c), a board of trustees shall:
             950          (i) adopt rules of order and procedure to govern a public meeting of the board of
             951      trustees;
             952          (ii) conduct a public meeting in accordance with the rules of order and procedure
             953      described in Subsection (3)(b)(i); and
             954          (iii) make the rules of order and procedure described in Subsection (3)(b)(i) available
             955      to the public:


             956          (A) at each meeting of the board of trustees; and
             957          (B) on the local district's public web site, if available.
             958          (c) Subsection (3)(b) does not affect the board of trustee's duty to comply with Title 52,
             959      Chapter 4, Open and Public Meetings Act.
             960          Section 9. Section 53A-3-102 is enacted to read:
             961          53A-3-102. Rules of order and procedure.
             962          (1) As used in this section, "rules of order and procedure" means a set of rules that
             963      govern and prescribe in a public meeting:
             964          (a) parliamentary order and procedure;
             965          (b) ethical behavior; and
             966          (c) civil discourse.
             967          (2) (a) Subject to Subsection (3), a local school board shall:
             968          (a) adopt rules of order and procedure to govern a public meeting of the local school
             969      board;
             970          (b) conduct a public meeting in accordance with the rules of order and procedure
             971      described in Subsection (2)(a); and
             972          (c) make the rules of order and procedure described in Subsection (2)(a) available to
             973      the public:
             974          (i) at each public meeting of the local school board; and
             975          (ii) on the local school board's public web site, if available.
             976          (3) Subjection (2)(a) does not affect a local school board's duty to comply with Title
             977      52, Chapter 4, Open and Public Meetings Act.


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