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Community and Economic Development

     Welcome to the Cottonwood Heights Community and Economic Development Department. We apply the highest quality planning and regulatory principles to preserve, protect, and enhance Cottonwood Heights' developed and natural environments.

     Our planning department fulfills several functions, which include evaluating zoning changes and use permits, preparing and updating the city's comprehensive master plan, reviewing site plans and subdivision plans, and oversight of construction and building safety, while providing staff support to the planning commission, board of adjustment, and city council. Our mission is to support the city by facilitating the translation of community values, goals, and objectives into a vision for the physical development of the most livable city in Utah.

     See the "Boards and Commissions" menu for more information about the Planning Commission, Board of Adjustment and Architectural Review Commission.



Planned Development District Workshop Scheduled

Cottonwood Heights will hold a public workshop to discuss a proposed development code for the Fort Union Boulevard area. The Planned Development District (PDD) is a proposed zoning code that offers property owners the option of creating mixed use development for the areas along Fort Union Boulevard. We are inviting people who live and work in this area to participate in this code discussion. At the workshop, staff will review the proposed code to be added to the zoning ordinance.

Interested residents are invited to attend this informal drop-in meeting to discuss issues relating to the proposed PDD zoning code. If you have any comments or concerns about anything in the PDD ordinance, you are encouraged to attend.

Workshop will be held on

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Cottonwood Heights City Hall, training room, 1st floor

1265 East Fort Union Blvd

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Exploring the Future of Cottonwood Heights

Recent university studies explored some of the issues associated with future growth in the city. Those issues include transportation needs, economic expansion and residential access to services. You can read and explore some of the findings in these studies below:

BYU Study

Univ. of Utah Study


Ft. Union Beautification Proposal



Take our customer satisfaction survey!

Customer Service survey


Building Department
Permits, standards and codes relating to all construction, demolition, renovation and remodeling in Cottonwood Heights.

Economic Development
Information about Cottonwood Heights' business climate and opportunities.

Business Licensing
Explanations on different types of businesses in Cottonwood Heights and how to obtain a business license.

City Maps
Interactive maps provide a wealth of information about the city.

Current Projects

General Plan (PDF File, 17 megs)

Applications and Forms

Frequently Asked Questions



Zoning Ordinance (Title 19)

Subdivisions (Title 12)

Residential Development Standards

Commercial Development Standards

Lot Setback Illustration



     Design guidelines (file size 5 MB) have been prepared by the Architecture Review Commission. The purpose of the guidelines is to enhance the visual appeal of the city through the use of high quality and sustainable architectural and site design standards, and to develop a unique sense of identity in the Gateway Overlay District. When approved, the design guidelines will be used by architects, designers, property owners and builders in the design of new buildings and major remodels within the Gateway Overlay District.  If you have any questions please contact Senior Planner Glen Goins at 801-944-7065 or by email at

  • Contact Information

    Brian Berndt

    Senior Planner
    Glen E. Goins, AICP

  • Associate Planner
    Michael Johnson

    GIS Specialist
    Kevin Sato

    Business License Admin
    Monica Sanchez

  • Peri Kinder