Planning and Zoning
The Community Development Department is responsible for administering the County Subdivision and Zoning Ordinances. The department also provides assistance to the County Commission regarding Public Lands issues.
We also oversee any variance requests heard by the Board of Adjustment.
Michael A. (Mike) Hyde, AICP
Community Development Administrator
PO Box 317
Duchesne, UT 84021-0317
PO Box 317
Duchesne, UT 84021-0317
Department Profile: Community Development
One of Duchesne County’s smallest departments is Community Development, with a staff of two full-time employees. Mike Hyde, who came to Duchesne County in mid 2004, is the Director and CoraLee Sanchez, who moved to the department from Basin Land Title and Abstract in late 2008, is the Executive Secretary. CoraLee also serves the county as the official liaison between property owners and energy companies.
Mike is a native of western Washington State and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Western Washington University. He has formerly been a planner in Pendleton, Oregon (19 years), La Grande, Oregon (4 years) and Provo, Utah (2 years). Mike is married (Kim) and lives in Roosevelt. He has four children from a previous marriage.
CoraLee was born and raised in Tooele. She has worked for Duchesne County 14 years in the Recorder’s office. She has two children and three grandchildren.
The major role of the department is to provide staff support to the County Commissioners, Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment as they deal with land use issues. Much of the department’s time is spent administering and enforcing the zoning, subdivision and nuisance ordinances (processing major and minor subdivisions, conditional use permits, zone changes and variances and working with property owners to abate nuisance conditions).
The department coordinates with the Public Works Department to ensure that new roads are built to county standards. Coordination with the Clerk-Auditor’s office ensures that business licenses are reviewed for compliance with land use codes before issuance. Addresses are assigned to new homes and businesses with assistance from the GIS Department. To ensure that environmental health is maintained with new development, the department works closely with Tri-County Health.
Community Development works daily with the Building Department to ensure that persons seeking building permits have legal sites to build on and that their plans comply with zoning regulations. The department works with Fire and Emergency Management to ensure that new developments have adequate fire protection. Coordination occurs with the Assessor’s and Treasurer’s offices to ensure that property owners have paid their taxes before receiving subdivision approval or taking part in other county programs.
A high priority of the County Commission has been to be a part of public lands discussions since about 2/3rds of the land in the county is administered by federal, state and tribal entities. The department provides staff support to the Public Lands Committee, which meets as needed to provide recommendations to the County Commission regarding public lands issues. The department attends meetings and reviews documents associated with public lands issues to aid the County Commission in formulating comments. Our goal is to retain access to and ensure multiple use of our public lands for the benefit of today’s
citizens and future generations. Current concerns include the updating of the Ashley National Forest Plan, which includes consideration of special designations such as Wild and Scenic Rivers and Wilderness areas which impact the ability of citizens to use forest lands. Another major public lands issue has been the new resource management plan for the Vernal office of the Bureau of Land Management. Much of the SE sector of the county is BLM land and is seeing expanded oil and gas development.
Another priority of the County Commission has been to make Duchesne County a more attractive place to live and visit. The department administers two incentive programs that are making a difference: the trailer removal program and the junk vehicle removal contest. Since inception of the trailer removal program in late 2004, about 80 old trailers have been removed from the county. There have been four phases of the junk vehicle contest that have resulted in 776 junk vehicles being hauled away.
Citizens interested in the trailer removal program select contractors to do the work or do it themselves. The county reimburses $500 for trailers under 40 feet in length, $750 for trailers over 40 feet in length and $1,000 for doublewide trailers. Citizens interested in the junk vehicle contest can call one of eight junk vehicle towers and receive one entry into the prize drawing for each vehicle towed away. The prize fund increases by $10 per vehicle. Five cash prizes are awarded. Phase VI of this program will end when 150 cars are removed. Both programs are funded through the county’s solid waste program
Duchesne County is growing and the Community Development Department looks forward to doing its part to manage this growth. We strive to provide good customer service and to establish good working relationships with other departments and agencies. There is a lot of work to do and we look forward to working with others in county government and in the county as a whole to maintain the quality of life we enjoy here.
|PowerPoint Presentation-Junk Trailer & Vehicle Removal Programs||View/Download|
|Wildland Urban Interface Code||View/Download|
|Land Use Application Form||View/Download|
|General Plan (as amended 2013)||View/Download|
|Planning Commission Hearing Rules of Order||View/Download|
|Oil and Gas Liaison Program||View/Download|
|Guide to the Utah Surface Owner Protection Act||View/Download|
|2014 Subdivision Plat Policy Changes||View/Download|
|Drinking Water Source Protection Ordinance||View/Download|