Advisory Opinions

Advisory Opinion BindersAll Advisory Opinions issued by the Office of the Property Rights Ombudsman are arranged according to the 17 topics listed below.  Clicking upon a topic will access the Opinions related to that subject.  To make a keyword search of the Advisory Opinions and the other pages on our website, please use the search box under “Find Advisory Opinions.”   To view all Advisory Opinions, simply follow the link located above the Topic List. 

About Advisory Opinions:  As a means of resolving land use disputes, The Office of the Property Rights Ombudsman is authorized to issue Advisory Opinions under § 13-43-205 of the Utah Code.  An Advisory Opinion is a legal analysis of a specific land use question, thoroughly evaluating facts presented by all parties.  An attorney is appointed to prepare a reasoned written opinion that attempts to  predict how the matter would be decided by a court. For further information about Advisory Opinions, please click the “About Advisory Opinions” tab.

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A:  Impact Fees Act (Utah Code §§ 11-36a-101 to -705)

B:  Conditional Use Applications (Utah Code §§10-9a-507 and 17-27a-506)

C:  Limit on Single Family Designation (Utah Code §§ 10-9a-505.5 and 17-27a-505.5)

D:  Exactions on Development (Utah Code §§10-9a-508 and 17-27a-507)

E:  Entitlement to Application Approval (ie, Vesting) (Utah Code §§ 10-9a-509(1)(a) and 17-27a-508(1)(a))

F:  Complete Land Use Application (Utah Code §§ 10-9a-509(1)(f) and 17-27a-508(1)(f))

G:  Proceeding with Reasonable Diligence ((Utah Code § 10-9a-509(1)(g) and § 17-27a-508(1)(g))

H:  Compelling, Countervailing Interests (Utah Code §§ 10-9a-509(1)(a) and 17-27a-508(1)(a))

I:   Pending Ordinances (Utah Code §§ 10-9a-509(1)(e) and 17-27a-508(1)(e))

J:  Requirements Imposed Upon Development (Utah Code §§ 10-9a-509(1)(h) and 17-27a-508(1)(h))

K:  Compliance with Mandatory Land Use Ordinances (Utah Code §§10-9a-509(2) and 17-27a-508(2))

L:  Review for Application Completeness (Utah Code §§10-9a-509.5(1) and 17-27a-508.5(1))

M:  Substantive Review of Application (10-9a-509.5(2) and 17-27a-508.5(2))

N:  Review of Warranty Work for Completion (Utah Code §§ 10-9a-509.5(3) and 17-27a-508.5(3))

O:  Transferable Development Rights (Utah Code §§ 10-9a-509.7 and 17-27a-509.7)

P:  Application Review Fees (Utah Code §§ 10-9a-510 and 17-27a-509)

Q:  Nonconforming Uses and Noncomplying Structures (Utah Code §§ 10-9a-511 and 17-27a-510)

Other Topics (these topics are not listed as Advisory Opinion topics but are ancillary to some of the decisions made)

i.Temporary land use ordinances

ii. Subdivision plat approval

iii. Waiver of conditions

iv. Lot Line Adjustment within a Subdivision

v. Interpretation of Ordinances

vi. Easements

vii. Development Bonds

viii. Appealing Land Use Decisions

NOTE: Advisory Opinions analyze specific fact situations, and should be read as informational and advisory.  Advisory Opinions do not have precedential value, and do not control other situations. Readers should bear in mind that the unique facts behind each Opinion are critical to the conclusion. Although the Opinions apply general legal principles, readers should remember that that each situation is unique, and a variety of factors, both legal and factual, affect the analysis. A different outcome may be justified, even in similar factual situations. Moreoever, laws change over time and new cases provide new interpretations of existing laws which impact the analysis of an Advisory Opinion. Readers should be advised that the Opinions provide general guidance and information on constitutional protections of private property, but specific questions should be directed to an attorney to be analyzed according to current laws.

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