Community Development

Manila's dedication to the future through smart growth planning and unified infrastructure systems continues to grow. This is evident with the Mayor, Staff and Town Board’s actions over the last few years. The base of this plan grows from the Town’s General Plan and several goals set into motion before, during and after the General Plan process. Beyond simply looking for improvements to planning and economics, Manila continues to look for global solutions in all Town departments.

Even though tourism plays possibly the largest economic role within the Town limits, we recognize the benefits of preserving open space, agricultural lands and our lifestyle of the rural west. Open space and working agricultural lands provide habitat for wildlife, help to protect air and water quality, prevent flooding, provide scenic views, maintain the rural character of communities, and act as a physical barrier to rural sprawl, which threatens rural communities across the west. Though all agricultural lands are currently outside the town limits, their adjacent location requires careful planning and awareness. As the Town limits grow and as development continues within Manila, open space will be required to preserve wildlife corridors, wetland drainage, future trail systems and the overall character of our rural community.

Future developments are required to follow the guidance of the General Plan. This is to insure that public lands, agricultural property, ridgelines, nighttime skylines, important view sheds, wildlife corridors, wetland drainage and western rural lifestyles are preserved and not compromised for density or developments which bring only short-term sustainability. Further, growth and new developments will now be required to look at impacts to public utilities, fire control, infrastructure systems, economic contributions and all aspect of smart growth planning as laid out in the General Plan and by our planning staff.

Growth and development are an important element of any rural community. Proper management and smart growth practices are in fact considered more vital to a rural community than in a large urban environment. Sprawl, conflicting economic ventures, infrastructure expenses, hillside development, poor roadside/community maintenance and code enforcement all have much greater impacts on a rural community than in larger areas which can absorb these constraints with minimal impact to residents and visitors. For the past few years Manila has been improving our smart growth practices through community planning which includes functionality and lifestyle impacts of new developments. We welcome these properly planned improvements with an understanding they doesn’t sacrifice our rural character and existing beauty found throughout the town and the entire Lucerne Valley. Feel free to contact us or drop by Town Hall for more information on community development in the area.

Planning and Zoning

The Town of Manila Planning and Zoning board are continually working to improve and preserve the lifestyle of our community. Meetings are held on the first Monday of every month at the town hall's meeting room. The community is welcome and encouraged to attend these meetings and for more information please contact the Town Clerk at 435-784-3143 or use our contact page.

In accordance with the American Disabilities Act, individuals needing special accommodations should notify the Town Clerk 435-784-3143 at least 24 hours before the meeting to ensure needs are appropriately addressed.

Members of the Planning & Zoning board include:

Layne Ferrin - Chairman
William Rylander - Vice Chairperson
Jana Franz
Randall Browning
Dave Coombs
Vicky Walters - Secretary


Click the following link to see a copy of the 2015 Manila Planning and Zoning agendas or meeting minutes.

 

Manila General Plan

Manila's dedication to the future through smart growth planning and unified infrastructure systems continues to grow.  This is evident with the Mayor, Staff and town board’s actions over the last few years. The base of this grows from the town’s general plan and several goals set into motion before, during and after the general plan process. Beyond simply looking for improvements to planning and economics, Manila continues to look for global solutions in all Town departments. For more information please feel free to download a copy of the Manila Utah General Plan.

Updated Zoning Ordinance

This document is an amended Zoning Ordinance for the Town of Manila, Utah, dividing the incorporated area of the Town into Zoning districts appropriate for various classes of residential, business, and industrial uses. It also provides for the establishment of land development standards and requirements.

The purpose of these regulations are to promote and protect public health, safety, and welfare; to encourage the harmonious, orderly and progressive development of land; to ensure the development of economically sound and compatible neighborhoods; to require the construction of necessary improvements and utilities; to ensure safe and convenient circulation of vehicular and pedestrian traffic; to ensure that parks, open spaces, school sites, and land needed for other public purpose are either reserved or dedicated; to ensure development is in accordance with the requirements of the Town's General Plan as such may be amended from time to time; and to ensure that new development bears its fair share of the costs of providing improvements and services necessitated by, or resulting from, the development of subdivisions. You may download a copy of the Manila Utah Zoning Ordinance.

 

Master Planning for the Future

The Town has several projects with the status of recently completed, in progress or planned for the future.  Our Mayor and staff work diligently to track down grants and other funding sources available to improve the towns way of life.  Many plans take several years to evolve and often change paths during that time.  In this section you will find information on some of these projects and plans.  The Town is always open to new possibilities and welcome comments or suggestions.  Feel free to contact us or drop by Town Hall.

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Wildlife Sensitive Planning

Our Wildlife Corridors Map as recognized by the Town leaders, shows main areas of migration or desired migration for Mule Deer, Red Tailed Fox and other friendly animals of the community. It could easily be argued that the entire town boundaries are home to several forms of wildlife throughout the year. Obviously as the season winds down, population levels decrease and the winter chill settles upon the Uintas, more wildlife look to the Town and adjacent lands for winter haven.

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Town of Manila

P.O. Box 189
145 East Highway 43
Manila, Utah 84046
(435) 784-3143
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(Friday  9am to 2pm)

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