That historic district now is the core of an expansive 24-square-mile, southeast Salt Lake Valley metropolis, its 100-year-old homes increasingly surrounded by big commercial developments, including a new Wal-Mart and the planned site of a Major League Soccer stadium.
Tonight, the Sandy City Council is scheduled to vote on whether to adopt a new general plan for the city's oldest neighborhood.
The proposal provides guidelines for zoning, transportation, parks, trails and the architectural design of homes and businesses.
"It provides for transition as different portions of the city change, [and] it recognizes the value of a walkable community," said Ted Lazenby, a member of a neighborhood committee that helped draft the document. Lazenby is building a single-level, 2,200-square-foot home about three blocks from the TRAX light-rail station at 9000 South. He intends to spend his retirement in this home and jumped into the planning process to help protect his neighborhood's quiet nature. Designed with a recessed garage and a large front porch, his new home will follow the plan's architectural guidelines so it will be compatible with the adjacent 70- and 100-year-old homes.
Historic Sandy "really does give you that 1960s, small-town-community feel right in the middle of Salt Lake County," he said.
Several hundred residents have offered suggestions to the historic Sandy plan. Nick Duerksen, the city's assistant community-development director, expects it to easily win the council's vote.
"Nearly 20 percent of the public physically participated. That's unheard of," Duerksen said. "It's a real credit to the residents."
The plan, Duerksen said, offers guidance on preserving the neighborhood's historic character, developing undeveloped areas and redeveloping deteriorated sections.
The biggest change to the area's original 1998 master plan is a recommendation that a corridor around TRAX and Sandy's Historic Main Street be zoned for mixed use, meaning a mixture of commercial and residential development.
This area currently is mostly zoned commercial. New zoning would provide an incentive for "neighborhood businesses" on Main Street, with businesses on the street and housing above, Duerksen said.