Sandy folks have ridden a wave of booming growth for more than a decade - but they aren't beyond a little nostalgia.
City leaders are developing a Historic Sandy Neighborhood Plan to preserve and revitalize the city's original municipal district."Anything the city does to help this area is a good thing," said Brent Covington, who owns a home on Sandy's historic Main Street. "I'd like to see (the city) keep the older look to things."
Once the city's primary business and residential spot, the historic district forms an almost perfect square mile. The western border begins at State Street and stretches to 700 East, while 8400 South and 9000 South form the north and south bound-aries.
James Sorensen, Sandy's senior long-range planner, said the neighborhood plan was prompted by the recent decision to build a station for the TRAX light-rail system inside the district.
Covington admits to originally being leary of the TRAX station, "but after visiting San Diego and seeing their light-rail system, I'm OK about it."
The Historic Sandy Neighborhood Plan, expected to be in draft form by May, will establish development policies, projects and regulations specific to the area.
In most cases, zoning and development provisions in the area will be more specific than similar elements in Sandy's General Plan, Sorensen said. Just how stringent those provisions will be will likely be determined in the draft.
"The original square mile of Sandy is an important part of our history, and we want to make sure nothing takes away from that heritage," Sorensen added.
The city has already made efforts to add some historic flavor to the area, said Ken Smith, a real estate agent working out of one of Main Street's original business buildings.
"Now we have some old-time street lights outside the building, and the building owner has totally renovated the structure" Smith said.
Part of the plan will likely call for preservation of a pedestrian-oriented commercial section that includes some of the city's original business buildings.
"Things like antique and drug stores . . . something like you see now in Park City," Sorensen said.
The city had previously restored the old Sandy Museum.
Possible changes to the area might be curb and gutter improvements, open spaces and a park.
Planners are still seeking input from Sandy residents, especially those living in the historic district.
Public hearings will be scheduled when the finished draft is presented to the City Council this spring.