My town (pop. under 500) is being overrun by subdivision applications. Meanwhile, we are still served by individual septic systems and will soon reach the point of saturation. This is only one of many concerns, but it seems to be the one most of us agree should prompt some action (this is Utah). Of course we will have to face the impending switch to city sewer, but we need some time and room to plan for it. Our default zoning is one acre rural residential, so the entire outer tier of our incorporated area is zoned that way (around 35%, under that zoning, of land area is developed so far). Some studies in the region have resulted in recommendations for minimum 5 or 7 acre lots where septic tanks are to be used. We are considering ‘downzoning’ our outermost areas, or perhaps all of our undivided rural residential zone, to larger minimum parcels. Is this a good idea? Can anyone suggest proper language or purposes upon which to base the amendment? Any useful articles? Any legal concerns we should be aware of?