Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Provo City Council Work Meeting, February 21, 2017

Agenda  (Times have been added to the ends of the individual agenda items to help you find them in the video.)

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Summary of the February 7 Meetings

In the Work Session

Franklin and Franklin South Neighborhoods
A group of three MPA students from Brigham Young University have been working on a project in the Franklin and Franklin South Neighborhoods. They developed an independent action plan to revitalize the neighborhoods and presented this information to he Economic Development Department as well as the City Council. Their recommendations included conducting a comprehensive housing study of the area, encouraging more mixed use developments while maintaining historic ideas and feels, providing amenities that attract millennials, and reevaluating the residential conservation zones to attract businesses that will influence economic development for the area.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Provo City Council Work Meeting, February 7, 2017

Agenda  (Times have been added to the ends of the individual agenda items to help you find them in the video.)

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Council Goals for 2017

Provo High Principal Karen Brown speaking at State of the City
Council members recently joined community leaders and others for Mayor Curtis' final State of the City address. Hosted by Provo High School, they received a warm welcome from the enthusiastic students and Principal Karen Brown. Included in the Mayor's goals for 2017 was good governance. He mentioned a budget focused on value and results for the taxpayers, neighborhood plans, zoning compliance, and an increase in citizen engagement.

We appreciate the shout-out from Mayor Curtis on our work to improve zoning compliance in Provo. The Council voted to create a Zoning Compliance Committee and continues to move forward with recommendations on improving the land use (development) application process.

Great progress has been made on the priorities set one year ago and Council members decided to continue on with the same group of priorities for 2017. While none of these will ever truly be "done," it is hoped that room can be made for other items that need the Council's attention in the future. Dave Harding explained, "Some of these desired outcomes will take years to achieve, but we have been able to set a course."

Dave Sewell commented on the work done regarding the development application process, "We made a lot of progress but there's still a lot to do around implementation."

Each area of priority has most of the goals or outcomes being addressed in some way. Kim Santiago also pointed out that many accomplishments were made that were outside of the specific desired outcomes listed when the priorities were set.

The Council will continue to pursue its nine priorities identified last year and looks forward to ongoing progress in each area.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Louise Jorgensen

January 2017 marked the beginning of a new calendar year, but also the end of an era in the City Council office as well as Provo City's Neighborhood Program. Louise Jorgensen retired from her work as the Council's Executive Office Assistant and was honored at the January 4 Council meeting.

Her job title doesn’t begin to describe all that she did for Council members, staff, and Provo’s Neighborhood Program. In her nine years here Louise became the heart and backbone of the Council Office. Nearly every responsibility in the office had been part of her job at one time or another and she had been a key part of welcoming each new employee and helping them to get their bearings. We have a small staff so she has had a huge impact on the entire team.

Council members relied on Louise for support. She was often the first to greet visitors or to help those who called in with questions. Even the longest of meeting days was so much better when it started with a cheerful greeting from Louise when you walked in the door.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Summary of the January 17 Meetings

In the Work Session

Zoning Compliance Committee
Zoning compliance continues to be a top priority and Council established a committee with Council members Dave Knecht, George Stewart, and Kim Santiago as members. Santiago will serve as the committee's chair. Their mission is to review recommendations from citizens and the Administration pertaining to zoning enforcement and compliance, and to advise the Council on how to move forward with those recommendations.

Implied Motions
One of the amendments to the Council Policies and Procedures Handbook that was approved refers to an implied motion. During Council meetings (not work meetings), after any presentations and public comment on an agenda item, the Council Chair will declare, by rule, an implied motion to affirmatively pass the measure under consideration. This can be an efficient way to provide a clear starting point for debate. The Council may vote to amend the motion as often as necessary during debate before voting on whether or not to pass the measure.