Saturday, August 17, 2019

Proposed changes for accessory apartments - updated

(8/19/2019 updated for clarification) Over the past year, the Council Housing Committee has been working on finding ways to increase the number of affordable units within Provo City. One of the ways in which this has been considered is by easing the requirements on, and increasing the number of, accessory units. This applies to areas currently zoned with "A-" and "S-" overlays (indicated in residential zoning with an "A" or an "S" following the zoning designation).

Recently, the Council put this consideration forward to the Planning Commission and received a positive recommendation.  However, before the Council moves forward with the legislation they would like to receive input from residents.

The proposed legislation will be discussed during the 27 August Work Meeting and formally considered during Council Meeting on 10 September 2019. Below are the highlights of this proposed legislation (with new provisions highlighted in yellow):


Saturday, August 3, 2019

Noticing 101

The Provo City Council, Planning Commission, and other public bodies have to obey specific statutes about public meetings. That includes giving a certain amount of public notice so residents know about those meetings. 


Thursday, July 25, 2019

Summary of Action | Meetings on July 9, 2019

PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL

Work Meeting

3:00 PM, Tuesday, July 9, 2019
351 West Center Street, Provo, UT 84601
Summary of Action


Agenda

Approval of MinutesApril 9, 2019 Work Meeting
April 23, 2019 Joint Meeting with Transportation and Mobility Advisory Committee
Approved by unanimous consent.

Business

1.  A discussion regarding a proposed Permit Parking Plan ordinance amendment. (19-002) A motion to bring this item to the July 23, 2019 Council Meeting, with a request that Gary McGinn relay any comments from the Planning Commission was approved 6:0, with David Sewell excused.

2.  A discussion regarding a resolution of support for the recommendation from the Utah County Good Governance Board regarding the Utah County structure of government. (19-060) Presentation only. This item was already scheduled for the Council Meeting on July 9, 2019.

3.  A discussion regarding the proposed Urban Deer Control Plan. (19-047) A motion to replace the text beginning in line 9 of the resolution with the text from the second paragraph of Exhibit A was approved 6:0, with David Sewell excused. A motion to change the language to read "up to $15,000" for the appropriation was approved 6:0, with David Sewell excused. This item was already scheduled for the Council Meeting on July 9, 2019.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Citizens Agenda for Meetings on July 23, 2019

Citizens Agenda

Council meeting agendas are often difficult for people to navigate. Filled with jargon and legal requirements on how an item must be listed, it can be a challenge to determine what Council members are actually discussing or deciding on.
What follows is a staff interpretation of the agendas.
The official published agendas and supporting materials can be found here:  http://agendas.provo.org

PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL
Work Meeting Agenda
2:30 PM, Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Work Meetings are designed to be a less formal venue for discussion among Council Members. Generally, no public input is taken during the meeting.

Business
  1. A discussion regarding the creation of a Downtown Parking Committee. (19-002)
    • Discussions about parking downtown have come up frequently in Council and committee discussions. The anticipated business and population growth as well as the relocation of the City Center building have made the need for a proactive approach to parking downtown more pressing. One option to address this need is to create a Downtown Parking Committee.
  2. A discussion of proposed amendments to Provo City Code Section 15.03.035 (Grading) to clarify and change requirements related to grading and grading permits. (19-002)
    • The Foothills Protection Committee has met for the last several months to discuss areas they can assist in the preservation and protection of the Provo City Foothills. This particular ordinance amendment stems from the discussion that Council had during the April 23, 2019, Work Meeting. This is the proposed legislation relating to the initial step that was discussed by the Committee to prevent grading issues in the future. The three things which are being discussed are:
      • (1) Require a Project Plan Proposal with each grading permit. Currently, Provo City Code Section § 15.03.035(2) (Grading) indicates that grading permits can be “obtained at the office of the Provo City Engineer after completion of an application for permit complying with any and all permit requirements.” There are 12 requirements from in PCC § 15.03.035(2) for developers to fulfill. However, if developers were required to provide a plan to fulfill these requirements at the project proposal stage, they will be less likely to abandon grading projects. The additional effort on the part of those seeking a grading permit and gives additional information to Engineering in order to help them as they review projects.
      • (2) Increase bonding requirements for grading permit projects. The grading permit requirements found in PCC § 15.03.035(4) currently require that:
        1. - the work is completed by a licensed qualified contractor,
        2. - payment of all required permit fees and bonds are received prior to commencement of any work, and
        3. - the project complies with any special conditions required by the City Engineer.
    • The Foothills Protection Committee believes that the bonding requirements for grading permits should be increased. Any permit which requires cutting should be given special scrutiny to ensure that the projects are completed to the expected standards.
      • (3) Require a landscaping plan as part of the project proposal. If each project has a landscaping plan, this would show the City the contractor intends to beautify the project upon completion and leave the project in better condition than when they began. This would also provide the Engineering Division additional information on how the contractor intends to beautify the area upon completion of the project. The landscaping component of the project proposal would also likely result in an increase of the bonding requirement.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Citizens Agenda for Meetings on July 9, 2019


Citizens Agenda

Council meeting agendas are often difficult for people to navigate. Filled with jargon and legal requirements on how an item must be listed, it can be a challenge to determine what Council members are actually discussing or deciding on.
What follows is a staff interpretation of the agendas.
The official published agendas and supporting materials can be found here:  http://agendas.provo.org

PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL
Work Meeting Agenda
3:00 PM, Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Work Meetings are designed to be a less formal venue for discussion among Council Members. Generally, no public input is taken during the meeting.

Business
  1. A discussion regarding a proposed Permit Parking Plan ordinance amendment. (19-002)
    • In mid- to late-2018, the Policy Governance Committee began discussions to clean up and make amendments to certain elements of the Permit Parking code (see Provo City Code Chapter 9.80). The Permit Parking Areas currently in code have been subject to certain code language that has been outdated since the Parking Enforcement has gone 21st Century. There is no longer a need for actual permits due to the electronic system that Parking Enforcement has put in place. Then there were some procedural elements that the Policy Governance Committee chose to amend certain elements to tighten up the process and add a step for the Planning Commission to review the Permit Parking Area plans. This step is thought to help the Council obtain a land use perspective on these Permit Parking Area plans. Also, there is a fee added to the Consolidated Fee Schedule.
  2. A discussion regarding a resolution of support for the recommendation from the Utah County Good Governance Board regarding the Utah County structure of government. (19-060)
    • After several weeks of deliberation, on Monday, June 10, 2019, the Utah County Good Governance Board joined Strengthen Utah County in recommending that Utah County change its form of government from a three-person commission to a full-time mayor with seven part-time council members. Five council members would be elected in geographic districts, and two would be elected at large. The recommended change will be placed on the ballot this November 2019.
  3. A discussion regarding the proposed Urban Deer Control Plan. (19-047)
    • The Urban Deer program has received preliminary approval from the Council to progress to the point where an Urban Deer Control Plan has been put together, a budget has been prepared, and the Council needs to approve the final pieces in order to make the Plan operational. To do this this resolution takes three steps:
      • 1. This is the second required public hearing to renew our Certificate of Registration with the Division of Wildlife Resources
      • 2. This resolution approves the Urban Deer Control Plan, and
      • 3. Appropriates the needed funds to make it operational
    • The COR from the Division of Wildlife Resources will be authorized for another three-year period. This is the final step in making the Urban Deer Program move forward in the process.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

What Do You Want For Provo's Airport?


 People gathered on June 19 to view a draft of the updated Provo Airport Master Plan and to weigh in on concepts for future terminal expansion. Participants were able to address interior and exterior design as well as elements that would welcome visitors to Provo. Other questions involved the experience of waiting for a flight or waiting to pick someone up at the airport.





Help guide the future of our growing airport. You can see the information for yourself and give input on Open City Hall until July 8.






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Monday, June 24, 2019

Summary of Action | Meetings on June 18, 2019

PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL

Work Meeting

12:00 PM, Tuesday, June 18, 2019
351 West Center Street, Provo, UT 84601
Summary of Action


AgendaApproval of Minutes
March 5, 2019 Work Meeting
March 19, 2019 Work Meeting
March 28, 2019 Joint Meeting with Provo School District
May 28, 2019 Special Council Meeting
June 4, 2019 Work Meeting
Approved by unanimous consent.

Budget Committee

2.  A discussion regarding changes to the FY 2019-2020 Tentative Budget. (19-004)
Presentation only. This item was already scheduled for the Council Meeting on June 18, 2019.

Business

3.  A discussion regarding an appropriation for the Airport operating budget. (19-078)
Presentation only. This item was already scheduled for the Council Meeting on June 18, 2019.

4.  A discussion on the creation of Community and Neighborhood Services and Development Services. (19-036) Presentation only. This item will be scheduled for the Council Meeting on July 9, 2019.

5.  A discussion regarding the parking requirements and Transportation Demand Management plans for multi-family developments. (19-074) Presentation only. This item will be presented to the Housing Committee for review after a proposal is drafted.

6.  A discussion on a proposed ordinance amendment to Provo City Code Chapter 9.17 (Civil Infractions) parking violations (19-023)
Presentation only. This item was already scheduled for the Council Meeting on June 18, 2019.