Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Summary of Action | Meetings on September 10, 2019

PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL

Work Meeting

1:30 PM, Tuesday, September 10, 2019
351 West Center Street, Provo, UT 84601
Summary of Action


Agenda

Approval of Minutes 
May 14, 2019 Budget Retreat  
June 18, 2019 Work Meeting
 Approved by unanimous consent.
 
Business
 
1. A discussion regarding sewer capacity west of I-15 and a consideration of options. (19-085) Presentation only.

2. A discussion regarding the Downtown Pedestrian Plan proposed by Downtown Provo, Inc. (19-093) Presentation only.

3. ***CONTINUED*** A discussion on defining over-occupancy as a nuisance. (19-094) 

4. A discussion regarding an appropriation related to elements of the FY19-20 Provo City Budget that need to be revisited (19-095) Presentation only.

5. A discussion regarding a proposed ordinance amendment to Provo City Code to reduce off-street requirements for multi-family developments if certain considerations are met. (19-092) A motion to send the proposal to the Planning Commission for review was approved 7:0.

Summary of Action | Meetings on August 27, 2019

PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL

Work Meeting

1:00 PM, Tuesday, August 27, 2019
351 West Center Street, Provo, UT 84601
Summary of Action


Agenda

Approval of Minutes
  • May 7, 2019 Joint Meeting with the Parks and Recreation Board   
  • May 7, 2019 Work Meeting   
  • May 28, 2019 Joint Meeting with the Metropolitan Water Board   
  • July 23, 2019 Work Meeting   
  • Approved by unanimous consent.
Business
 
1. A presentation on policy updates from the Utah League of Cities and Towns. (19-089) Presentation only.

2. A discussion regarding sewer capacity west of I-15 and a consideration of options. (19085) Presentation only. A presentation was scheduled for the Work Meeting on September 10, 2019, in which several members of the development community would present to the Council on related west side sewer considerations.

3. A discussion regarding a resolution authorizing City Administration to accept a State of Utah Infrastructure Bank Fund Loan for improvements related to the Provo Airport Terminal Project. (19-087) A motion to support both funding sources for the projects enumerated was approved 6:0, with David Sewell excused.

Presentation only. Following a review by the State's Transportation Commission, Public Works staff may return after September 20, 2019 to a Council Meeting in October or November.

4. A discussion regarding an Interfund Loan from the Energy Fund to the Wastewater Fund for sewer improvements related to the new Airport terminal. (19-088) [The motion for item 3 also applies to this item.]

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Citizens Agenda for Meetings on September 10, 2019

UPDATED 9/9/2019

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
1:30 PM, Tuesday, September 10, 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 sewer capacity west of I-15 and a consideration of options. (19-085)
    • For many years, City officials in Provo have known that sewer system capacity was a limiting force in further residential and commercial development in Provo west of Interstate 15. The wastewater collection system in west Provo was planned for many years based on most of west Provo remaining in agricultural use as identified in the general plan. However, in the last 10-15 years, there has been greater demand for additional residential development in this area. Within the last few years, the City has adopted a new Southwest Area Plan in the General Plan document that gives much more specificity as to planned development and density in the area. Additionally, Provo High School has moved to the northwest area in the city, consuming some sewer capacity and likely stimulating more growth in the future in this area of the city. Provo School District has also announced plans to relocate Dixon Middle School to southwest Provo in the next few years, which will also require added sewer capacity in this part of Provo.
    • With a number of forces at work, many land owners and developers in the area have argued that additional sewer capacity on the west side has become more critical and time-sensitive, and would like to approach the Council to consider strategies to accelerate capacity expansion.
    • Council leadership has asked that Public Works staff come to the work meeting on August 27 to provide some history and context and to talk specifically about the current CIP plan and how it relates to this increasing demand. They have also offered to some of the larger developers and land owners in this part of Provo to present their plans and perspectives on September 10. Our hope is that if the Council would like to see any alternatives to the current CIP plan and strategy, the Council would ask staff after the September 10 meeting to develop some scenarios that could be considered.
    • The Administration sees this as an important policy question that impacts the City budget, development pace on the west side, housing availability, agricultural preservation, transportation, and other important policy issues. The Council's consideration of any potential policy changes should be made carefully with good data and careful consideration, and these discussions are intended to begin a dialogue with the stakeholders to see if a change in current policy is warranted or advisable.
  2. A discussion regarding the Downtown Pedestrian Plan proposed by Downtown Provo, Inc. (19-093)
    • In discussing the Provo City Transportation Master Plan, the downtown business community felt a statement on the area from 500 W to 200 E along Center Street could be helpful to clarify their expectations. Specifically, they indicated agreement and support for the designation of Center Street from 500 W to 200 E as a pedestrian mall allowing for pedestrians to receive priority in this area. Further they have concerns about how this plan is being implemented. As part of their statement, they request that as decisions about parking, light patterns, traffic flow and other future projects keep pedestrian friendly environments as the top priority. Finally, they provide a list of suggestions that could help enhance this effort. They are as follows:
      • Enforcement of the 15 mph limit on Center, and other speed limits in high traffic pedestrian areas.
      • Synchronizing light patterns and new green arrows encouraging cars to use 100 N for freeway access.
      • Additional signage including new pedestrian way-finding signs.
      • Additional kiosks in public spaces allowing for way-finding and designated public announcement areas.
      • Physical changes that allow a driver to recognize a difference as they enter the “historic downtown” corridor. such as:
        1. Either raised crosswalks
        2. Crosswalk lights
        3. Or other physical changes

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Citizens Agenda for Meetings on August 27, 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
1:00 PM, Tuesday, August 27, 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 presentation on policy updates from the Utah League of Cities and Towns. (19-089)
    • Cameron Diehl, Executive Director of ULCT, will update the Council on the work of the Utah League of Cities and Towns over the past few months.
  2. A discussion regarding sewer capacity west of I-15 and a consideration of options. (19-085)
    • For many years, City officials in Provo have known that sewer system capacity was a limiting force in further residential and commercial development in Provo west of Interstate 15. The wastewater collection system in west Provo was planned for many years based on most of west Provo remaining in agricultural use as identified in the general plan. However, in the last 10-15 years, there has been greater demand for additional residential development in this area. Within the last few years, the City has adopted a new Southwest Area Plan in the General Plan document that gives much more specificity as to planned development and density in the area. Additionally, Provo High School has moved to the northwest area in the city, consuming some sewer capacity and likely stimulating more growth in the future in this area of the city. Provo School District has also announced plans to relocate Dixon Middle School to southwest Provo in the next few years, which will also require added sewer capacity in this part of Provo.
    • With a number of forces at work, many land owners and developers in the area have argued that additional sewer capacity on the west side has become more critical and time-sensitive, and would like to approach the Council to consider strategies to accelerate capacity expansion.
    • Council leadership has asked that Public Works staff come to the work meeting on August 27 to provide some history and context and to talk specifically about the current CIP plan and how it relates to this increasing demand. They have also offered to some of the larger developers and land owners in this part of Provo to present their plans and perspectives on September 10. Our hope is that if the Council would like to see any alternatives to the current CIP plan and strategy, the Council would ask staff after the September 10 meeting to develop some scenarios that could be considered.
    • The Administration sees this as an important policy question that impacts the City budget, development pace on the west side, housing availability, agricultural preservation, transportation, and other important policy issues. The Council's consideration of any potential policy changes should be made carefully with good data and careful consideration, and these discussions are intended to begin a dialogue with the stakeholders to see if a change in current policy is warranted or advisable.

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.