Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Summary of the June 16 Council Meetings

In the Work Session

GIS Mapping Tool:
Provo City Geographic Information Systems (GIS) provide spatial data, analysis, mapping, and applications to city departments and citizens to improve efficiency and decision making. Phil Uhl, GIS Administrator, and Stan McShinsky, Systems Analyst, gave a demonstration to Council Members of the GIS Home mapping tool accessible to City employees.

Provo residents can also access several different online maps that provide information relevant to their home address, local parks, election results, and Provo City construction. Here are links to those maps:




The Council also:
  • Heard a report from the Sustainability Committee
  • Heard a budget report for the second quarter of fiscal year 2015
  • Heard a report from the new director of Downtown Provo, Inc.
  • Had a discussion on recommendations from the Council Budget Committee regarding guiding principles on user fees. Council staff are preparing an updated document based on the discussion and this will be reviewed at the July 7 Work Meeting.
  • Discussed requests for a General Map Plan Amendment and rezone for 2.64 acres in the North Park Neighborhood to facilitate the expansion of the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center. These will be formally heard at the July 7 Council Meeting.
  • Discussed a request to amend City Code to modify the front yard parking requirements for one-family residential dwellings citywide.This will be formally heard at the July 7 Council Meeting.
  • Discussed a request to amend City Code regarding driveway access and orientation of homes for corner lots located on collector and arterial streets citywide. This will be formally heard at the July 7 Council Meeting.

In the Formal Meeting

FY2016 Tentative Budget Passed:
The Council passed a tentative budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. With some weighty items to consider, the budget was discussed in portions to allow Council Members to look at the options and determine how to proceed. Included in the budget was a property tax increase that will require a Truth in Taxation hearing before it can be officially approved. A Recreation, Arts, and Park (RAP) tax was also considered. The Council approved the budget without the RAP tax included but they are still considering placing the RAP tax on the November ballot. Utility rate increases scheduled over a five-year period were included in the budget but the Council approved only the first year's increase and will discuss future increases when next year's budget is being considered.

More information on the budget can be found online.


The Council:
  • Heard a presentation by the Covey Center for the Arts
  • Heard a presentation on the 2015 Freedom Festival
  • Recognized the Provo High Girls Golf Team for their Utah State championship
  • Passed a resolution to submit notice to the Utah County Commission of Provo City's intent to put the Recreation, Arts, and Parks (RAP) tax on the November 2015 ballot
  • Held a public hearing and passed a resolution placing property at 1776 Buckley Lane on the surplus property list and authorizing the Mayor to sell the property
  • Held a public hearing on and passed the tentative budgets for Provo City, the Provo City Storm Water Special Service District, and the Redevelopment Agency of Provo City

This is a general summary of the Council's meetings. For a more detailed agenda and minutes, please visit our public documents site: http://publicdocuments.provo.org/sirepub/meet.aspx
Video recordings:  Work Meeting and Council Meeting

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