Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Summary of the January 19 Meetings

In the Work Session

Composting and Green Waste:
As of December 1, 2015, composting services were ended by the South Utah Valley Solid Waste District, which Provo belongs to. David Decker, Provo City's Public Works Director, updated the Council on the options they are looking into for the future of green waste and composting in Provo. Factors in the decision are the expense of machinery, transportation costs, disposing of unsold compost and unused green waste, and limitations on adding bio solids to the green waste. Public Works will return to the Council at a future date with options and recommendations.

Franklin Neighborhood Plan:

The Franklin Neighborhood has been meeting with planners from the Community Development Department to develop a vision for the future of their neighborhood. The Planning Commission recommended approval with a condition that the proposed LDR zone on 100 South between 1000 West and 600 West be removed from the future land use map. An important clarification was made during the discussion on this plan. The desires of neighborhood residents heavily influence the neighborhood master plans but the plans submitted to the Planning Commission and then to the City Council are ultimately the recommendations of Community Development staff and the City Council has the final say on approving them.

The Council also:
  • Approved the creation of a proposed ad hoc Council committee focused on City development processes. The Council Development Approval Process Review Committee will be chaired by Dave Sewell.
  • Discussed Council priorities and vision for Provo City. This will be an ongoing discussion.
  • Discussed and approved the assignment of Council Members to various committees
  • Heard a report from the Mayor's Provo Bicycle Committee
  • Heard an update on Provo City Sanitation recycling, compost and green waste
  • Heard an overview of the Franklin Neighborhood Plan. This will be formally heard at the February 2 Council Meeting.
  • Heard an overview of a request to amend Section 14.29.150(3) Uses Conducted Within Buildings in the Planned Industrial Commercial Zone (Citywide). This will be formally heard at the February 2 Council Meeting.
  • Heard an overview of a request to amend Section 14.34.290 to amend the South State Street Design Corridor (Spring Creek and Provost South Neighborhoods). This will be formally heard at the February 2 Council Meeting.

In the Formal Meeting

Neighborhood Spotlight:

Brady Curtis, Chair of the Downtown Neighborhood spoke about the impact of the Provo City Center Temple open house happening now. About 1,000 - 2,000 people per hour are taking the open house tours and things have been running fairly smoothly. Downtown Provo Inc. printed some pocket-sized restaurant guides to distribute and they appreciate the work done by Provo City to prepare the area for the large number of extra visitors.

Popular Annual Financial Report:

Provo City's Finance Department presented the Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015. This report gives a summary of the City's financial standing in a clear, concise manner giving all readers, both financial and non-financial, the understanding of where the revenue comes from and where dollars are being spent. This is a key document for Provo residents to read and understand the key services that the City provides to make Provo a safer and more enjoyable place in which to work, live, and play.

The Council also:

  • Heard a presentation by the Covey Center
  • Heard a presentation of the Winter Commuter Award
  • Held a public hearing and approved a resolution amending the General Plan to include Provo Downtown Streetscape Standards in a new Appendix I (City Design Standards)
  • Held a public hearing and approved an ordinance amending Section 14.34.24 regarding residential facilities for persons with a disability and residential facilities for elderly persons (Citywide)
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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