Monday, June 12, 2017

Summary of the June 6 Meetings

In the Work Session

Economic Development
Council asked the Economic Development office to share information about what they do. Dixon Holmes, Deputy Mayor of Economic Development explained that each person on their small staff has a particular focus. Chad Thomas is the downtown specialist, working with the various businesses in Provo's downtown area. Allison Lew focuses on entrepreneurs and minority/underserved populations, and has established a group that holds events for women in business. Cameron Christensen has a citywide economic development focus. The Economic Development office works with Provo businesses to facilitate their needs and help them locate resources. They work with businesses that are expanding or relocating, but don't do a lot of outside recruitment because there aren't many places to put them.

Joint Meeting with Airport Board
The Airport Board met with the Council and discussed several items related to airport operations and development. The terminal layout portion of the airport master plan is 90% done. The Provo Airport is looking at several on-site development options. Looking ahead, the board has planned for an increase in customers and acknowledged the need for more space. It is expected that sometime in the future the airport will have over 100,000 passengers each year, which will bring in new types of funding from the federal government.This is difficult because of the ramp and the limited parking lot space for development. Noting the limited space, the board is looking for the best way to prepare for an increase usage of the Provo Airport. The Airport Board has expressed a need for a new taxi lane to accommodate growth. The current taxi lane is being redone this summer so that they can qualify for FAA funding of the new taxi lane.

Duncan Aviation is moving ahead with their expansion. They expect as Duncan Aviation continues to grow many new jobs will be produced. Because Duncan Aviation accounts for over fifty percent of operations in Provo, and possibly fifty percent of many other small airports in Utah, funding is a huge factor. All FAA funding is based on operations at all of the airports.

The Council also:
  • Continued in their discussion of a possible new city center and public safety facility.
  • Discussed recommendations from the Development Approval Process Review Committee regarding land use agenda noticing. The recommendations will be sent to Planning Commission for review.
  • Approved the mission statement for the Budget and Audit Committee.
  • Discussed the recently passed ordinance on minimum dwelling unit sizes in specific zones. This will come back to a future work session for additional discussion.
  • Discussed a request to allow a new PRO Zone for a property at 691 East 600 North, currently zoned Residential Conservation, to allow 10 apartments (Joaquin Neighborhood). This will be formally heard at the June 20 Council meeting.
  • Discussed a request to rezone five properties in the Lakewood Neighborhood from Residential Agricultural and Agricultural to Single-Family Residential (Lakewood Neighborhood). This will be formally heard at the June 20 Council meeting. 
  • Discussed a request for a zone change from Light Manufacturing to Low Density Residential for a property at 1500 South State Street in the Spring Creek Neighborhood.

In the Formal Meeting

Budget Hearings
The first of two public hearings on the proposed FY2018 Provo City budget was held. The second hearing will be at the June 20 Council meeting. Public comments are also being accepted on Open City Hall. Provo City's budget officer explained that the budget is prepared according to standards established by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) and the budget is audited annually.

The Council also:
  • Heard a presentation on the 2017 Freedom Festival.
  • Heard a presentation on earthquake safety.
  • Passed a resolution approving an amendment to the 2015 Five-Year Consolidated Plan to include the City of Lehi as a member of the Utah Valley HOME Consortium.
  • Passed a resolution approving the 2017-2018 Annual Action Plan, including the third year update to the 2015 Five-Year Consolidated Plan.
  • Discussed a resolution of intent to create a proposed expansion of the Foothill Park parking permit area.This was continued indefinitely until the neighborhood is prepared to bring back a revised proposal.
  • Approved a zone change from heavy commercial to low density residential for a property at 801 West 500 South in the Franklin Neighborhood in order to develop four town homes. 
  • Amended an ordinance approved at the May 16, 2017, Council meeting regarding the rezoning of property at 3700 North University Avenue. The maximum building height was changed from 43 feet to 36 feet.
  • Held a public hearing on transferring utility revenues and Stormwater fund revenues to the General Fund and other funds. This was a new requirement that came out of the Utah State Legislature earlier this year.

This is a general summary of the Council's meetings. For a more detailed agenda and minutes, please visit our public documents site:
Video recordings: Work Meeting and Council Meeting.

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