Thursday, August 10, 2017

Summary of the August 8 Meetings

In the Work Session

Parking Administration
Matthew Taylor, Provo's new Parking Administrator gave a presentation on the interim direction and priorities of the Provo Parking Administration. He will begin with the Provo Strategic Park Plan draft that was developed by consultants. Taylor explained that some of the challenges are related to perception and education. Wayfinding signage would help people find available parking that may not be easy to see. A Park Provo Facebook page has been created to share information in this ongoing discussion.

Economic Development - Retail
Council heard another in a series of presentations from the Economic Development Department. The focus of this one was retail incentives and retaining business. Provo has a "toolbox" of what it can do to incentivize businesses to relocate here. One of those is tax increment financing (TIF). Here is a video on how that works. The issue of businesses leaving Provo was also addressed. They often relocated due to limited land and building inventory, need for larger facility, workforce, and location/proximity. Council plans to meet with Economic Development on August 17 for an extra work session focused on retail.

Development Approval Process
Council's Development Approval Process Review (DAPR) Committee has been working to streamline the process for land-use applications that are submitted to Provo City. Under the current guidelines, it can take at least five weeks for an application to go from the Planning Commission meeting to a Council meeting. DAPR presented their recommendation on changes to noticing land use items. This was approved and staff will work on making the changes to the process Watch for more details once this process is in place.

Council-School Board Joint Meeting, August 10, 2017

Agenda  (Time stamps have been added on YouTube to the individual agenda items to help you find them in the video.) 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Provo City Council Work Meeting, August 8, 2017

Agenda  (Time stamps have been added on YouTube to the individual agenda items to help you find them in the video.)