Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Summary of Action | Meetings on August 7, 2018

PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL

Work Meeting

12:30 PM, Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Room 310, City Conference Room
351 West Center Street, Provo, UT 84601
Summary of Action
 


Approval of Minutes
  • July 10, 2018 Work Meeting
  • July 17, 2018 Joint Meeting with the Provo Housing Authority
  • July 26, 2018 Joint Meeting with Orem Council
Approved by unanimous consent.

Business

1.  A discussion on the bond election for the Provo City Center. (18-073)  
A motion to strike option 2 from the options to be considered and to vote on either option 1 or 3 at the August 7, 2018 Council Meeting was approved 7:0.
A motion to update the resolution bond language to include the terms “police and fire headquarters and emergency dispatch center” and “city hall” was approved 7:0.


2.  A discussion on a Rules Committee proposal regarding amendments to the Council Handbook and Provo City Code (18-078)  
A motion to place the Code changes on an upcoming Council Meeting agenda and to approve the Handbook changes was approved 7:0.
A motion to place the Code changes on the Consent Agenda for the August 21, 2018 Council Meeting was approved 7:0.


3.  A presentation on the Sewer Metering Study (18-052) Presentation only.

4.  A presentation on Utah's Housing Gap (18-070) Presentation only.

5.  A discussion on a draft of the Environmental Assessment (EA), Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) for the Timp-Kiwanis/Bounous property conversion (17-036)  Presentation only.

Policy Items Referred from the Planning Commission

6.  A discussion on an ordinance amending Provo City Code regarding allowances and requirements of home occupations. Citywide impact. (PLOTA20180109)
A motion to send the original [April Work Meeting] draft back to the Planning Commission was approved 7:0.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Council Votes to Place Bond on November Ballot


COUNCIL TO PLACE BOND ON BALLOT FOR FIRE STATION, EMERGENCY DISPATCH CENTER, POLICE AND FIRE HEADQUARTERS, AND CITY HALL

PROVO, Utah – August 8, 2018 – The Municipal Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to hold a special bond election asking voters to authorize a $69,000,000 bond, repayable over 20 years, "for the purpose of acquiring, constructing, and equipping in the downtown area a new police and fire headquarters, emergency dispatch center, and city hall; acquiring, constructing, and equipping a new fire station to replace the fire station on Canyon Road; and providing for related improvements in Provo City."

An annual property tax to pay debt service on the proposed bonds will be required over a period of 20 years in the estimated amount of $119.80 per year on a $265,000 primary residence and in the estimated amount of $217.82 per year on a business having the same value. $265,000 is the median home value in Provo.

The bond will be on the ballot for the General Election set for Tuesday, November 6, 2018.  Ballots will be mailed to registered voters on October 16.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Citizens Agenda for Meetings on August 6-7, 2018

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://publicdocuments.provo.org/sirepub/meet.aspx

PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL
Work Meeting Agenda

4:00 PM, Monday, August 6, 2018

Work Meetings are designed to be a less formal venue for discussion among Council Members. Generally, no public input is taken during the meeting. Council is considering several alternatives to address critical needs for Fire Station 2, the Police Department, and the City Center building. This is an extra work meeting called to give Council members additional time for discussion and to receive updated information.

Business
  1. City Center Presentations 
    • Review of Options 
    • Updated Space Analysis 
    • Report on Public Input 
    • Additional Information 
  2. Council Discussion, including Questions and Answers
Adjournment





PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL
Work Meeting Agenda
12:00 PM, Tuesday, August 7, 2018

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 on the bond election for the Provo City Center. (18-073)
    • Council is considering several alternatives to address critical needs for Fire Station 2, the Police Department, and the City Center building. An option will need to be selected in order to prepare the necessary information to place a bond on the November 2018 ballot.
  2. A discussion on a Rules Committee proposal regarding amendments to the Council Handbook and Provo City Code (18-078)
    • The Rules Committee will be presenting several recommendations pertaining to Council’s policies and procedures, including how the Council defines and establishes “Council Committees.”
  3. A presentation on the Sewer Metering Study (18-052)
    • Public Works will share results of their sewer metering study and how it relates to future growth, and the implications for the timing and location of a new treatment plant.
  4. A presentation on Utah's Housing Gap (18-070)
    • On May 1 of this year, the Salt Lake Chamber officially launched the Housing GAP Coalition. This group includes business and community leaders from throughout the state and is the first of its kind in the nation. The Coalition aims to address Utah’s looming housing affordability problem before it’s too late.  This group was formed as a direct response to a new study, commissioned by the Salt Lake Chamber and conducted by the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. The study concludes that the rate Utah’s housing prices are increasing threatens our cost of living, economic prosperity and quality of life. You can read the entire study here.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Summary of Action | Meetings on July 17, 2018

PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL

Work Meeting

1:00 PM, Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Room 310, City Conference Room
351 West Center Street, Provo, UT 84601
Summary of Action


Business

1.  A discussion on citywide tax incentives and retail reinvestment (18-057) Presentation only.

2.  A discussion on the Real Estate Purchase Agreement and Development Agreement for a medical school at the golf course (17-136) and (17-143)
Motion:           George Stewart moved that the resolution for consideration at the July 17, 2018 Council Meeting include language that authorizes the Mayor to sign the agreements as long as there were no material changes. Seconded by David Harding.
Roll call vote: Approved 7:0.
 This item was already scheduled for the July 17, 2018 Council Meeting.

3.  A discussion on amending PCC 14.34.350 regarding Recreational Vehicle Storage and Towing Impound Yards (18-077) Presentation only.

4.  A discussion on a purchase option for property located at Provo Towne Center Mall (18-073)
Amended motion: David Harding moved to direct that staff prepare a joint statement indicating the Council and Mayor’s intent or opinion that it was necessary to address the needs of the city center, public safety (police, fire, and dispatch) buildings, and Fire Station 2 on Canyon Road, and to allow the statement to be issued following approval by the Mayor and Council Leadership. Seconded by George Stewart.
Roll call vote: Approved 7:0.
This item was already scheduled for the July 17, 2018 Council Meeting.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

MAYOR AND COUNCIL JOINT STATEMENT REGARDING NEED FOR A NEW CITY CENTER


PROVO,Utah – July 19, 2018The Mayor and Municipal Council jointly make known their intent to address the critical space needs and deteriorating, unsafe condition of the current Municipal City Center and Fire Station No. 2 by asking residents for approval of a general obligation bond in the upcoming election. Currently, the City Center serves as the headquarters and operations center for numerous city services, including police, fire, and dispatch. 


The amount of the bond proposal remains to be determined, but will likely be between $44.5 million and $60 million, based on the three alternatives currently being reviewed by the Municipal Council and Administration. As elected leaders, we implore residents to get involved and assist us by providing input as we evaluate alternatives, which are: (1) relocate the City Center to the former Sears building in the Provo Towne Centre Mall, (2) upgrade and expand existing City Center facilities to meet necessary safety criteria and space needs, or (3) build a new and expanded City Center on the current block in downtown Provo. Thank you in advance for your input.



* * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Comment below (requires Google+ account), on our Facebook page, through our online comment form, or by contacting Council Members directly. Comments/input on items appearing on an upcoming meeting agenda will be compiled and provided to Council Members the day before the meeting. **Note - your comments will be part of the public record.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Citizens Agenda for Meetings on July 17, 2018

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://publicdocuments.provo.org/sirepub/meet.aspx


PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL
Joint Meeting with Provo Housing Authority
12:00 PM, Tuesday, July 17, 2018
    • Council regularly schedules meetings with key boards and commissions to discuss current issues and ways to improve processes.
  1. A discussion on community land trusts
    • A community land trust (CLT) is a nonprofit corporation that develops and stewards affordable housing, community gardens, civic buildings, commercial spaces and other community assets on behalf of a community. “CLTs” balance the needs of individuals to access land and maintain security of tenure with a community’s need to maintain affordability, economic diversity and local access to essential services. 
  2. Further discussion of any items as requested by Council or Housing Authority Board members
Adjournment



PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL
Work Meeting Agenda
1:00 PM, Tuesday, July 17, 2018

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 on citywide tax incentives and retail reinvestment (18-057)
    • In effort to pursue the City Council’s Economic Development priority, the Council has heard presentations regarding tax increment funding (TIF) in recent work sessions. Susan Becker and Brian Baker with Zion’s Public Finance will provide more information on tax increment funding, in addition to highlighting other tools that can promote economic development in Provo.
  2. A discussion on the Real Estate Purchase Agreement and Development Agreement for a medical school at the golf course (17-136) and (17-143)
    • The Administrative Staff and the developers of the new medical school (being built on the a portion of the golf course property) have now exchanged draft agreements several times and are now ready to bring a substantially complete agreement to the Council for review, discussion and verification that the documents substantially conform to the direction and discussion that transpired in the January 2018 Municipal Council meeting.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Summary of Action | Meetings on July 10, 2018

PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL

Work Meeting

12:30 PM, Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Room 310, City Conference Room
351 West Center Street, Provo, UT 84601
Summary of Action
 



Approval of Minutes
April 24, 2018 Work Meeting
May 15, 2018 Work Meeting
May 22, 2018 Work Meeting Budget Retreat
June 19, 2018 Work Meeting
Approved by unanimous consent.

Business

1.  A discussion regarding public feedback on potential financing options for office space for police, fire, dispatcher, and other Provo City personnel. (18-073) Presentation only.

2.  A discussion on a police compensation proposal (18-069) Presentation only. This item was already scheduled for the July 10, 2018 Council Meeting.

3.  A discussion on the 3rd Quarter Financial Report for Fiscal Year 2018 (18-074) Presentation only.

4.  A discussion on the Real Estate Purchase Agreement and Development Agreement for a medical school at the golf course (17-136)
Motion:           George Handley moved to include in the development agreement the language “WHEREAS, the Council has no intent to expand development beyond the Northern Wedge Property” and that the Council intends to continue the operation of the remainder of the property as a golf course, and for the Council to pursue a separate resolution and General Plan language expressing that intent. Seconded by George Stewart.
Roll call vote: Approved 6:1, with David Harding opposed.
Motion:           George Stewart moved to retain in the draft real estate purchase agreement the provision for the right of first refusal, with an offer defined as value and terms of payment. Seconded by David Harding.
Roll call vote: Approved 5:2, with Gary Winterton and Kay Van Buren opposed.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Citizens Agenda for Meetings on July 10, 2018

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://publicdocuments.provo.org/sirepub/meet.aspx


PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL
Work Meeting Agenda
12:30 PM, Tuesday, July 10, 2018

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 public feedback on potential financing options for office space for police, fire, dispatcher, and other Provo City personnel. (18-073)
    • Y2 Analytics conducted a series of surveys designed to gauge levels of public’s support for building new office space for police, fire, dispatcher, and other Provo City personnel. Representatives from Y2 Analytics will share the survey results, and the Council will discuss various options for moving forward, if desired.
  2. A discussion on a police compensation proposal (18-069)
    • Recent discussion during the budget approval process identified a change in priorities in the Police Department to address compensation changes to attract and retain officers. A proposal supported by the Administration and the Police Chief will be presented. It would eliminate the five new Police Department positions and a position in the Economic Development Department to provide increased starting pay for police officers, add an additional career series for senior officers, and adjust compensation for the management level.
  3. A discussion on the 3rd Quarter Financial Report for Fiscal Year 2018 (18-074)
    • Quarterly Financial Reports provides unaudited summary information about Provo City’s revenue and expenses for the third quarter of fiscal year 2018, ended March 31, 2018. The report includes information about the City’s General Fund, Special Revenue funds (Library), and Enterprise funds (Golf Course, Water, Waste Water, Energy, Storm Drain, Sanitation). This report ensures that the City Municipal Council and City Administrators can consistently monitor the City’s financial and budgetary transactions, providing timely and transparent financial information that can lead to educated decisions about the City’s present and future.
  4. A discussion on the Real Estate Purchase Agreement and Development Agreement for a medical school at the golf course (17-136)
    • The Administrative Staff and the developers of the new medical school (being built on the a portion of the golf course property) have now exchanged draft agreements several times and are now ready to bring a substantially complete agreement to the Council for review, discussion and verification that the documents substantially conform to the direction and discussion that transpired in the January 2018 Municipal Council meeting.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Summary of Action | Meetings on June 19, 2018

PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL

Work Meeting

12:15 PM, Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Room 310, City Conference Room
351 West Center Street, Provo, UT 84601
Summary of Action
 


Business

1.  A discussion on tax increment funding (18-057) Discussion only.

2.  A discussion on the Real Estate Purchase Agreement and Development Agreement for a medical school at the golf course (17-136) A motion for the Administration to negotiate the agreement then return to Council for presentation and discussion at consecutive Work and Council Meetings on the same day was approved 7:0.

3.  A discussion on police personnel levels (18-069) Several motions were made but were subsequently withdrawn, resulting in no action taken. A budget amendment is expected at a later date.

4.  A discussion on funding options for Miss Provo and parade float (18-055) A substitute motion for the Council to sponsor the Miss Provo scholarship for the coming [fiscal] year [2019] in the amount of $5250.00 with that being the extent of the Council’s support of the program was approved 7:0.

5.  A discussion on Bulldog Blvd. construction (18-068) A motion was proposed for discussion purposes that would formally recommend to the Administration that the Bulldog Boulevard project be amended to exclude from its scope the reduction from three lanes to two lanes and the addition of bicycle lanes. The motion failed 0:7, with all Council members opposed.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Housing In Provo City

Photo credit: Matthew Taylor
Affordable housing has been making the news across the country.  It is not unique to Provo or to Utah that many people are struggling to find housing that can be purchased or rented in a range that is attainable for the average worker wage. According to a report in the Gardner Business Review, Utah’s demographic growth “produced exceptionally strong demand for housing, which in turn has put upward pressure on housing prices.”         

Because of the shortage in affordable housing, the Provo City Council made it one of their priorities beginning in 2016. Council’s Housing Committee was formed and the Committee worked to educate themselves on issues relative to affordable housing, brought in experts to discuss ways in which the Council can assist in increasing affordable housing options, and are working on legislation to assist developers to increase housing options in the City.

We have heard that some people believe that Provo City is turning down development projects for higher density housing. This is simply not true. The City Council has not turned down any higher density projects in the past three years. In fact, over 1,500 new housing units have been approved during that time or are currently in the process of approval. Several of those projects have been built and several others are currently under construction (see Table below).

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Council Work Meeting | June 19, 2018



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


* * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Comment below (requires Google+ account), on our Facebook page, through our online comment form, or by contacting Council Members directly. Comments/input on items appearing on an upcoming meeting agenda will be compiled and provided to Council Members the day before the meeting. **Note - your comments will be part of the public record.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Citizens Agenda for Meetings on June 19, 2018


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://publicdocuments.provo.org/sirepub/meet.aspx

PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL
Work Meeting Agenda
12:15 PM, Tuesday, June 5, 2018

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 on tax increment funding (18-057)
    • Recently, there have been a number of post-performance sales tax items brought before Council. The frequency of these items has caused some Councilors to question the use of increment as a tool. Specifically, how frequently should projects be approved? What type of project warrants the use of increment funding? What limitations has the County and School District placed on usage?This is an opportunity for Councilors to express their views on the use of increment as a tool. Economic Development has been invited to answer questions
  2. A discussion on the Real Estate Purchase Agreement and Development Agreement for a medical school at the golf course (17-136)
    • The Administrative Staff and the developers of the new medical school (being built on the a portion of the golf course property) have now exchanged draft agreements several times and are now ready to bring a substantially complete agreement to the Council for review, discussion and verification that the documents substantially conform to the direction and discussion that transpired in the January 2018 Municipal Council meeting.
  3. A discussion on police personnel levels (18-069)
    • Provo is currently 15 police officers short of what was recommended in a 2012 report issued by the Police Executive Research Forum. While the FY 2019 Tentative Budget provides for four additional officers and a police analyst position, the Council is concerned that without taking additional measures, the City may continue to suffer an officer shortage. Chief Ferguson and Daniel Softley will present specific options for the Council to consider in effort to address these concerns.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Council Addresses Freedom Festival Parade News

The Provo City Council would like to address the recent news regarding the denial to several LGBT organizations as parade entries. These organizations do important work in our community and we want them to know they are welcome and needed here. They are helping our sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, and many others in need of support.

We support the nondiscrimination clause in Provo City’s contract with America’s Freedom Festival and have long appreciated the positive economic benefit America’s Freedom Festival brings to Provo. It is disappointing that parade organizers and these community groups were unable to come to some sort of agreement that would allow the groups to participate in the parade.

Still, we recognize that the newly signed contract between Provo City and the Festival provides room for Festival organizers to decide which entries comply with their overall mission and specific event requirements. Out of 120 parade entries, 22 were rejected. We don’t know how those specific decisions were made or the rationale for rejecting specific entries. We have just heard that those who were rejected now have an opportunity to modify their entries and reapply to be in the parade.

We encourage everyone to work as a community to resolve the challenges that face us. These are critical issues that are important to our community and we look forward to having the necessary conversations to bring the community together.


* * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Comment below (requires Google+ account), on our Facebook page, through our online comment form, or by contacting Council Members directly. Comments/input on items appearing on an upcoming meeting agenda will be compiled and provided to Council Members the day before the meeting. **Note - your comments will be part of the public record.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Summary of Action | Meetings on June 5, 2018

PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL

Work Meeting

12:00 PM, Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Room 310, City Conference Room
351 West Center Street, Provo, UT 84601
Summary of Action
 

Approval of Minutes
  • April 17, 2018 Joint Meeting with the Planning Commission
  • May 1, 2018 Work Meeting
Approved by unanimous consent.

Business

1.  A discussion on funding options for Miss Provo and parade float (18-055)
A motion to add $12,000 in parade float funding to the list of items the Council would like the Administration to work into the budget was approved 5:1, with Kay Van Buren opposed and George Handley excused. (This would bring total funding for the float to $22,000.)
A motion to continue the discussion on Miss Provo funding to the June 19, 2018 Work Meeting was approved 6:0, with George Handley excused.


2.  A discussion on appropriating $160,000 in the General Fund, Parks and Recreation Department to fund needs in the Recreation Center (18-064)
Presentation only. This item was already scheduled for the June 5, 2018 Council Meeting.

3.  A discussion on rental dwelling license fees (18-065) Presentation only.

4.  A presentation on reinvestment for the Shops at Riverwoods(18-066)
A motion to schedule this item for the June 19, 2018 Council Meeting was approved 6:0, with George Handley excused.


5.  A discussion with officials from Utah League of Cities and Towns regarding State legislative items (18-067) Presentation only.

6.  A discussion on Bulldog Blvd. construction (18-068)
Presentation only. Council would like staff to work with engineering to get information on the Bulldog Blvd. project out to the public. Staff will also coordinate with Leadership to schedule another discussion about Bulldog Blvd.

7.  An update on the proposed budget (18-005)
Presentation only. If Council members want to fund anything that is not in the budget yet, they will come to staff with a proposal (supported by four Council members) on what to cut from the budget in order to make money available for their item of interest.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Gary Winterton: Response to Daily Herald Editorial

In response to Daily Herald Editorial 

On Sunday, May 27, 2018, the Daily Herald Editorial titled “Provo, where ‘Welcome Home’ doesn’t apply to the young, single professional population” addressed an issue that has energized many. The editorial alleges that “Provo wants single millennials out” or that “single professionals are not welcome.” This is a sad, inappropriate assumption. The young single professionals are critical to the vitality of our community and we need them to play a vital role in the evolution of our great city. In 2017, residents approached city officials asking for help with enforcing existing laws regarding occupancy and parking regulations. In conjunction with Council, the Mayor’s Office, Community Development, several citizens and many public meetings, a plan was developed to help Community Development enforce the laws that are in the books. One of those tools to aid in enforcement was the rental disclosure requirement. This disclosure requirement was to help lessors and lessees in understanding existing laws as well as to help Community Development enforce existing laws. With the rental disclosure, nothing about current occupancy limits was changed. Zoning violations were already prosecuted as a Class C misdemeanor. Penalties for zoning law violations need to be in place, otherwise they are merely zoning suggestions. Currently, the Council and Administration are working hard to inform residents of the laws and new disclosure requirement. Letters have been sent, open houses held, and articles have been written and placed in as many forums as we have access.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Provo Pig for Utah County Fair

To help in promoting the Utah County Fair, each city in Utah County was given a wooden pig to decorate. The Neighborhood Art Center took on the task of decorating Provo City's pig using the theme "things we love about Provo." The result is magnificent and you will soon find yourself drawn in and identifying many iconic Provo scenes.
UPDATE: Vote for Provo's pig here: http://utahcounty.gov/pigs/

 



Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Council Work Meeting | June 5, 2018

Part 1 of 2


Part 2 of 2


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

* * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Comment below (requires Google+ account), on our Facebook page, through our online comment form, or by contacting Council Members directly. Comments/input on items appearing on an upcoming meeting agenda will be compiled and provided to Council Members the day before the meeting. **Note - your comments will be part of the public record.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Citizens Agenda for Meetings on June 5, 2018


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://publicdocuments.provo.org/sirepub/meet.aspx

PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL
Work Meeting Agenda
12:00 PM, Tuesday, June 5, 2018

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 on funding options for Miss Provo and parade float (18-055)
    • This was initially discussed at the May 1 work meeting. Provo City and Miss Provo have been partners in promoting Provo for many years, with the City providing limited financial support for the Miss Provo Organization, and a parade float to promote the City with the expectation that Miss Provo participants would ride in the parade. Since 2016, the City Council Office has been Provo City’s liaison to the Miss Provo Organization—a role that had previously been fulfilled by the Mayor’s Office. As a result, the Council Office budget includes funding for Miss Provo and the associated city float. This discussion will address support regarding regarding the Miss Provo pageant and their involvement with the Provo City float. A public survey was conducted to gauge public opinion and help with Council’s discussion.
  2. A discussion on appropriating $160,000 in the General Fund, Parks and Recreation Department to fund needs in the Recreation Center (18-064)
    • The popularity and growth in Recreation Center attendance has led to additional expenses. An appropriation of $160,000 is requested to finish the FY2018 budget year to cover expenses for personnel, merchant fees, concessions, and supplies. Funds for the appropriation will be covered by the additional revenues generated by the Recreation Center during the budget year and will not affect the $500,000 that the facility has been budgeted to return to the general fund, nor the $412,000 budgeted to go towards current and future capital needs for the facility.
  3. A discussion on rental dwelling license fees (18-065)
    • The Council has asked for regular reviews of City fees to assess how those fees compare to actual costs and determine if adjustments need to be made. Currently the cost of a rental dwelling license is $20 for one rental unit or $60 for more than one rental unit. Community Development will provide the Council with additional information, including a comparison to other cities’ rental dwelling licenses.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

A Few More Words About the Rental Disclosure Ordinance


provo zoning map

Council passed an ordinance  in November 2017 that came forward out of work done by the Zoning Committee. There was a lot of public discussion and Council members reached out in a variety of ways to help the public understand the ordinance and its intent. After holding a Rental Law Open House, gathering input through Open City Hall, and inviting public comments at the several Council meetings, the ordinance was passed. Council later amended the ordinance to extend the effective date in order to allow sufficient time for people to learn about the new requirements.

Recent media articles and social media discussions have shown that there still seems to be some confusion. We have updated the information shared last year that gives a summary of how the ordinance will work and what it intends to accomplish, as well as responses to frequently asked questions. We share that explanation with you here:


Intent
  • The purpose and intent of the ordinance is to provide a tool to aid in the enforcement of, and compliance with, occupancy limits that are already in place under the laws in Provo
    • The Zoning Compliance Council Committee was organized as a subcommittee of the Council after the Council set achieving Zoning Compliance as one of its top priorities in 2016-2017.
    • The Committee was tasked with looking for legislative solutions to increasing compliance with current zoning laws, not with reexamining whether those current laws should be changed.
    • The Committee came up with a strategic plan for zoning that was approved by the City Council.
  • Many of those commenting on the rental disclosures ordinance have argued that the City’s occupancy limits that are already in place are too restrictive.
    • That is a valid policy question, but not one addressed by the ordinance.
    • Occupancy limits are common across the country and throughout the state.
    • The ordinance does not address or alter Provo’s occupancy limits in any way.
      • Provo’s current limits were set by law years ago.
      •  The ordinance is intended to improve enforcement and compliance regardless of what the occupancy limit is.
      • Unless occupancy limits were abolished entirely, enforcement would still be needed and changing the current occupancy limit would not affect the effectiveness of, or need for, this tool.

Enforcement
  • Over-occupancy is currently illegal under Provo’s zoning laws.
    • Zoning violations are currently prosecuted as Class C misdemeanors. 
  • Although already illegal, prosecuting over-occupancy cases is time consuming and inefficient because of (1) a lack of cooperation by both landlords and tenants and (2) lack of knowledge about occupancy laws.
  • The ordinance has two primary purposes:
    • To require landlords to educate tenants; AND
    • To make enforcement more efficient against those purposefully engaging in currently illegal behavior.
        • It serves this latter purpose by making it harder for landlords to intentionally remain ignorant of the occupancy of their units and for tenants to claim ignorance of the occupancy limits
What it is not
  • An ordinance that affects current occupancy limits;
  • An independent, perfect solution that solves all occupancy violations by itself; or
  • An idea invented by the policy makers without input about what is needed to improve enforcement.
What it is
  • A tool to be used, along with a variety of other tools, to improve zoning compliance and enforcement; and
  • An ordinance requested specifically by those in charge of enforcement based on their experience in actually prosecuting cases that addresses problems they face.
Changes to original proposal
  • The following changes have been made to the original proposal based on feedback and discussions with stakeholders:
    • Added a definitions section
      • Definition of owner includes agent
      • Use of defined terms streamlines the rest of the ordinance
    • Reduced requirement for a contract to a requirement for disclosures and occupancy acknowledgement
    • Reduced penalty from Class B misdemeanor to Class C (but it is enhanceable to a Class B for repeated offenses)
    • Included effective date of August 1, 2018
In addition to the letters mailed out and social media campaigns to make people aware, two more open houses are being held so you can learn more and ask questions:
  • Wednesday, June 13 from 6:00 - 7:30 pm at the Community Development Department Conference Room (330 West 100 South)
  • Wednesday, July 11 from 6:00 - 7:30 pm at the Community Development Department Conference Room (330 West 100 South)

* * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Comment below (requires Google+ account), on our Facebook page, through our online comment form, or by contacting Council Members directly. Comments/input on items appearing on an upcoming meeting agenda will be compiled and provided to Council Members the day before the meeting. **Note - your comments will be part of the public record.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Summary of Action | Meetings on May 15, 2018

PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL
Work Meeting

12:00 PM, Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Room 310, City Conference Room
351 West Center Street, Provo, UT 84601
Summary of Action
 

Business
1.  A discussion on Council priorities. (18-004)
Discussion only. This item was continued to the June 5, 2018 Work Meeting.

2.  A presentation on the Sewer Treatment Siting Study (18-052)
Presentation only. This item was continued to the June 5, 2018 Work Meeting.

3.  A presentation on the review of the 2017 Vote-By-Mail Process and an update on the 2018 Election (18-060)  Presentation only.
4.  An update on the deer harvesting program (18-061)
A motion to continue the program for another year and request the Administration to add any funding necessary to the budget to continue the program for the next year was approved 7:0.

5.  A discussion regarding the supplemental budget requests and the variance in tax revenues. (18-005) Presentation only.

6.  A discussion on options for funding on Miss Provo and parade float (18-055)
Discussion only. This item was continued to the June 5, 2018 Work Meeting.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Council Work Meeting | May 15, 2018

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

* * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Comment below (requires Google+ account), on our Facebook page, through our online comment form, or by contacting Council Members directly. Comments/input on items appearing on an upcoming meeting agenda will be compiled and provided to Council Members the day before the meeting. **Note - your comments will be part of the public record.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Citizens Agenda for Meetings on May 15, 2018

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://publicdocuments.provo.org/sirepub/meet.aspx

PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL
Work Meeting Agenda
12:00 PM, Tuesday, May 15, 2018

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 on Council priorities. (18-004)
    • The Council had a discussion in January regarding Council priorities and how best to achieve them. With the Council entering budget season, Council Leadership would like to have a discussion about how best to use funds to achieve these priorities.
  2. A presentation on the Sewer Treatment Siting Study (18-052)
    • Public Works contracted with four consultants to do a site evaluation for the location of the new sewer plant. This presentation will give an update on their findings.
  3. A presentation on the review of the 2017 Vote-By-Mail Process and an update on the 2018 Election (18-060)
    • At a Board of Canvassers meeting on September 5, 2017, Bryan Thompson offered to meet with the council following the 2017 election to review the county’s experience with vote-by-mail and share any lessons learned. Additionally, Mr. Thompson will provide an update on Utah County’s plan for the 2018 election. Originally, Utah County planned to conduct the 2018 election using a combination of absentee voting and traditional voting machines; however, on April 13, 2018, Utah County reversed their decision and announced they would conduct a vote-by-mail election.
  4. An update on the deer harvesting program (18-061)
    • On July 19, 2016, the Municipal Council authorized an urban deer control program to reduce the impact of deer on the upper east bench. Prior to this, there had been numerous complaints from residents about property damage and nuisance caused by the deer coming out of the mountains. Camille Williams will share the most recent statistical data related to the program.