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Citizens Agenda for Meetings on February 4, 2020

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:

Work Meeting Agenda
1:30 pm, Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Work Meetings are designed to be a less formal venue for discussion among Council Members. Generally, no public input is taken during the meeting.

  1. A presentation regarding fiscal year (FY) 2021 budget from Parks and Recreation. (20-032)
    • Provo Parks and Recreation Department administration will present a pre-budget summary to review department budget management, trends, and developments in the operations with the Municipal Council. Each specific operation unit of Parks and Recreation will be covered. Parks and Recreation’s accomplishments in supporting the General Plan will also be reviewed.
  2. A training on the use of development agreements. (20-030)
    • The Council Attorney will lead a training session going over the Municipal Land Use, Development, and Management Act (MLUDMA), Utah Code 10- 9a-102(1) and how it applies to development agreements and the use of those agreements in Provo City.
  3. A discussion regarding the creation of a Very Low Density Residential Zone (VLDR). (20-029)
    • There has been some discussion about creating a new zone like the current Low Density Residential Zone (LDR). This new zone would be Very Low Density Residential (VLDR). It would have the same uses but would limit the number of units by half, with a maximum of 7.5 dwellings per acre.
  4. A discussion regarding Councilors' committee assignments. (20-021)
    • The Council's fiscal oversight necessitates the creation of an Audit Committee. The Council will discuss how it will operate and what it its responsibilities will be. The Council also intends to discuss the future direction and membership of the Housing Committee.
  5. A discussion regarding Tier 3 gasoline and a proposed resolution calling for state action to educate consumers about where Tier 3 gasoline is sold. (20-031)
    • The Mayor’s Substantiality and Natural Resources Committee presented their annual report to the Council in the Work Meeting on January 21, 2020 and asked for the Council to support a resolution regarding the Utah State government taking action to educate the public about which gas stations sell Tier 3 gasoline.


Policy Items Referred from the Planning Commission
  1. An ordinance amending Provo City Code relating to floor area ratio, setback, and buffer yard requirements in the Research and Business Park (R&BP) Zone. Citywide Application. (PLOTA20190425)
    • The applicant has requested an amendment to Provo City Code 14.44.050 (Tract and Lot Area, Yard, Coverage, and Height Requirements). These requirements apply to the Research and Business Park (R&BP) Zone. This zone is only located in the Riverbottoms Neighborhood at the Riverwoods Business Park. The proposed request would remove the maximum floor area ratio (FAR) requirement for a structure, which is currently 30%. The proposed amendment would add a provision to allow the Development Services Director the ability to modify setbacks and perimeter buffer yards in the zone if certain conditions are met. Staff have reported that this request does not raise any concerns for them. Other requirements for building height, setbacks, and open space would still limit the building's footprint and preserve open space on the lot. Planning Commission recommended approval.
  2. An ordinance amending the General Plan designation of approximately 151 acres, generally located between 300 E. and 1000 E. and between 4800 N. and 6000 N., from Agricultural (A) to Residential (R). North Timpview Neighborhood. (PLGPA20190352)
    • Staff would like to note that this proposal is to amend the General Plan. It would not approve an annexation, rezone, or development plan. Bob Jones has requested that the Land Use Element and Map of the General Plan be amended to facilitate his planned Terra development. This amendment would change the land use designations for 11 properties totaling 151 acres (in Provo City and in unincorporated Utah County areas) from Agricultural to Residential. The area is included in the proposal is in a Developmental Sensitive overlay area, which would still remain in place if the General Plan designation were changed to Residential. This proposal was continued in the Planning Commission on December 4, 2019 to allow the applicant and staff more time to prepare and review, especially regarding the requirement that the Agricultural designation should "protect agricultural uses from encroachment ... until such time as residential, commercial, or industrial uses in such areas become necessary and desirable." On January 22, 2020, the Planning Commission recommended approval (6:2). Two formal neighborhood meetings have been held regarding the Terra development in addition to several informal meetings between the developer and smaller groups. In the first Planning Commission hearing on December 4, 2019, several members of the Planning Commission expressed that they would like additional meetings between the developer and community members to resolve remaining concerns. No formal meetings have been held since then, to staff's knowledge. Debate so far as largely centered around the aesthetic and environmental impact. Land use designations depend on the desired outcomes for the area, which often shift and can be difficult to pin down. Best practice recommends that General Plan land use 2 designations be updated every 5 years. Unaddressed designations more than 10 years old are considered to be "out of date." The current General Plan was adopted in 2010 and has been revised as the Council has approved proposed amendments.
Closed Meeting
    • Closed meetings (aka executive meetings) are held without the public present and must meet one of the conditions listed in Utah State Code (§ 52-4-204 and 52-4-205 et. seq.). If a closed meeting is needed, it will be announced at that time.

Regular Meeting Agenda
5:30 PM, Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Opening Ceremony
  • Items in this category do not involve legislative action.
Presentations, Proclamations, and Awards
  • Items in this category do not involve legislative action.
  1. A presentation regarding Citizen Connect. (20-033)
Public Comment
  • Fifteen minutes have been set aside for any person to express ideas, concerns, comments, or issues that are not on the agenda:
    • Please state your name and city of residence into the microphone.
    • Please limit your comments to two minutes.
    • State Law prohibits the Council from acting on items that do not appear on the agenda.
Action Agenda
  1. An ordinance amending Provo City Code relating to floor area ratio, setback, and buffer yard requirements in the Research and Business Park (R&BP) Zone. Citywide Application. (PLOTA20190425)
    • This was item 6 on the work meeting agenda.
  2. An ordinance amending the General Plan designation of approximately 151 acres, generally located between 300 E. and 1000 E. and between 4800 N. and 6000 N., from Agricultural (A) to Residential (R). North Timpview Neighborhood. (PLGPA20190352)
    • This was item 7 on the work meeting agenda.
  3. A public hearing regarding extending parking restrictions in the Foothills Permit Parking area. Foothills Neighborhood. (20-023)
    • Currently, the Foothills Permit Parking Area includes a portion of Seven Peaks Boulevard, and there is a desire to extend those restrictions further down to include more of Seven Peaks Boulevard. The Council will hold a public hearing to determine if there is sufficient public interest to move forward with the proposed extension.
  4. ***CONTINUED*** An ordinance amending the Provo City General Plan to rezone properties in the R2.5, R3, and R4. Citywide Application. (PLOTA20190427)
    • This item was not ready to be heard.
  5. ***CONTINUED*** Community & Neighborhood Services Department requests an Ordinance Text Amendment to remove the R2.5, R3, R4, R5 and Campus High Density Residential zones from the city code. These zones include sections 14.12, 14.12A, 14.13, 14.14 and 14.14D. Citywide Application. PLOTA20190428
    • This item was not ready to be heard.
  6. ***CONTINUED*** The Sign Ordinance Committee requests an Ordinance Text Amendment to Section 14.38.120-140 to clarify sign size requirements. Citywide application  PLOTA20190409
    • This item was not ready to be heard.


What do those numbers at the ends of the agenda items mean?
    • Items on the agenda are given a file number by Council staff or Community Development staff to help with tracking the item through the legislative process and to organize the supporting materials.
    • You may find it helpful in cases where an item may be worded a little differently on different agendas. Matching up that file number helps you see that it is the same issue.
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