Monday, July 20, 2020

Citizens Agenda for Meetings on July 21, 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:
Due to the risks of public gathering associated with the spread of COVID-19, these meetings will be conducted entirely via electronic means. For information on how to view the meetings and how to contribute public comments, visit our blog:

Work Meeting Agenda
2:00 pm, Tuesday, July 21, 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 discussion regarding a WaterSMART Grant application. 20-105
    • Public Works has been working to identify ways to artificially recharge the aquifers that supply water to the City. A WaterSMART drought resiliency grant has been identified as a potential funding source for these aquifer storage and recovery projects. One of the requirements of the grant application is a resolution indicating the Council's support and commitment to meeting the requirements of the grant program.
  2. A motion to add an additional committee member to the Public Gatherings Committee. (20-103)
    • The committee was formed during the Work Meeting on July 7, 2020. Since it was created, Councilor Shannon Ellsworth has expressed interest in being a part of that committee. The committee members were amenable to the request and it has been brought to the full Council to formalize the action. 
  3. An update regarding Provo City's policies for COVID-19 (20-106)
    • Members of the City Council requested an update on how the City is managing and evaluating the COVID-19 pandemic. The broader issue is city policy that would best protect employees and citizens. The spread of the virus is accelerating - with new records recently being set for new cases in Utah, in the U.S. and globally. More businesses are starting to require mask use by employees and customers. We should encourage this trend. We would like to discuss the possibility of doing so at all city facilities to set an example and encourage more movement in this direction. This would increase safety for employees and citizens alike.
Policy Items Referred from the Planning Commission
  1. An ordinance amending the zone map classification of approx 1.92 acres of property generally located at 442 and 490 S State St from General Commercial to High Density Residential and authorizing a related development agreement. Maeser Neighborhood. (17-0010R)
    • The applicant is requesting a zone change from General Commercial (CG) to High Density Residential (HDR) at this location to allow for a four-story, 32-unit apartment, a three-story, 24-unit apartment and a two-story, 4-unit townhomes on the corner of 500 South and State Street. These proposed sixty units would be on commercial property that is to be rezoned to High Density Residential (HDR). The HDR zone would allow for more units and additional building height than is being requested, therefore, a development agreement would be advisable to ensure that only what has been proposed would be developed. The City Council continued the zone change request and instructed the applicant to go back and work with the neighborhood and address their concerns. The applicant has now done that and made changes to their original proposal of 64 units in 2 four-story buildings.
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, July 21, 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 to the winner of the ULCT essay contest "Why I Like My Community." (20-104)
Public Comment
  • Instructions for making public comments at this electronic meeting can be found on the officially published agenda:
  • 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. A resolution appointing individuals to various boards and commissions. (20-003)
    • Mayor Kaufusi has submitted a number of appointments and reappointments of individuals to various boards and commissions. The Council has had an opportunity to review the appointees' qualifications and meet with the appointees. This resolution will formalize their appointments to these respective boards and commissions.
    • Scott Parker and Emma Willes (Arts Council), Matthew Christensen and Jamie Littlefield (Landmarks Commission), Megen Pectol (Library Board), Jen Peterson and Tom Sitake (Parks and Recreation Board), Richard Peterson and Maria Winden (Board of Adjustment), Jim Tracy (Civil Service Commission), Cole Houghton and James Hall (Design Review Committee), Clancy Black (Transportation and Mobility Advisory Committee), Allyn Jones, Lisa Jensen, Daniel Gonzales, and Brian Henrie (Planning Commission).
  1. An ordinance amending the zone map classification of approx 1.92 acres of property generally located at 442 and 490 S State St from General Commercial to High Density Residential and authorizing a related development agreement. Maeser Neighborhood. (17-0010R)
    • This was item 3 in the work meeting.

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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