Monday, July 6, 2020

Citizens Agenda for Meetings on July 7, 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:

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Work Meeting Agenda
3:00 pm, Tuesday, July 7, 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 proposed amendments from the Sign Committee to Provo City Code regarding electronic sign hold times and permitted locations. (20-101)
    • The Sign Committee has spent the last year reviewing Provo City's policy regarding electronic signs. At the suggestion of the committee, the Council approved an ordinance prohibiting electronic signs in residential and agricultural zones in October 2019. The committee is now bringing a second proposal to the Council for consideration. The committee proposes that Provo be divided into three areas: 1. areas where digital signs are prohibited 2. areas where long hold times no shorter than one hour are permitted 3. areas where short hold times no shorter than one minute are permitted (unless the sign is in an SC3 zone and represents 20 or more tenants, in which case the shortest permitted hold time would be 15 seconds) Digital Sign Hold Time Principles v5 gives more details and outlines where each would be applied. After reviewing the available academic literature and visiting with local business owners, the committee believes that this is the best compromise between Provo's commitment to public safety and the need to create an environment where local businesses can thrive. A more thorough explanation of the rationale behind this proposal, including a short list of studies consulted, is available in the Digital Sign Ordinance Preamble. In Provo City Code, the current long hold time is that a sign may change up to three times per day. The short hold time is eight seconds, which is the most common hold time in neighboring cities.
  2. A discussion regarding Provo City’s permitting process for demonstrations and protest. (20-103)
    • Councilors wanted to learn more about Provo City’s process for issuing permits for events.
Policy Items Referred from the Planning Commission
  1. A discussion regarding rezoning all R2.5, R3, R4 properties to Low Density Res., Medium Density Res., or High Density Res. and the removal of the R2.5, R3, R4, R5, and Campus High Density zones from City Code. (PLRZ20190427 and PLOTA20190428)
    • In order to streamline the different zones in Provo, the Community and Neighborhood Services is proposing to eliminate five different residential zones and replace them with three new zones. This will create more flexibility and clarity. Planning Commission recommended approval for PLRZ20190427 and PLOTA20190428.
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 7 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 the Arbor Day Foundation naming Provo a 2019 Tree City USA. (20-100)
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 made recommendations regarding reappointments to the Provo City Housing Authority board, and new appointments to the Library Board and Arts Council. The Council has met with these individuals and their appointments will be formalized by a resolution of the Council. Appointments: Beth Alligood and Doug Gale (Provo Housing Authority Board); Allyson Condie and Jennifer Bruton (Library Board); Margaret Weber, Eric Snider, Scott Parker, Emilie Campbell, and Emma Willes (Arts Council).
  1. An Ordinance amending Provo City Code Section 14.33A.100 regarding terracing requirements (Critical Hillside Zone Only). (20-099)
    • The Planning Commission had recommended shifting authority to grant permission to increase the number or height of terrace walls from the Planning Commission to the Development Services Director or their designee. This change was not included in the zone text (Provo City Code 14.33A) that the Council adopted on June 16, 2020. The attached ordinance would make this amendment.
  1. An ordinance amending Provo City Code to amend the list of Permitted Uses in the Community Shopping Center (SC2) Zone. Citywide application. (PLOTA20200137)
    • Earlier this year, the applicant applied for a business license to operate a business event center from a property located at 1440 N Moon River Dr. in the SC2 zone. The business license was not granted because the use was not listed as a permitted or conditional use in the zone. The applicant has now requested an ordinance text amendment to add SLU #7230 to the list of permitted uses in the SC2 zone in Provo City Code 14.19.020. Planning Commission recommended approval.
  1. An ordinance amending Provo City Code to add Bicycle Parking Ratios to Residential Developments that seek off-street parking reductions. Citywide Application. (PLOTA20200142)
    • Provo City Community and Neighborhood Services requests amendments to Provo City Code Section 14.37.050 to specify the number of bike parking spaces a residential project must have to qualify for a reduction in the required number of off-street automobile parking spaces. Planning Commission recommended approval.
  2. An ordinance amending Provo City Code regarding landscape buffers. Citywide application. (PLOTA20200143)
    • Provo City Community and Neighborhood Services requests amendments to Provo City Code Section 15.20.110(3)(d) to legalize mulch and stone in landscaped buffers. This will allow developers to use less water in their landscaping. Planning Commission recommended approval.
  3. An ordinance amending the Zone Map Classification of approximately 137.45 acres of real property across Provo from R2.5, R3, and R4 to Low Density Residential, Medium Density Residential, and High Density Residential, respectively. (PLRZ20190427)
    • This was item 3 on the work meeting agenda.
  4. An ordinance amending Provo City Code to remove the Low Multiple Residential Medium Multiple Residential (Res), Medium Multiple Res, High Multiple Res, Very High Multiple Res, and Campus High Density Res Zones. Citywide application. (PLOTA20190428)
    • This was item 3 on the work meeting agenda.
  5. ***CONTINUED*** A Zone Change request from R1.10 to Low Density Residential for 1.07 acres for a townhome development, located at 50 E 3900 N.  Riverbottoms Neighborhood. (PLRZ20190265)
    • This item was not ready to be heard.
  6. ***CONTINUED*** Ord. Text Amendment to Code Sections 14.06.020 & 14.34.060 to add definition for "utility trailer" & provide clarification on the location of boats, boat trailers, & travel trailers in res. zones. Citywide application. (PLOTA20200136)
    • This item was not ready to be heard.
  7. ***CONTINUED*** An Ordinance Text Amendment to add the Open Space (OS) zone to the Provo City Code (PCC) as Ch. 14.33 and to amend PCC Sec.15.20.080(2)(c) relating to supplemental landscape requirements. Citywide application. (PLOTA20200140)
    • This item was not ready to be heard.

Redevelopment Agency of Provo
  1. A resolution of the Redevelopment Agency of Provo City authorizing the Chief Executive Officer to sign a Letter of Intent for the lease of office space in Downtown Provo. (20-097)
    • Back in May 2020, PEG came to the council to ask for help in reaching their prebuild lease of 60%, in order to get their funding released so they could start construction on the Freedom Commons Building. At that time the Council assigned a sub committee to discuss with PEG what they needed from the city and how to hold the city harmless. After two meetings the sub committee returned to the Work Meeting on June 16, 2020, to present the details of the lease and why PEG needed the RDA to sign the lease. The Council voted to move forward with the LOI to lease space in the Freedom Commons Building from PEG.

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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