West Side Planning Committee

PRIORITY : PLAN FOR WEST SIDE DEVELOPMENT  

RELATIONSHIP TO CORE VALUES AND GOALS: The area of Provo that is west of the freeway includes the only large tract of developable land left in Provo. A master plan needs to be developed for Provo’s west side that will ensure that growth will occur in an organized, thoughtful way with a well-balanced mix of housing and business. Proper development of the west side will allow for a vibrant and sustainable area which provides a high quality of life for current and future residents. 
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The Provo Municipal Council established the West Side Planning Committee at its September 6, 2016, work meeting. David Harding is the chair of the committee. Kay Van Buren, Dave Knecht, and Gary Winterton are the other Council members on the committee.
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COUNCIL WORK MEETING - MAY 2, 2017
Members of the Westside Planning Committee began meeting in September 2016 to research and discuss issues pertaining to the future of west Provo. Over the course of those meetings, the Committee identified seven policy areas. Planning Commission reviewed the recommendations on March 22, 2017. Council adopted them as Westside Development Policies to guide future land use planning in the southwest Provo neighborhoods and has asked Community Development to make recommendations as to how to incorporate them into the General Plan.

COUNCIL WORK MEETING - MARCH 7, 2017
The recommendations of the Committee were presented at the March 7, 2017, Council work meeting and directed to the Planning Commission for review.

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MEETING SUMMARY - FEBRUARY 28, 2017
Committee members reviewed public comment from the February 16 stakeholders meeting and comments submitted through Open City Hall. The draft policy statements were discussed and revised. The committee voted to submit the policy statements to the City Council for review at an upcoming work session.
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WEST SIDE STAKEHOLDERS MEETING SUMMARY - FEBRUARY 16, 2017
The proposed policy statements approved by the Committee were posted on Open City Hall for public comment. A stakeholders meeting was held at Amelia Earhart Elementary School to gather additional public comment and answer questions. The draft of the policy statements was presented along with maps and other graphics to illustrate certain points. Emphasis was placed on the statements being a higher level guiding policy rather than addressing individual situations or parcels of property. Attendees were able to break into smaller groups to discuss particular policy areas and to leave written comments. These will be added to the input from Open City Hall and submitted to the Committee in preparation for their February 28 meeting.
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MEETING SUMMARY - JANUARY 31, 2017
Committee members worked on draft of policy statements.  
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MEETING SUMMARY - JANUARY 24, 2017
Committee members discussed potential policy statements.  
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MEETING SUMMARY - JANUARY 10, 2017
Committee members discussed the portions of Vision 2050 involving agriculture and the west side. 
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MEETING SUMMARY - DECEMBER 20, 2016 
Committee members discussed the results of their homework assignment on policies. Results of the survey of Provo farm owners were presented and discussed.
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MEETING SUMMARY - DECEMBER 13, 2016 
Committee members discussed commercial development on the west side. General consensus was that everyone envisioned some portion or configuration of commercial properties as part of the space. Next steps in the process will be to take feedback and draft some policies and general plan language which reflects these items.Committee then discussed economic factors as well as what types of housing are acceptable. The final discussion was on agricultural preservation. Council staff will use Open City Hall to survey Provo farm owners and committee members were asked to submit their thoughts on purposes of agricultural preservation before the next meeting.

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MEETING SUMMARY - NOVEMBER 29, 2016 
A presentation was given on the history of water and flooding issues on the west side. Another presentation was on schools on the west side, including future plans for addressing growth. Community Development explained the typical process for adopting policy and initiated a discussion on overall general policies for the area.      
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MEETING SUMMARY - NOVEMBER 22, 2016 
Committee members heard a presentation by the Police Chief on police beats on the west side and implications of growth in that area. Community Development initiated a policy discussion by showing maps with four different land use scenarios. The committee also discussed open space preservation versus agricultural preservation. A presentation on current and future transit plans as well as fire and emergency services were also made.
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MEETING SUMMARY - NOVEMBER 8, 2016 
Committee members discussed information presented by Brian Maxfield and looked for areas of policy they could agree upon. Airport protection zone, types of residential units, desire for a grocery store.

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MEETING SUMMARY - OCTOBER 11, 2016 
David Harding was out of town and participated via telephone. Martin Smith from the Agricultural Commission introduced Shawn Miller, who spoke about agriculture in Utah County.
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MEETING SUMMARY - SEPTEMBER 27, 2016 

New committee members were introduced - Beth Alligood, LaDonn Christianson, Shannon Ellsworth, Terry Herbert, Bill Hulterstrom, Sara McNamara, and Phil Rash. David Harding mentioned that the opening of the Lakeview Parkway has raised new interest in the land surrounding it, making this an important time to consider plans for the area. The committee did a mapping exercise to get everyone thinking about possibilities for the west side and their ideas for what they'd like to see. Suggestions from the exercise included parks and other open space, equestrian areas, a trail system, agricultural areas, retail centers, commercial pockets, office space, mixture of housing types, and even a light-rail system. Brian Maxfield from Community Development gave a brief overview of existing plans and policies. Key topics to consider in planning include commercial, agricultural preservation, flood plain, open space, parks and trails, residential, and transportation. Mr. Harding mentioned the possibility of holding a town hall style meeting with interested Provo residents and would ask that those attending the meeting read from a list of resources to prepare for the discussion.
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MEETING SUMMARY - SEPTEMBER 21, 2016 
Committee meetings will be held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 5:00 pm in the Council conference room. The committee tentatively scheduled a stakeholder meeting for October 6. This meeting would include those who have shown an interest and are willing to contribute to the effort and would be held every six weeks. Input has been received from the Southwest Area Neighborhoods meeting. Brian Maxfield from Community Development gave a brief overview of neighborhood plans and other master plans. A closed session was held to discuss the potential Citizen Advisory Board members.
  • The next meeting will be held on September 27 at 5:00 pm and will include members of the Citizen Advisory Board. 
  • Audio Recording
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MEETING SUMMARY - SEPTEMBER 13, 2016 

The official name of the committee was established - West Side Planning Committee.  The purpose of the committee is to create recommendations of policy direction for the Southwest Master Plan. The scope of study will be west of I-15 and south of the Provo River. The committee will study, revise, update, and complement the General Plan, giving more direction. The structure of the committee was determined. The four Council members are the official voting members of the committee. A Citizen Advisory Board will be chosen from Southwest Area Neighborhood Chairs or their designees. Stakeholders group will be open to anyone who wants to be engaged in the process. Presenters will be invited in to represent developers, farmers, and others who can provide insight and information. 
  • The next meeting will be held September 21 at 5:30 pm. and will be for the voting members of the committee.
  • Audio Recording