Re-elect Dave Sewell

Provo has momentum. We were recently ranked by Wallet Hub as the second best-run city in America. Many who grew up here or went to school here want to stay and many more want to move here. We have challenges related to growth and maintaining our quality of life. Our City Council...

Rock Canyon Preservation

The first item on Tuesday’s Work Meeting agenda relates to the preservation of Rock Canyon.  Over a period of decades, citizens, elected officials, and a group called the Rock Canyon Preservation Alliance have worked to preserve Rock Canyon for present and future generations. ...

Jiffy Lube at 3700 N University

There is a proposal for four acres at the NE corner of 3700 North and University Avenue that would rezone the property into three segments as follows: SSC (Specialty Support Commercial) on the corner For a Jiffy Lube Professional Office just north of the Jiffy Lube For...

Riverwoods Apartments

Decades ago, the families living along 4750 North, which was then part of the county, were approached with an urgent request by Provo City to sign an annexation agreement.  Since “leapfrog” annexation was not allowed, their cooperation was needed so that Provo could annex the...

Land Use Agenda Noticing

The Council Development Approval Process Review (DAPR) Committee will present a significant proposal in Tuesday’s Work Meeting to streamline and strengthen the land use agenda noticing process.  The proposal would shave two to four weeks off the time to move an item from the...

Vote By Mail

In 2016, the majority of counties in Utah held vote by mail elections – with much higher participation than before.  Provo chose not to that year for two main reasons: The county had not yet committed to vote by mail and there was a concern about having it be “on again / off...

Parking Ratios

The Council will vote Tuesday on a proposal from Community Development to roll back parking ratio reductions passed some years ago for the Joaquin area and the DT1 and DT2 downtown zones, and to partially roll back the reductions in the Interim Transit Oriented Development (ITOD)...

Door Knocking with the Mayor

One of the challenges of being a Council member is to keep a balanced perspective, listening to all voices on an issue rather than only to those who may be the most vocal.  While discussing that challenge with Mayor Curtis a few weeks ago, he suggested we go out and knock on some...

Independent Legal Representation for the Council

Provo is one of a handful of cities in Utah that has a Mayor-Council form of government – with a true separation of powers between the executive (Mayor) and legislative (City Council) branches.  The Council’s Governance Committee, which Gary Garrett and I serve on, has...

SSC Zone – Expanding Uses (Jigawatt Cycles)

The SSC (Specialty Support Commercial) zone currently exists in only one place in Provo – in the Jamestown shopping mall on the east side of University Avenue around 3300 North.  It was established to provide “limited commercial activities” and to “draw on very limited rather...