It's an exciting time to be in Provo. And it's an important time to elect a council member that understands the role that our Municipal Council plays in creating policy and setting the direction for current and future city expenditures. Click on the tabs below to learn a little more about each issue as I currently understand it.
Provo's emphasis on the Downtown is resulting in some very exciting changes. Planning goals include increasing owner-occupancy and looking toward higher density residential. There are efforts to integrate the intermodal transportation center and planning for transit-oriented development. We are focusing on infrastructure and designing streets that function beter for walking and biking. New freeway commercial zoning will encourage development near I-15. Vision 2030 has set some strong guidelines of objectives we are wanting to experience, including a desire to establish a central arts and entertainment district. There is even a discussion about potentially vacating or rebuilding City Offices to help that property contribute more dynamically to the Downtown economy and property tax revenues. I promise to be engaged and continue the substantial work of former councils as we look at next steps for this critical area of the city.
Utah's population is growing rapidly. Most of that growth is our own children growing up and establishing families. Provo is a regional center and much of that new growth will be in our community. However, that growth may not be the typical suburban growth patterns of the past. How we manage this new challenge will impact our quality of life. We must be thoughtful, careful, and look for our best opportunities to balance and plan for our future in a way that enhances and protects what we love in our community.
Provo recently completed a strategic economic development plan designed to target and draw the right types of economic opportunity to our city. As one of the top places in the nation to conduct business, to start business, and to grow business, I'll work to keep Provo business-friendly and further strengthen our economic base.
The Google Fiber announcement was just as EPIC as Mayor John Curtis claimed. Having this tremendous asset as part of the infrastructure and offerings of our community creates a lot of hopeful options for our future. I will continue to look for ways to leverage this valuable asset for our schools, businesses and citizens.
We have 34 beautiful and distinct neighborhoods in our city. As part of the vision 2030 plan, a vision, with corresponding goals was defined that capitalizes on natural resources and neighborhood amenities and helps them establish their own identity and sense of place. We want our residents to be well-informed and connected and feel a sense of pride in where they live. I will be committed to bring balance between our efforts for business and for our residents.
Quality of Life
Provo is an inspiring place to live, learn, work and play. — Provo Vision 2030. The policies our City Council makes must support safe and desirable neighborhoods, a vibrant economy, responsible city services and our educational entities. I will be thoughtful and aware of the decisions I make as your representative in order to keep Provo moving in a positive direction.
After a difficult recession years ago, Provo cut their budget and entered into a budget process with the goal that our city budget would be transparent, efficient, and sustainable for the long-term. As a result, some decisions were made to adjust for things that were out of balance. There was a commitment to be open and transparent about those efforts and citizens are more informed because of those efforts. I'll work to continue to improve Provo's budget process by focusing on increasing transparency, setting budget priorities that help us prepare for the future, and providing a strong emphasis on appropriate fiscal oversight.
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