Current Issues

This is your guide to Current Issues in Provo. Provo is a dynamic community that has experienced phenomenal growth and prosperity in the last decade. The City will continue to address many issues and explore new opportunities that affect the quality of life. Current Issues will provide up-to-date information on plans and projects that affect the citizens of Provo. 

bus rapid transit system
BRT Provo City and UTA have been working for a long time on getting a Bus Rapid Transit system (BRT) in Provo. It’s one of the several modes of transportation that would connect at the intermodal hub near Downtown Provo. It would have stops at or near Provo Towne Centre, Downtown Provo, BYU, UVU, the University Mall.

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Provo-300 Provo City & the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) are currently designing improvements to 300 South in Provo (US-89). Improvements will include the addition of a storm-drain system, curb, gutter, new driveway approaches and roadway reconstruction. The Provo City Master Plan also calls for a pedestrian/bicycle path along 300 South. We have teamed together to design the roadway improvements and path along 300 South between 700 East and University Avenue. 

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Google fiber

On October 2, Google announced that current Veracity customers on the iProvo network could sign up for Google's services until October 31. Google also announced that signups for other residents of Provo that are not current Veracity customers will begin in January 2014.

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Provo is seeking a way to fund roads using the principles of equity, transparency, and sustainability. The Council, together with the Mayor, proposed a Utility Transportation Fund as a means to fund roads in a way that utilizes those principles. Read more for an explanation of why roads need additional funding and how this option meets the goals of the Council and Mayor.

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Vision 2030 is Provo's process for defining a 20 year vision for the Provo community. Vision 2030 is an opportunity for a broad look at the future of Provo.

The next steps in Vision 2030 process will involve reassembling the subcommittee members and others to develop specific and measurable objectives and tasks for the next 12 months and to review progress to date.

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Saturday afternoon September 7, parts of Provo (primarily the Grandview and Carterville areas) received an historic rainstorm. The BYU Weather station recorded nearly 50 mph winds and 0.8” inches of rain (0.6” of that in about 15 minutes).

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One of the major traffic safety concerns in Provo is the safety of children to and from school. The information provided on this page is designed to help our residents understand the various roles and responsibilities for school route safety and how changes to designated school routes are achieved.

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I recently had the opportunity to ride along in a snowplow with our snow removal crew. It made me aware of the obstacles our snowplow drivers sometimes face that make their work more difficult.

There are many things we can do as residents to help them be more effective.

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The City of Provo has adopted a number of parking permit programs in the area of Brigham Young University. These are areas where on-street parking is restricted to residents who are entitled to and hold parking permits. The restrictions vary widely from district to district.

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In Provo, we are blessed with many seasons. First, we have spring filled with bright pinks, purples, and greens as plants start coming to life. Second, we have majestic blue skies of summer. Third, autumn is filled dark reds, browns, and auburns as the trees start shedding their leaves. Fourth, we have the white wonderland of winter. And finally, we have the bright orange of construction season.

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Every year the Utah State Legislature meets to conduct the business of the state in a forty-five day session. Monday, January 23rd, will be the opening day for this year’s session and Wednesday, March 8th, at midnight, will mark the official close of the session.

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City staff is frequently asked about impact fees and why cities might choose to assess impact fees and how they relate to issues of growth and infrastructure in a city.

There is a clear cost of growth in any community. A city’s infrastructure provides a given quality of life in a community, and growth can put strain on that infrastructure. 

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On June 3, 2008 the Provo City Municipal Council adopted a new ordinance establishing ground rules for the annual Freedom Festival Grand Parade on July 4.

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