Council Priorities

Provo City Council Values

Provo City Council focused on the Provo City Vision 2030 Core Values to determine the Council's values.

  • Healthy Environment
  • Responsible Government
  • Vibrant Community
  • Thriving Commerce

Based on those four values, Council determined their priorities for 2016. 

Provo City Vision 2030 Core Values »

  • Responsible Government Council Meeting We value our: Transparent and open government entities; Commitment to accountable and fiscally sound governance; Effective and well-maintained public infrastructure; Belief in constitutionally based and limited government; Understanding that good government is the product of engaged and principled citizens More >>

  • Healthy Environment Bicentennial-pond We value our: Quiet, walkable neighborhoods; Unparalleled natural amenities; Abundant park facilities and recreational opportunities; Quality health-care systems; Focus on fitness and wellness; Inviting neighborhoods; Commitment to responsible stewardship of the environment More >>

  • Thriving Commerce boutique-store-front We value our: Diverse employment opportunities; Role as a regional economic center; Commitment to economic vitality, growth and development; Strong entrepreneurial spirit; Vibrant business districts; Educated, skilled, and industrious workforce; Commitment to ethical business standards; Favorable and supportive business environment More >>

  • Vibrant Community clean-block We value our: Community informed and engaged in community issues; Residents who are care about and support their neighbors; Sense of place in Provo, and how our heritage influences who we are; Commitment to personal responsibility and volunteerism; Respect and consideration for all More >>

hands-with-reportsCouncil Priorities
Based on Council Values and Goals, a set of priorities and desired outcomes were developed and approved by Council members.

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neighborhood-from-birds-viewZoning ComplianceZoning is the orderly way that the community agrees to live together. Through their representatives, residents decide what land uses are acceptable in various parts of the City. Good zoning ordinances and compliance protects the enjoyment of private property rights, and gives residents and business owners confidence to invest their time and money in their property. Good zoning compliance protects family neighborhoods, discourages crime, promotes commerce, helps establish a healthy, inviting environment, and supports a vibrant community which affects our institutions like schools and churches.

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city-modelDevelopment Approval Process
The built environment of our city affects the way residents and visitors interact. It affects the vibrancy of the community, provides the housing options for families, and impacts our commerce. Our core value of having a healthy, inviting environment refers to, in part, our built environment. An efficient and effective development approval process can attract high quality developments and partners in achieving our vision, as well as protect Provo and her residents from low quality developments and developments that do not lead us closer to realizing our vision.

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drawing-blue-printGeneral Plan UpdateThe General Plan is a general, comprehensive, long-range statement of goals and related policies to guide future growth and development of the City. It seeks to coordinate all the interrelated systems of the City and all properties within the City and acts as a guide, establishing policies and procedures for growth, development, conservation, and location of various land use activities. Policies are based on an analysis of the population being served, the physical conditions of the land, the adequacy of public facilities, and the compatibility of land use. Provo City Code calls for the General Plan to be updated every five years, and this update is now a year overdue.

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IMG_4757Economic Development
A strong economy provides stable jobs which support families, the community, and provide opportunities for all residents. Vibrant commercial and retail centers provide an inviting environment for gatherings and community interactions. Strong retail provides convenient and competitive access to goods for residents. Healthy commerce helps fund city services through property taxes and well-used retail adds sales taxes to city coffers to keep our government fiscally sound and fund our public education system.

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comparing-chartsBudgeting to PrioritiesA responsible government should be transparent and accessible by citizens while creating and maintaining balanced and sustainable financial plans and budgets. These financial plans and budgets should keep taxes and utility fees fair and competitive while still maintaining quality services and cost-effective management of infrastructure. Priority-based budgeting is a way for local governments to spend within their means by continuously focusing on programs which achieve results that are most relevant to their communities. Approved budgets should clearly support the long-term City goals.

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Many residents in Provo enjoy living in the area that they have chosen. Many desire to stay in the area, even if their housing needs change. Many desire that their children have options to live nearby. Provo needs to offer housing options that reflect the public's desires and needs, in quantity, quality, and variety, and spread throughout our communities in order to support families, long-lasting communities, and improved safety.

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DocumentsStructured PolicyWhat is the difference between budget intent statements, intent statements, legislative intent statements, priorities, directives, resolutions, ordinances, etc.? Which ones are mentioned in state statute, city code, or the Council handbook? When the Council adopts each of these, for how long is it in effect? Is there a single repository of the active policies established by the Council? The Council sets the policy for the City. In order to be effective and efficient, it must be clear, concise, and organized.

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Looking at maps - website color content divWest Side Plan
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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Council MeetingPublic EngagementA responsible government for Provo City must understand the needs, will, and desire of the residents. This can be done by reaching out to groups that have not traditionally engaged with the Council in the past, utilizing tools to more conveniently communicate with the public, and ensuring that Council policies and practices encourage stakeholders to engage earlier and to be more informed.

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