Provo needs to be friendlier to our already existing businesses and to future businesses that want to call our city home. We need businesses in Provo to help alleviate the tax burden we all are feeling and improve our quality of life. Convenient access to businesses and services is part of what makes living in Provo great. Better infrastructure with easy access, parking accommodations, and easier travel routes will only help to attract more businesses and customers to Provo, as well as make it better for all of us to live here.
The cost of living in Provo is increasing at a much higher rate than inflation. We have to look at the city budget carefully and choose only those things that are real needs – safety, infrastructure, and necessary road improvements. We need to evaluate each budget item to make sure we are getting the results and value we want for the money we are spending. We need to find a way to slow the spending and save for the inevitable future expenses that the city will face.
Provo has actually been unique in that it was a larger city but with a small town feel. We didn’t really have any major traffic issues until the last few years. The city started doing projects to improve roads and transportation and have caused, what I believe to be, unintended consequences. Even the best of intentions can cause frustrating traffic circumstances if we miss seeing the bigger picture of the domino effect in traffic.
As I have spoken with the residents of the West side, I have heard again and again how much the Center Street on-ramp and interchange has made traffic and safety worse. How University Avenue has made travelling the only street that goes all the way through Provo a frustrating experience. That travelling on 700 North and 300 South has become impossible to get to where you need to go because of the barriers down the middle of the street. Provo is now adding barriers to 500 West and Bulldog Blvd. I have heard from fire fighters that the barriers increase response time for emergencies. I question if all of these factors were taken into consideration as these projects were pushed forward even in the face of public protest.
I feel like I have the foresight to look at these transportation proposals and see the flaws and possible unintended consequences that can happen. I will try to be a voice of reason and represent the wishes of our district. I will oppose any plans that would reduce the number of lanes on major streets. I want to work on a master plan for our city that gives us a clear, detailed vision of what we want our city to end up looking like in the future and that will accommodate the amount of traffic that will come with Provo’s growth. I would carefully consider how any development proposals would affect traffic and if we have the roads and infrastructure to support the proposed development. If you look at the development in our neighboring cities you can see what having too few roads in any given development does to increase traffic to unbearable conditions and affect our quality of life. I do not want that for our city.
Provo needs a detailed master plan that establishes zoning for development that can be supported by our already stretched resources. Our police department is currently understaffed, our water treatment plant and sewer system are in need of replacement, and our roads cannot currently accommodate a significant increase in traffic. We need to make a plan of what we want Provo to end up looking like and then stick to it. Stop granting zoning exceptions and start with the end in mind.
I don’t want Provo to end up looking and feeling like Vineyard. Increased high density housing will affect the quality of life in Provo. We need to carefully consider how much, and where we want to allow high density housing to be developed.
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Welcome to my page! I am a long-time resident of Provo and I have volunteered extensively in our community. I have served on the Westridge Land Trust Committee, as a Westridge PTO Officer, as the Provo High PTA President and Treasurer, and as a Caucus Precinct Chairman and I would like to represent our 4th District on the City Council. There are a few things that have begun to concern me and I want to address those as I serve.
One item that I have observed becoming more common on the City Council’s agenda are requests for zoning changes and parking variances so that more large developments of high density rental housing can occur. I realize that development will happen in our city, but I believe that we have to carefully consider the type of development that we want to allow so that we don’t overwhelm our schools, our police and fire departments, and our city services.
According to a report given to the Council, our Police force is currently understaffed by 14 officers. Provo City is funding the addition of 7 more officers with the new budget, however, we are still understaffed. Our waste-water treatment plant is in need of being replaced. Our city fees continue to increase to help fund these needs. When new development is proposed, I believe that it is the job of the City Council to look forward into the future and make sure that our city services and our schools can handle the impact of that development, and that the impact fees that are associated with the development can cover the costs of the needed city services.
I also believe that it is the City Council’s job to make sure that our tax base will continue to grow with our city so that we can fund the needed services. I would like to see affordable housing in the form of condos and townhomes (properties that allow people to purchase homes) rather than large developments of rental apartment complexes. This allows our citizens the opportunity to own and accumulate principle as well as take advantage of market increases in value.
Another issue that has become a concern for me is the traffic flow. Traffic has become increasingly worse and some of the improvements that the city has made in the past have only added to the problem. I believe we need City Council Members who can look at road proposals with an eye to the future and with their District members’ best interests in mind.
I am available to listen to any concerns you may have that pertain to the City Council. I will always listen and then become educated to the issues that we all face so that I can make good decisions that will benefit all of our neighborhoods.
There are a lot good things happening in Provo. It is a great place to live. I would like to be a part of finding solutions and keeping our City a great place to call home. Please follow and like my Facebook page for more updates on city issues and please vote for me in the General Election on November 5, 2019.