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Emily Hales inside Joaquin

June 1, 2020, 7:06 PM

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Answer from the Provo City Council office

The Police Department recently posted information about many questions people have been asking recently: https://www.provo.org/Home/ShowPublishedImage/16921. You can find that and more information on the Police Department website: police.provo.org.

The Mayor's office has the ultimate responsibility for the Police Department. Many of the policies for any municipal police department are governed by laws enacted at the state and federal level. Provo City has been inundated with calls and emails with questions and requests regarding the police. The document mentioned above was in response to those and the Mayor and Police Chief are working to pull together information and answers to additional questions. These should be available soon and will be posted on social media and the Provo Police website. We recommend looking through the information to see if your questions have already been addressed. You can also call the non-emergency number for the Police Department (listed on their website) to ask more questions.

Justin McMurdie inside Franklin

June 1, 2020, 5:55 PM

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Answer from the Provo City Council office

The Police Department requires regular training on diversity and de-escalation. Patrol briefings include a discussion on discrimination once a month. They have a virtual simulator that is used to train on de-escalation. The simulation and trainers challenge officers to use verbal skills to solve problems. It is a last resort to use force during these simulations. They are continually searching for the best and most current training in this area and at times bring in out-of-state trainers to ensure the best training available.

Justin McMurdie inside Franklin

June 1, 2020, 5:53 PM

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Answer from the Provo City Council office

All uniformed police personnel wear body cameras with a best practice policy regulating their use.

Name not shown inside Joaquin

May 1, 2020, 10:28 AM

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Answer from the Provo City Council office

In the early 2000s, the Municipal Council rezoned most of the City’s higher density zones (R2, R2.5, R3, R4, and R5) to the Residential Conservation zone (RC). The Council was trying to encourage conservation of existing housing, mostly single family homes, by limiting the use of a given lot or parcel to the legal use existing on April 2, 2002. Legally existing housing units could continue but could only have the same number of occupants that they had on April 2, 2002.

Occupancy and parking are linked - the more parking you have, the more occupants you can have. Before April 2, 2002, you could have had up to six occupants in a housing unit in much of Joaquin. However, many of the existing housing units were constructed with the minimum parking needed to have three but not any more than that. In that area, if you had put in enough parking you could have had an occupancy of up to six.

Now that the RC zone is in place, an owner of a housing unit would need to get a rezone or ask for a text amendment to allow an increase in occupancy in the Joaquin neighborhood from that allowed on April 2, 2002. Anytime there is an increase in occupancy, the concern about adequate parking and congestion comes up.

The Joaquin Neighborhood Plan anticipates “baching singles” type housing and densities from 500 N to BYU campus. A zone change would be necessary, but the Neighborhood Plan anticipates for such redevelopment. For several years now, the BYU Off-campus Housing Office has seemed very hesitant to grant approval for additional housing for unmarried students, creating another obstacle.

Steven Nordstrom inside North Timpview

February 27, 2020, 2:22 PM

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Answer from the Provo City Council office

We reached out to the Public Works Department for some answers.
The first one, Canyon Road between University Parkway & Cougar Boulevard, is schedule for repaving in FY23 (fiscal year 2023). The second one, Timpview Drive between 2230 North & 3650 North, is scheduled for repaving in FY24. The third one, 3650 North between Canyon Road & Timpview Drive, is scheduled for repaving in FY21. The repaving project that is completed each year on different streets has many factors that can affect where these streets are placed in the schedule. The first thing that we look at is the condition of the pavement, but then we also work with different utilities, adjacent project schedules, budget and many other issues which may impact when a specific street is actually scheduled. We will work with our Streets Division on these three streets and see if we can get them to perform some maintenance which may help with the concerns identified until the scheduled overlay is completed.

Name not shown outside Provo Neighborhoods

February 15, 2020, 8:57 AM

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Answer from the Provo City Council office

The construction on 500 West is being managed by the Utah Department of Transportation since 500 West is actually a State road, not a Provo City one. More information on the project, including who to contact regarding complaints, can be found at www.udot.utah.gov/go/provo500w .

Arthur Jared inside Foothills

February 10, 2020, 10:10 PM

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Answer from the Provo City Council office

We reached out to the Public Works Department to answer your question.
By matter of clarification, we do not have fire lanes on public streets, but I believe what was being asked about was the “No Parking” on both 450 North and 1020 East streets. We no longer paint red curbs to delineate “No Parking”, but do install “No Parking” signs where they are appropriate. After looking at the parking situation on both of these streets, I believe that there are definitely areas where a “No Parking” restriction should be installed. I will have my staff here in Engineering work with the Parking Committee to evaluate where it would be necessary to restrict parking and install the appropriate “No Parking” signs in these locations.

R. PAUL EVANS inside Pleasant View

September 10, 2019, 5:54 PM

R. PAUL EVANS inside Pleasant View

June 7, 2019, 9:00 AM

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Answer from Provo City Council office

The current link is https://www.provo.org/departments/public-works/city-engineer/current-projects. We will update this on the new Transportation Master Plan when it is approved by the Council.

Name not shown inside Rivergrove

June 4, 2019, 4:30 PM

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Answer from Provo City Council office

From Provo City's engineers: There are no current plans for any other road projects on Columbia Lane in this area. We can take a look at accident history in the area and see if there seems to be a particular problem that might need to be evaluated.

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