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October 17, 2019, 8:38 AM

Join us for an evening of collaborative problem solving to brainstorm ways to ensure affordable housing for all! 

The Affordable Housing Charrette will be held NEXT Thursday, October 24th 6-9 pm in the Orem City Council Chambers.

Food will be provided.

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September 24, 2019, 12:04 PM

Join us for an evening of collaborative problem solving to brainstorm ways to ensure affordable housing for all! 

The Affordable Housing Charrette will be held on Thursday, October 24th 6-9 pm in the Orem City Council Chambers.

Food will be provided. 

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September 16, 2019, 11:11 AM

You are invited to attend a FREE workshop about winterizing your sprinkler system!

September 19th at 3:00 pm at the Orem Public Works Building

1450 W 550 N, Orem, UT

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August 1, 2019, 11:00 AM

After more than two years of working with community stakeholders to develop this area-wide plan and associated implementation strategies for the Geneva Road’s brownfields assessment, cleanup, and reuse, Orem City adopts this plan and begins next steps in assessing brownfield properties.

To provide some background: in 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) selected the City of Orem as a Brownfield Area-Wide Plan grant recipient. This grant program assists communities in responding to local brownfield challenges, particularly where multiple sites are contaminated by some hazardous substance or pollutant, therefore limiting the economic, environmental, and social prosperity of their surroundings. Because of Geneva Road’s rich industrial heritage, many sites in this area are considered brownfields and are prime areas for the EPA’s brownfields grant.

From this grant, Orem received $200,000 to work with community stakeholders to develop this area-wide plan and implementation strategies for brownfields assessment, cleanup, and reuse. The goals for these strategies were to be protective of public health and the environment; economically viable; and reflective of the community’s vision for the area. By revitalizing brownfield sites in this rich industrial corridor, the City hopes to create multiple benefits throughout the community, including cultivation of community involvement in redevelopment of underutilized sites, creation of jobs, increases in property values, and correspondingly, a greater contribution of property taxes by revitalized properties.

The creation of the plan was led by the City with assistance from the planning firms of BRS and WRT, who served as the consultant for this project. Together, the planning team hosted two public open houses, conducted site visits, sent out a survey that received over 400 responses, and engaged in robust digital engagement to involve residents, businesses, and property owners in the planning process. Input from community stakeholders was key to shaping the three redevelopment focus areas contained in this plan.

Residents overall felt that this plan reflects their concerns for the area and provides a means for assessing, cleaning up, and redeveloping this corridor into a vibrant commercial and manufacturing hub.  And, with the recent award of an additional $300,000 in grant funds from the EPA, City staff and council members aim to further the momentum garnered from this plan to continue to invest in strategies for the remediation and redevelopment of the Geneva Road corridor. You can find the full plan here.

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July 30, 2019, 4:05 PM

JOIN US THURSDAY, AUGUST 8, 2019  Orem City and the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) are working to address traffic congestion and safety on State Street in Orem and planning ahead for future growth on this important economic corridor. Project improvements for the State Street intersections at Center Street and 800 North are now in design with construction anticipated in 2020. These improvements offer the best combination of crash prevention and congestion reduction. Join the project team to review the updated design for planned improvements to the State Street intersections at Center Street and 800 North.

OPEN HOUSE  Thursday, August 8 | 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Orem City Hall - Council Chamber  56 N State St - Orem 

Project representatives will be available to review the design and answer questions throughout this time period. No formal presentation will be made. Written comments will be accepted at the meeting or by email to OremStateMobility@gmail.com through September 7, 2019  *The open house will be accessible according to the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If you have any special language, audio or visual needs please contact the project at least 72 hours prior to the meeting so that accommodations can be provided.

Next Steps  The team will continue working closely with property owners and businesses near the intersections at Center Street and 800 North to finalize the design and any property coordination that is necessary. The team hopes to advertise for a construction contractor this winter with construction starting in spring 2020.  More information about the kinds of safety and mitigation techniques available for use in this urban setting can also be found on the project webpage www.udot.utah.gov/go/OremState.  To stay informed about the planned improvements or to connect with a team member, please call 888-556-0232 or email oremstatemobility@gmail.com.  More information is also available at www.udot.utah.gov/go/OremState

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April 30, 2019, 2:33 PM

Happy Centennial Orem! Our wonderful city is celebrating 100 wonderful years! We are inviting every resident to participate in Orem’s 100th Birthday Celebration. Festivities start at 5 pm this Saturday, May 4th, at University Place’s Orchard Park. Cupcakes, fireworks, and family friendly games! Bring the whole family as we celebrate our great city!

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March 14, 2019, 4:57 PM

Orem City and the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) have been working on a study to addresses traffic congestion and safety along State Street in Orem. Introduced last fall, the project has engaged residents online, at the Orem Harvest Festival, and local businesses through a series of workshops and follow up meetings.

The study team discussed potential impacts with interested businesses along the corridor and how to address them while still meeting project goals. The team knows that maintaining access to businesses is a top priority, appreciating the new ideas and solutions that have been provided to achieve this. All feedback from businesses and the public has been reviewed and the technical solutions have been refined into the exhibits linked in the post. 

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January 8, 2019, 11:30 AM

The tennis courts at Bonneville Park (1450 N 800 W) are in disrepair and in need of serious  improvements. A plan has been proposed that would transform the two tennis courts in the park into 1 tennis court and 4 pickleball courts. These courts will be fenced in and have lighting as well. Construction would tentatively begin in March and be finished late Spring or early Summer.

The City built 6 pickleball courts in Sharon Park in 2018 after gathering significant feedback from the neighbors, the pickleball community, and the general public. In the first 4 months after completion, the Orem Police Department reported a significant decrease in police calls from the Sharon Park area. Drug Calls - Reduced by 40% Firework Complaints - Reduced by 50% Juvenile Problems - Reduced by 60% Public Peace - Reduced by 60% Suspicious activity calls - Reduced by 20% Theft - Reduced by 57%

We are hoping to replicate the success at Sharon Park with this new project at Bonneville Park but we need your help. Provide your feedback here on the Orem Forum or come to our project open house at the Orem Senior Friendship Center on Tuesday, Jan. 15 from 6:30 - 7:30 pm.

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December 6, 2018, 9:00 AM

Orem City and the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) are working to address traffic congestion and safety on State Street in Orem. Current road­way conditions are resulting in growing congestion and a higher rate of crashes on this corridor, approximately one per day, than the state average. Conges­tion along the corridor will continue to increase if solutions aren’t implemented soon.

Progress to Date:

UDOT and Orem City understand that the safest or most efficient choice may not always be the popular choice. So, we talked to a lot of people to make sure we understood how people felt about and used Orem State Street. First, we enlisted a private research company to run some focus groups where we could learn more about driver’s general perceptions. We heard a lot of comments about State Street being unsafe, too congested, confusing for drivers and unattractive. Specific issues included difficulty making left-hand turns, drivers waiting in the center turn lanes, too many driveways into businesses, excessive speeds, minimal crosswalks, not enough trees, and old, outdated buildings. Hot spots were identified at 200 North, 800 North, 800 South, Center Street and University Avenue.

Then, we went to the Orem Harvest Festival and asked people what “drives them crazy” about driving on State Street. We heard a lot of comments like these:

“Right turns off of State Street slow down the outside lane of traffic.”

“It is hard to tell what people in the median are going to do. Sometimes they make crazy choices…like turning unexpectedly or at seemingly random locations.”

“I avoid State Street in Orem”

“State Street is congested, too busy, & crazy”

Then we hosted three workshops for business and property owners along State Street in Orem where we discussed technical solutions to improve safety and mobility issues. Many of them recognized the congestion, issues with turning to and from State Street and crashes are a real problem. We also heard a lot of concern about maintaining access to businesses and complaints that there aren’t a lot of good connections to State Street businesses from parallel routes or back accesses.

We’ve spoken with Mayor Brunst and City Council as well as UDOT Leadership and are working through solutions that address as many of these concerns as possible. It turns out, we pretty much all agree that

  • it is hard to turn between State Street and side streets
  • the right lanes get slowed down by turning vehicles
  • the center turn lane can be confusing and feel dangerous at times
  • we want to make State Street in Orem better

What is Next?:

You can read more about the proposed technical solutions the Orem State Street Mobility Study team is currently investigating in this project update. The team is taking all the input we’ve received into consideration and revising the proposed solutions in December. We’ll share more information in early 2019.

Stay in Touch:

Sign up for project updates by emailing “Subscribe” to OremStateMobility@gmail.com, visit the project webpage at www.udot.utah.gov/go/OremState or check back here in January to learn about the final solutions moving forward.

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October 8, 2018, 1:25 PM

Orem City and the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) are working to address traffic congestion and safety on State Street in Orem. We asked residents and motorists at last week’s Harvest Festival what “drives them crazy” about State Street. 

 

We weren’t surprised to learn that most folks think other drivers are the problem, this is Utah after all. While we may not be able to make your neighbor slow down, use their blinker, or get that “honk if you believe in UFOs” sticker off their bumper, we are developing solutions to the list of problems you told us about at the Harvest Festival:

·      State Street is congested/too busy/crazy

·      Signal timing favors north/south traffic on State Street

·      Left turns from State Street take a long time at signalized intersections (usually more than one signal cycle)

·      Left turns from side streets onto State Street are really difficult, if not impossible during the day

·      Right turns off of State Street slow down the outside lane of traffic

·      It is hard to tell what people in the median are going to do. Sometimes they make crazy choices…like turning unexpectedly or at seemingly random locations 

 

The Orem State Street Mobility Study is looking at ways to address these concerns and reduce the over 2,700 crashes we’ve seen in the last 5 years. Some of the engineering solutions that can address these issues include adding signalized intersections, extending or adding turn lanes and raised medians, consolidating accesses and improving side street connectivity.

 

Did we get it right? Did we miss any major problem areas? Please share in the comments below or email us directly. The project team will be developing scenarios and working with property and business owners later this month to prioritize the best solutions. Updates will be provided by email and here on the Orem Forum.

 

To receive updates on this project specifically, please email “subscribe” to oremstatemobility@gmail.com or call the hotline at 888-556-0232. 

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September 26, 2018, 3:26 PM

Orem City and the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) are working to address traffic congestion and safety on State Street in Orem. The project team will be at the Orem Harvest Festival on October 1, from 4-8 pm talking to community members about problem areas on State Street.   

Stop by our booth to learn more about the project and share your input.   The festival takes place at the Orem Community Hospital, 331 N. 400 W. To stay informed about the project or connect with a team member please call 888-556-0232 or email oremstatemobility@gmail.com.    

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September 5, 2018, 8:57 AM

On Monday, August 20, 2018, the City invited residents to "The Orchard" at the University Place Mall to experience the future of Orem in virtual reality, voice their feedback and interact with members of the City’s planning department. The VR experience was created based on the City’s 2015 master plan and input from residents.  Many Orem residents came out to enjoy a free dinner together and get a first hand look at what the City could look like through an interactive virtual reality experience!

This was a first for Orem's Planning Department, and we are always looking for fun and educational ways to engage with citizens. We want to know what you thought of the experience! If you were unable to attend, let us know what would make a public meeting interesting enough to you so you'd consider attending next time. 

Share your comments here: orem.org/oremforum

**Upcoming events:

Sept. 19th -- Planning Commission Public Hearing, 4:00 pm @ City Center

Oct. 1st -- Harvest Festival, 6:00 pm @ Orem Community Hospital  

Oct. 9th -- City Council Public Hearing, 6:00 pm @ City Center

Thank you.

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July 26, 2018, 1:31 PM

The City is creating five unique "districts" along State Street. Each district will have it's own unique flavor. We've already adopted our first district (the City Center District) in June. That district was meant to be the civic core of the city, consisting of our library, city hall, police station, and court. We're now working on the other four districts! 

The district we are focusing on today is the Arts District. The Arts district is located essentially in "mid-town" Orem. So far we've identified this area around the SCERA pool and Center for the Arts as an area for cultural, educational, and entertainment amenities. The vision has identified green space, art galleries, theaters, museums, and restaurants as some defining uses in this area. We want to know what you think would make our "Arts District" really special! (Some ideas we've heard so far: public art (sculptures, murals) incorporated in the streetscape, unique bike racks, colored sidewalks, unique benches, music piped to sidewalks...) We're open to lots of ideas!

Additionally, each district will have its own color-coded banners on street lights. Chime in to let us know what color you think should be associated with this district (note: blue is already taken by the City Center District).

UPCOMING EVENTS!

***On Aug. 20th from 6-8 pm at "The Orchard" (the new park behind the mall), we are having a free event for all ages! We will use VR (virtual reality) to take a look at what the State Street could look like in the future! You won't want to miss this! There will be free food, activities, and information for everyone, so bring the family and help spread the word! Also, check in regularly at imagineorem.org to find out the latest on other major planning projects for the city!

Thank you for helping shape the future of your City! 

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May 14, 2018, 11:55 AM

The Imagine Orem: Geneva Road, and the UTA/Orem Frontrunner Station studies have both begun! Staff wants to know your thoughts on the future of these two areas., specificallt, what do you envision in 10-20 years for Geneva Road and at the Frontrunner Station? 

You can share your thoughts directly with Staff and help shape the future of your city via the Orem Forum. 

For comments on Geneva Road, click here.

For comments on the Frontrunner Station, click here. 

Also, just a reminder, if you have kids who want to win a prize, the Orem Minecraft Competition is nearing its deadline. It's not too late to submit something (you could win big!). For details / instructions, click here. 

Thank you!

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April 9, 2018, 12:45 PM

The City of Orem is applying for a grant through the Utah Governor’s Office of Outdoor Recreation for a new natural playground and wildlife exploration area at Mt. Timpanogos Park. We need your input on the features/elements that you would like to see included in the project. If awarded, the new playground and wildlife exploration area would be built next summer (2019) as part of Orem’s Centennial Celebration. Please take our quick survey to let us know what you think! 

In other news...

We are actively drafting an ordinance to allow more flexibility in landscaping in Orem! If you haven't had a chance yet, please take the short two-question survey on water-wise landscaping here.  We hope to propose this ordinance amendment to the City Council in the coming months.

Thank you for your involvement!

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March 27, 2018, 3:23 PM

With Spring here at last, maybe you've thought about updating your landscaping this year? Wondering what your options may be?

We're looking at updating our ordinances to alllow for new, more water-wise landscaping options. Water-wise landscaping, or 'xeriscaping', is the use of native and other drought-tolerant plants in place of a traditional lawn. The results of this study may provide more options for those wanting to change their yards and save on their water bills.  We need your feedback so the City Council can vote on this in the near future. 

Please help us craft this proposed ordinance by taking this quick two-question survey. Thank you!

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March 2, 2018, 11:58 AM

The State Street corridor is our city's commercial center. The street has some of the highest traffic counts, as well as the highest concentration of businesses in the city. In many respects, State Street is "downtown" Orem. However, our downtown differs from more traditional downtowns you may have experienced in other cities. Things such as pocket parks, street art, plazas, gathering and seating spaces, bike lanes, pedestrian amenities, and window shopping may be commonplace elsewhere, but they are seldom found along Orem's State Street. These are just a few examples of what planning staff believe could make for a great downtown, but we want to hear from you.  

In just a couple words, we want to know what do you think Orem's downtown is missing?

Please provide your response on the Orem Forum here. Thank you!

For Your Information!

The City of Orem recently announced the “Imagine Orem” planning campaign. You can now visit imagineorem.org to learn more about major city planning projects and events. This new website is linked to the Orem Forum so no need to sign up anywhere else!

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September 12, 2017, 11:16 AM

Utah is the second driest state in the country, but we use more water per person than any other state! It's important we conserve this precious resource, especially as our population continues to increase.

One of the easiest ways we can save water (and reduce our water bill) is by adjusting how much we water our lawns. Many people may be over-watering their grass. The common varieties of grass in this area are quite hardy and can tolerate less water than many think. The Utah Division of Water Resources suggests that during dry weeks, we water 3 times a week for 20 minutes at a time using standard pop-up sprinkler heads. When it rains, we can water less.

There are many other things we can do to save water. What are your best ideas? Chime in at www.orem.org/oremforum

Your comments on the Orem Forum are read and considered by Staff. Help us plan for a more water-wise city! Thank you!  

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August 25, 2017, 1:59 PM

This past April (2017), the Orem City Council unanimously passed the first round of upgrades to design requirements for properties along State Street. This ordinance involved (among other things) the requirement for new buildings to be built up closer to State Street, and for a planter strip with trees to be built along the street. These improvements aim to make State Street safer and more pedestrian-friendly, while allowing room for potential future expansion of State Street to accommodate a potential transit route.

We are now looking at additional ways to improve State Street, including architectural standards, streetscape improvements, bicycle amenities, parking arrangements, and other aesthetic features.

We would like to know which of these you think are the top priorities we should focus on in improving State Street, as well as any other ideas you may have that we could look at as we implement the State Street Corridor Master Plan (2015). Share your thoughts directly with staff here on the Orem Forum!

Also, the City is hosting a PUBLIC MEETING to discuss these proposed ordinance amendments for the State Street Corridor on September 5th at 6:00 pm in the City Council Chambers. Everyone is welcome to attend, whether you are a business owner, developer, or concerned citizen, feel free to come help us shape the future look and feel of State Street! (Also, there will be snacks :)

Thank you for participating and for helping make Orem and even better place to live, work, and play!

Regards,

City of Orem

Development Services Staff

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June 30, 2017, 11:20 AM

Shredded paper? Used fireworks? Plastic bags? Can any of these things be recycled in the Blue Bin? Test your knowledge and help us get the right information to you on the Orem Forum:

orem.org/oremforum

One of the goals of Orem’s newest committee (the “Natural Resources Stewardship Committee”) is to help educate people on recycling, composting, and waste reduction. Filling out this quiz will help us provide correct information on the things you are most unsure about. When the topic closes, we will email the results out so you can see how you did. Thanks for participating! 

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May 23, 2017, 9:27 AM

Our latest topic on the Orem Forum has just been posted!

This week we are asking: "What do you think is an acceptable amount of wear and tear for our street lights?" Our Public Works Department wants to hear from you so they can know when it is necessary to spend the time and money to make cosmetic repairs to our lights. We have posted a few photo examples on the Orem Forum. Help us by rating those photos from "Looks great!" to "Needs repair ASAP".

We want to ensure our street lights are a beautiful asset to our city, while also being responsible with the funds available for making repairs. We take your input seriously, so thank you for participating.

**Notice** Due to a recent surge of interest in the proposed Bike Skills Park, we have extended the deadline for that topic to June 4th! Be sure to share your thoughts and design ideas for this proposed amenity! Your ideas are read by staff and considered in the planning of that area. Cheers!

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May 3, 2017, 5:08 PM

This week’s topic: BIKES!

While working on our “Parks Master Plan”, a few enthusiastic citizens shared the idea of a “Bike Skills Park” at Timpanogos Park. This park could include a course with small jumps and obstacles, primarily made from natural materials. A portion of the park could also include a “pump track” for more advanced bikers. The goal would be to help teach people essential bike skills and trail etiquette, promote healthy outdoor activity, and to have fun!

We want to hear your ideas about this park! Do you like the idea? Do you know someone who would use it? Let us know on the Orem Forum here.

Also, only two days are left for the City Center District Topic! Don’t forget to share your thoughts here on how Orem’s downtown should develop!

Thank you for your feedback, and please spread the word about the forum! We want to hear from you!

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April 18, 2017, 4:34 PM

Our newest topic has been posted on the Orem Forum! This week we are asking you to help prioritize ideas that have come up for our "City Center District". We want to know what would benefit you the most as we continue to plan for future downtown Orem. 

Your feedback will be read by city staff and considered as we work to refine these downtown district plans. Let us know what your thoughts!

Also, thank you all for your feedback on our last topic (regarding multi-family housing in downtown districts). We recieved a lot of great responses! We are consolidating those responses now and the outcome will be made available shortly.

We will also be hosting a PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE on April 20th from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm in the Council Chambers (56 N State Street). Come join us to learn more about the City Center District and share your ideas!

Thank you as always for your participation! 

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March 27, 2017, 9:11 AM

Our next topic is now live on Orem Forum! This week we are asking: "What do you think about protecting single-family neighborhoods by locatiing multi-family housing in Orem's five downtown districts?"

Your feedback will be read by city staff and incorporated into the planning process of Orem's downtown. Let us know your thoughts today!

Also, don't miss your chance to chime in on how signs are used on State Street! This topic will be closing April 1st at 12:00 am. Your feedback will influence a new proposed city ordinance on State Street signage. 

Thank you sincerely for your participation and for helping Orem become an even better place be!

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