What do you think about the proposed design standard regulation changes for the West Gateway Zone (between downtown and I-15)?
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Anne Mouyart-Krebs inside Fort Utah
Chris West inside Foothills
One question before I get into my thoughts: would changes be made to the street to slow down cars and pedestrianize the street to make it feel more like center street or would we just be changing the way that buildings are built along the edges?
I'm torn on what to think here.
On the one hand, I love the development style of downtown and would love to see more of it; however, I wish that it was allowed in more areas instead of being forced into a few areas. In my eyes, the more flexible the design standards provided by the city the better as then a developer can build what makes sense to their project where their project is. The kind of development that is done downtown would not be allowed in most other places in the city. I would rather see the walkable downtown style development be allowed and encouraged in other parts of the city instead of forcing it into a space that the city choses.
In summary, I would love to see the kind of changes intended by this design standard change, but I would rather see developers have the option to build center street style in more places than see the city council force developers to build that style of development in one place.
I don't really have a strong opinion on this issue, but I do have a lot of thoughts and I hope this gives the council something to discuss.
In principle, I'm all in favor of changing design standards to match downtown Provo's standards.
HOWEVER, considering that Center Street is one of the main roads to get from West Provo to Downtown, something needs to be done to make sure we are not adding travel time for West Provo commuters. Please look into public transportation. Maybe a "West to Downtown" type of bus (similar to UVX). This would allow for reduced traffic, and you could decrease speed limits on Center Street or make it pedestrian friendly if you wanted to (look into Denver's free bus in downtown, "Free Mall Ride", for ideas).
Just a thought!