LOCAL NEWS

Students push back on paid parking proposal at Provo town hall

Nov 19, 2021, 9:01 AM

PROVO, Utah — There was high demand for seating space in Provo City Hall Thursday night, as mostly college students pushed back against a proposal for paid parking to solve the problem of high-demand parking spaces on Provo’s streets.

The city says crowded street parking is a decades-old problem. There have been many failed attempts to make changes over the years. And Thursday, when the city council asked for questions and feedback on this latest proposal, the overwhelming answer they got was: no.

“Where do we expect all the cars to go? Because we obviously are all still going to live there,” one woman asked councilmembers.

The proposal would include managing free street parking by adding fees.

“The problem is that we’re taking a public resource owned by the public and we are basically giving it away for free even though there’s excessive demand for it,” said city councilman David Harding, who helped write the proposal.

“There’s a lot of benefits of on-street parking that people aren’t able to enjoy because there’s not enough parking available.”

Harding insisted the plan was in the best interest of students. He argued requiring a minimum payment would reduce frustrations, improve quality of life and stop discouraging redevelopment.

But in a city poll conducted before Thursday’s town hall meeting showed 80% of the nearly 700 respondents said they did not support paid parking as a mitigation tool for crowded on-street parking.

Several students who spoke at the town hall thanked the city council for their efforts and for listening to them. And a few of them voiced support for the proposal but added that they wanted to see other measures put in place to make the city more pedestrian-friendly so not as many people need to use cars.

But the majority in attendance in the crowded council chambers argued the plan would not solve the problem of high-demand parking but make things worse.

“At what point does it turn into, we still have the parking problem but now we’re paying still with the parking problem?” one person asked.

Another woman questioned, “How is this a more effective plan than using lots that already exist and sit empty in Provo?”

Some suggested adding parking lines to the street parking to allow for more spaces.

Many students who live in the Joaquin neighborhood said their housing complexes don’t provide parking space or charge too much and they have no choice but to park in the street.

It’s up to the city council on whether the proposal will go anywhere. Councilmembers were quick to point out that most of them were not involved in creating the proposal and had not made up their minds about it.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

Proch pirates and doorbell cameras...
Matt Gephardt & Sloan Schrage

Get Gephardt: Why you cannot rely on doorbell cameras to thwart porch pirates

Over a third of us have been hit by porch pirates in the past year according to a new study from ValuePenguin.com.
14 hours ago
Vincent's House of Goju in Magna, where 57-year-old Michael Vincent was shot and killed in July 202...
Kaitlyn Bancroft, KSL.com

Prison ordered for woman who shot and killed husband, but claimed self-defense

Cynthia Vincent, who shot her husband and claimed it was self-defense, was sentenced her to one to 15 years in prison for the July 2021 manslaughter death.
14 hours ago
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 09: (L-R) Christina Rogers, Janeen Damian, Michael Damian, Brad Krevo...
Eliza Pace

Netflix’s ‘Falling for Christmas’ filmed at these charming Utah locations

Lindsay Lohan's "Falling for Christmas" movie may seem familiar - it's because it was shot in Utah!
14 hours ago
A sign marking the entrance to Hildale in Utah, from Colorado City in Arizona. (FILE)...
Larry D. Curtis

FBI says polygamist leader took 20 wives, many underage, alleges illicit sexual activities

Probable cause documents lay out illicit sexual activities of a small religious group — that included underage girls — under the orders of Samuel Rappylee Bateman, living on the Utah and Arizona border. The documents also detail how girls were helped to run away by Bateman’s adult plural wives after they were removed from family […]
14 hours ago
FILE: A FedEx truck makes deliveries on December 06, 2021 in New York City. As Americans continue t...
Tamara Vaifanua

Tips to avoid holiday delivery delays and hassles

From porch pirates to crushed boxes, shipping experts with Consumer Affairs have five tips to make sure deliveries go smoothly.
14 hours ago
(Photo: Vivint)...
Michael Houck

NRG Energy set to purchase Vivint Smart Home

The North American power and energy company announced its purchase of the Provo-based smart home company on Tuesday. 
14 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 reasons you may want to consider apartment life over owning a home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to choose what MBA program is right for you: Take this quiz before you apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Diverse Group of Energetic Professionals Team Meeting in Modern Office: Brainstorming IT Programmer...
Les Olson

Don’t let a ransomware attack get you down | Protect your workplace today with cyber insurance

Business owners and operators should be on guard to protect their workplace. Cyber insurance can protect you from online attacks.
Hand turning a thermostat knob to increase savings by decreasing energy consumption. Composite imag...
Lighting Design

5 Lighting Tips to Save Energy and Money in Your Home

Advances in lighting technology make it easier to use smart features to cut costs. Read for tips to save energy by using different lighting strategies in your home.
Portrait of smiling practitioner with multi-ethnic senior people...
Summit Vista

How retirement communities help with healthy aging

There are many benefits that retirement communities contribute to healthy aging. Learn more about how it can enhance your life, or the life of your loved ones.
Students push back on paid parking proposal at Provo town hall