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Welcome to Provo Citizens Network!
Provo Citizens.net is a diverse group of
citizens who care about the future of our beautiful city -- Provo Utah.
We are a grassroots watchdog group keeping tabs on the City Council, Planning Commission, and other groups that work with the legislative/executive branches of the local government. We are neighbors like you.
Some Zoning discriminates
I am dismayed at the current zoning debate raging in Provo, which restricts the number of singles allowed to live together. In today's society of supposed equality, the idea of discrimination based on any type of status — in this case marital — flies in the face of everything I thought America stood for.
Making restrictions based on behavior such as noise, parking, upkeep of a home and safety concerns is one thing, but saying "you cannot live in my neighborhood because of who you are" is another thing entirely. As a wife and mother, I would be horrified if the government were to place restrictions on who could be a part of my family, or where we could live.
Yet that is exactly what this proposal does — and it is akin to sanctioning segregation in an attempt to enforce the hopes and expectations of some homeowners while ignoring the civil rights of others. It does not guarantee playmates for my girls, the church we would go to or the school we would attend. That is no one's job but mine — though the planning commission and Councilman David Knecht seem to think differently.
I would be doing my girls a disservice in teaching them that my rights can trample someone else's, and I would be depriving them of growth and diverse friendships if I limited who could live by us in fear it would "change the nature of the neighborhood." Provo needs all residents to have equal rights and decent housing, even the unmarried ones.
Zoning laws were created as a restriction on the free use of property in order to prevent one person's use from destroying everybody else's -- to keep me, for instance, from turning my corner lot into a pig farm or a paper pulp factory.
But zoning laws quickly turned into a tool of snobbery and stupidity -- keeping the "riff-raff" out of rich neighborhoods, and separating people from everything they do. ...
Orson Scott Card
Get out and vote!
As a single student attending BYU and living in Provo, I've met with frustrations when looking for a rental house. Recently, ordinances concerning rental property have been put in place in areas like the tree streets that are not single student friendly.
I think part of the problem is that some people do not see BYU students as real members of the community. I personally have looked for ways to contribute to the community by volunteering at a local elementary school and with the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Just because I don't plan to spend 20 years living in Provo doesn't mean I should be treated as a second-class citizen by long-term residents. It is too late to go register to vote today, but many students registered to vote in last year's presidential election. I strongly encourage these students to get out and vote[!]
[Some of the candidates are] not single students who need to look for approved housing around BYU campus. This task is getting harder and the prices are getting higher as a result of ordinance changes like those [some of the candidates] pushed for through grassroots activism in the "tree streets".
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