Changes in downtown Provo?

Possible zoning changes for downtown Provo could allow two-family homes while banning new tattoo parlors, tobacco stores, escort services and pawnbrokers.

However, Provo community development director Gary McGinn said he plans to tell city planners to ignore Tuesday's request of the City Council and make their own recommendations to the panel. Changes in zoning law usually begin with the planning department and Planning Commission, but the council took the initiative to begin the process as it works on revitalizing Provo's central business district.

If the law changes, existing businesses on the banned list won't be affected, council attorney Neil Lindberg said. The list also includes blood banks, drug and alcohol treatment centers, bail bondsmen and payday lenders,

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