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(Francisco Kjolseth | Tribune file photo) Bicyclists make their way through Salt Lake City traffic. Officials are pushing to promote more walking and biking as the Wasatch Front population is predicted to double in coming decades.Re-imagine, re-define and re-vitalize… those are the three major goals behind the city of Providence’s new zoning ordinance…

“We are trying to streamline and modernize and make it easier for people,” said Providence Mayor Angel Taveras.

The document signed into law Monday is the first complete zoning overhaul since 1951.

“This is really an ordinance that was tailored specifically to Providence because it’s a unique place. It’s a place that has character. We don’t want to lose that through the regulations we want to try to enforce that,” said Bob Azar the Director of Current Planning in Providence.

Among other things, the re-write creates overlay districts which target specific needs within the city.

“One example is a transit oriented development district where we have a lot of transit investments taking place. That’s where we are going to allow some increased density and reduced parking to kind of support that transit investment,” said Bonnie Nickerson, the Director of Long-term Planning in Providence. Read more