[Source: B. Paul Barnes, Neighborhood Coalition of Greater Phoenix] — Because of the support and input of many Phoenix neighbors and neighborhood advocates, the Planned Urban Development (PUD) text amendment as passed by the Phoenix City Council on April 2, 2008 contains policies and regulations that at least provide adequate, timely disclosure of what a real estate developer is proposing under any particular PUD so that neighbors can reach an informed decision as how to respond to the proposal.
The following are some of the most important changes since the initial text amendment draft:
- Two required neighborhood meetings to be held by the developer instead of one. First meeting to be held after PUD application has been filed. Meetings to be noticed 2 weeks in advance.
- The requirement for site plans for all projects 20 acres or less. No such requirement in first draft. Originally, the neighbors had to try and find out what was going on by trying to get a copy of a detailed Development Narrative. These site plans will be on 11×17 paper rather than 8.5 x 11 so they will be legible.
- Development Narratives will include a Comparison Table with Existing and Proposed Development Standards.
- A PUD link will be provided on the Planning Department website with both the Development Narrative and the Staff Report. The link will be provided on the neighborhood mailings.
- The site plans will include the Building Foot print.
- The Development Narrative to include a description of existing zoning on and adjacent to site, including conformance with the objectives, policies, design guidelines, and planned land uses and intensities of all applicable overlays, specific plans, special planning districts, and area plans.
The PUD as passed by the City Council on April 2 can be found at: http://phoenix.gov/planning/Z-TA-20-07-B.pdf.