Daily Archives: July 19, 2011

Join us on Facebook and Twitter!

The Downtown Voices Coalition isn’t just here at downtownvoices.org, we’re also on Facebook and Twitter! Join our Facebook page at facebook.com/DowntownVoices and follow us on Twitter at @DowntownVoices.

Screen capture of the DVC Facebook pageWhy should you follow us on Facebook? In addition to following We’ll be sharing some smaller news items there and we’ll also make Facebook events for our monthly meetings so you’ll have them in your Facebook calendar.

We’re also unveiling a few more things down the road so stay tuned. Our suggestion? If you’re on Facebook, join our page.

Phoenix debates land use near light-rail stations

Camelback/Central LR station public artThe City of Phoenix is holding a forum to get citizen input on land use planning near light rail stations. For the Camelback/Central Ave light rail station, the forum is being held at the Days Inn at 502 W Camelback Rd on Thursday at 6:30pm.

State law requires cities, towns, and counties to update their general plan every 10 years and this is the first revision of Phoenix’s general plan after the development of METRO light rail.

Phoenix is amending the city’s general plan for land-use planning near light-rail stations and is asking residents for input.

A public meeting to discuss the station at Central Avenue and Camelback Road is at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Days Inn, 502 W. Camelback Road.

The general plan is a blueprint that outlines land-use and policy guidelines on how the city should grow and redevelop for decades into the future.

State law requires cities, towns and counties to update the plan every 10 years but legislation the state passed last year extended the deadline to 2015 to give budget-constricted local governments short on planning staff more time to update their general plans.

Attendees will discuss a general range of appropriate building heights for future real-estate redevelopment.

By having stakeholders identify what they want to preserve, promote and will accept in advance, the general plan can better guide future real-estate development.

The meetings are not about property ownership, existing zoning or uses, city officials have said.

Properties along the light-rail route are in a transit-overlay district, which means less space is dedicated for parking due to the proximity to the train.

Read more here.

If you go, the nearest light rail station is 7th Ave/Camelback Road (Melrose District). For more information, call 602.256.5648.

Help make the Valley a better place

The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com have an online utility for residents to report issues affecting quality-of-life in their neighborhoods. Called “ValleyFix Phoenix,” people can submit suggestions to help make our city a better place to live for all.

Valley Fix: Phoenix (logo from the Arizona Republic)

Tell us about something that needs fixing near you. Add as many details as necessary. Uploading a photo of the problem would be very helpful. Tell us about potholes, scary intersections, playgrounds in need of maintenance or anything your goverment should fix.

Read more here and check out others’ reports–and even submit your own.