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Midtown Phoenix 7th St. & Earll “spot zoning” project withdrawn

Proposed 7th St./Earll development[Source: Tom Chauncey, Save Phoenix Homes] — The proposed PUD rezoning application for 7th Street and Earll (Z-119-07-4) has been withdrawn.  Leadership of the coalition of single-family homeowners in the La Hacienda, Country Club, Coronado, Greater Cherry Lynn, Ashland Place, and Country Club Manor neighborhoods were just informed of the news by the developer’s attorneys.

Therefore, there is no need for people to attend the City Council meeting on December 3.   The coalition is thankful for the out-pouring of support from like-minded residents and organizations.   They will update their website with developments as they learn of them.   [Note: For background on the issue, click here.]

Phoenix 7th St. neighborhoods oppose PUD/”spot zoning” development

Proposed 7th St./Earll development[Source: Save Phoenix Homes] — Single-family homeowners in the La Hacienda, Country Club, Coronado, Greater Cherry Lynn, Ashland Place, and Country Club Manor neighborhoods are opposing a seven story (up to 105 ft. tall) “planned urban development” proposed for 7th Street and Earll.  Neighbors say that the proposed development could have been a positive for the area if the developer had collaborated with the neighbors to eliminate the harmful impacts.

Opponents of the development (as it now stands) encourage like-minded individuals to attend the Phoenix City Council meeting on December 3, 2008, starting at 5 p.m., and fill out a card upon their arrival with their name and address, agenda item number (yet to be determined), and stated opposition to application Z-119-07-4.

Save Phoenix Homes is an outreach effort on behalf of the neighborhood associations and hundreds of neighbors opposed to this too dense, too intense development.  Opponents believe that as harmful as it is to their neighborhood, this first PUD in Phoenix threatens every Phoenix homeowner who relies on existing zoning to protect their family’s investment, privacy, and ability to reside free from inappropriate density and incompatible commercial uses.  For more information, click here.

Phoenix vintage warehouses slated for demolition as part of entertainment district

You call this sustainability?The Jackson Street Entertainment District LLC has filed a rezoning request (Z-07-78-08) and Minor General Plan Amendment (GPA-CC-1-08-8) for a 12-acre site at the southwest corner of 4th Street and Jackson in Phoenix’s historic Warehouse District.  The request would change the zoning from Warehouse Overlay, Downtown core, A-1 with two historic preservation properties to Planned Unit Development (PUD).  The requested Minor General Plan Amendment would change the designation from Industrial to Mixed-Use.  New construction heights in the district as part of the plan include 235′, 215′, and 160′ buildings.  It is believed that several vintage (historically-eligible) warehouses are slated for demolition.

To express your opinion:

  • Contact Susan Sargent with the City of Phoenix by e-mail or phone 602-262-4065.
  • Contact Larry Lazarus, the applicant’s representative, at 602-340-0900. 
  • Write to City of Phoenix Planning Department, 200 W. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ, 85003.
  • Attend a public meeting on Monday, September 8, 2008, 6 p.m., The Summit at Copper Square, Club 252, 23rd Floor, 310 S. 4th Street.

Morrison report examines Arizona’s “megapolitan”

[Source: Morrison Institute, Arizona State University] — Arizona is one of the nation’s most urban states, and now it includes one of 20 “megapolitan” areas in the U.S.  People have predicted for 50 years that Phoenix and Tucson would grow together into a giant desert conglomerate — a possibility that has been seen as exciting, intriguing, and distressing.  While a solid city is unlikely given the diverse land ownership in central and southern Arizona, it is true that the two metro economies are merging.

Morrison Institute’s new report “Megapolitan: Arizona’s Sun Corridor,” one of the first reports in the U.S. on a single megapolitan area, recognizes a more sophisticated technique for analyzing urban growth — that shared economic and quality of life interests are more important than physically growing together.  The report offers a bold potential picture of Arizona’s urban geography, its future opportunities, and “megaton” challenges.  Just released and available online, it presents a scenario for 2035 based on some current trends.  It analyzes the Sun Corridor and provides insights into the region’s global potential, water, governance, sustainability, and “trillion dollar questions.”  It discusses the “tragedy of the sunshine” and asks the provocative question:  In 2035, will you want to live in the Sun Corridor?

PUD process now more open thanks to Phoenix residents

[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: