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Phoenix Historic Neighborhoods Coalition to meet 6/25

The next meeting of the Phoenix Historic Neighborhoods Coalition will be held Thursday, June 25, 2009, starting at 7 p.m. in the Governing Board Room at Phoenix Elementary School District #1 (turn south off Palm Lane, just east of 7th St.; meeting room at northeast corner of the campus).  The major agenda items:

  • Update on 1302 W. McDowell issue (G.G. George)
  • 7th St. & 7th Ave and new City Council subcommittee
  • Central Phoenix Vitality Initiatives mapping (Jim McPherson)
  • Report on the status of Phoenix Planned Urban Development (PUD) review (Paul Barnes)
  • Holding home prices in historic neighborhoods
  • Open agenda

Viewpoint: Jackson Street project is too good to ignore

[Source: Arizona Republic editorial board] — Incongruous as it may seem in the current real-estate market, the Jackson Street entertainment district in downtown Phoenix is forging ahead once more.   It has been a tough haul for this plan to dramatically make over the southern side of downtown.  But some ideas are just too good to grind to a halt.

In terms of the planning process, the entertainment district at last seems to be on a fast track.  The ambitious plan for a mix of nightclubs, restaurants, commercial and residential space, and, perhaps, a boutique hotel on the blocks south of US Airways Center has been slowed by the economy, but is gaining traction again.  We’re gratified to see it.  Few projects planned for the central city have the possibilities for transforming downtown like Jackson Street does.

The proposal went through a Phoenix Village Planning Committee review earlier this week. Tonight it is scheduled for review by the municipal Planning and Zoning Committee.  Unanticipated delays notwithstanding, the entertainment-district plan could go before the full Phoenix council by the first of next month.  In one form or another, the rare combination of gritty, old industrial buildings and sleek, new development has been under consideration for many years.  At one time, the proposal included elements on both sides of Jackson Street, north and south. [Note: To read the full editorial and online comments, click here.]

Agenda set for Jan. 15 meeting of Phoenix Historic Neighborhoods Coalition

[Source: Ruth Ann Marston] — The next regular meeting of the Phoenix Historic Neighborhoods Coalition will take place Thursday, January 15, 2009, starting at 7 p.m. at the Phoenix Elementary District #1 Governing Board Room (turn south off Palm Lane, just east of 7th St., meeting in northeast corner of campus).  Top topics of discussion will be:

  • Update on planned preservation of The Light of the World Church, 1206 N. Laurel Ave. (Pastor Carlos A. Montemayor)
  • Phoenix’s Planned Urban Development (PUD) ordinance — threat or promise for historic preservation in Arizona?
  • Light Rail — Can we help to make it better?
  • Planning for 7th Annual Arizona Statewide Historic Preservation Partnership Conference, June 18 – 20, downtown Phoenix Hyatt
  • 2nd Annual Historic Photographs Fair, Saturday, January 24, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Free admission to the Arizona Historical Society Museum, 1300 N. College Ave., Tempe — Still time to enter!

For more information, visit the organization’s website here.

Phoenix 7th Street PUD/”spot zoning” apartment vote delayed

[Source: “Apartment vote delayed,” Kristena Hansen, Arizona Republic] — The saga continues for the redevelopment plan of a shabby apartment complex on Seventh Street in central Phoenix.  The Phoenix City Council this month postponed a vote to give the developer and the residents of nearby historic neighborhoods more time to negotiate.  The final vote has been set for Dec. 3.  “Continuance was in everyone’s best interest,” said Dean Miller, spokesman for Husk Partners, who represents the residents, including those who live in La Hacienda Historic District and North Country Club Drive neighborhoods.

Councilman Tom Simplot, who represents the area, mediated several private meetings between the developer, Country Club Homes LLC, and the residents.  But they were unable to come to an agreement on stipulations in the Planned Unit Development proposal.  Residents agree the current 1950s Country Club Apartments, 3030 N. Seventh St., are an eyesore, but fear the proposed PUD of mixed-use buildings will threaten their quality of life.

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: http://phoenix.gov/planning/Z-TA-20-07-B.pdf.