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Meeting Date: 05/17/2022  
From: Tiffany Antol, Senior Planner

Consideration and Adoption of Resolution No. 2022-21:  A Resolution amending the Flagstaff Regional Plan 2030 to change the area type designation on Maps 21 and 22 from Area in White area type and State Land to Employment area type for approximately 24.75 acres generally located at 2661 N El Paso Flagstaff Road; providing for severability, and establishing an effective date.
1) Read Resolution No. 2022-21 by title only
2) City Clerk reads Resolution No. 2022-21 by title only (if approved above)
3) Adopt Resolution No. 2022-21
Executive Summary:
A Minor Flagstaff Regional Plan 2030 amendment request to change the area type designation of Map 21 and 22 from Area in White and State Land to Employment for approximately 24.75 acres.
Financial Impact:
There are no anticipated financial impacts from this Minor Regional Plan Amendment.
Policy Impact:
There are no anticipated policy impacts from this Minor Regional Plan Amendment.
Connection to PBB Priorities/Objectives, Carbon Neutrality Plan & Regional Plan:
Priority Based Budget Key Community Priorities and Objectives
Promote, protect & enhance a healthy, sustainable environment & its natural resources.
Increase the private sector's participation in environmental stewardship efforts.

Carbon Neutrality Plan
MM-3:  Divert more waste from the landfill
MM-4:  Reduce organic waste going to the landfill and feed hungry people.

Regional Plan
See attached Planning & Zoning Commission staff report for full analysis.
Has There Been Previous Council Decision on This:
There have been no previous Council decisions on this item.
Options and Alternatives:
The City Council may approve the resolution as proposed, approve the resolution with modified conditions, or deny the resolution.
This request is the first of three related items on the Commission’s agenda; the second request is a Zoning Map Amendment request for 8.95 acres from Highway Commercial (HC) to Heavy Industrial-Open (HI-O).
Square Peg Development, (the “Applicant”) on behalf of the property owner, Arizona State Land Department, is requesting a minor Flagstaff Regional Plan 2030 (FRP 2030) amendment to ensure conformance with a proposed Zoning Map Amendment to Heavy Industrial Open (HI-O) zoning.  The Zoning Map Amendment includes a total of 8.95 acres.  The proposed amendment to the FRP 2030 will affect approximately 24.75 acres of land depicted on the Future Growth Illustration (Maps 21 and 22).  The proposed plan amendment is larger than the rezoning request in anticipation of potential future expansions of the subject use.    
A Regional Plan Amendment is required for expanding or changing the boundaries of one area type to another area type.  Any changes to the Plan not shown in the Major Plan Amendments Chart are considered minor plan amendments.  Minor plan amendment analysis is focused on conformance with the goals and policies of the Regional Plan.  Examples of minor plan amendments include identifying a new area type for an “Area in White” on Maps 21 and 22.
Key Considerations:
As discussed in the “How This Plan Works” chapter (page III-4), the Flagstaff Regional Plan 2030 is used in the regulatory decision-making process by the Planning & Zoning Commission, City Council, and City staff.  The Commission and the Council are responsible for making development decisions such as zoning map amendments or specific plan amendments, which depends on whether the proposed changes or projects are consistent with the Plan’s goals and policies.  The Future Growth Illustration on Maps 21 and 22 (same map; one is regional scale and one city scale) and the text of the Plan will provide supplemental information for the interpretation of goals and policies.  In case of any conflict between the Future Growth Illustration and the Plan’s goals and policies, the goals and policies will prevail. 
The Future Growth Illustration has two types of land use designations: “Area Types” describe the placemaking context of Urban, Suburban, Rural, or Employment and “Place Types” such as activity centers, corridors, and neighborhoods provide the framework for the density, intensities, and mix of uses within the area types.  This application proposes to change the area type of “Areas in white retain their existing entitlements” but not the place type for this project.  “Areas in white retain their existing entitlements” is used to describe areas that have not been assigned an area type.  In most cases, these parcels are public lands held by the Forest Service, Arizona State Land Department, or City of Flagstaff.  The Comprehensive Planning Manager has made the interpretation that the surrounding area types on Maps 21 and 22 should be considered for consistency.  In cases where a parcel is adjacent to more than one area type, either could be extended to the property.  In this case the subject property sits in between areas designated as Future Employment.  With this request the existing “Area in White” will, if approved, be assigned the Employment area type.
Attached are exhibits comparing the existing Future Growth Illustration map to the proposed Future Growth Illustration map.  These maps and any applicable text of the FRP 2030 should be considered in the context of the Plan’s goals and policies.  A discussion of the FRP 2030 goals and policies is provided below.  There are no goals and policies that reference “Areas in white retain their existing entitlements.” 
Community Benefits and Considerations:
Community benefits and considerations related to this request are addressed in more detail in the Planning & Zoning Commission Staff Report, dated April 7, 2022.
Community Involvement:
Inform.  Public hearings before the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council are conducted in conjunction with the Regional Plan and Zoning Map Amendment requests.  In accordance with Arizona Revised Statute and Section 10-20.30.080 (p. 20.30-9) of the Zoning Code, notice of the public hearings were provided by placing an ad in the Arizona Daily Sun, posting notices on the property, and mailing a notice to all property owners within 300 feet of the property. 
The applicant held a neighborhood meeting on April 7, 2022, at 6:00 pm via Zoom. No one from the public attended the meeting.  As of the writing of this report staff has not received any comments in regard to this application.
Planning & Zoning Commission Staff Report
Res. 2022-21
Existing Future Growth Illustration
Proposed Future Growth Illustration


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