City Council Meeting - FINAL

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Meeting Date: 09/05/2023  
From: Alaxandra Pucciarelli, Current Planning Manager

Public Hearing, Consideration and Possible Adoption of Ordinance No.  2023-21: A public hearing, consideration and adoption of an Ordinance of the City Council of the City of Flagstaff, extending and increasing the corporate limits of the City pursuant to the provisions of Title 9, Chapter 4, Arizona Revised Statutes, by annexing approximately 1.82 acres of land located at 2445 S. Woody Mountain Road, which certain land is contiguous to the existing corporate limits of the City of Flagstaff, and establishing city zoning for said land as Rural Residential (RR); providing for severability, authority for clerical corrections, and establishing an effective date. (Liv Timber Sky Annexation)
At the September 5, 2023 Council Meeting:
1) Hold public hearing
At the September 19, 2023 Council Meeting:
2) Read Ordinance No. 2023-21 by title only for the first time
3) City Clerk reads Ordinance No. 2023-21 by title only (if approved above)
At the October 3, 2023 Council Meeting:
4) Read Ordinance No. 2023-21 by title only for the final time
5) City Clerk reads Ordinance No. 2023-21 by title only (if approved above)
6) Adopt Ordinance No. 2023-21
Executive Summary:
An Annexation request from Vintage Partners and Liv Communities, LLC of approximately 1.82 acres located at 2445 S. Woody Mountain Road.  The property is identified as a portion of Coconino County Assessor’s Parcel Number 112-01-019B which is approximately 13.01 acres and the adjacent S Woody Mountain Road right-of-way .  This annexation request is the first part of a two-part request.  The second part of the request is a Direct to Ordinance Zoning Map Amendment to rezone from RR to High Density Residential (HR).
Financial Impact:
The purpose of this annexation is to develop the entire parcel under the City's HR zoning.  Currently, the site has access directly onto either City or ADOT maintained roadways.  The property may be served with adjacent City water and sewer.  No additional maintenance costs will be incurred through the annexation of this County property.
Policy Impact:
Connection to PBB Priorities/Objectives, Carbon Neutrality Plan & Regional Plan:
PBB Priorities/Objectives
  • Utilize existing long-range plan(s) that identify the community's future infrastructure needs and all associated costs.
  • Grow and strengthen a more robust, diverse, and resilient economy.
Regional Plan
  • Goal LU.7.2 – Require unincorporated properties to be annexed prior to provision of City services, or that a pre-annexation agreement is executed when deemed appropriate.
  • Policy WR.4.3 – Development requiring public utility services will be located within the Urban Growth Boundary.
  • Page III-10:
    • The proposed annexation should not be detrimental to the majority of persons or property in the surrounding area or the community in general.
    • Annexation must demonstrate a favorable benefit to the taxpayers of the City.
Carbon Neutrality Plan
  • DD-2: Create inclusive networks for walking and biking that are continuous, attractive, safe, comprehensive, and convenient for people of all ages.
Has There Been Previous Council Decision on This:
Options and Alternatives:
  1. Approve the annexation with the conditions as recommended by the Planning and Zoning Commission.
  2. Approve the annexation with additional conditions, modified conditions, or deleted conditions.
  3. Deny the annexation for non-compliance with the Regional Plan, Zoning Code, and/or Arizona Revised Statutes.
The applicant is requesting to annex approximately 1.82 acres at the intersection of W Route 66 and S Woody Mountain Road. The area subject to the annexation is a portion of parcel 112-01-019B and the adjacent Woody Mountain Road ROW. This parcel is currently vacant and was at one time heavily forested before the Woody Fire in 2006. The parcel is located within the Resource Protection Overlay (RPO) zone and still maintains forest resources towards the southern portion of the property. The parcel is located within the Urban Growth Boundary and this small portion of the overall parcel is within County jurisdiction.

This annexation is the first of a two-step process. The second being a Direct to Ordinance Zoning Map Amendment request to zone the parcel to the HR zone for the construction of a 214-unit for-rent multi-family residential development, associated parking, landscaping, outdoor amenities, clubhouse, and fitness building. The Zoning Map Amendment application is being processed concurrently with this application but will not become effective until after the annexation has been completed. A full Zoning Map Amendment policy analysis can be found in that staff report
Key Considerations:
Annexations are adopted by the City Council via ordinance. Ordinance No. 2023-XX annexes 1.82 acres located at 2445 S. Woody Mountain Road and the adjoining right-of-way into the City of Flagstaff.
Community Benefits and Considerations:
Community benefits and considerations related to this request are addressed in more detail in the attached Planning and Zoning Commission Staff Report, dated July 10, 2023.  Annexing this property provides for additional residential development opportunities in western Flagstaff.
Community Involvement:
The applicant held two neighborhood meetings regarding this case and the Zoning Map Amendment on December 12, 2022 and February 6, 2023.  Both meetings were held virtually.  Per the meeting sign-in, approximately 18 individuals attended the first meeting and 4 attended the second meeting.  A Citizen Participation Report is attached and includes responses to any questions, comments and concerns presented.  The meetings included a presentation from the applicant and a question-and-answer session. Comments on the project included the topics of traffic and the lack of commercial development.

Notice of the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting was provided by placing an ad in the Daily Sun, posting notices on the property, and mailing a notice to all property owners within 300 feet of the site excluding rights-of-way.  The Planning & Zoning Commission met on Wednesday, July 26, 2023 at 4 pm.  No members of the public commented on this item.  The Commission recommended approval of the annexation by a unanimous vote (6-members present).

Public hearings before the City Council are conducted in conjunction with requests for annexation. In accordance with State statute, notice of the public hearing was provided by placing an ad in the Daily Sun, posting notices on the property, and mailing a notice to all property owners within 300 feet of the site. The notices were also provided to the County Assessor, County Community Development Department, and the Chair of the Board of Supervisors.
Ord. 2023-21
Staff Report
Legal Description
Project Narrative
Public Hearing Legal notice
Public Participation Report
Site Plan
Civil Plans
Landscape Plan
Arch floor plans
Building Elevations Part1
Building Elevations Part2


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