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Meeting Date: 09/19/2023  
From: Alaxandra Pucciarelli, Current Planning Manager

Public Hearing and Consideration and Adoption of Ordinance No. 2023-22:  An ordinance of the City Council of the City of Flagstaff, amending the Flagstaff Zoning Map to rezone approximately 13.01 acres of real property generally located at 2445 S Woody Mountain Road from the Rural Residential (RR) zone within the Resource Protection Overlay (RPO) zone to the High Density Residential (HR) zone within the RPO zone, providing for severability, authority for clerical corrections, and establishing and effective date.
At the September 19, 2023 Council Meeting:
1) Hold the Public Hearing
2) Read Ordinance No. 2023-22 by title only for the first time
3) City Clerk reads Ordinance No. 2023-22 by title only (if approved above)
At the October 3, 2023 Council Meeting:
4) Read Ordinance No. 2023-22 by title only for the final time
5) City Clerk reads Ordinance No. 2023-22 by title only (if approved above)
6) Adopt Ordinance No. 2023-22
Executive Summary:
A Direct to Ordinance Zoning Map Amendment request from Vintage Partners and Liv Communities, LLC to rezone approximately 13.01 acres located at 2445 S Woody Mountain Road from the Rural Residential (RR) zone within the Resource Protection Overlay (RPO) zone to the High Density Residential (HR) zone within the RPO zone.
Financial Impact:
No financial impacts are anticipated with this request.
Policy Impact:
There are no policy impacts affiliated with this request.
Connection to PBB Priorities/Objectives, Carbon Neutrality Plan & Regional Plan:
Priority Based Budget Key Community Priorities and Objectives:
  • Safe and Healthy Community: Support social services, community partners, and housing opportunities.
  • Robust Resilient Economy: Support and strengthen a more robust, diverse, and sustainable economy in ways that reflect community values and provides for affordable housing opportunities.
  • Livable Community: Provide amenities and activities that support a healthy lifestyle
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.
  • FS-2 Encourage new buildings to rely on the electric grid as their main energy source.
Regional Plan:
A complete analysis of the Regional Plan goals and policies can be found in the attached Planning and Zoning Commission staff report dated July 7, 2023.
Has There Been Previous Council Decision on This:
There has been no previous Council decision on this application.
Options and Alternatives:
The City Council may approve the ordinance as proposed, approve the ordinance with modified conditions, or deny the ordinance.
The applicant is requesting a Direct to Ordinance Zoning Map Amendment to rezone approximately 13.01 acres from the RR zone within the RPO to the HR zone within the RPO located at 2445 S Woody Mountain Road, at the southwest corner of the intersection of W Route 66 and S Woody Mountain Road. This amendment would allow the development of a multi-family residential development consisting of 214 dwelling units. The Property is currently undeveloped land with a small number of ponderosa pine trees left after the 2006 Woody Fire burned the site. The property gently slopes from west to east with no significant slope resources.
Key Considerations:
An application for a Direct to Ordinance Zoning Map Amendment shall be submitted to the Planning Director and shall be reviewed and a recommendation prepared. The Planning Director’s recommendation shall be transmitted to the Planning and Zoning Commission in the form of a staff report prior to a scheduled public hearing. The recommendation shall include: an evaluation of the consistency and conformance of the proposed amendment with the goals and policies of the General Plan and any applicable specific plans; the grounds for the recommendation based on the standards and purposes of the zones set forth in Section 10-40.20 (Establishment of Zones) of the Zoning Code; and, whether the amendment should be granted, granted with conditions to mitigate anticipated impacts caused by the proposed development, or denied. Direct to Ordinance Zoning Map Amendments shall be evaluated based on the following findings:

Finding #1: The proposed amendment must be found to be consistent with and in conformance with the goals and policies of the General Plan and any applicable specific plans. If the application is not consistent with the General Plan, and any other applicable specific plan, the applicable plan must be amended in compliance with the procedures established in Chapter 11-10 of the City Code (Title 11: General Plans and Subdivisions) prior to considering the proposed amendment.

Finding #2: To meet the finding the proposed amendment must be determined not to be detrimental to the public interest, health, safety, convenience, or welfare of the City of Flagstaff (the “City”); and will add to the public good as described in the General Plan.

Finding #3: To meet the finding the affected site must be determined to be physically suitable in terms of design, location, shape, size, operating characteristics; and the provision of public and emergency vehicle access, public services, and utilities to ensure that the requested zone designation and the proposed or anticipated uses and/or development will not endanger, jeopardize, or otherwise constitute a hazard to the property or improvements in the vicinity in which the property is located.
Community Benefits and Considerations:
Community benefits and considerations related to this request are addressed in more detail in the attached Planning & Zoning Commission Staff Report dated July 7, 2023.
Community Involvement:
Public hearings before the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council are conducted in conjunction with requests for Direct to Ordinance Zoning Map Amendments. 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 excluding rights-of-way.

The applicant held two neighborhood meetings regarding this case 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.

To date, staff has not received any comments from the public concerning this development.
Ord. 2023-22
Staff Report
Area Context Map
Legal Notice
Parcel Legal Description
Traffic Impact Analysis
WSIA Waiver
Drainage Impact Analysis
Project Narrative
Citizen Participation Report
Civil Plans
Site Plan
Floor Plans
Building Elevations part 1
Building Elevations part 2
Landscape Plan
Draft Development Agreement
Vintage Partners Presentation


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