High Occupancy Housing Specific Plan

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz – The final draft of the High Occupancy Housing Specific Plan (HOH Plan) will be presented to City Council at the Feb. 20, 2018 meeting at 6 p.m.

The HOH Plan is the result of city staff and community members working together to evaluate the city’s plans, codes and policies with the goal of improving how HOH will be developed in the future. High Occupancy Housing refers to buildings that house more than 75 bedrooms per acre or have more than 30 dwelling units per acre in dormitory or apartment style units.

In the last 18 months, there have been over 30 public participation opportunities and over 400 public comments were received about High Occupancy Housing. The draft HOH Plan was put out for a 60-day public review period starting in July 2017. The updated draft plan went to a joint City Council and Planning and Zoning Commission meeting in November 2017 and two Planning and Zoning Commission meetings in December 2017 and January 2018. The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended the HOH Specific Plan and the amendments to the City Council for adoption.

The final HOH Plan contains concepts, goals, policies and strategies for future development. The plan includes maps that show preferred locations and illustrations that demonstrate compatible design features for new HOH projects. Goals identified in the HOH Plan include compatibility, activity centers, transportation, public spaces, historic preservation, sustainability, NAU-to-City programs, economic resiliency, affordability and legislative tools.

“I am excited to see how the plan will influence future developments. What’s really important is that the City continues to work on the strategies the plan outlines,” explained Sara Dechter, Comprehensive Planning Manager.

Draft plans are available at sdechter.

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