Do you support allowing the City Council to approve a modification to the Zoning Code's development standards (setbacks, open space, landscape, parking, etc.) for affordable housing developments?
The City is proposing to amend the Zoning Code to incorporates provisions into the Affordable Housing Incentives that would allow the City Council to approve modifications to the Property Development Standards equal to or less than 50% of the standard (e.g., area, width, lot size, setback open space, etc.), excluding building height and density related provisions. The provisions would be applicable to affordable housing developments that provide 100% of the dwelling units to persons or families with a whole income equal to 80% or less of the area median income for the City of Flagstaff.
The intent of the proposed provisions is to allow property owners of affordable housing developments to request modifications to the Property Development Standards that may not easily be addressed as part of the design. Also, it allows for alternative design solutions. Another example of a modification could be a change to the parking requirements to a rate that is less than one space per dwelling unit and is more appropriate for the development, such as the parking requirements for an affordable housing senior living development.
To approve a request to modify the Property Development Standards, the City Council will be required to find that the incorporated findings have been met. In summary, these findings are to ensure that the modification to the Property Development Standards: maintain consistency with the Regional Plan (General Plan); will not cause health, safety, convenience, welfare, or hazard; maintain consistency with other developments that exist in the area; and, are similar in quality to other developments that are available to the public at market rate.
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