The Character Area 3 Design Guidelines + Placemaking Principles are a synthesis of an extensive public outreach campaign, and presents a comprehensive and cohesive vision for the future of this dynamic area.
This plan is dedicated to all the many community members and organizations whose ongoing work and dedication continue to preserve and improve Tempe's quality of life.
Character Area 3
Design Guidelines + Placemaking Principles
Downtown Tempe, Rio Salado, ASU, NW Neighborhoods
Approved by Tempe City Council on June 7, 2018 | Final Document
The 2015 Apache Community Placemaking public series which included area residents, students, stakeholders, and the business community has led to the creation of the Apache Principles contained in this Character Area Plan.
Tempe City Council adopted this plan to further the goals and objectives of the Tempe General Plan 2040, Land Use and Development Chapter, Community Design Element, Character Area Planning Section; and to provide an enhanced policy framework to guide area planning processes and land use decisions throughout the Apache area.
It is intended to be used by the following audiences to guide the vision, design, development, preservation, plan review, and public feedback processes:
Area Stakeholders [Residents, Schools, Students, Non-profit Agencies, etc.] Tempe City Council / Boards + Commissions / City Staff The Business Community The Design + Development Community By way of summary, the following elements serve as a framework to the Apache Character Area Plan –Placemaking Principles + Design Guidelines:
- The rich Mexican-American legacy of this area has deep roots which meaningfully inform local place names [see Placemaking Neighborhood Connections section: La Victoria, Escalante, Sotelo, Esquer, Don Carlos, Elias-Rodriguez, etc.] while providing authenticity to local placemaking.
- Apache Boulevard is one of the most authentic, unique, and diverse areas of Tempe. As the light rail corridor continues to grow and evolve, maintaining this palpable authenticity will be central to the identity and vitality of this area.
- Public Art plays an essential and prominent role, key to placemaking and Apache’s area identity. Public art projects need to be supported and encouraged to flourish through organic, grassroots methods. Feedback throughout the year-long Planning process continually reinforced the knowledge that art is inextricably woven into the cultural DNA and urban fabric of the Apache area.
- Preservation of Apache’s core neighborhoods [Carlson Park, Tomlinson Estates, Borden Homes, Hudson Manor, Alegre, Escalante, Victory Acres] is a key Planning goal to balance future growth along the light rail / mixed-use corridor. Transitions between these areas must be well-designed.
- The role of streets + alleyways as open space to engage the pedestrian experience and activate the ground floor [especially along Apache Boulevard, Old 8th Street, and University Drive] is essential to the economic success and livability of this area.
- A seamless patchwork of destinations supported by a healthy and vibrant mixed-use corridor / Light Rail Station Areas with a walkable ground floor is the central vision for the Apache Character Area.
The 2015 Alameda Community Placemaking public series which included area residents, students, stakeholders, and the business community has led to the creation of the Alameda Principles contained in this Character Area Plan.
Tempe City Council adopted this plan [Resolution No. R2016.xx] to further the goals and objectives of the Tempe General Plan 2040, Land Use and Development Chapter, Community Design Element, Character Area Planning Section; and to provide an enhanced policy framework to guide area planning processes and land use decisions throughout the Alameda area. It is intended to be used by the following audiences to guide the vision, design, development, preservation, plan review, and public feedback processes:
- Area Stakeholders (Residents, Schools, Students, Non-profit Agencies, etc.)
- Tempe City Council / Boards + Commissions / City Staff
- Business representatives
- The design and development community
By way of summary, the following elements serve as a framework to the Alameda Character Area Plan - Placemaking Principles + Design Guidelines:
- Preservation of Alameda’s core, Mid-Century, Post-War neighborhoods is the central Placemaking and Planning goal to balance future growth. Transitions between single-family and multi-family / mixed-use areas must be thoughtfully conceived and well-designed.
- Livability comes down to being able to age in place, which means designing communities with places for all ages.
- The role of shaded streets + alleyways as open space is essential to improve connectivity, bikeability, and walkability along Alameda’s main corridors, neighborhood collector streets, parks, schools, and commercial corners.
- Activating commercial corners [especially along Broadway Road and Southern Avenue] as vibrant neighborhood destinations is vital to the economic success and ultimately the quality of life throughout the Alameda Character Area.
A GOAL WITHOUT A PLAN IS JUST A WISH
The City of Tempe wants to celebrate the many things that make each area of Tempe unique and special. Using local landmarks such as canals, freeways, light rail and city borders, we’ve created eight distinct character areas throughout Tempe. We want to discover what you value most about your area, what you’d like to see improved and what would make your life more livable. We’re looking at Light Rail Station Areas, streetscapes, bike paths, commercial corners, housing options, public transit, parks, historic and cultural resources, and much more.
Once every ten years Arizona cities are required to update their General Plan which contains the city’s vision of the future. Tempe’s General Plan 2040 provides the view of what Tempe will look like, and how it will function as a community. Land-locked Tempe is expected to grow by more than 55,000 new residents and to add nearly 75,000 new jobs by 2040. Although this growth can be accommodated within Tempe, more important than numeric change is Tempe’s ability to maintain a high quality of life for residents.
Guiding principles set the tone for GP2040: balanced land use; enhanced quality of life and preservation of neighborhood character; increased economic vitality; sustained mobility / greater accessibility; as well as sustainability and environmental stewardship. Strategic growth of homes and jobs will elevate Tempe as the regional leader of urban living, and be the kind of place you spend a lifetime because this is where you want to be.
As a continuation of the General Plan, Character Area Planning is specifically called upon in GP2040 as one of the central means to accomplish the vision and goals of Tempe voters. Central themes woven throughout the plan include developing Tempe as a leader in urban living; expanding pockets of urban activity centers or “hubs”; and enhancing connections for pedestrian, bike, and transit to produce a “20-minute City”.
WHAT IS A CHARACTER AREA PLAN?
Our economic development division can refer to the plan to see what kinds of businesses would be most appreciated in an area. Our planners can refer to this when working with businesses and developers to help guide landscape treatments and housing options, or when creating new bike paths, planning public art or designing streetscapes. During the budget process, city staff can look to these plans to see where residents most want city amenities. Our boards and commissions may also consult Character Area Plans before making decisions and making recommendations.
The plan does not come with any funding, and cannot supersede the General Plan, Zoning & Development Code or existing state and city laws. We care about what you want, but we cannot violate the law or take away someone’s private property rights. For additional information, see handout "What is the difference between a guideline and a legal requirement? [.pdf]
For additional information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 480-350-8073.
Si a usted le gustaría a la información en español, por favor comuniquese con la ciudad de Tempe a 480-350-4311.