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 [Resolution No. R2015.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 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.
Apache Character Area Plan | Placemaking Principles + Design Guidelines
Resolution No. R2016.02 amending Tempe General Plan 2040
Adopted by Tempe City Council 01.14.2016
University Heights, Hudson Manor, Alegre Community, Escalante, Victory Acres
Casitas Tempe, Casitas East, Papago Park II, Villagio at Tempe, University Ranch, Questa Vida, Oaks, Oaks II + III, University Shadows
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