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Urban Code District & Development Bonus Program

City Council 2nd Public Hearing continued to October 15, 2020*

* The second and final hearing for Tempe's Urban Core Master Plan, Urban Code District and related General Plan Amendment was initially scheduled for the City Council meeting  on Feb. 13, 2002. However, to provide more time for the public input process and to develop the related Development Bonus Program, and considering the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the second Council hearing has been scheduled for October 15, 2020.

The Urban Core Master Plan (UCMP) and Urban Code District (UCD) are Tempe’s efforts to plan for the next 20 years of growth in Tempe’s central core, providing a comprehensive and unified blueprint for sustainable development. Building on Tempe’s existing Transportation Overlay District (TOD), the UCD will be a new opt-in zoning district to support transit, promote a pedestrian environment and enhance other quality of life factors. In addition, the Development Bonus Program (DBP) is a voluntary program within the UCD that asks developers to protect our historic resources, create affordable housing or provide extra open space if the want to add height or density beyond what the UCD allows. 


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The urban core is more than downtown. It reaches from Loop 202 on the north to the Union Pacific Railroad tracks on the south, and from Hardy Drive on the west to Loop 101/Tempe Canal on the east


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Because the UCMP and UCD include proposed new development patterns in some locations that would change densities and land uses, a Major General Plan Amendment is required to support the vision included in the UCMP and UCD. The Tempe City Council will have the opportunity to take action on the General Plan amendment application. Check out our Fact Sheet and Frequently Asked Questions to learn more.

The vision, goals and policies of the General Plan 2040, Transportation Master Plan, Character Area Plans and public input will be used to inform this planning process. The Urban Core Master Plan will supplement other plans and help guide their implementation.