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.
City Council Public Hearings
The Council has continued the second hearing date for the Urban Code District, Urban Core Master Plan and the general plan amendment on the proposed Urban Core Master Plan and Transportation District Amendment to modify the General Plan 2040 Projected Land Use and Projected Density Map
- Development Bonus Program
City Council Regular Council Meeting, 1st Public Hearing, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 at 6 p.m. at City Council Chambers, 31 E. Fifth Street.
- Development Bonus Program, Urban Core Master Plan and General Plan Amendment
City Council Regular Council Meeting, 2nd Public Hearing, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020 at 6 p.m. at City Council Chambers, 31 E. Fifth Street.
General Plan 2040 Amendment Documents
DRAFT PLANNING DOCUMENTS
Draft Urban Core Master Plan Appendices
Tempe’s UCMP planning process was closely coordinated with the new Affordable Housing Strategy, adopted by the City Council on July 31, 2019. The Affordable Housing Strategy uses a holistic approach to encourage more affordable and diverse housing options and price points.
Public comment is welcome at the hearings or you can provide comments on the documents directly to staff b email or a phone call.y
More than 30 public meetings were held during a two-year public planning process that also included online feedback opportunities and dozens of targeted meetings and focus groups with neighborhoods, businesses, property owners and other stakeholders.
Documents with the summaries of major public input on the Urban Core Master Plan and Urban Code District (UCD) and related General Plan amendment efforts are available at the links below:
Feb. 28, 2018 - Visioning Workshops
March 1, 2018 - City Council Work Study Session
Sept. 20 and 22, 2018 - Public Meetings
March 7, 2019 - Draft Affordable Housing Strategy Public Meetings
May 18 and 20, 2019 - Draft Urban Core Master Plan and Draft Transportation Overlay District Public Meetings
July 8 and 22, 2019 - Neighborhood meetings to provide an overview and take input on the proposed amendment to modify the General Plan 2040 Projected Land Use and Projected Density Map
Aug. 13, 2019 - Development Review Commission Urban Core Master Plan, Urban Code District and General Plan Amendment 1st Public Hearing
Aug. 26, 2019 - Development Review Commission Urban Core Master Plan, Urban Code District and General Plan Amendment 2nd Public Hearing - RECOMMENDED APPROVAL
Aug. 27, 2019 - City Council Work Study Session
Sept. 26, 2019 - City Council Urban Core Master Plan, Urban Code District and General Plan Amendment 1st Public Hearing
Oct. 17, 2019 - City Council Urban Core Master Plan, Urban Code District and General Plan Amendment 2nd Public Hearing - continued to Feb. 13, 2020
Dec. 3, 2019 - Development Bonus Program Public Meetings
Jan. 23, 2020 - Urban Core Master Plan, Urban Code District and Development Bonus Program Open Houses
Jan. 28, 2020 - Development Review Commission Development Bonus Program Public Hearing - RECOMMENDED APPROVAL
Feb. 13, 2020 - City Council Urban Core Master Plan, Urban Code District and General Plan Amendment 2nd Public Hearing - continued to May 7, 2020
Feb. 20, 2020 - City Council Work Study Session
- City of Tempe General Plan 2040
- Tempe Transportation Master Plan
- City of Tempe Character Area 3 (Northwest Neighborhoods, Downtown, ASU, Rio Salado) Plan
- City of Tempe Character Area 4 (Apache) Plan
- Housing Inventory and Affordability Analysis 2017
- Tempe Arts and Culture Plan
- Tempe Urban Open Space Plan
- Hayden Butte Preserve Management Plan Draft
- Urban Forestry Master Plan
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.