City Council 2nd Public Hearing continued to Feb. 13, 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.
DEVELOPMENT BONUS PROGRAM
Tempe is seeking input on a draft Development Bonus Program (DBP), which would be incorporated in the proposed Urban Code District (UCD) and Urban Core Master Plan (UCMP). A development bonus would provide for an increase in allowable density or height (generally meaning more housing units or commercial/office space can be built on a site) in exchange for providing community benefits. Developers can voluntarily seek a density/height bonus in exchange for the project including one or more of the following: 1) affordable/workforce housing; 2) sustainability elements; 3) public improvements or amenities; and/or 4) preservation of historic resources.
There were multiple opportunities to provide input on the draft DBP:
Public meetings held Tuesday, Dec. 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tempe Transportation Center, 200 E. 5th St. and from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Escalante Community Center, 2150 E. Orange St. Click here to view the meeting presentation.
Review Bonus Program Materials here
If you couldn’t make one of the meetings, contact us at email@example.com or 480-350-8234 to schedule a time convenient for you.
Comment online Dec. 3 - 17, 2019 by clicking here.
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
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.
Development Bonus Program (DBP) Development Review Commission Hearing
- Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 6 p.m. at the Tempe History Museum, 809 E. Southern Ave.
City Council Public Hearings
The Council is scheduled to conduct its first hearing on the DBP on February 13, 2020, which is also the Council 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
- City Council Regular Council Meeting, 2nd Public Hearing, Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 6 p.m. at the Tempe History Museum, 809 E. Southern Ave.
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 1st Public Hearing
Aug. 26, 2019 - Development Review Commission 2nd Public Hearing - RECOMMENDED APPROVAL
Aug. 27, 2019 - City Council Work Study Session
Sept. 26, 2019 - City Council 1st Public Hearing
Oct. 17, 2019 - City Council 2nd Public Hearing continued to Feb. 13, 2020
Dec. 3, 2019 - Development Bonus Program Public Meetings
- 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.