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Upcoming meetings on the proposed Urban Core Master Plan and Urban Code District Amendment to modify the General Plan 2040 Projected Land Use and Projected Density Map

City Council Public Hearings
  • City Council Work Study Session, Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 4 p.m. at the Tempe History Museum, 809 E. Southern Ave.
  • City Council Regular Council Meeting, Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 6 p.m. at the Tempe History Museum, 809 E. Southern Ave.

  • City Council Regular Council Meeting, Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 6 p.m. at the Tempe History Museum, 809 E. Southern Ave.

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:

February 2018 Public Meeting Summary

September 2018 Public Meeting Summary

May 2019 Public Meeting Summary

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. 

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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.

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. 

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.

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.

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