It had been nine years since we had a comprehensive update to our development code. Through this update, we were able to:
Align our ordinances and design standards with the values described in the Surprise General Plan 2035
Implement new state statutes and federal guidelines
Improve the City’s standards for site development, open space, architectural design
Consolidate the City’s design standards guides into one document
Simplify and clarify the structure/organization of the documents and the rules within them, making them easier to read, administer and enforce
Some highlights of the updated code include:
Existing entitlements, including Planned Area Developments (PAD), Planned Unit Developments (PUD) and development agreements will retain any specific regulations and standards previously granted by the City.
Future subdivisions, including those looking to build homes on smaller lots, must provide forms of usable open space and recreation amenities.
There are significant protections for desert preservation (washes, wildlife corridors, hillsides, etc.) and connecting trails across the city’s future growth.
For more information, please contact Community Development at 623.222.3100.