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12425 West Bell Road, Suite D-100

Surprise, Arizona 85374


March 7, 2006




Call to Order:


The Planning and Zoning Commission Workshop Meeting began at 6 p.m. at the in the Surprise City Hall Classroom, 12425 West Bell Road, Suite D100, Surprise, Arizona 85374, on Tuesday, March 7, 2006.


Roll Call:


In attendance with Chairman Ken Senft were Vice Chairman Randy Nachtigall, Commissioners Jan Blair, Skip Hall, Lyn Truitt, Antonio Segarra, and Fred Watts.


Staff Present:


City Attorney Scott McCoy; Interim Community Development Director Scott Chesney; City Planner Janice See; City Planner Gary Norris; and Planning and Zoning Commission Secretary Carol Dager.


Council Members Present:  None




Interim Community Development Director Scott Chesney presented an overview of the department’s Planning and Design Manual.


Following are the key points discussed.


The Planning and Design Manual is a policy document to be used during the City’s development review process to encourage the highest level of design quality.


The purpose of the Planning and Design Guidelines Manual is to foster development that will enhance the city’s overall physical image, identify value and appearance, and achieve the integration of well planned and designed projects into an overall development pattern that supports community goals for a more sustainable and livable community.


Section 1 – Community Character and Design. 


·      Contains elements of a Form Base Code

·      Addresses spatial relationships.





·      Community development patterns result from the location, site orientation and development of streets and land use components; and the spatial and functional interrelationships of these components. These guidelines are intended to encourage creative planning and design approaches for developing new raw land and infill sites in a manner that respect existing and adjacent community development patterns, while at the same time, providing for the formation of new development patterns to meet the desires of the community.


        Spatial and Functional Relationship – Guidelines address the location, arrangement and orientation of land uses and buildings on a site to provide functional and visual connections to one another; immediately adjacent developments and the community as a whole.


Addresses Building Forms and Architecture


        Building Form/Scale/Bulk/Height/Rhythm

        Building Facades

        Roof Architecture and Treatment

        Colors and Materials

        Window and Door Placement

        Building Details


Open Space and Common Areas


        Open Space and Common Areas

        Environmentally Sensitive Land Areas

        Floodplains, Washes and Retention Basins

        Pedestrian, Bicycle and Equestrian Trails

        Regional, Community and Neighborhood Parks

        Streets as Open Space

        Plazas and Courtyards

        Terraces and Arcades

        Landscaping, Paving, Furnishing and Public Art.


Community Circulation System


        Vehicular Circulation

        Street Connectivity

        Street Intersections and Visibility

        Driveways and Entrances

        Traffic Calming


        Emergency Access

        Street Profiles


        Pedestrian Circulation

        Multi-use Pathways



Areas of Concern in Section 1


·      Parking and Loading

·      Landscaping Design

·      Location of Commercial Areas in New Development

·      Lighting

·      Signage


Section 2 – Single-family Residential Design Guidelines


·      Addresses single-family design standards, including lot size mix, setbacks and permitted density.

·      Created to discourage uniformity in design, particularly garage-door dominated architecture.


Areas of Concern in Section 2


·      Is the existing approach to setbacks appropriate?

·      Point system can be clumsy and difficult to administer.


Section 3 – Single-Family Residential Home Product Design Guidelines


·      Basic concepts:

        Vary lot sizes

        Vary styles

        Vary colors

        Discourage garage-dominant facades.

        Vary roof forms


Areas of Concern in Section 3


·      Is a 5’ by 8’ porch large enough for functionality?

·      Should point totals be larger? Achieving existing point totals is not difficult.

·      Should garage dominant requirement be defined as the distance of not just the garage door, but the entire garage façade?





Pursuant to A.R.S. § 38-431.03(A)(3), the Planning and Zoning Commission may go into executive session with the City Attorney for legal advice on any item listed on the agenda.


There was no request made to call for an executive session.






Hearing no further business, Chairman Senft adjourned the Planning and Zoning Commission workshop meeting of Tuesday, March 7, 2006 at 6:50 p.m.





  Scott R. Chesney, Interim Director

  Community Development Department



Chairman Ken Senft

Planning and Zoning Commission