CITY OF SURPRISE
PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION
Bell Road, Suite D-100
Surprise, Arizona 85374
April 4, 2006
Call to Order:
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, April 4, 2006.
In attendance with Vice Chairman
Randy Nachtigall were Commissioners Jan Blair, Skip Hall, Lyn Truitt, and Fred
Watts. Chairman Ken Senft and Commissioner Antonio Segarra were absent.
Council Members Present: None
Director Scott Chesney provided an overview of the Surprise Unified Development
Code (SUDC). He first talked about the approach of the SUDC and the seven Transects
as described below and how they will transition to the planning projects:
T1 - THE NATURAL ZONE consists of lands approximating
or reverting to a wilderness condition, including lands unsuitable for
settlement due to topography, hydrology or vegetation.
T2 - THE RURAL ZONE consists of lands in open or
cultivated state or sparsely settled. These may include woodland, agricultural
lands, grasslands and irrigable deserts.
T3- THE SUBURBAN ZONE, though similar to
conventional low density suburban house areas, differs by allowing home
occupations. Planting is naturalistic with deep setbacks. Blocks may be large
and the road irregular to accommodate natural conditions.
T-4 THE GENERAL URBAN ZONE is a denser and
primarily residential urban fabric. Mixed-use is usually confined to corner
locations. It has a wide range of building types: single, sideyard, and
rowhouses. Setbacks and landscaping are variable. Streets typically define
T-5 THE URBAN CENTER ZONE is the equivalent of a
main street, including building types that accommodate retail, offices,
rowhouses and apartments. It is usually a tight network of streets, with wide
sidewalks, steady street tree planning and buildings set close to the
T-6 THE URBAN CORE ZONE is the equivalent of a
downtown. It contains the tallest buildings, the greatest variety, and unique
civic buildings in particular. It is the least naturalistic; street trees are
steadily planted and sometimes absent.
SD SPECIALIZED DISTRICTS are those areas with
buildings that by their intrinsic function, disposition, or configuration
cannot conform to one of the six normative Transect Zones. Typical Districts
may include institutional campuses, refinery sites, airports, etc.
Chesney pointed out the following items that are part of the SUDC:
Transect Communities: The neighborhoods provide a mix of
housing types and densities, ranging from large lots fronting a wash, a golf
course, or major open space to flats and lofts above shops and offices near the
central district. Each neighborhood is designed with the five-minute
edge-to-center walk in mind. Support retail is provided in alternate
neighborhood centers. Multiple corridors border the town: one could be a green
corridor, which will be partly occupied by a wash, and one could be a
transportation corridor, consisting of a future highway that will connect the
Pedestrian Shed: an area defined by the average distance
that may be traversed at an easy walking pace from its edge to its center.
This distance is applied to determine the size of a neighborhood or extent of a
community. A standard pedestrian shed is one quarter of a mile radius or 1320
feet. With transit available or proposed, a long pedestrian shed has an
average walking distance of a half-mile or 2640 feet. Pedestrian sheds are
oriented toward a central destination containing one or more important
intersections, meeting places, civic spaces, civic buildings, and the capacity
to accommodate a T5 Transect Zone in the future. These are sometimes called
walksheds or walkable catchments.
Meeting Hall: a building available for gatherings, including
conferences. It should accommodate at least one room equivalent to a minimum
of 10 square feet per projected dwelling unit within the pedestrian shed in
which the meeting hall is located. A meeting hall shall be completed upon the
sale of 75% of the dwelling units. The meeting hall may be used for the
marketing purposes of the development until the sale of 75% of the dwelling
units, at which time control of its use shall be given to the community
Director Chesney next discussed walkable communities,
affordable housing, civic center space, and thoroughfare assemblies. Also
Public Frontages (distance between the vehicular lanes and the
Private Frontages (distance between the building and the lot
Landscaping and Lighting.
He then talked about an upcoming project and how the new SUDC
fits into the project.
In conclusion, he mentioned the philosophy, objectives, and
implementation of the SUDC.
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.
Hearing no further business, Vice Chairman Nachtigall
adjourned the Planning and Zoning Commission workshop meeting of Tuesday, April
4, 2006 at 6:50 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission