CITY OF SURPRISE
PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION
Bell Road, Suite D-100
Surprise, Arizona 85374
February 5, 2008
Call to Order:
Blair called the Planning and Zoning Commission workshop meeting to order at 5:03
p.m. in the Surprise City Hall, 12425 West Bell Road, Suite D100, Surprise, Arizona 85374, on Tuesday, February 5, 2008.
In attendance with Chair Blair
were Commissioners Matthew Bieniek, Ken Chapman, John Hallin, Robert Rein, and
Steve Somers. Commissioner Fred Watts was absent.
Adam Copeland, Planner, presented
a summary of the updated text amendment to Chapter 125 which will be presented
to the Planning and Zoning Commission for vote on March 18, 2008.
Planner Copeland provided a brief
overview of the history of the zoning code, current issues, and the
implementation process for the updates. Chapter 125 replaces the original Title
17 which included:
· Planning and Design Guidelines
Product Design Guidelines
Residential Design Guidelines
“should” to “shall.”
and water conservation.
· Sun Valley Parkway Scenic Corridor.
Disabilities Act (ADA).
Copeland pointed out some of the inconsistencies in the various guidelines and
how those, and all other inconsistencies, would be changed for less confusion.
He briefly talked
about landscape and water conservation, specifically pointing out the grassy
retention areas that rarely are used by residents yet they take an abundance of
water to maintain. Future planning will consider artificial turf or more
desert landscaping in these areas.
Sun Valley Parkway is an area of the city where planners are working to protect and preserve
the scenic view. Slides were presented that showed desired and traditional
planning styles, as well as new concepts that would be considered in the
Planner Copeland commented on ADA updates for future consideration:
Regulating Decorative Concrete/Pavers
Various types of acceptable/nonacceptable pavers.
Adding ADA Language in Design Guidelines
Visitability is a growing trend nationwide. The term refers to
single-family or owner-occupied housing designed in such a way that it can be
lived in or visited by people who have trouble with steps or who use
wheelchairs or walkers.
A house is visitable when it meets three basic requirements:
One zero-step entrance.
Doors with 32 inches of clear passage space.
One bathroom on the main floor you can get into in a wheelchair.
There was general discussion
regarding the conflict between visitability and current code requirements.
It was determined that there
should be a reevaluation of the point system in the Home Product Design
General discussion included the following topics:
Sun Valley Parkway scenic view.
buildings backing against streets.
of synthetic turf.
Commission for language updates.
· Plan to
condense all planning guidelines into one document.
Planner Copeland concluded the meeting with mentioning that
all changes and updates to Chapter 125 will be brought to the Commission for
review and approval.
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
Hearing no further business, the Planning and Zoning
Commission workshop meeting was adjourned on Tuesday, February 5, 2008, at 5:48