CITY OF SURPRISE
ZONING COMMISSION WORKSHOP
DECEMBER 16, 2003 - 5:00 to 6:00 P.M.
SURPRISE CITY HALL
12425 WEST BELL ROAD,
SURPRISE, ARIZONA 85374
Call to Order:
Senft called the Regular Planning and Zoning Workshop to order at 5:00
p.m. at the Surprise City Hall – 12425 West Bell Road, Suite D-100, Surprise,
Arizona, 85374, on Tuesday, December 16, 2003. Also in attendance with Chairman Senft were: Commissioners Dan Morris, Mike Woodard,
and Randy Nachtigall. Vice
Chairperson Jan Blair and Commissioners Tony Segarra and Bob Gonzales were
Jeff Blilie; Community and Economic Development Director, Phil Testa;
Planning Manager, Scott Phillips; Planner, Desmond McGeough.
Topic: SUDC Chapters 1, 2, and 8
Planning Manager, Phillips, gave presentation. Workshop is to follow up with commission’s
review of chapters and consider recommendations.
For Chapter 1 - General Provisions, general
discussion took place regarding: having policy including language dealing
with existing facilities and upgrades; add language for future revitalization
For Chapter 2 - General Development Standards,
general discussion took place regarding: adding noise attenuation language
(traffic mentioned specifically); half streets no longer being allowed;
language added to discourage ‘leapfrog’ development with waivers and
exceptions available; orderly development; an implementation plan to address
projects in the pipeline when ordinance is passed, need a fair and clear
process; creating an identifiable character for the City; infrastructure;
site plan and design criteria; language addressing horse trails and golf
carts; overall community circulation; percentages for open space and
recreation facilities; being prepared for the demand on education system in
City; emergency services and who pays for/provides for what; and ‘dark sky’
Planning Manager, Phillips, emphasized the role of the
Commission and Council in the process of creating an identifiable character
for the City. A character pattern is
the layer needed between the general plan and zoning, as in specific
character assigned to area. Chapter 4
will clarify this. Builds on planning
and design guidelines manual.
Communities designed around principles that work, for lasting
communities. There will need to be an
implementation plan prepared, including a policy statement outlining dealing
with projects on a case-by-case basis.
There is always the opportunity for policy statements to be made
through process. As far as
establishing noise attenuation setbacks as a standard, adding horse language
to trail systems, and dealing with recreation and open space facilities,
staff will consider all the commission’s recommendations and present
applicable standards were possible and broaden statements to cover corridor.
The discussion turned to how school sites are classified
as open space. Staff advised
commission that if the school site is dedicated, it is counted as open
space. City has a working
relationship with Dysart about sharing facilities. As far as the education system accommodating the growth, staff
feels the City currently is handling it well, but federal money needs to
catch up with building. Developers
have incentive. Staff thinks it is a
good idea to give incentive for developments. Fire and emergency services is not stipulated but dealt with on
a case-by-case basis for designated site.
Depends on Council directive, fire department master plan to determine
what is appropriate.
More discussion regarding half streets no longer being
permitted. Commission questioned if there should there be mention of a Dark
Sky policy and staff outlined how our standards will achieve dark sky without
calling it dark sky. Ultimately, the
direction will come from Council. The
topic is further addressed in other chapters.
For Chapter 8 - Authoritative Bodies, general
discussion took place regarding: adding design review board to address future
needs; establishing bylaws to make process consistent and uniform;
eliminating redundancy; and making four (4) year terms the standard.
City Attorney, Blilie, mentioned that Council is
considering this process and that the Council decision will be reflected in
the final SUDC version. He also
mentioned the need to add language regarding a Zoning Hearing Officer and
Zoning Administration to handle state law requirements.
Planning Manager, Phillips, asked the commission to
continue to review and make comments – everything will be considered up to
the point of full adoption in July 2004.
Staff recognizes that a big concern of the citizens is the growth that
appears to be unmanaged but the SUDC that will manage our growth – with infrastructure,
roads, schools, etc. keeping up with the rooftops – while allowing and
encouraging creativity and vision of a lasting character for the City. Addressing a question from commission,
Planning Manager, Phillips, noted that the Planning and Design Guidelines
Manual is a document employing broad language whereas the SUDC is geared with
specific language. These documents
complement each other and one proves to be a check on the other.
There will be opportunity for further comments at the
Planning and Zoning meeting on January 6th. The idea is to gather comments and
continue the item to the January 20th meeting for recommendation.
There was no further business. On a motion duly made and seconded, Chairperson Ken Senft
declared the workshop adjourned at 5:55 P.M.
12/18/03 TIME: 5:00 P.M.
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