City of Phoenix Streamlines Permitting and Planning and Development Processeshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/planning-and-development/2369Planning and Development6/3/2022 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2369/Newsroom_ShapePHX_Starring.jpgCity of Phoenix Streamlines Permitting and Planning and Development Processes<div class="ExternalClassD9AFCEE89AB64E94989D1D5A366E354B"><html> <p></p> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span> <p>The City of Phoenix Planning & Development Department (PDD) launched an innovative, easy-to-use system to better serve customers with projects that require a building permit.</p> <p><a href="https://shapephx.phoenix.gov/s/" target="_blank">SHAPE PHX</a> is the new Land Management Information System that replaces the Department's primary business applications including the Electronic Plan Review (EPR) system and PDD Online. </p> <p>“Phoenix is a thriving, innovative city," said Deputy City Manager Alan Stephenson. “SHAPE PHX is a 21st century plan review and permitting tool that matches the needs of our customers and allows the Department to incorporate best-in-class technology to serve our customers and residents as we work to continue to build a great city."</p> <p>The first release of SHAPE PHX  launched Monday, June 6, 2022, introducing Single-Family Residential permit categories to the SHAPE PHX system, including: </p> <ul> <li>Submit applications. </li> <li>Check plan review status. </li> <li>Communicate with staff. </li> <li>Request meetings with staff. </li> <li>Upload documents. </li> <li>Request inspections. </li> <li>Pay fees online.</li> <li>And more! </li> </ul> <p>The new SHAPE PHX Customer Portal will be available 24/7 with residential subdivisions, commercial permit categories, hearings and planning projects in future releases.</p> <p>In 2016, PDD staff began working on a new system to replace the aging permitting system known as KIVA. SHAPE PHX puts the Department and the city in a better position to facilitate growth and support residents with their planning and development needs. SHAPE PHX allows internal and external users to communicate more seamlessly and efficiently regarding all planning, plan review, permitting and inspections related matters as it brings all PDD's business processes into one integrated system. </p> <p>All users submitting for plan review, permitting, licensing or other items in release one will need to create a new user account to use the <a href="https://shapephx.phoenix.gov/s/" target="_blank">SHAPE PHX system</a>. Users that have projects in release one and future releases will work out of PDD Online, ProjectDox and SHAPE PHX portals. The portal to create an account will be available on the launch day. For additional information visit the <a href="/pdd/SHAPE-PHX" target="_blank">SHAPE PHX webpage.</a></p> <p>Customers can also email the SHAPE PHX Operational Change Management team at <a href="mailto:shapephx@phoenix.gov" target="_blank">shapephx@phoenix.gov</a>. ​<br></p> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span> <p>​</p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/pddNewsplanning-and-developmentPDD
South Central Community Plan Creates New Vision for Futurehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/planning-and-development/2364Planning and Development6/1/2022 4:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/2r8olcnCwk0South Central Community Plan Creates New Vision for Future<div class="ExternalClass739AD5574B014AA68C7647395CCE428D"><html> <p>​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-start">​</span>The South Central Community Plan, recently passed by​ Council, paves the future for the community. Learn more about how the plan helps provide equity and opportunities for residents who've lived there for generations.​​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/pddVideoplanning-and-developmentPDD
Then and Now. Historic Preservation in Phoenix Over a Dynamic Careerhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/planning-and-development/2260Planning and Development3/7/2022 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQ38iFclziUThen and Now. Historic Preservation in Phoenix Over a Dynamic Career<div class="ExternalClassA00C829030D44D29A5B01F736D87D41D"><html> <p>​Learn about the impact of historic preservation in the city through the eyes of recently retired Historic Preservation Officer Michelle Dodds.​</p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/pddVideoplanning-and-developmentPDD
Council Expands Code to Increase Pedestrian-Oriented Development Near Transithttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/planning-and-development/2233Planning and Development2/7/2022 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2233/bikes.jpgCouncil Expands Code to Increase Pedestrian-Oriented Development Near Transit<div class="ExternalClass9C9FB2A73D174352A680A232C8400B1C"><html> <div class="ExternalClassFB4852607994409D810DE38C721C2834"> <p> The Phoenix City Council voted to expand the area of applicability for a current zoning code that encourages pedestrian-oriented development particularly around the use of high-capacity public transit. In 2015, the council adopted the Walkable Urban Code (WU Code), which provides a new option for development in proximity to light rail stations to encourage more people arriving by walking, biking, and using transit.  It also encourages a stronger mix of land uses, supportive of small and large businesses, more housing options, more community amenities, and enhanced tree and shade standards all within walking distance to the light rail stations.</p> <p>The WU Code originally applied to five Transit-Oriented Districts as shown in Map 1. This expansion adds six new planning areas defined geographically as transit-oriented communities in city adopted policy plans, the Federal Transit Administration's Transit Oriented Development (TOD) planning grant program or by their location in relation to light rail stations. These areas, represented in Map 2, are located on current and future transit corridors including 19North, South Central, Capitol and I-10 West Extensions, the area surrounding the 50th Street Station and the Northwest Extension Phase II areas.</p> <p>The Walkable Urban Code is a form-based code that allows for increased flexibility for all development types. This will create a great opportunity for more flexible infill development and adaptive reuse. Expanding the Walkable Urban Code throughout the City of Phoenix will enhance development flexibility for all Phoenix businesses and property owners.</p> <p>“This can be a great leap forward in terms of our planning policy as residents have asked the City to consider affordability, accessibility, and environmental healing and sustainability when it comes to new development," said Mayor Kate Gallego. “It allows us to really look at how streets work and use community-oriented tools to consider the character of a neighborhood."</p> <p>A form-based code of this nature considers the character of the neighborhood by incorporating the visual and functional performance of the streetscape from a human scale, addressing how elements contribute to it and how they detract from it. This is different from the normal zoning code that primarily uses density when considering land use.</p> <p>This is an ambitious rethinking of how the city builds residential housing and commercial businesses and has the potential to move us away from exclusionary practices to create sociable neighborhoods and provide diverse housing types.</p> <p>A potential benefit is it could result in more "missing-middle housing," a range of house-scale buildings with multiple units—compatible in scale and form with detached single-family homes—located in walkable neighborhoods. These could be side-by-side duplexes, stacked fourplexes, courtyard apartment or condo buildings, townhouses and more.</p> <p>The Walkable Urban Code provides a variety of options, known as “transects" to achieve more housing units in a walkable format consistent with community desires for growth and change.  WU Code also  provides additional incentives to locate more affordable housing options in these areas. Developers who opt into use of the WU Code are required to include pedestrian-friendly amenities in their design, such as enhanced building frontage treatments, increased trees and shade and contribute to a well-connected public-private open space network; all contributing to greater walkability. The WU Code is meant to encourage residents and visitors to walk, bike, and use public transit for their daily needs now and in the future.</p> <p>Council voted 7 to 2 in favor of the expansion. Phoenix Planning and Development staff held over 42 meetings over the past few years inclusive of  the city's 15 Village Planning Committees.</p> <p>The Walkable Urban Code has been an important tool in facilitating the revitalization of several catalyst projects in the city's TOD areas, such as the redevelopment of Park Central Mall, redevelopment of Choice Neighborhoods Affordable Housing Project, and a contributing factor in a variety of infrastructure improvements such as the Grand Canal Canalscape Improvement projects.</p> <h2>Map 1<br></h2> <p> <a href="https://phoenix.gov/pddsite/MediaAssets/map%201.png" target="_blank"><img src="/pddsite/MediaAssets/map%201.png" alt="Map 1" style="margin:5px;" /></a><br></p> <h2>Map 2<br></h2> <p>​​<a href="https://phoenix.gov/pddsite/MediaAssets/All_TOD_Areas_Sept2021Update.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="/pddsite/MediaAssets/All_TOD_Areas_Sept2021Update.jpg" alt="Map 2" style="margin:5px;width:450px;height:348px;" /></a>​</p> </div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/pddNewsplanning-and-developmentPDD
Canalscape: A Transit-Oriented Development Successhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/planning-and-development/2186Planning and Development12/21/2021 4:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/CjqVjaS-CksCanalscape: A Transit-Oriented Development Success<div class="ExternalClassE633634A51674CA2B519AC72AF0AD682"><html> <p>​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><span style="color:rgb(5, 5, 5);font-family:"segoe ui historic", "segoe ui", helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:15px;white-space:pre-wrap;">Transit-Oriented Development has revived several areas of Phoenix by following the vision of the residents. Check out Canalscape as one great example.</span>​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/pddVideoplanning-and-developmentPDD
A New Beginninghttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/planning-and-development/2182Planning and Development12/20/2021 4:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/uYQMjCxLCkoA New Beginning<div class="ExternalClass5DA12D98243545698D24901193544C3F"><html> <p>​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><span style="color:rgb(3, 3, 3);font-family:roboto, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14px;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:rgb(249, 249, 249);">A unique adaptive reuse project at a historic downtown building combines art and the flavors of some of the best tequilas of Mexico. Barcoa Agaveria just opened in time for the holidays. It is one of many Adaptive Reuse Projects moving forward with the help of Planning and Development Staff after delays with COVID.</span>​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/pddVideoplanning-and-developmentPDD
Signs, Signs and More Signs!https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/planning-and-development/2166Planning and Development12/10/2021 4:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/QTECLJt2CMkSigns, Signs and More Signs!<div class="ExternalClass748B78EC33D34E15B53CD8DBB72B55B0"><html> <p>​Signs, signs...everywhere signs! Businesses need good signage to help their business grow! Phoenix Planning and Development staff can help! Learn about sign requirements and how to get a permit in this video.​ The Planning and Development Department has many helpful "How to Videos" in the  Video Gallery at phoenix.gov/pdd.<br></p>​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><p><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/pddVideoplanning-and-developmentPDD
City Council Approves Findings of Preservation Style Studyhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/planning-and-development/2147Planning and Development11/22/2021 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2147/phx style.jpgCity Council Approves Findings of Preservation Style Study<div class="ExternalClass46ECF195E6774CF189D588C31B7FD2A8"><html> The Phoenix City Council has adopted key findings of an impact study of the city's historic preservation efforts over the past several decades. The study titled, <a target="_blank" href="/pddsite/Documents/Preservation%20Phoenix%20Style%20Report_Draft%20for%20Council%20(4).pdf">“Preservation Phoenix Style,"</a> identifies Phoenix's unique historic character and how historic preservation efforts have benefited the city.<br><br> “Our historic neighborhoods provide stable and viable assets to the city and the residents who live there," said Councilwoman Laura Pastor. “Phoenix is a great example of a city that truly champions its history and understands the tangible value preservation plays in a city's growth."<br><br> In 2020, the city council authorized a national consultant to conduct the research. The consultants met with small business owners, adaptive reuse developers, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and Councilwoman Laura Pastor, city department directors, and key community members who were involved early in the historic preservation program. The city's historic preservation program was adopted in 1985, along with the Historic Preservation Ordinance, to protect, enhance and preserve areas of historical, cultural, archaeological and aesthetic historic significance. <br><br> “The study confirms what preservation advocates intuitively know: that historic preservation has economic, social, cultural and environmental benefits,"  said Historic Preservation Officer Michelle Dodds. “The study also demonstrates that our old housing stock provides affordable housing and should be maintained."<br><br> The study found Phoenix used innovation and creativity to provide tangible benefits to the economy, environment and culture. Below are some of the key findings of the study.<br><br> <ul> <li>The historic neighborhoods of Phoenix are dense, 1,000 people per square mile more dense than residential neighborhoods in the rest of the City.</li> <li>Historic neighborhoods in Phoenix are walkable—most rated “Very Walkable," as contrasted to “Car Dependent" for the City as a whole. </li> <li>During the real estate crisis which accompanied the Great Recession, foreclosure rates in historic neighborhoods were measurably lower than the rest of the City, a pattern that has continued in every year since.</li> <li>Even during the last five years of a boom cycle in real estate, property values in historic districts have outperformed the city as a whole.</li> <li>Phoenix historic neighborhoods are diverse neighborhoods, by race, ethnicity, and income.</li> <li>Phoenix historic neighborhoods are also diverse in their housing stock with a much wider range of housing options than most Phoenix subdivisions.</li> <li>These neighborhoods also have a diversity of housing prices, with two-thirds of the housing stock having values in the mid-market range of $200,000 to $400,000. </li> <li>The tree-cover typically found in historic areas has six times the air quality benefits per acre, five times the water saved, and sequesters five times the CO2 of the rest of the city. Commercial areas with a concentration of heritage buildings are magnets for small businesses, legacy businesses, and businesses in the creative and knowledge categories.</li> <li>95% of all businesses in the heritage commercial areas employ fewer than 20 workers. </li> <li>Legacy businesses—those in business for 25 years or longer— make up 12% of businesses in heritage commercial areas, versus 3% in the city overall. </li> <li>Job growth rates for businesses in the creative and knowledge sectors have all been higher over the past decade in heritage commercial areas than in the City as a whole. </li> <li>Forty-six percent of Phoenix households are considered low income, very low income or extremely low income. The city's inventory of older housing stock is providing affordable housing largely without subsidy, likely due to its age, condition and smaller unit size. </li> <li>It is critical that older affordable housing be maintained as it is not possible for Phoenix to build itself out of the affordable housing crisis.</li> </ul> For questions about Historic Preservation contact the city of <a target="_blank" href="/pdd/historic-preservation">Phoenix Historic Preservation Office</a>.​​<br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/pddNewsplanning-and-developmentPDD



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