Phoenix Planning and Development Department Debuts New Process Improvements Planhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/planning-and-development/3126Planning and Development6/11/2024 11:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3126/PDD-Newsroom.pngPhoenix Planning and Development Department Debuts New Process Improvements Plan<div class="ExternalClass9044A59E13294F6B9E933632ED8FD8C3"><html> <p><span style="font-size:17.3333px;">Today, the Planning and Development Department presented a comprehensive Process Improvements Report to Phoenix City Council, signaling a significant step forward in enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of City development processes. The report underscores the department's commitment to continuous improvement and its dedication to serving the community with excellence. </span></p><p><br style="font-size:17.3333px;"></p><p><span style="font-size:17.3333px;">“Today’s presentation marks a pivotal moment for the department as we aim to make our services more accessible, efficient, and tailored to meet the diverse needs of our community,” said Joshua Bednarek, Director of the Planning and Development Department. “We are deeply committed to elevating the standard of customer service for residents, businesses and developers, and this plan represents a significant stride toward achieving that goal.” </span></p><p><br style="font-size:17.3333px;"></p><p><span style="font-size:17.3333px;">In a collaborative effort to listen and learn from the community, the department organized multiple listening sessions, both internal and external, to gather feedback on areas of improvement. As a result, the department identified three key pillars of service: Personal, Seamless, and Innovative, which will guide strategic efforts in enhancing customer experience. </span></p><p><br style="font-size:17.3333px;"></p><p><span style="font-size:17.3333px;"><strong>Personal: </strong>Providing customers with a clearer understanding of the project process and key points of contact through expanded organization and function charts. </span></p><p><br style="font-size:17.3333px;"></p><p><span style="font-size:17.3333px;"><strong>Seamless:</strong> Efforts are underway to empower departmental staff and ensure seamless customer experiences by emphasizing responsiveness and ownership within the department. </span></p><p><br style="font-size:17.3333px;"></p><p><span style="font-size:17.3333px;"><strong>Innovative:</strong> To enhance service delivery, the department has undergone reorganization to better align teams and managers with the development process, promoting innovation in service models and organizational structures. </span></p><p><br style="font-size:17.3333px;"></p><p><span style="font-size:17.3333px;">The feedback from the listening sessions were essential to crafting the report, reinforcing the department's dedication to working closely with partners and community members to understand their needs. As part of its ongoing dedication, the department will conduct annual customer listening sessions and produce a yearly Process Improvements Report. The report will not only provide updates on ongoing initiatives but also distill key insights gleaned from recent listening sessions. Furthermore, the department will share the report with the Phoenix City Council annually, fostering transparency and accountability.  </span></p><p><br style="font-size:17.3333px;"></p><p><span style="font-size:17.3333px;">Alongside the department’s commitment to fostering a service-oriented culture, the Process Improvements Report delineates numerous initiatives slated for initiation this year, shaped by insights gathered from both customers and staff. These initiatives are categorized into seven distinct action areas:  </span></p><div><ol><li><p><span style="font-size:17.3333px;">​Process Enhancements </span></p></li><li><p><span style="font-size:17.3333px;">​Streamlining Plan Reviews and Permit Requirements </span></p></li><li><p><span style="font-size:17.3333px;">Fostering Enhanced Collaboration </span></p></li><li><p><span style="font-size:17.3333px;">Introducing New Tools and Resources  </span></p></li><li><p><span style="font-size:17.3333px;">Providing Education for PDD Team Members </span></p></li><li><p><span style="font-size:17.3333px;">Educating Customers and Boards and Commission Members </span></p></li><li><p><span style="font-size:17.3333px;">Revisions to Codes and Ordinances </span></p></li></ol><span style="font-size:17.3333px;"></span></div><p><span style="font-size:17.3333px;">By leveraging cutting-edge technologies and harnessing the collective expertise of a dedicated team of staff, the department has already implemented several recent innovations:  </span></p><div><ul><li><p><a target="_blank" href="/pdd/self-certification-program"><span style="font-size:17.3333px;">Self-Certification Program </span></a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="/pdd/shape-phx"><span style="font-size:17.3333px;">SHAPE PHX (Release 1 and 2) </span></a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="/pdd/development/office-of-customer-advocacy"><span style="font-size:17.3333px;">Office of Customer Advocacy </span></a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="/pdd/solarapp"><span style="font-size:17.3333px;">SolarAPP+</span></a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="/pdd/services/inspections/annual-facilities-program"><span style="font-size:17.3333px;">Annual Facilities Program (AFP)</span></a><br style="font-size:17.3333px;"></p></li></ul></div><p><span style="font-size:17.3333px;">The department is also working on many other projects, including the </span><a target="_blank" href="http://phoenix.gov/generalplan"><span style="font-size:17.3333px;">General Plan Update</span></a><span style="font-size:17.3333px;">, Impact Fee Update, Financial Stability Action Plan & Policy, </span><a target="_blank" href="http://phoenix.gov/pdd/preservehistoricphx"><span style="font-size:17.3333px;">Historic Phoenix Plan Update</span></a><span style="font-size:17.3333px;"> and SHAPE PHX Release 3. ​</span></p><p><span style="font-size:17.3333px;">Learn more about the Planning and Development Department and read the Process Improvements Report at</span><a target="_blank" href="https://phoenix.gov/pdd"><span style="font-size:17.3333px;"> phoenix.gov/pdd​</span></a><span style="font-size:17.3333px;">.  </span></p><div><br><br></div> <br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/pddNewsplanning-and-developmentPDD
Phoenix City Council Refers General Plan to the Ballothttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/planning-and-development/3089Planning and Development5/1/2024 10:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3089/Copy of Newsroom Image (1).pngPhoenix City Council Refers General Plan to the Ballot<div class="ExternalClass6396273EA9184C3A89F7E0B97A97CF7F"><html> <p></p> <p> Today, the Phoenix City Council referred the General Plan to the ballot for the next regularly scheduled election on Tuesday, November 5, 2024.<br></p> <p> Last week, the Phoenix City Council unanimously approved the General Plan 2025 Update, a comprehensive plan that will guide the City's development and growth for the next ten years. This follows recommendations for approval by all 15 Village Planning Committees and the Planning Commission, demonstrating the overwhelming support for the Plan.<br></p> <p> “The General Plan 2025 Update is a reflection of our City's vision for a vibrant and sustainable future. It is the result of extensive research and collaboration with our community members and partners. We are grateful for the City Council's approval and look forward to implementing this plan for the benefit of all Phoenix residents,” said Planning and Development Department Director, Joshua Bednarek.<br></p> <p> Developed by the Phoenix Planning and Development Department in collaboration with community members, stakeholders, and City leaders, the General Plan 2025 Update focuses on creating a unified policy framework for the entire City that aligns with several key priorities, such as improving transportation, increasing affordable housing, and preserving natural resources and open spaces; all while encouraging diversity and a sense of belonging for residents.<br></p> <p> For more information on the General Plan 2025 Update, visit phoenix.gov/generalplan.​​ </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/pddNewsplanning-and-developmentPDD
City of Phoenix Approves New Streamlined Plat Approval Process https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/planning-and-development/3026Planning and Development2/21/2024 11:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3026/pdd - COVER.pngCity of Phoenix Approves New Streamlined Plat Approval Process <div class="ExternalClassDF2E6092F55E42688AF4A7B2062EAFB5"><html>Today, the Phoenix City Council approved changes to the Phoenix City Code that will streamline the plat approval process, reducing the time customers will wait to receive final approval by approximately 30 days. The amended code will accelerate the building of affordable housing and other developments in Phoenix while making the process more efficient for developers and property owners. <br><br>“This is another process improvement the City is implementing to assist in building more affordable housing projects,” said Vice Mayor Debra Stark. “This change makes the process more efficient by allowing administrative approval of plats. Instead of awaiting City Council approval, city staff, who are in the office daily, can now record plats quicker. Avoiding delays in the homebuilding process helps keep housing prices affordable.” <br><br>After SB1103 went into effect in October 2023, state law permitted the Planning and Development Department to authorize administrative personnel to review and approve various plans without Phoenix City Council approval, including final plats and plat amendments. The department has already implemented the staff review and approval of site plans, development plans, land divisions, lot line adjustments, and lot ties, as provided in SB1103.  <br><br>The changes approved by the Phoenix City Council today will amend sections of the Phoenix City Code related to the plat approval process. The City encourages stakeholders, developers, and the public to familiarize themselves with the amended sections before the changes go into effect on April 1, 2024. <br><br>“Phoenix is committed to increasing the rate and flow of housing to the market. We have been proactive in amending existing City Code to allow for Accessory Dwelling Units, reduced parking requirements along transit-oriented development zones, and worked directly with some of our legislative partners to craft bills and amendments to create a more friendly environment for homebuilders,” said Councilwoman O’Brien. “The solution to our housing crisis isn’t going to be solved by one state bill or one local council decision alone. We need to utilize multipronged solutions like this unanimously passed code change. By cutting red tape and reducing bureaucracy, this is one more step Phoenix is taking to lead the efforts against the housing crisis.” <br><br>The Planning and Development Department continues to prioritize its commitment to process improvements and reduced plan review times to enhance efficiency and service quality. The department has already established a self-certification program, an at-risk grading and drainage process and expedited plan review processes. By prioritizing continuous improvement, the department aims to facilitate smoother project approvals and promote overall economic growth and development within the city of Phoenix. <br><br>“I am grateful for the Council’s support of these important changes to City Code. Improving our processes is crucial as it helps in optimizing efficiency, reducing delays, and ensuring compliance with state law,” said Planning and Development Department Director, Joshua Bednarek. “By modernizing and simplifying procedures, we can better serve the needs of residents, developers, and businesses, making it easier for them to navigate through the approval process. This, in turn, fosters economic growth, encourages investment, and ultimately contributes to the overall well-being and prosperity of the city.” <br><br>For more information about the City of Phoenix Planning and Development Department, visit phoenix.gov/pdd. <br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/pddNewsplanning-and-developmentPDD
Historic Preservation Rehabilitation Grant Funds Now Availablehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/planning-and-development/2824Planning and Development8/3/2023 9:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2824/Newsroom_PDD_001.pngHistoric Preservation Rehabilitation Grant Funds Now Available<div class="ExternalClass6174793525754D32A002049A0F5A1CCA"><html> <p>​The City of Phoenix Planning and Development Department's Historic Preservation Office is pleased to announce the return of grant money availability that can help you with your historic home rehabilitation costs.<br></p> <p>Voters approved more than $42 million in bond funds from 1989 through 2006 for Historic Preservation.  The funds were used to enhance, preserve and protect dozens of city-owned historic properties in Phoenix and to establish multiple grant programs for private property owners, including the Exterior Rehabilitation Grant Program.</p> <p>The remaining funds from the 2006 Exterior Rehabilitation bond were allocated in 2015, and no grant rounds occurred from 2016 through 2020.  However, in 2021 and 2022, Phoenix City Council set aside $200,000 each year from the General Fund to re-establish the Exterior Rehabilitation Grant Program.  These funds were awarded to 24 grant applicants during the last two years.  Now, Phoenix City Council has approved another $200,000 for Exterior Rehabilitation grants for the 2023-24 fiscal year.  Applications for the new fiscal year are now being accepted.</p> <p>As was the case in 2021 and 2022, this year's program offers more funding and flexibility than in previous years:</p> <ul style="list-style-type:disc;"> <li>Applications are now submitted electronically; no more making multiple hard copies and submitting applications in person.</li> <li>Only one cost estimate is required for each work item instead of two.</li> <li>Instead of a $10,000 limit as in the past, you can now request up to $20,000 in funding.</li> </ul> <p>Applications for this round of funding are due by <strong>Friday, November 17, 2023, at 5:00 p.m.</strong></p> <p>In addition, a virtual grant workshop will take place on <strong>Thursday, September 14, 2023, at 6:00 p.m.</strong>  A WebEx meeting link will be provided on the city of Phoenix Historic Preservation Office website approximately 48 hours before the workshop begins.  The workshop will also be recorded so it can be viewed afterward, with a link provided on the HP website.</p> <p>For more information, please visit the city's website at <a href="/pdd/historic-preservation/exterior-rehab-assistance" target="_blank">https://www.phoenix.gov/pdd/historic-preservation/exterior-rehab-assistance</a> or e-mail staff at <a href="mailto:historic@phoenix.gov" target="_blank">historic@phoenix.gov</a>.<br></p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/pddNewsplanning-and-developmentPDD
Phoenix Council Approves $150,000 in Grant Money to Assist in the Rehabilitation of a Historic Motelhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/planning-and-development/2717Planning and Development4/11/2023 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2717/hp city center.jpgPhoenix Council Approves $150,000 in Grant Money to Assist in the Rehabilitation of a Historic Motel<div class="ExternalClass0464F78802C8466085E0027348C5D2EF"><html> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">​The Phoenix City Council approved a $150,000 grant to rehabilitate a portion of the 63-year-old “City Center Motel" in the heart of downtown. The restoration of the historically designated main building is part of a larger project to build a new multi-story high-tech hotel.</span> <br> <p>The main building at 600 W. Van Buren Street, is a rare remaining example of “Googie-style" roadside architecture that was popular in the 1950s. The design includes concrete blocks and “space-age" features including the long, angular entryway and an extended sign with long blades. The architecture style catered to automobile traffic and the features were meant to get the attention of visitors driving by.</p> <p>City Council approved the historic designation of the building in November of 2022.  The main building and the annex building behind it were both built in 1959. The annex building, with a more common and functional design, was not deemed historically significant and will be demolished. </p> <p>The owner of the motel, Fabius Enterprise, LLC, will preserve the main building and incorporate it into the design for a $26.9 million hotel with a focus on new technology to better serve customers now and in the future. </p> <p>The City's Historic Preservation Office will work with the developer to ensure the rehabilitation is done to historic preservation standards. The work includes repairs to the structure and foundation and reversing alterations made over time. The Council allocated $500,000 in grant funds in its 2022-2023 budget to provide grants like this to preserve and restore threatened buildings.</p> <p>​ </p> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/pddNewsplanning-and-developmentPDD
Planning and Development Updates Services Model for Meetings and Hearings, Including the Return to In-Person Meetingshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/planning-and-development/2707Planning and Development3/27/2023 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2707/vcp.jpgPlanning and Development Updates Services Model for Meetings and Hearings, Including the Return to In-Person Meetings<div class="ExternalClassD6AFEAB74B644104B09E6394E684CBF1"><html> <p> ​The City of Phoenix Planning and Development Department announces the return to an in-person option for several meetings.  The update will offer hybrid options for boards and commission​​s, and in-person only for the Village Planning Committee Meetings starting Monday, April 3rd.</p> <p>The City shifted to an all-virtual meetings model in response to the City Council's declaration of a local emergency due to COVID-19 on March 2020. Over the past year, the City Council and its departments have been gradually returning to hosting in-person meetings, many with a virtual hybrid option. </p> <p>Village Planning Committee meetings will be in-person only.</p> <p>“Staff took a hard look at what the return to in-person meetings would look like for the Villages and the many other meetings and hearings that the Planning and Development Department hosts," said Planning and Development Department Director Joshua Bednarek. “Based on limited staff and equipment, a hybrid option for the Villages is not possible at this time.  We will continue to evaluate and revisit as necessary to provide the best opportunities for the public's participation at the Village level." </p> <p>See the list below for the updated formats for Planning and Development meetings and hearings. You can go to the city <a href="/cityclerk/publicmeetings/notices" target="_blank">clerk's public meeting notices page</a> for times, locations, virtual links and agendas.</p> <p> <strong>In-Person Only Meetings (Starting April 3)</strong> </p> <p></p> <ul style="" class="" dir=""> <li><p> Village Planning Committee Meetings </p></li> </ul> <p> <strong>Hybrid-in-person/virtual (Starting in April)</strong> </p> <ul style="" class="" dir=""> <li><p>Planning Commission</p></li> <li><p>Board of Adjustment</p></li> <li><p>Historic Preservation Commission</p></li> <li><p>Development Advisory Board<br></p></li> </ul><p> </p><p></p> <p> <strong>Remaining Virtual Only</strong> </p> <ul style="" class="" dir=""> <li><p>Abandonment Hearing Officer </p></li> <li><p>Historic Preservation Hearing Officer<br></p></li> <li><p>Planning Hearing Officer </p></li> <li><p>Zoning Adjustment Hearing Officer </p></li> <li><p>Design Standards Committee Meetings</p></li> <li><p>Design Review Committee Meetings</p></li> <li><p>Site Plan Review Team Meetings</p></li> </ul> <p> <br> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/pddNewsplanning-and-developmentPDD
New Features to SHAPE PHXhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/planning-and-development/2675Planning and Development3/6/2023 7:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2675/Shape PHX Newsroom.jpgNew Features to SHAPE PHX<div class="ExternalClass422601C9467A49D3AA7EFD1F6C770D1C"><html> <div> <strong>​​The Planning and Development Department (PDD) Announces New Features to SHAPE PHX, the City’s New Plan Review and Permitting System </strong> <br> </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>The City of Phoenix is launching new features to its Plan Review and Permitting System, SHAPE PHX, which will provide even more support to customers searching for information and important project status updates.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>These enhancements which launched on March 3, 2023, build upon the existing system to create an even more transparent process with more detailed tracking and search functions.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>In the updated portal, customers will be able to run their own reports on specific PDD data points available in SHAPE PHX – similar to what is available in PDD Online.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div> <strong>The enhancements include:</strong> </div> <div> <ul> <li> <span style="color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;background-color:window;"> <strong>Advanced searches allow customers to search property information, records, development statistics and more</strong> </span> </li> <li> <strong>The ability to share permits and records with your team or revoke access</strong> </li> <li> <strong>More detailed tracking for your project and status updates </strong> </li> </ul> </div> <div> <div> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Staff created <a href="https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL22YB12L5NbTFM6daGDxsqzwinkbjsFCa" target="_blank">a series of tutorial videos</a> to assist customers with the new features. </span> <br> </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>SHAPE PHX launched over the summer for single-family residential projects. The next release supporting Planning, Zoning & Historic Preservation is scheduled for Fall 2023.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Go directly to the <a href="https://shapephx.phoenix.gov/s/" target="_blank">Shape PHX Portal​</a> to begin your residential project.<br></div> </div> <br> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/pddNewsplanning-and-developmentPDD
Phoenix City Council Awards More than $185,000 in Residential Historic Preservation Grants https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/planning-and-development/2658Planning and Development2/15/2023 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2658/tools.jpgPhoenix City Council Awards More than $185,000 in Residential Historic Preservation Grants <div class="ExternalClassED1BE251265C4B4E83A5CF548D2A3108"><html> <p>​Today, t<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">​he Phoenix City Council approved exterior rehabilitation grants for 12 homeowners in seven of the City's 36 residential historic districts. The total grant money awarded equals $185,696, with each homeowner receiving between $10,000 and $20,000.</span></p> <p>In June of 2022, the City Council approved $200,000 in the General Fund budget for Fiscal Year 2022-23 to provide rehabilitation grants for residential properties listed on the Phoenix Historic Property Register. </p> <p>In exchange for receiving grant funds, the property owners agree to sell the City a 15- or 20-year conservation easement to protect the historic character of the property's exterior. The program's goal is to promote the preservation of historic buildings through proper rehabilitation. The program reimburses owners with a 50/50 match for pre-approved work between $5,000 and $20,000 per project. </p> <p>Of the 12 grants awarded, five homes are in the Willo Historic District, two in the Del Norte Place Historic District, and one each in the Encanto-Palmcroft, Country Club Park, Garfield, Fairview Place and Los Olivos Historic Districts. The grant-funded work will vary from foundation repairs, window restorations, and roof and masonry repairs. </p> <p>The deadline for Exterior Rehabilitation grant applications was Nov. 18, 2022. A total of 22 property owners submitted applications. A panel chose projects that best met the criteria for the property's physical needs and critical maintenance, the impact on the historic appearance of the property and neighborhood and the ability to turn a vacant building into productive use.</p> <p>Phoenix voters approved $42 million in bond funds from 1989-2006 for Historic Preservation. The last time the City Council allocated bond funds was in 2015, and no grants occurred from 2016-2020.  In 2021, the City Council set aside $200,000 from the General Fund to re-establish the Exterior Rehabilitation Grant Program.  </p> <p> </p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/pddNewsplanning-and-developmentPDD



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