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IN ACCORDANCE WITH PROVISIONS OF THE ARIZONA REVISED STATUTES AND THE FLAGSTAFF CITY CHARTER THE SUMMARIZED MINUTES OF CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS ARE NOT VERBATIM TRANSCRIPTS.  ONLY THE ACTIONS TAKEN AND DISCUSSION APPEARING WITH QUOTATION MARKS ARE VERBATIM.  AUDIO RECORDINGS OF CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS ARE ON FILE IN THE CITY CLERK’S OFFICE.

 

SUMMARIZED MINUTES

SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING

 

December 13 - 14, 2005

6:00 p.m.

 

A Meeting of the Flagstaff City Council was held on December 13 - 14, 2005, convening at 6:00 P.M. on December 13, 2005 in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 211 West Aspen Avenue, Flagstaff, Arizona.

 

1.      CALL TO ORDER

 

The Meeting was called to order by Mayor Donaldson.

 

2.      ROLL CALL

 

On roll call, the following were present:

 

 

Mayor Donaldson

 

Vice-Mayor White

Councilmember Babbott

Councilmember Cooper

Councilmember Haughey

Councilmember Kelty

Councilmember Silva

 

 

Also present were:

 

 

City Manager, Dave Wilcox

City Attorney, Patricia Boomsma

 

3.

Consideration of Resolution No. 2005-124:  A resolution amending the Flagstaff Area Regional Land Use and Transportation Plan by amending the Plan to redesignate a certain parcel of land of approximately 6.78 acres from Rural Open Space to Low Density Residential Designation and a certain parcel of land of approximately 3.06 acres from Neighborhood Commercial to Medium Density Residential Designation at 3400 North Fort Valley Road.

 

 

RECOMMENDED ACTION:

Open the public hearing.

Receive citizen input.

Close the public hearing.

 

Read Resolution No. 2005-124 by title only.

Adopt Resolution No. 2005-124.

 

Ursula Montaño, Advanced Planning Manager, gave a brief presentation on Resolution No. 2005-124 and 2005-125, both items seeking to amend the Flagstaff Area Regional Land Use and Transportation Plan.

 

Ms. Montaño reviewed concerns brought forth by citizens through the Planning and Zoning Commission meetings, including (1) increased vehicular traffic, (2) the need for a traffic signal at Highway 180 and Schultz Pass Road, (3) maintaining the area as a gateway to the City, (4) the proximity of two gas lines that bisect the parcels, (5) maintaining the viewshed, (6) increased bicycle and pedestrian traffic on Schultz Pass Road and on private property, (7) a preference for commercial use of the land, (8) a preference for the area to remain open space, and (9) the preference for the northern parcels to be affordable housing.

 

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) has determined that a traffic signal at Highway 180 and Schultz Pass Road is not warranted at this time based on the number of houses planned for the subdivision.

 

Several Councilmembers stated their concern regarding the future safety issues at Highway 180 and Schultz Pass Road, and expressed their desire to have staff work with ADOT in an attempt to persuade ADOT to make an exception in this case.

 

Councilmember Cooper stated that she is a resident of Valley Crest Estates, which is near the proposed development, however, she does not have any conflict of interest issues with the project.

 

Neil Gullickson, Development Case Manager, gave a brief presentation on the rezoning aspects of the project and reviewed the ADOT traffic count results in the area of the development.

 

The developer is proposing private streets in the development, and staff will make sure that all streets have public access.  Mr. Gullickson stated he would have the Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC & R’s) modified to ensure public access on private streets, and the homeowners association will comply with all laws of the City of Flagstaff.  Kent Hottsendieler, a representative of the developer, stated that the developer is open to making the roadways public if that is the Council’s desire.

 

Councilmember Kelty moved to open the public hearing on Resolution No. 2005-124, seconded by Councilmember Haughey.  The motion passed on majority vote with Mayor Donaldson, Vice-Mayor White and Councilmembers Babbott, Haughey, Kelty and Silva voting in favor, and Councilmember Cooper opposed. 

 

Councilmember Kelty moved to open the public hearing on Resolution No. 2005-125, seconded by Councilmember Haughey.  The motion passed on unanimous vote.

 

Vice-Mayor White moved to open the public hearing on Ordinance No. 2005-28, seconded by Councilmember Kelty.  The motion passed on unanimous vote.

 

Speaking in favor the two resolutions and ordinance stated above were:

 

 

Mitch Buckingham, 3000 W. Foothills Way, Flagstaff

 

Helen Hudgens-Ferrell, representing BothHands, Flagstaff

 

Judy Louks, 2473 N. Oakmont Street, Flagstaff

 

The following argument was made in support of the above listed actions:

 

 

·       

The workforce housing element of the project is desperately needed in Flagstaff.

 

Speaking in opposition to the two resolutions and ordinance stated above was:

 

 

Mike Chambers, 1250 N. Schultz Pass Road, Flagstaff

 

The following argument was cited in opposition to the above listed actions:

 

 

·       

The intersection at Schultz Pass Road and Fort Valley Road is already a dangerous intersection; the addition of thousands of car trips a day will increase the danger significantly.

 

Speaking neither in favor nor opposition to the above actions was Sat Best, on behalf of The Museum of Northern Arizona.  Mr. Best stated that The Museum of Northern Arizona is very pleased that the area in question is being treated as a gateway to the community.

 

Vice-Mayor White moved to close all three of the public hearings.  The motion was seconded by Councilmember Silva and passed on unanimous vote.

 

The following issues were discussed during Council dialogue:

 

 

·       

A signal at the intersection of Schultz Pass Road and Fort Valley Road is imperative.

 

·       

Good design will be crucial to the viewshed, as well as the gateway concept.

 

·       

This project is a good example of a successful public/private partnership.

 

·       

The workforce housing element of this project is desperately needed and sets a benchmark for all future developments.

 

·       

The project does not sufficiently support the concept of walkability as intended in the Regional Plan.

 

·       

Greater densities will be needed in order to support businesses within neighborhoods and thereby achieve walkability.

 

Because adoption of Resolution Nos. 2005-124 and 2005-125, and Ordinance No. 2005-28 will not occur until after the end of the year, City Attorney Boomsma instructed that two votes should be taken: one to approve the resolutions and ordinance, and one to read the titles of the resolutions and ordinance.

 

Vice-Mayor White moved to approve Resolution No. 2005-124 amending the Flagstaff Area Regional Land Use and Transportation Plan by amending the Plan to redesignate a certain parcel of land of approximately 6.78 acres from Rural Open Space to Low Density Residential Designation and a certain parcel of land of approximately 3.06 acres from Neighborhood Commercial to Medium Density Residential Designation at 3400 North Fort Valley Road.  The motion was seconded by Councilmember Silva and passed on majority roll call vote as follows:

 

Mayor Donaldson

Aye

Vice-Mayor White

Aye

Councilmember Babbott

Aye

Councilmember Cooper

Nay

Councilmember Haughey

Aye

Councilmember Kelty

Aye

Councilmember Silva

Aye

 

Vice-Mayor White moved to read Resolution No. 2005-124 by title only, seconded by Councilmember Silva.  The motion passed on unanimous vote and title was read as follows:

 

 

Resolution No. 2005-124

 

 

 

A resolution amending the Flagstaff Area Regional Land Use and Transportation Plan by amending the Plan to redesignate a certain parcel of land of approximately 6.78 acres from Rural Open Space to Low Density Residential Designation and a certain parcel of land of approximately 3.06 acres from Neighborhood Commercial to Medium Density Residential Designation at 3400 North Fort Valley Road.

 

 

Councilmember Kelty moved to table the adoption of Resolution No. 2005-124 until the Council meeting of January 3, 2006, seconded by Vice-Mayor White.  The motion passed on unanimous vote.

 

4.

Consideration of Resolution No. 2005-125:  A resolution amending the Flagstaff Area Regional Land Use and Transportation Plan (“Regional Plan”) to expand the urban growth boundary by amending Map 3 of the Regional Plan and Map 4 of the City of Flagstaff Land Use Plan with respect to approximately 9.84 acres of land at 3400 North Fort Valley Road.

 

 

RECOMMENDED ACTION:

Open the public hearing.

Receive citizen input.

Close the public hearing.

 

Read Resolution No. 2005-125 by title only.

Adopt Resolution No. 2005-125.

 

Vice-Mayor White moved approve Resolution No. 2005-125 amending the Flagstaff Area Regional Land Use and Transportation Plan (“Regional Plan”) to expand the urban growth boundary by amending Map 3 of the Regional Plan and Map 4 of the City of Flagstaff Land Use Plan with respect to approximately 9.84 acres of land at 3400 North Fort Valley Road.  The motion was seconded by Councilmember Silva, and passed on unanimous vote.

 

Vice-Mayor White moved to read Resolution No. 2005-125 by title only.  The motion was seconded by Councilmember Kelty and title was read as follows:

 

 

Resolution No. 2005-125

 

 

 

A resolution amending the Flagstaff Area Regional Land Use and Transportation Plan (“Regional Plan”) to expand the urban growth boundary by amending Map 3 of the Regional Plan and Map 4 of the City of Flagstaff Land Use Plan with respect to approximately 9.84 acres of land at 3400 North Fort Valley Road.

 

 

Councilmember Kelty moved to table the adoption of Resolution No. 2005-125 until the Council meeting of January 3, 2006, seconded by Vice-Mayor White.  The motion passed unanimously.

 

5.

Consideration of Ordinance No. 2005-28:  An ordinance rezoning two parcel of land totaling approximately 9.84 acres at 3400 North Fort Valley Road from UC, Urban Commercial District, to R1, Residential District for Parcel A (6.78 acres) and to MR, Medium Density Residential for Parcel B (3.06 acres).

 

 

RECOMMENDED ACTION:

Open the public hearing.

Receive citizen input.

Close the public hearing.

 

Read Ordinance No. 2005-28 for the first time by title only.

 

Councilmember Kelty moved to approve the rezoning of two parcels of land totaling approximately 9.84 acres at 3400 North Fort Valley Road from UC, Urban Commercial District, to R1, Residential District for Parcel A (6.78 acres) and to MR, Medium Density Residential for Parcel B (3.06 acres).

 

The motion was seconded by Councilmember Silva, and passed on majority vote with Mayor Donaldson, Vice-Mayor White and Councilmembers Babbott, Haughey, Kelty, and Silva in favor, and Councilmember Cooper opposed.

 

Vice-Mayor White moved to read Ordinance No. 2005-28 for the first time by title only, seconded by Councilmember Kelty.  The motion passed on majority vote with Mayor Donaldson, Vice-Mayor White and Councilmembers Babbott, Haughey, Kelty, and Silva in favor, and Councilmember Cooper opposed.  Title was read as follows:

 

 

Ordinance No. 2005-28

 

 

 

An ordinance rezoning two parcel of land totaling approximately 9.84 acres at 3400 North Fort Valley Road from UC, Urban Commercial District, to R1, Residential District for Parcel A (6.78 acres) and to MR, Medium Density Residential for Parcel B (3.06 acres).

 

 

6.

Consideration of Ordinance No. 2005-27:  An ordinance extending and increasing the corporate limits of the City of Flagstaff, Coconino county, State of Arizona, pursuant to the provisions of Title 9, Chapter 4, Article 7, Arizona Revised Statutes and amendments thereto, by annexing certain territory totaling approximately 11 acres consisting of 1 acre of roadway, a 6.78 acre parcel of land and a 3.06 acre parcel of land at 3400 North Fort Valley Road, which territory is contiguous to the existing corporate limits of the City of Flagstaff and establishing city zoning for said land as UC, Urban Commercial District.

 

 

RECOMMENDED ACTION:

Read Ordinance No. 2005-27 for the first time by title only.

 

Vice-Mayor White moved to read Ordinance No. 2005-27 for the first time by title only, seconded by Councilmember Silva.  The motion passed on unanimous vote and title was read as follows:

 

 

Ordinance No. 2005-27

 

 

 

An ordinance extending and increasing the corporate limits of the City of Flagstaff, Coconino county, State of Arizona, pursuant to the provisions of Title 9, Chapter 4, Article 7, Arizona Revised Statutes and amendments thereto, by annexing certain territory totaling approximately 11 acres consisting of 1 acre of roadway, a 6.78 acre parcel of land and a 3.06 acre parcel of land at 3400 North Fort Valley Road, which territory is contiguous to the existing corporate limits of the City of Flagstaff and establishing city zoning for said land as UC, Urban Commercial District.

 

 

Mayor Donaldson requested that staff prepare a letter to Governor Napolitano to be signed by the Council requesting a signalized intersection at Schultz Pass Road and Fort Valley Road.  Per City Manager Dave Wilcox’s request, staff will be allowed time to negotiate further with ADOT before such letter will be drafted.

 

7.

Consideration of Resolution No. 2005-126:  A resolution of the City Council of the city of Flagstaff, Arizona, amending the Flagstaff Area Regional Land Use and Transportation Plan Circulation – Regional Roadway System Plan and Land Use Plans for approximately 1,020 acres in Sections 30, 31, and 32, Township 21 North, Range 7 East, and Section 5, Township 20 North, Range 7 East of the Gila and Salt River Meridian, Coconino County, Arizona.

 

 

RECOMMENDED ACTION:

Open the public hearing.

Receive citizen input.

Close the public hearing.

 

Read Resolution No. 2005-126 by title only.

Adopt Resolution No. 2005-126.

 

Ursula Montaño, Advanced Planning Manager, gave an overview of the project, including a review of the public hearings, open houses, and other meetings that have been conducted to gather public input.

 

The planned development of Villaggio Montaña will consist of approximately 3,591 dwelling units.  The Flagstaff Urban Trail System (FUTS) shall be located within open space corridors and constructed by the developer.  Rezoning requests should allow a mix of uses to include residential, multi-family, commercial, office, business, park, and institutional uses.  Prior to the approval of the rezoning, a comprehensive water/wastewater, reclaimed system masterplan is required.  A school site will be reserved for the school district, and a fire station site will be reserved for the City of Flagstaff.  There are approximately 52 acres of active open space, and 95.6 acres of passive open space (not including the ridgeline).

 

An agreed upon percentage of the proposed housing with each build-out phase shall be affordable housing.  Councilmembers discussed the pros and cons of setting, at this stage, the definition of affordable housing as 80% to 115% of area median income.

 

Equitable shares of the infrastructure costs will be determined during the rezoning process as part of the development agreement.

 

David Wessel, Flagstaff Metropolitan Planning Organization Manager, reviewed the draft traffic impact analysis, as well as other studies.  All indicators at this point suggest that the completed development will add 30,000 car trips a day to the area.  As a matter of comparison, Milton Road currently supports 40,000 car trips a day.  Other future developments’ traffic impacts were discussed in relationship to Villaggio, including Presidio West, The Wedge, the Gore expansion, Airport Business Park, Presidio in the Pines, and Ponderosa Trails.

 

Nick Woods, attorney for the developer, reminded those present that what is being considered at this time is only the amendment to the Flagstaff Area Regional Land Use and Transportation Plan.  All other issues will be addressed at the appropriate time, with the application for zoning and a development master plan, without which the Council will not grant permission for the developer to move forward.

 

The following individuals spoke in opposition to Resolution No. 2005-126:

 

 

John Pizzi, 8 E. Dale, Flagstaff

 

Terri Crampton, 3274 S. Little Drive, Flagstaff

 

Duane Abata, 3650 S. Cheryl Drive, Flagstaff

 

Mike Amundson, 4005 Lake Mary Road, #9, Flagstaff

 

Evelyn Polach, 1867 W. University Heights Dr. S., Flagstaff

 

Lynette Mullis, 2340 W. Constitution Blvd., Flagstaff

 

Bill Archer, 1867 W. University Heights Dr. S., Flagstaff

 

Diana Herman, 2335 W. Kiltie Lane, Flagstaff

 

Ron Hohlfeld, 3604 S. Cheryl Drive, Flagstaff

 

The following arguments were cited in opposition to the resolution:

 

 

·          

Developers have broken their agreements with the City in the past, for example, University Heights Apartments overbuilt by 25% with no reprisals.

 

·          

Anticipated increases in traffic on Milton, Beulah and Route 66 are unacceptable.

 

·          

This plan does not meet the specifics or the intent of the Regional Plan as it relates to open space.

 

·          

This development will bring with it the same kind of problems as Anthem brought to north Phoenix.

 

·          

A negative quality of life will result for all citizens of Flagstaff.

 

·          

Increased traffic, higher crime, emergency vehicle access, and water supply all need to be addressed before moving forward.

 

·          

Densities need to be reduced or the adjacent property values will be negatively impacted.

 

·          

Citizens were deceived when they voted for the Regional Plan in terms of what they voted for and what they got.

 

·          

Equestrian Estates property owners were told a 250’ buffer would remain, however, no buffer is planned between some of the properties and the new development.

 

Mr. John Pizzi claimed governmental misconduct in the relationship between some of the City’s staff and the developer of Villaggio Montaña.  Mr. Pizzi stated he would make his complaint formally in writing to the Attorney General’s Office.

 

Vice-Mayor White moved to recess the meeting and reconvene on December 14, 2005 at 6:00 p.m.  Councilmember Haughey seconded the motion, which passed on unanimous vote.

 

The meeting was recessed at 10:04 P.M.

 

 

December 14, 2005

6:00 p.m.

 

1.      CALL TO ORDER

 

The Meeting was called to order and reconvened by Mayor Donaldson on December 14, 2005 at 6:11 P.M.

 

2.      ROLL CALL

 

On roll call, the following were present:

 

 

Mayor Donaldson

 

Vice-Mayor White

Councilmember Babbott

Councilmember Cooper

Councilmember Haughey

Councilmember Kelty

Councilmember Silva

 

 

Also present were:

 

 

City Manager, Dave Wilcox

City Attorney, Patricia Boomsma

 

7.

Consideration of Resolution No. 2005-126:  A resolution of the City Council of the city of Flagstaff, Arizona, amending the Flagstaff Area Regional Land Use and Transportation Plan Circulation – Regional Roadway System Plan and Land Use Plans for approximately 1,020 acres in Sections 30, 31, and 32, Township 21 North, Range 7 East, and Section 5, Township 20 North, Range 7 East of the Gila and Salt River Meridian, Coconino County, Arizona.

 

 

RECOMMENDED ACTION:

Open the public hearing.

Receive citizen input.

Close the public hearing.

 

Read Resolution No. 2005-126 by title only.

Adopt Resolution No. 2005-126.

 

Alan Beaudoin of LVA Urban Design Studio, the applicant, reviewed the public process that began in May of 2005.  Mr. Beaudoin stated he would cover land use and growth management elements of the project, workforce housing, open space, walkability, traffic phasing and studies, build-out analysis, and a summary of Regional Plan compliance.

 

If the Council agrees, workforce housing will begin in Phase I by converting a 4.5 acre section that is now designated as park to a workforce housing component.  The City would be the property owner, and would hire a contractor to provide the affordable housing.

 

A discussion ensued regarding the desire for the applicant to agree upon a certain percentage of the total development that would be permanently deeded affordable.  The applicant believes it is premature to determine a percentage at this point and these expectations will be dealt with at the zoning stage.

 

Council was given some options for the ridgeline protection:  (A) no public trail access to the ridgeline area, with forest and rock outcrop features protected from development encroachment, (B) ridgeline protection under a common homeowners association tract with no public trail access to ridgeline area, or (C) ridgeline protection under a tract dedicated to the City of Flagstaff as an extension of the FUTS, and accessible via a public FUTS trail.

 

An inventory of planned open space was discussed, however, the current calculations do not include additional open space that will be included in the development master plan prior to rezoning.

 

During a discussion of land uses and build-out analysis, approximate acreage for open space, parks and trails, non-residential and residential uses were reviewed.  Also discussed were the walkability features of the project, including multi-modal components of bike lanes, sidewalks, and future transit service. 

 

A master traffic impact analysis will be prepared for the development as part of rezoning.  The study will be updated with each phase of development to ensure that the original infrastructure needs as shown in the master plan will continue to support the development.

 

In compliance with the Planning Reserve Area and Regional Plan, this will be a master planned community with compact development, traditional neighborhood design, commercial and employment, public facilities, open space, compatibility of adjacent land uses, and a forest service transition zone.  Additional Regional Plan compliance includes water resources, wastewater, reclaimed water, stormwater, astronomical zones and transportation.

 

The Planning and Zoning Commission is advocating for a 90’ buffer between University Highlands and Villaggio, instead of the proposed 70’ buffer.  Mr. Beaudoin stated that, if all the surrounding buffers are raised to 70’, it would cut into the densities that are being requested.  The developer has already compromised from the originally proposed 50’ buffers.

 

Lillian Moody, State Land Department, stated that trust lands were granted to the State of Arizona upon statehood for the benefit of Arizona’s public schools.  The State holds this land in trust for its highest value to benefit public schools.  The trust lands involved in this development have Northern Arizona University as its beneficiary. 

 

Ms. Moody read a letter from Mark Winkleman, Arizona State Land Department Commissioner, where Mr. Winkleman stated his agreement to the 70’ buffer with the following stipulations:

 

 

1.

A community park located along Woody Mountain Road of approximately 25 acres of trust land, encompassing a landfill site of approximately 13 acres.  In the event the Phase II environmental analysis for the landfill proposes potential health, safety, and welfare risks, the Villaggio Montaña development will relocate the 13-acre community park south of the landfill.

 

2.

A village center open space area in the mixed-use portion of the plan of approximately 4 acres.

 

3.

A neighborhood park of approximately 8 acres adjacent to the Equestrian Estates and University Highlands developments.

 

4.

A 70’ conservation easement adjoining Equestrian Estates to be managed and maintained by the future private property owners of the Sate trust land for passive recreation.

 

5.

A 70’ conservation tract abutting the University Highlands subdivision, which shall include a proposed FUTS trail to be constructed, managed and maintained by the City of Flagstaff.

 

Mr. Beaudoin reviewed the proposed transportation build-out for Phase 1, including improvements to Beulah Blvd. from Villaggio to the I-40 underpass.

 

Ben Fisk, Public Works Interim Director, gave a brief history of the landfill site in the project that was used for illegal construction dumping from 1972 to 1979.

 

Vice-Mayor White moved to open the public hearing, seconded by Councilmember Babbott.  The motion passed on unanimous vote.

 

Citizens expressing concerns regarding Resolution No. 2005-126 were:

 

 

Della Hohlfeld, representing Concerned Citizens of Flagstaff

 

Cynthia Lovely, Coconino County trails planner

 

Sat Best, 3935 N. Paradise, Flagstaff

 

Karen Goodwin, 1753 Chelsea Way, Flagstaff

 

Victoria Enders, 1286 W. Palmer, Mtn. Dell

 

Michael Amundson, 4005 Lake Mary Road #9, Flagstaff

 

Tara Crampton, 3274 S. Little Drive, Flagstaff

 

Evelyn Polach, 1867 W. University Heights Dr. S., Flagstaff

 

Ann Carlson, 1769 W. University Heights Dr. S., Flagstaff

 

Walter Datsun, 3316 S. Gillenwater Drive, Flagstaff

 

The following concerns were expressed in opposition to Resolution No. 2005-126:

 

 

·          

An upfront commitment from the developer regarding the percentage of affordable housing units has been asked for by the Council, but not received.

 

·          

The Mountain Dell community is concerned about stormwater runoff that will be created by the development.

 

·          

Flagstaff cannot support the total build-out in the area that will add an estimated 80,000 car trips a day.

 

·          

Growth will not solve workforce housing, and workforce housing should not drive the project.

 

·          

Consider taxing second-home buyers to pay for workforce housing projects.

 

·          

Citizens are being told that the Planning Reserve Areas as shown in the election materials when the Regional Plan was approved were just a suggestion, not a requirement, and pubic trust is at stake.

 

·          

The open space element has been significantly cut from the original plan.

 

·          

Wildlife habitats in the area will be negatively impacted.

 

·          

The size of the development is just too large.

 

·          

Planned buffers between the project and University Highlands are insufficient.

 

·          

FUTS trails should not be aligned along the power lines.

 

·          

Emergency vehicle response will be negatively impacted by the additional traffic.

 

Citizens expressing support for the proposed amendment to Regional Plan were:

 

 

Bill Ring, 1763 W. Brittany Way, Flagstaff

 

The following arguments were made in support of the resolution:

 

 

·          

The project does exactly what the Regional Plan requires of new developments.

 

·          

The State Land Department’s assurances regarding the treatment of the boundaries and overlays can be trusted.

 

·          

The alternative to a large project would be several piecemeal projects that would not be in accordance with any master plan.

 

Councilmember Haughey moved to close the public hearing, seconded by Councilmember Silva.  The vote was unanimous in favor.

 

Councilmember Kelty moved to recess into Executive Session for the purpose of receiving legal advice, seconded by Councilmember Cooper.  The motion passed on unanimous vote.

 

The Council returned to the Special Council Meeting at 10:42 P.M.

 

Ursula Montaño, Advanced Planning Manager, returned to the question of whether the Council wanted to convert the 4.5 acre section that is now designated as park to a workforce housing component as proposed earlier by Mr. Beaudoin.

 

Councilmember Haughey moved to accept the Phase 1 workforce housing option as proposed. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Silva and passed on unanimous vote.

 

Ms. Montano reviewed the options regarding the ridgeline protection:  (A) no public trail access to the ridgeline area, with forest and rock outcrop features protected from development encroachment, (B) ridgeline protection under a common homeowners association tract with no public trail access to ridgeline area, or (C) ridgeline protection under a tract dedicated to the City of Flagstaff as an extension of the FUTS, and accessible via a public FUTS trail.

 

Vice-Mayor White moved to amend the plan to accept Option C, seconded by Councilmember Cooper.  The motion passed on unanimous vote.

 

Mayor Donaldson moved to amend Exhibit D “Woody Mountain PRA Site/Villaggio Montaña” Land Use and Growth Management Element as follows:

 

 

The development master plan and any subsequent rezoning shall address the following following shall be addressed:

 

Vice-Mayor White seconded the motion, which passed on unanimous vote.

 

Vice-Mayor White moved to amend Exhibit D “Woody Mountain PRA Site/Villaggio Montaña” Land Use and Growth Management Element as follows:

 

 

1.

Traditional Neighborhood Design (TND) and Conventional Suburban will be integrated into the Development Master Plan and/or any rezoning of the Site, with the goal that the commercial uses proposed will meet many of the daily needs of residents to keep vehicular trips, to the extent possible, within the area.  Parks, schools, open space, and town centers and/or public squares will be designated to provide activity and gathering places.

 

The motion was seconded by Councilmember Kelty and passed on unanimous vote.

 

Vice-Mayor White moved to amend Exhibit D “Woody Mountain PRA Site/Villaggio Montaña” Land Use and Growth Management Element as follows:

 

 

4.

Single-family residences that abut the Site boundaries must be separated from Fort Tuthill Country Park and from single-family residences constructed or platted prior to December 15 2005, that are adjacent to the Site by a transition area.  This buffer should maintain its open space character with development limited to some combination of open space, landscaping, detention and retention features, trails, easements and fencing.  In addition, constructed elements may be designed to mitigate visual impacts and create an attractive interface.  The buffer will be addressed as part of the rezoning and further defined at the time of platting, but shall be a minimum of fifty (50) feet, with the exceptions of the conservation easement of seventy (70) feet adjacent to Equestrian Estates and a minimum open space buffer of seventy (70) feet adjacent to University Highlands.  The property owners’ acceptance of these designated open space buffers is on file with the City Clerk of the City of Flagstaff.

 

The motion was seconded by Councilmember Cooper and passed on unanimous vote.

 

Vice-Mayor White moved to amend Exhibit D “Woody Mountain PRA Site/Villaggio Montaña” Land Use and Growth Management Element as follows:

 

 

10.

Prior to approval of rezoning, site plan, or subdivision plat, the developer(s) shall reserve a public school site for the Flagstaff Unified School District until build-out and will monitor community demographics to determine the student generational trend.

 

The motion was seconded by Councilmember Silva and passed on unanimous vote.

 

Councilmember Haughey moved to amend Exhibit D “Woody Mountain PRA Site/Villaggio Montaña” Land Use and Growth Management Element as follows:

 

 

12.

A comprehensive Phase 2 Environmental Assessment (EA) of the approximately 15-acre inactive landfill site that exists within the western portion of the State Trust land shall be required prior to approval of he rezoning of either the inactive landfill site or the alternative park site shown on Illustration 1, below.  Prior to the City’s acceptance of the inactive landfill site as a park site, any necessary remediation as determined by the Phase 2 EA will be required.  In the event that the EA shows that it is economically or otherwise infeasible to adequately remediate the inactive landfill site to the standards required for a city park, the owner will provide a city park site at the alternative park site indicated on Illustration 1, and shall remediate the inactive landfill site to a level necessary to protect the proposed neighboring usesPrior to approval of the rezoning and potential use as a park site, an approximate 15 acre inactive landfill that exists within the western portion of the State Trust land, a comprehensive Phase 2 Environmental Assessment (EA) of the inactive landfill shall be required, along with any remediation.

 

The motion was seconded by Councilmember Silva and passed on unanimous vote.

 

Councilmember Babbott moved to amend Exhibit D “Woody Mountain PRA Site/Villaggio Montaña” Land Use and Growth Management Element as follows:

 

 

13.

In connection with rezoning, the developer(s) will in good faith address the provision of affordable housing to the City.  An agreed-upon percentage of the proposed housing with each build-out phase shall be affordable housing.  Twenty percent (20%) permanently deeded affordable housing shall occur in a dispersed manner throughout the development.

 

Councilmember Kelty seconded the motion, which failed on majority roll call vote as follows:

 

Mayor Donaldson

Nay

Vice-Mayor White

Aye

Councilmember Babbott

Aye

Councilmember Cooper

Nay

Councilmember Haughey

Nay

Councilmember Kelty

Aye

Councilmember Silva

Nay

 

Councilmember Kelty moved to amend Exhibit D “Woody Mountain PRA Site/Villaggio Montaña” Land Use and Growth Management Element as follows:

 

 

13.

In connection with rezoning, the developer(s) will in good faith address the provision of affordable housing to the City.  An agreed-upon percentage of the proposed housing with each build-out phase shall be owner-occupied affordable housing.

 

The motion was seconded by Councilmember Cooper and passed on majority roll call vote as follows:

 

Mayor Donaldson

Nay

Vice-Mayor White

Aye

Councilmember Babbott

Aye

Councilmember Cooper

Aye

Councilmember Haughey

Nay

Councilmember Kelty

Aye

Councilmember Silva

Nay

 

Vice-Mayor White moved to amend Exhibit D “Woody Mountain PRA Site/Villaggio Montaña” Land Use and Growth Management Element as follows:

 

 

15.

Site Analysis:  Minimum Dwelling Units:  3,591 (du)

 

The motion was seconded by Councilmember Babbott and passed on unanimous vote.

 

Councilmember Haughey moved to amend Exhibit F “Woody Mountain PRA Site/Villaggio Montaña” Transportation Element as follows:

 

 

The development master plan and any subsequent rezoning shall address the following following shall be addressed:

 

Councilmember Silva seconded the motion, which passed on unanimous vote.

 

Vice-Mayor White moved to read Resolution No. 2005-126 by title only with the amendments stipulated above.  The motion was seconded by Councilmember Haughey

 

During Council dialog, the following issues were discussed:

 

 

·        

Disappointment was expressed regarding the developer’s lack of commitment to twenty percent (20%) permanently deeded affordable housing.

 

·        

Infrastructure needs have got to be upgraded as the project moves along.

 

·        

Planning Reserve Areas (PRAs) are set aside for development and not intended as preserves.

 

·        

How the Council treats this Planning Reserve Area will be applicable to all PRAs in the future.

 

·        

The consequence of not approving the resolution is that 120 one-acre lots will remain in this area and will be developed with various master plans, contributing to sprawl.

 

·        

Partnerships with developers are needed in order to fix current traffic problems; development agreements and impact fees will help fund remedies.

 

·        

If the traffic issues are not sufficiently addressed, the project will not be allowed to move forward.

 

·        

The developers have done what was asked of them regarding the Regional Plan.

 

·        

This development is an opportunity to change the way things have always been done in the past, and to plan for growth responsibly.

 

·        

It is a high stakes decision, setting in motion a plan that will result in a large-scale development with far-reaching impacts.

 

·        

Adequate analyses have not been done to show the infrastructure can support the proposed densities without exacerbating an already bad situation.

 

·        

The questions as to whether this developer will gain the State Trust Land, and whether Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) will facilitate necessary infrastructures, have not been answered.

 

·        

The impacts of the total build-out on Presidio and Boulder Point are not known because no mechanism is in place to make sure homes are owner occupied.

 

·        

Comprehensive impact fees are not in place.

 

·        

The reduced open space component is a disappointment.

 

·        

It is not a case of growth versus no growth, but a case of getting large-scale development right so that it enhances the community instead of permanently altering it in a negative way.

 

·        

The rezoning and development agreements that will be negotiated over the coming months will dictate how this development shapes up.

 

·        

Growth will lessen the luxury of driving ever-increasing numbers of miles per week.

 

·        

The community doesn’t have the luxury of saying “not in my backyard” anymore.

 

·        

The density in this project is 3.6 dwelling units per acre, and the density in University Heights, Highlands, Terrace, and Sinclair Springs is 2.7 per acre, making this project approximately one unit more per acre.

 

·        

One of the important strategies of the Regional Plan is that infrastructures will be in place before or during the beginning phases, not in year 10 or 13.

 

The motion to read passed on majority roll call vote as follows:

 

Mayor Donaldson

Aye

Vice-Mayor White

Aye

Councilmember Babbott

Nay

Councilmember Cooper

Aye

Councilmember Haughey

Aye

Councilmember Kelty

Aye

Councilmember Silva

Aye

 

Title was read as follows:

 

 

Resolution No. 2005-126

 

 

 

A resolution of the City Council of the city of Flagstaff, Arizona, amending the Flagstaff Area Regional Land Use and Transportation Plan Circulation – Regional Roadway System Plan and Land Use Plans for approximately 1,020 acres in Sections 30, 31, and 32, Township 21 North, Range 7 East, and Section 5, Township 20 North, Range 7 East of the Gila and Salt River Meridian, Coconino County, Arizona.

 

 

Councilmember Haughey moved to adopt Resolution No. 2005-126, seconded by Councilmember Silva.  The motion passed on majority roll call vote as follows:

 

Vice-Mayor White

Aye

Councilmember Babbott

Nay

Councilmember Cooper

Aye

Councilmember Haughey

Aye

Councilmember Kelty

Nay

Councilmember Silva

Aye

Vice-Mayor White

Aye

 

8.      ADJOURNMENT OF SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING.

 

There being no further business to come before the Council, the Special Meeting was adjourned on December 14, 2005 at 11:35 P.M.

 

                                                                         

MAYOR

 

ATTEST:

                                                                           

CITY CLERK

 

 

CERTIFICATION

 

STATE OF ARIZONA,

 

Coconino County.

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I, MARGIE BROWN, do hereby certify that I am the City Clerk of the City of Flagstaff, County of Coconino, State of Arizona, and that the above Minutes are a true and correct summary of the Special Meeting of the Council of the City of Flagstaff held on December 13 - 14, 2005.  I further certify that the Special Meeting was duly called and held and that a quorum was present.

 

DATED this 18th day of January, 2006.

 

                                                                         

CITY CLERK