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Regional Plan Amendments
Overview
The Comprehensive Planning section oversees the Regional Land Use and Transportation Plan (RLUTP). The City of Flagstaff adopted the RLUTP in 2001. The RLUTP is the guiding force for the future growth and development of the City of Flagstaff. The RLUTP includes state mandated elements concerning all aspects of City activity from transportation to water resources.

The plan also includes future land use requirements and creates growth boundaries the City may consider over time for potential growth.

Plan Amendments
The RLUTP is a comprehensive view of the city; however it may be necessary to amend the plan as time passes to address current market needs or potential for development outside the original parameters of the plan.

Comprehensive planning staff provides detailed review of proposed plan amendments and can assist applicants in determining which type of amendment may be required. Staff can also help guide applicants through the amendment process. Amendments to the RLUTP are categorized as either major or minor, each requiring specific processing steps.

Major Plan Amendments
Major Plan amendment proposal’s, if approved, are changes that would create a substantial alteration of the municipality’s land use mixture or balance as established in the municipality’s existing regional plan land use element. Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS) require all major amendments to the RLUTP to be presented at a single public hearing during the calendar year the proposal is made. The process for major amendment proposals is very specific and deadline driven. The process includes public notification, Development Review Board (DRB) review, and a minimum of three public hearings.

As defined per the RLUTP, the following types of proposals require major amendments due to the substantial nature of the change:

Residential Amendments:
  • Any increase or decrease of intensity of residential land use classification of 80 acres or more
  • Any change from a residential land use classification to a non-residential land use classification of  40 acres or more

Non-residential Amendments:
  • Any change of non-residential land use classification of 20 acres or more, unless identified as potential redevelopment areas as shown on the Redevelopment Area Map

Changes by Either the City or County: 
  • Any change to Rural or Urban Growth Boundary
  • Any change to Regional Plan policies

Minor Plan Amendments
Selected systems plans, including Water, Wastewater, Stormwater, Fire Protection, Historic Properties and Districts, Transportation (Transit, Bikeways, F.U.T.S., Roadway Categorization, and Truck Route) Plans, and non-land use and related supplementary plans, including Redevelopment Plan, Community Facilities, Ownership, and Physical Influences, that are included in the RLUTP are dynamic and subject to continuous internal update and not encumbered by the major amendment process. Minor amendments to the Regional Plan may be presented at any time of the year.

Residential Amendments:
  • Any increase or decrease of intensity of residential land use classification of less than 80 acres
  • Any change from a residential land use classification to a non-residential land use classification of less than 40 acres

Non-residential Amendments:
  • Any change of non-residential land use classification of less than 20 acres

Related Land Use Plan Maps:
  • Roadways Plan, Open Space Plan, and Parks and Recreation Plan

Redevelopment:
  • Changes to the Land Use Plan identified in the Redevelopment Area Map are not subject to the Major Plan Amendment process

Mandated Changes:
  • Any change mandated by initiatives or state law

Parks, Open Space, and Roadways Plans:
  • Any change to or from parks, open space, and roadways plans

Contact Information
Sara Dechter, AICP
Comprehensive Planning Manager 

(928) 213-2631

211 W. Aspen Ave.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001