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High Occupancy Housing Plan Archive
Project Basics

The basis for the work on High Occupancy Housing comes from the Student Housing Action Plan External Work Group. "Develop a specific plan for high occupancy housing that implements Policy NH.1.7. Develop appropriate programs and tools to ensure the appropriate placement, design, and operation of new student housing developments consistent with neighborhood character and scale." Their recommendations can be found here.

Public Meetings

Community Cafes- July to August 2016
Community Cafes take a different approach to exploring the questions we hope to resolve through this project. At the Cafés, community members sit together at small tables to discuss six strategic questions related to High Occupancy Housing. Ideally, everyone should have time to move to each table and provide their insight on all of the questions. This method encourages everyone’s contribution and helps connect the diverse perspectives on this topic. Staff had some information to share, but the real purpose of this meeting is to stop talking “at” each other, and open all the participants up to meaningful dialogue.
Because of the importance of listening in a Community Café, staff took reservations for them and limit the attendance to 30 people, except at the Aquaplex.  The Community Café dates were: 

  • Tuesday, July 12th, 8am to 10am at Firecreek Coffee on 22 E Route 66
  • Saturday, July 16th, 10am to noon at the Flagstaff Aquaplex (childcare will be provided)
  • Monday, July 18th, 5pm to 7pm at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 224 South Kendrick St.
  • Thursday, July 21st, 5pm to 7pm at the Murdoch Center, 203 E Brannen Ave
  • Monday, August 1st, 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the Flagstaff Main Library, 300 W Aspen Ave.

Using this method, the project team got feedback from almost 80 participants, who developed over 800 comments. You can reveiw the comments and feedback received in the Community Cafe Summary Document.

Online Cafe - August-September 2016
The Online Cafe on the Flagstaff Community Forum, gave another opportunity for the public to engage with the questions asked at the in-person Community Cafés. You can browse all the comments provided here. Only comments for registered site users appear public. The project team can see your comments and enter them into the public record offline. It was open from August 5 to September 7, 2016. 

Community Cafe for NAU Students - November 2nd, 2016
NAU was not in session during the Cafe over summer meetings so student participation was low. On November 2, over 30 NAU students participated in discussions with the same questions from the previous Community Cafe meetings. This meeting was necessary to connect the diverse perspectives on this topic. 

Open House Meetings - November, 2016
The Open Houses were the second step in the public outreach process. The purpose of the meetings was to share the findings harvested from the cafes, to share information about how other communities are tackling similar issues, and to discuss the breadth and form of the policy work. 

Monday, November 14th, 6:00PM to 8:00PM at the Flagstaff Aquaplex 
Presentations: Peer Cities, Land Use and Parking, Affordability, and Property Management

Thursday, November 17th, 6:00PM to 8:00PM at the DoubleTree Hotel 
Presentations: NAU Housing, Water, Traffic, and 7:30PM 

Presentations from the project team can be viewed online through the City's streaming service here.

There were many posters and handouts displayed at the Open House meetings. Digital Copies have been uploaded here:
Flagstaff Posters: Traffic, Transit, Water, Future Growth Illustration, Parking, Land Use, and Insights for Flagstaff 
Potential for Growth Maps: Height, Floor Area Ratio (FAR), and Residential Density
Peer Cites: Peer Cities Map and Peer Cities Transportation 

The City has launched an interactive map to guide the public through exploring peer cities that were investigated as part of the research that went in to the preparation for the open houses.

Future Public Involvement Opportunities

After the open houses, City staff will convene a focus group to give feedback on proposed changes early in the process. In the winter there will be collaborative workshops that allow the public to actively participate in the content of the plan. Finally there will be a public review prior to beginning public hearings that will allow the City's boards and commissions and the community to provide comments ahead of staff submitting a final draft to the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council.

The infographic below illustrates some of the elements that must come together for the project to precede. More details can be found in the projects Public Participation Plan. Staff welcomes feedback on the proposed process.  Like all complex projects, the content of these strategic documents is flexible and may be changed to meet the challenges that arise.

HOH process diagram