Regional Plan Amendments

Plan Amendment Process

The FRP30 is a comprehensive policy document; however, it is necessary to consider amendments the Plan from property owners who wish to change their development rights. Not all changes to development rights require a plan amendment.

Comprehensive and Current planning staff work together to review proposed rezoning and annexation cases in detail, and can assist applicants in determining if and which type of amendment may be required. A regional plan amendment application may be obtained on the Current Planning web page. Planning staff is available to help guide applicants through the amendment process.

Amendments to the FRP30 are categorized as either major or minor, each requiring specific processing steps, as set forth in Title 11, Chapter 11-10 (PDF) of the City Code. A breakdown of what is considered a major or minor amendment is described below, as well as in the Table of Plan Amendment Criteria (PDF). This table can also be found in Chapter III (PDF) of the Flagstaff Regional Plan. 

Major Plan Amendment Proposals

Major Plan Amendment proposals, 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 General Plan land use element. Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS) require all major amendments to the General Plan to follow the process below.

Prior to submitting an application for a major plan amendment, the applicant must meet with the Comprehensive Planning Manager for a pre-application meeting no more than one year before submitting the application for a major plan amendment.

In order for an application to be deemed complete, it must include all items on the application checklist including an analysis of the conformance with the Plan requirements and the Required Reports, Studies, Analysis, and Related Data in Part III of the Major Plan Amendment application.

NOTICE: Effective November 3, 2022, Major Plan Amendment Applications can be submitted on any submittal date and are no longer processed once per year.   Please note that you must still complete a pre-application meeting before submitting a Major Plan Amendment Application. Contact Sara Dechter at with any questions about this change.

Minor Amendments

Minor amendments to the General Plan may be presented at any time of the year, and may be applied for concurrent to a rezoning or annexation request. The minor plan amendment application is available through the Current Planning webpage