Current City and Zoning Code

Ongoing Amendments

Staff is currently working on several different amendments to the Zoning Code.

Upcoming Zoning Code Amendments that are Planned

  1. Miscellaneous modifications to address a series of technical corrections, resolve conflicts, clarify requirements, etc.
  2. Modifications to implement the goal, policies, and implementation strategies of the La Plaza Vieja Neighborhood Plan (PDF).
  3. Modifications to implement a series of public requests to amend the Zoning Code related to rock outcropping, seeping springs, wildlife corridors, and prairie dogs.

Proposed New Amendments Open for Public Comment

  1. Case Number: PZ-22-00045 Updates to Zoning Code – Notification Requirements for Development Agreements (including Amendments)
    • Planning & Zoning Commission Worksession - March 23, 2022
    • Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing - April 13, 2022
    • Council First Read - May 17, 2022
    • Council Second Read - June 7, 2022
  2. Case Number PZ-22-00074 Updates to Zoning Code 2022 - Hours of Operation for Marijuana Dispensaries
    • Planning & Zoning Commission Worksession - May 25, 2022
    • Council Worksession - May 31, 2022
    • P & Z Public Hearing - June 21, 2022
    • Council First Read - September 6, 2022
    • Council Second Read - September 20, 2022
  3. Case Number PZ-22-00089 Marijuana Operations & Retail Establishments
    • Planning & Zoning Commission Worksession - May 25, 2022
    • Council Worksession - May 31, 2022
    • P & Z Public Hearing - June 21, 2022
    • Council First Read - September 6, 2022
    • Council Second Read - September 20, 2022
  4. Case Number PZ-19-00248 Updates to Zoning Code 2020 - Outdoor Lighting Requirements 
    • Starting Public Outreach - June 2022
    • Public Hearings - Fall 2022

Email Comments & Question

Comments and questions may be emailed to:
Tiffany Antol, AICP
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Note: All amendments that have been incorporated into the codified Zoning Code.

Previously Approved Amendments:

  1. Division 10-20.50 (Amendments to the Zoning Code Text and the Zoning Map): adopted on November 5, 2013, Ordinance Number 2013-21. These amendments established a new process and procedure for zone changes.
  2. Section 10-50.100.080.E (Flagstaff Mall and Marketplace District): adopted on November 5, 2013, Ordinance Number 2013-22. These amendments allowed for the installation of a new monument sign for the Flagstaff Mall and Marketplace District.
  3. Division 10-50.100 (Sign Standards): adopted on November 18, 2014, Ordinance Number 2014-27. These amendments to the City's sign standards addressed concerns from the City Council and local residents with the complexity of the former sign standards, especially for building-mounted signs, and for the proliferation of temporary signs within the City.
  4. Division 10-20.100 (Assurance of Performance for Construction): adopted on March 4, 2015, Ordinance Number 2015-01. These amendments updated the standards and procedures regarding assurances for construction.
  5. Section 10-40.30.050 (Industrial Uses) and Sections 10-80.20.060 (Definitions, "F.") and 10-80.20.200 (Definitions, "T."): adopted on May 5, 2015, Ordinance Number 2015-03. These amendments to the industrial zones, Table B, Allowed Uses and in the definitions clarify that freight and trucking facilities are a permitted use in the RD (Research and Development Zone).
  6. A comprehensive suite of amendments throughout the Zoning Code under Ordinance 2016-07 adopted on February 16, 2016 comprising mostly minor clarifications and corrections, but also some significant amendments to Section 10-40.40.030 to allow single-family dwellings and duplexes by right in the CC Zone, Section 10-40.60.260 (Mixed Use) and 10-40.60.280 (Planned Residential Development), Section 10-50.80.080 (Parking Spaces, Parking Lot Design and Layout) and in Division 10-50.110 to add two new building types; apartment building and stacked triplex.
  7. Division 10-50.100 (Sign Standards): adopted on June 21, 2016, Ordinance Number 2016-22. These amendments reconciled the sign standards with the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the Reed v. Town of Gilbert.
  8. Series of amendments adopted April 4, 2017 as Ordinance 2017-10. The amendments included: Section 10-50.80.080.C (ADA Parking), clarifying the depth of an ADA parking space; Sections 10-40.60.030, 10-80.20.010 (ADUs) created a definition for Attached and Detached ADUs, created standards for the attachment, and clarified the required amenities; Sections 10-40.30, and 10-40.40, 10-50.80 and 10-80.20.160 (Places of Worship), created a definition and land use classification for places of worship, and permit the use in all zones; and Section 10-90.40.030 (Rural Floodplain Map), revised the rural floodplain map back to the boundaries of the 1991 map.
  9. Series of amendments adopted December, 19 2017 as Ordinance 2017-31 primarily to the Transect zone related standards.
  10. A modification to the Section 10- 50.100.100 Sign Districts of Special Designation to add the West University Drive Entrance District sign district and related provisions. Adopted March 13, 2018. Ordinance Number 2018-14
  11. A modification to the approval process for a Conditional Use Permit to allow the City Council to review the decision of the Planning and Zoning Commission, including the ability to uphold, approve, or deny a Conditional Use Permit.
  12. A series of amendments adopted on July 2, 2019 as Ordinance 2019-22 and Resolution 2019-31 primarily pertaining to in the Industrial Zones and the addition of Indoor Commercial Recreation land use to the Light Industrial (LI) zone.
  13. A series of amendments pertaining to Accessory Dwelling Units was adopted on November 5, 2019 as Ordinance 2019-31 and Resolution 2019-48.
  14. A series of miscellaneous amendments were adopted on November 5, 2019 as Ordinance 2019-31 and Resolution 2019-48. to incorporate technical, enforcement, and cross-reference corrections, clarifications, and modifications.
  15. A modification to the Rural Floodplain Map for the property located at 3451 East Lake Mary Road was adopted on April 7, 2020 as Ordinance 2020-05.
  16. A series of miscellaneous amendments were adopted on May 5, 2020 as Ordinance 2020-11 and Resolution 2020-17. to incorporate time frames, technical, enforcement, clarifications, and modifications.
  17. A series of amendments pertaining to High Occupancy Housing was adopted on November 17, 2020 as Ordinance 2020-28 and Resolution 2020-59.  Link to the Information page High Occupancy Housing Zoning Code,
  18. An amendment to the Affordable Housing Incentive to allow the City Council to approve modifications to certain property development standards of permanently affordable housing developments that provide 100% of the dwelling units to persons or families with a household income equal to 80% or less of the area median income. The Ordinance 2021-05 and Resolution 2021-11 were adopted on March 23, 2021.
  19. An amendment to update the marijuana provisions to address the Arizona voter approved Proposition 207 – Smart and Safe Arizona Act (the “Act”) that allows for the recreational use and retail sales of marijuana, and other related provisions. The Resolution No. 2021-26 and Ordinance No. 2021-13 were adopted on June 15, 2021.
  20. An amendment to the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) provisions and accessory structures, which includes modifications to allow detached ADUs to encroach into the rear and interior setbacks, increased the allowed height of the attached and interior ADUs, an incentive to allow both the single-family dwelling unit and the ADU to be rented separately, and consolidated the provision of the accessory structures.  The Resolution No. 2021-32 and Ordinance No. 2021-16 were adopted on July 6, 2021.
  21.  An amendment to incorporate the Neighborhood Community Commercial (NCC) zone to assist in the implementation of the High Occupancy Housing Specific Plan and the Southside Community Specific Plan.   The Resolution No. 2021-33 and Ordinance No. 2021-17 were adopted on July 6, 2021.