High Occupancy Housing Plan Archive

Note: Please visit the Completed Area Plans and Other Specific Plans page to view the final information regarding the High Occupancy Housing Specific Plan.

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.

What is High Occupancy Housing?

High Occupancy Housing (HOH) is generally buildings that house more than 75 persons per acre or have more than 30 units per acre in dormitory or apartment-style units. Due to a combination of pent up demand, constrained supply and the 2011 changes to the Zoning Code to promote mixed use development, interest in large multi-family housing projects has grown. The Village at Aspen Place (601 E Piccadilly Drive) is the first example of high occupancy housing built in the City.
Map of Proposed and Constructed High Occupancy Housing projects

Dive into Peer Cities Research

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.

Have you subscribed to the Flagstaff Community Forum yet? Surveys will be posted on the Flagstaff Community Forum throughout the process.

Public Involvement Process

The infographic below illustrates some of the elements that came together for the project to precede. More details can be found in the projects Public Participation Plan (PDF). Like all complex projects, the content of these strategic documents was flexible and may be changed to meet the challenges that arise

High Occupancy Housing Process

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. 

Community Cafe Dates

The Community Café dates were:

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

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

Online Cafe - August to 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. 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 pm to 8 pm at the Flagstaff Aquaplex
    Presentations: Peer Cities, Land Use and Parking, Affordability, and Property Management
  • Thursday, November 17th, 6 pm to 8 pm at the DoubleTree Hotel
    Presentations: NAU Housing, Water, Traffic, and Transit
  • Presentations from the project team can be viewed online through the City's streaming service.

Digital Copies of Posers & Handouts

There were many posters and handouts displayed at the Open House meetings. Digital Copies have been uploaded here:

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.

First Policy Workshop on May 22, 2017

The public workshop focused on developing policies for the draft plan. The goal of the workshops was to go in depth on specific elements and create a forum for staff and community members to discuss solutions and alternatives for consideration by the Commissions and Council. Topics discussed included:

  • Location and design of High Occupancy Housing
  • Ways to make High Occupancy Housing buildings more sustainable
  • How to better integrated transportation objectives into HOH projects
  • Property management and neighborhood issues

You can review the Policy Workshop meeting notes (PDF).

Office Hours

The project team held a drop-in time at the Flagstaff East and Main libraries on August 2nd and 3rd. The project team was available throughout the 60 day review to help everyone be able to participate in the process of setting these important policies. We still would welcome the opportunity to join you at your meeting, grab a cup of coffee or tea, or visit you in your neighborhood.

Public Workshops on August 30 & August 31, 2017

These workshops were held during the 60 day public review, in order to review the policies and implementation strategies in the draft HOH Plan and:

  • To achieve consensus on some proposed HOH policies and code updates
  • To understand the tolerance for trade-offs
  • To fully understand areas without consensus and create options that can be considered by the Planning and Zoning Commission and the City Council

Workshop Meeting Notes

Draft High Occupancy Housing Plan 60 Day Public Review - July to August 2017

After a year of public involvement, the City of Flagstaff produced a draft of the High Occupancy Housing Specific Plan. You can download the document here or you can review a copy in-person at the Community Development County in City Hall or at either of Flagstaff's public library.

HOH Specific Plan Draft - Screen-Friendly Version

HOH Specific Plan Draft - Print-friendly version (PDF) 

There was almost weekly opportunities to learn more about the proposal and provide feedback to the City during the 60-day comment period. Comments were due to the City by September 27, 2017 at 5 pm by mail or email.

Board & Commission Meetings

There was multiple focused presentations at Commission meetings throughout the 60 day comment period. You can also view or review any of these presentations on the City's live streaming system.

Board or CommissionDateTimeLocation
Beautification and Public Art CommissionMonday, July 104 pm to 6 pmWatch the Beautification and Public Art Commission video
Heritage Preservation CommissionWednesday July 194 pm to 6 pmWatch the Heritage Preservation Commission video
Transportation CommissionWednesday, August 24 pm to 6 pmWatch the Transportation Commission video
Bicycle Advisory CommitteeThursday, August 34 pm to 6 pmCity Hall
Pedestrian Advisory CommitteeThursday, August 104 pm to 6 pmWatch the Pedestrian Advisory Committee video
Flagstaff Housing AuthorityWednesday, August 169 am to 11 amWatch the Flagstaff Housing Authority video
Commission on Disability AwarenessWednesday, August 224 pm to 6 pmWatch the Commission on Disability Awareness video
Planning and Zoning Commission Work Session Wednesday, September 134 pm to 6 pmWatch the Planning and Zoning Commission Work Session video
Beautification and Public Art CommissionMonday, September 114 pm to 6 pmWatch the Beautification and Public Art Commission video
Parks and Recreation CommissionWednesday, September 204 pm to 6 pmWatch the Parks and Recreation Commission video
City Council Work SessionTuesday September 266 pmWatch the City Council Work Session video
Sustainability CommissionThursday, September 284 pm to 6 pmWatch the Sustainability Commission video
FMPO Executive BoardThursday, September 2810:45 amWatch the FMPO Executive Board video
Parks and Recreation Commission Number 2Wednesday, October 184 pmWatch the Parks and Recreation Commission Number 2 video

Online Public Involvement - August to October 2017

You can find closed topics related to this project posted on the Flagstaff Community Forum and review the comments we received first hand. This tool allows you to filter and sort and download the public-facing responses.

Citizen's Review Sessions - November 8 and 30, 2017

Joint City Council and Planning and Zoning Citizens Review Session - Agenda (PDF) - Staff Report (PDF) - Watch videoWednesday, November 84 pmCity Hall
Continued Citizens Review Session Planning and Zoning Commission only - Watch videoThursday, November 304 pmCity Hall
Planning and Zoning Commission Hearing Number 1 Agenda (PDF) - Staff Report and Attachments (PDF) - Watch VideoWednesday, December 134 pmFlagstaff Aquaplex
Planning and Zoning Commission Hearing Number 2 - Watch VideoWednesday, January 104 pmCity Hall
Office Hours Number 1Thursday, February 8noon to 2:30 pmMain Library
Office Hours Number 2Friday, February 910 am to noonEast Flagstaff Library
City Council Public Hearing - Watch VideoTuesday, February 206 pmCity Hall

Contact Us 

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Comprehensive Planning Manager Sara Dechter via email or at 928-213-2631.