This is High Rise
zoning outside of the areas with the investment of billions of dollars of public money in infrastructure, private development should be encouraged closer to the infrastructure so we all benefit from the private and public investments in our city's future.
zoning is invasive and should be limited to the more urban areas where it transitions to single family neighborhoods with mid-rise and low-rise buildings.
zoning among three residential neighborhoods is ridiculous.
The Phoenix City code provides:
631 High-Rise H-R District-High-Rise and High Density District.
The High-Rise H-R is intended to be a special district to allow greater building height and density within those few areas of the City that, by their strategic location and intense land use, generate exceptional amounts of activity of a commercial nature. Within these areas of greatly intensified activity the H-R districts may be combined with the R-4, R-4A, R-5, C-O, C-1, C-2, C-3, A-1, A-2, P-1 or P-2 districts and shall control in those requirements which it sets forth.
The Developer claims that the project will revitalize the corner of 7th Street and Thomas (that PCC has long neglected), however, its project proposes to turn its back to the corner, providing only blank concrete walls containing a parking structure to Thomas, the corner, and 7th Street. The project will not revitalize the corner any more than the club could do right now by planting a few trees.
The Project will offer amenities, open space and a park deck, to its residents, elevated on the top of the parking structure, while those on the sidewalk and street will be presented with high concrete walls enclosing an imposing parking structure towering above grade.
The Developer claims that its project is "walkable" because of nearby bus lines, light rail a half mile away, and potential trolley lines on 3rd Street, but a walkable development does not have more parking than recommended by the city and does not make all pedestrian trips hundreds of feet longer by having its entrance on the opposite side of each mass transit opportunities that it touts.
The zoning precedent that this High Rise
project relies on is from the 1960s before we had the city planning and public investment in infrastructure that we have made in the last 50 years. The proposal violates numerous guidelines of the Phoenix General Plan.
This Developer claims golf courses are in trouble and that this project will help the Phoenix Country Club keep its golf course, but there is no restriction on future development of portions of or all of the golf course, we have no enforceable power to require that golf course will remain open space if this High Rise
zoning is approved. We are offered an empty promise that 105 acres of green space will continue to exist.