Metropolitan Pima Alliance (MPA) newsletter reported some good news this month coming from the City of Tucson and Pima County Planning and Zoning Commission that we had to share.
City of Tucson impact fee update: fees frozen in place or reduced for two years
On Tuesday, April 21st the City of Tucson's Mayor and Council held a virtual public hearing on the proposed impact fees. Given the circumstances and the unknowns we are facing, an emergency relief proposal was made by staff. Mayor and Council are supportive of the proposed fee schedule and will vote to adopt them on June 9, 2020. This proposal would freeze some fees and lower others for a two year period. No fee categories are proposed to increase.
The categories set to decrease are as follows:
- Smaller Unit Multifamily
- Industrial: Manufacturing & Warehousing
- Institutional: Schools, Religious Facilities & Nursing Homes/Assisted Living
The categories set to freeze are as follows:
- Town-homes & Single Family Residences
- Larger Unit Multifamily
- Light Industrial
- Commercial/Retail: General & Discount Stores
- Institutional: Medical Clinics & Hospitals
Pima County Planning and Zoning Commission supports residential lot flexibility
On Wednesday, April 29th, the Pima County Planning & Zoning Commission unanimously passed a code amendment to provide greater flexibility to residential developers. If approved by the Board of Supervisors, this amendment would reduce the front yard setback and increase the build-able lot area to sixty percent for each dwelling unit.
MPA was supportive of this amendment and will advocate for its approval by the Board.