Council members contemplate zoning changes

On the Flagstaff City Council work session agenda this week is a discussion contemplating the possibilities of once again changing the process for council pay raises and discussing a request from Council-member Charlie Odegaard to look at ways to increase the number of single family residences on a residential parcel.

In May of this year Odegaard suggested that the city might look at increasing the number of housing units in various residential zones. The item is up for discussion on Tuesday. To facilitate the conversation the Flagstaff Community Development staff is reporting to Council that the codes might be amended to allow for increasing the number of units allowed per acre and/or changing the size of lot requirements.

Staff will present two case studies to illustrate the possibilities of their notions. One from Minneapolis, MN and one from the state of Oregon.

In Minneapolis the city passed a city-wide ban on single-family zoning.  Developers can now build multi-unit housing in neighborhood reserved for single-family homes.

In Oregon the state passed a measure that requires cities with more than 10,000 people to allow duplexes in areas zoned for single-family homes.  In the metro Portland area, cities and counties are required to allow the building of housing such as quadplexes and cottage clusters of homes around a common yard.