Grant Road Preliminary Draft of the Urban Overlay District Document
Staff at the City’s Planning and Development Services Department (PDSD) would like your thoughts on the Preliminary Draft for the optional Grant Road Urban Overlay District (UOD) for the area along Grant between Oracle Road and 1st Avenue (click here for link to preliminary draft of UOD). Preparation of the Preliminary Draft was informed by (a) lessons learned from several iterations of overlays in the city – with the most recent being the Infill Incentive District (IID), (b) the Grant Road Community Character & Vitality Corridor Vision: Oracle Road to Swan Road, (c) Plan Tucson, City of Tucson General and Sustainability Plan, (d) area and neighborhood plans, and (e) feedback from the Grant Road Task Force, stakeholder interviews, and public workshops. For additional background on the Grant Road land use planning efforts please visit the following web page: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/pdsd/grant-road-land-use-planning.
Review and Comment Schedule & Procedures: This Preliminary Draft will be available for public review and comment through Monday, April 17, 2017. Please email all questions and comments to Daniel Bursuck at Daniel.email@example.com or Rebecca Ruopp at Rebecca.Ruopp@tucsonaz.gov. If you prefer to phone, please call Daniel at (520) 837-4984 or Rebecca at (520) 837-6973.
Comments in UOD Document Margins: As you are reviewing the document, please note that there are boxes with comments on the right side of some pages. These comments provide staff’s explanations about particular terminology and about topics identified to date that are proposed for further elaboration in future iterations.
Topics Suggested for Particular Attention: While we encourage you to read the full document, which is only 18 pages, you may want to take particular note of the following topics, which have come up most frequently in public discussion:
- Building height (Section C-2.O.1.a, Page 14)
- Development transition standards (Section C-2.B, Page 10)
- Landscape standards (Section C-2.I, Page 13)
- Group dwellings and/or student housing (Section B-2.b.11, Page 7)
- Setback relief (Section C-2.O.1, Page 14)
- Parking relief / requirements (Section C-2.E, Page 11)
- Environmentally conscious design practices (Section C-2.M, Page 14)
- Building orientation (Section C-2.A.1, Page 9)
Next Steps: Staff will compile all comments received for use in revising the Preliminary Draft Grant Road UOD for further public review. The revised draft will be presented first at a Grant Road Task Force meeting and then at public meetings. Notice of the Task Force meeting and the public meetings will be sent to everyone on the City’s Grant Road contact list and to the Ward 3 and 6 Council Offices.
We appreciate your time and look forward to your feedback.
The Grant Road Citizen's Task Force held a meeting on Land Use Planning March 2, 2017. Please find materials from that meeting below:
Grant Road Land Use Planning Update
The Grant Road Community Character and Vitality Vision: Oracle Road to Swan Road, which was adopted by Mayor and Council in 2015, provides guidance for land use planning in the project area. Following completion of the Grant Road Vision, members of the Grant Road Team from the City's Planning and Development Services Department (PDSD) turned their attention to land use planning for Phases 1 and 2.
A Grant Road Citizen Task Force (Task Force) meeting was held on September 30, 2015, and staff introduced the topic of land use planning tools. On June 23, 2016, staff returned to the Task Force to receive input on upcoming stakeholder interviews designed to help develop appropriate tools, as well as to review the next steps in the land use planning process. In late July and early August 2016, staff held a series of four meetings in which property owners, developers, and neighborhood representatives were interviewed about opportunities and constraints regarding future development in the project area.
Drawing on the Grant Road Vision guidance and input from the interviews, staff focused on further exploration of two land use planning tools that seem best suited to encouraging reinvestment between Oracle Road and 1st Avenue. The first tool is an optional Urban Overlay District (UOD) that could provide some development flexibility in exchange for a higher level of design to help achieve the Grant Road Vision. The second tool is the use of Requests for Proposals (RFP) in the sale of several City-acquired remnant properties considered potentially catalytic for shaping the area's character. Using an RFP allows the City to lay out development goals for a particular site. Staff presented these two tools at the September 14, 2016, Task Force meeting, and held public workshops on November 16 and 17, 2016, to provide introductory presentations on the two proposed tools and conduct breakout groups to share ideas about future development along Grant Road between Oracle Road and 1st Avenue. Staff is now in the process of preparing an initial draft of an Urban Overlay District to be reviewed at the Grant Road Citizen Task Force meeting scheduled for March 2, 2017.
Grant Road Land Use Workshop Materials
Boards and Comments from each of the breakout groups
- Day 1 - Table 1 - Materials
- Day 1 - Table 2 - Materials
- Day 1 - Table 3 - Materials
- Day 2 - Table 1 - Materials
- Day 2 - Table 2 - Materials
If you have any questions please email Dan Bursuck at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 837-4984.
Grant Road Land Use Workshop
Staff at the City’s Planning and Development Services Department (PDSD) is in the process of considering land use tools that would help encourage reinvestment along Grant Road between Oracle Road and 1st Avenue. Staff has shared two proposed tools with the Grant Road Task Force and received support for bringing these tools to the public for input. The first tool is an optional urban overlay district (UOD). A UOD could provide some development flexibility in exchange for a higher level of design that could help achieve the Vision adopted for Grant Road (found at https://www.tucsonaz.gov/files/pdsd/plans/Grant_Road_CCV.pdf.) The City has experience with UODs and has learned some valuable lessons for a Grant Road UOD. The second tool is the Request for Proposals (RFP). RFPs are being proposed for three vacant City-owned parcels. The RFP process allows even more opportunity to help shape the future development of a site and help to achieve the Vision adopted for Grant Road.
WHAT: YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE GRANT ROAD LAND USE TOOLS WORKSHOP, at which PDSD staff will give presentations to help everyone understand the tools proposed and will facilitate activities designed for participants to share their opinions, observations and suggestions regarding proposed tools to spur redevelopment along Grant Road from Oracle Road to 1st Avenue. Staff will use the input received in refining the proposed tools for further public review.
WHEN: The Workshop will be offered on the following dates and times. Please select the date and time that is most convenient for you.
Wednesday, November 16th – 8:00 to 10:00 AM
Thursday, November 17th – 5:30 to 7:30 PM
WHERE: Donna R. Liggins Recreation Center
2160 North 6th Avenue (between Sahauro Street and Waverly Street)
Tucson, AZ 85705
RSVP: If you are able to participate in the Grant Road Land Use Tools Workshop please RSVP to email@example.com with your preferred date. This will allow staff to make sure there are sufficient materials for everybody. Upon receipt of your RSVP, you will be sent a confirmation email, and a few days in advance of your selected workshop date, you will receive a reminder.
Grant Road Task Force Meeting September 14, 2016
Grant Road Task Force Meeting September 30, 2015
FINAL GRANT ROAD COMMUNITY CHARACTER & VITALITY CORRIDOR VISION (finalized September 23, 2015).
- Comments from A. Roe on Aug. 2015 Grant Rd. Vision
- Comments from J. Wakefield on Aug. 2015 Grant Rd. Vision
- Comments from V. Ostertag on Aug. 2015 Grant Rd. Vision
- Comments from 1st - Campbell Coalition on Aug. 2015 Grant Rd. Vision
The red-lined version depicting the changes made between the June 2015 Draft Corridor Vision and the August 2015 Corridor Vision.
The Draft Corridor Vision is a revised version of the Draft Community Character and Vitality Report prepared in 2011. That document, which laid out an overarching vision for the Grant Road Corridor, represented extensive work and input by the Grant Road Citizen Task Force and the public. The report, however, was never completed and shared with Mayor and Council for adoption.
At the March 18, 2015, Grant Road Citizen Task Force Meeting, the Task Force discussed and approved the following two recommendations related to moving the land use planning associated with the Grant Road Improvement Project forward:
- Recommend that Mayor & Council adopt the Grant Road Corridor Vision based on the Draft Community Character & Vitality Report, with modifications to streamline and update process, address dated information, enhance maps for readability, and remove some detail to create policy-level document.
- Proceed with a phased approach to developing and implementing land use planning tools based on the roadway design phases.
At the May 5, 2015, Study Session, the Mayor & Council endorsed the above two Citizen Task Force recommendations.
Following Mayor and Council’s endorsement of the Citizen Task Force’s recommendations, the Grant Road Project Team modified the 2011 Draft Community Character and Vitality Report consistent with the Task Force’s recommendation and provided the revised draft to Task Force members for initial review and comment.