PDSD News

Commercial Parking Code Amendments

Planning and Development Services is working developing on a set of changes to the Unified Development Code (UDC) that will affect the minimum amount and type of parking spaces required at certain commercial locations.

These changes to parking regulations are proposed as part of the City's climate action response, ongoing support for local businesses, and goals for high-quality public outdoor spaces. 

Commercial Parking Amendments Public Meeting

The Planning and Development Services Department will host a virtual public meeting to discuss proposed changes to commercial parking regulations in Tucson.

The meeting will be held to discuss the two components of the proposed text amendment which include EV charging requirements and expanded eligibility for the Individual Parking Plan. Public feedback is welcome and will be gathered during this meeting.

 

Share your input on the Gene C. Reid Park Master Plan

If you had a magic wand, what would you change about Gene C. Reid Park? What do you love about the park today? In what ways would you like to see it grow, adapt, or change?

If you are interested in talking with someone about what's happening with the park, the planning process, or need help with the survey, you can find members of the planning team set up at a few events this weekend.

Transmission Line Relief Special Exception continued to next meeting

The Planning Commission held a continued public hearing on the Underground Transmission Line Relief Special Exception proposal on Wednesday, March 11. The public hearing was continued due to a lack of quorum during the April 6 meeting.

After numerous speakers addressed the board, the public hearing was closed. The Planning Commission deliberated many of the issues raised by members of the public and requested that staff make some refinements to the proposed code amendment.

Input welcome during Menlo Park Neighborhood Plan meeting

On May 7, Planning and Development Services along with several other departments in the City of Tucson gathered to discuss the Menlo Park Neighborhood Plan with neighbors in the community.

Participants were asked to share input and voice their opinion on topics related to transportation, housing, historic preservation, economic development, parks, and the environment. The plan is meant to capture priorities for residents of the neighborhood and establish policies to guide future development.

Additional opportunity for input on Commercial Parking Code Amendments

The Planning and Development Services Department will host a virtual public meeting to discuss proposed changes to commercial parking regulations in Tucson.

The meeting will be held to discuss the two components of the proposed text amendment which include EV charging requirements and expanded eligibility for the Individual Parking Plan. Public feedback is welcome and will be gathered during this meeting.

 

Share input on transit-oriented development downtown and beyond

The greater downtown area has seen substantial investment as a result of transit-oriented development tools. Through a combination of transportation investments, land use tools, and economic incentives, downtown has seen substantial growth in housing, jobs and businesses since the launch of the streetcar in 2014. The Infill Incentive District, the zoning tool that has facilitated much of the development in the greater downtown area, is up for renewal in January 2023.

Planning Commission recommends approval of commercial parking code changes

PDSD staff presented a proposed commercial parking code amendment at a Planning Commission public hearing on Wednesday, March 2, 2022. The code amendment would require EV charging as part of new commercial parking lots, and expand eligibility for the Individual Parking Plan to restaurants and bars as well as affordable housing.

After hearing public testimony and reviewing public comments, Planning Commission voted 8-0 to recommend the Commercial Parking Unified Development Code (UDC) amendment to Mayor and Council, with the following additional considerations:

Planning Commission study session on commercial parking changes February 2

Planning Commission will hold a study session on Wednesday, February 2 on the proposed commercial parking text amendment to require new commercial and multifamily development to be EV-ready and expand eligibility for the Individual Parking Plan to affordable housing developments, restaurants and bars.

Mayor & Council directed City staff to develop amendments to the Unified Development Code (UDC) to:

Interested in building a casita?

Use these resources to learn more

On December 7, 2021, Mayor and Council adopted an amendment to the Unified Development code to allow Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), or casitas, in Tucson. 

What is a casita? These smaller units provide an independent living space on the same lot as a primary unit. They are a way of providing more flexible housing options that can help seniors age in place and support multi-generational living.

What do the new rules allow? The code amendment adopted by Mayor & Council allows:

Share your input to inform the PDSD 2024 Vision

The City of Tucson has retained BerryDunn to conduct an independent analysis of the Planning and Development Services Department (PDSD) and develop a 2024 Vision. This project will involve developing a roadmap for PDSD and recommending best practices in policy, process, and level of service, funding, technology, and personnel, and identifying the barriers and challenges to implementing recommendations.

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