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Community Residences

The revisions to the Land Development Code modify definitions and appropriate zoning districts for categories of residential uses. The primary intent of the ordinance is to clarify uses compatible with single-family dwellings by amending the definition of family and adding a definition of single housekeeping unit.

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Current and Upcoming Planning Projects

Comment on Upcoming Projects

This is a City-initiated annexation of 497 acres in Yavapai County, located north of the Prescott Municipal Airport. The property is bounded on the west by State Route 89 and on the east and south by the Prescott Airport. It is currently vacant.

In association with the annexation request are a master plan and a rezoning. The master plan is a requirement of Proposition 400 and is used as a basis for the cost-benefit analysis. Shown on the master plan are the YMRC Planning Area (approximately 180 acres), commercial and industrial areas, and an area to be used for ranching purposes. The proposed rezoning is to Industrial Light and Business Regional zoning districts, which are compatible with the General Plan and the Airport Specific Area Plan land use designations for that area.

Past meetings to discuss this project:

  • June 27, 2013: Planning and Zoning Commission held a Study Session to review the project.
  • July 11, 2013: Planning and Zoning Commission held a Public Hearing and Voting Session and recommended to approve the annexation, rezoning, and master plan.
  • September 3, 2013: City Council heard a presentation on the cost-benefit analysis and held a Public Hearing for the annexation, rezoning, and master plan.

Upcoming meetings to discuss this project:

  • September 10, 2013: City Council to hold and close the Public Hearing for the annexation, rezoning, and master plan.

For further information, please see the following documents:

Please contact Ruth Hennings, Community Planner, or Tom Guice, Community Development Director, at (928) 777-1207 should you have any questions.

The proposal is to annex and then rezone 247 acres in Yavapai County, located west of the Prescott Municipal Airport. The property is bounded on the south by Pioneer Parkway, on the east by North State Route 89, and for a distance on the west by Willow Creek Road. It is currently vacant and is zoned in the county for single-family uses. A rezoning to commercial and industrial zoning districts is also proposed.

The purpose of this request is to initiate annexation prior to development to assure that infrastructure improvements will be made to City standards. It is also timely given the plans to improve and widen North State Route 89 and realign Willow Creek Road. No specific developments are proposed at this time. The long-term planning processes required to initiate this annexation began in 2008, and involved changes to the General Plan, the Airport Specific Area Plan, and the Airport Master Plan.

Past meetings to discuss this project:

  • May 9, 2013: Planning and Zoning Commission held a Study Session to review the project.
  • May 30, 2013: Planning and Zoning Commission held a Public Hearing and Voting Session to make recommendations on annexation and rezoning. The Commission recommended approval of both the annexation and rezoning to a mix of Multi-Family High, Business Regional, and Industrial Light zoning districts.
  • June 11, 2013: City Council heard the presentation on the cost-benefit analysis and held a Public Hearing for annexation and rezoning. Council closed the Public Hearing.
  • August 13, 2013: City Council voted to approve the annexation, zoning at the time of annexation, and the rezoning to Multi-Family High, Business Regional, and Industrial Light zoning districts.

For further information, please see the following documents:

Please contact Ruth Hennings, Community Planner, or Tom Guice, Community Development Director, at (928) 777-1207 should you have any questions.

Background- The Arizona Medical Marijuana Initiative (Proposition 203) passed in November 2010. The Final Rules were released on March 28, 2011.

The ADHS rules implement the new amendment to Title 36, Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS) by adding Chapter 28.1 Arizona Medical Marijuana Act. ARS 36-2806.01. The Act also allows Cities, towns and counties to enact reasonable zoning regulations that limit the use of land for registered nonprofit medical marijuana dispensaries, cultivation facilities, and infusion facilities.

Medical Marijuana Buffer Map

City of Prescott Approach- The City is utilizing the "Similar Use Interpretation" (Section 11.1.1) of the Land Development Code (LDC). This allows uses not specifically identified, but which may be reasonably interpreted as being functionally equivalent to one or more of the listed land uses in Table 2.3. LDC land uses are classified "based on common functional, products or physical characteristics" (Sec 11.1.1A). Dispensaries can then be equated to drug stores (pharmacies), a cultivation facility to agricultural production (Section 11.1.7), and an infusion facility to chemical manufacturing (Sec. 11.1.6E).

A Pre-Application Conference (PAC) is required for all medical marijuana facilities to determine appropriate zoning and compliance with City of Prescott development regulations. The PAC application may be found in the Community Development Documents.

The map below illustrates the required 500-foot separation distance from school property lines for the location of any Marijuana Dispensary, Cultivation Facility, and Infusion Facility land uses in accordance with the passage of Proposition 203. Locations of these land uses are prohibited by the statute within the area of the yellow circles on the map.

For More Information: Please contact George Worley Planning Manager or Tom Guice, Community Development Director, at 928.777.1207 should you have any questions.




Planning & Zoning Forms and Documents

FAQ

Q. Can I add (1) garage, either attached or detached?
A. Garage, whether detached or attached may be added to your property. It will have to meet standard district setbacks and if detached may be as close as 4 foot from the rear property line or 6 foot from the rear property line if access from an alley is being proposed.
Q. Can I add a storage shed?
A. Storage sheds can be built upon private property that meet setbacks and receive either site plan approval (less than 180 SF) or a building permit (More than 180 SF).
Q. What is the process for guest quarters?
A. In the single-family zoning district, guest quarters are permitted with a conditional use permit (CUP). The CUP is a formal application process to the Board of Adjustment. The guesthouses are permitted to have a fully functional kitchen, stove or range but can not be rented or sold.
Q. Can I split my property and sell-off a portion? What do I need to do?
A. If your proposed split provides enough area to meet the minimum square footage for your zoning district, splitting can be accomplished by a formal application to Planning and Zoning for either a land split, revision to a plat or a replat. In all three cases, an Arizona Registered Land Surveyor will be required.
Q. Can I have a business in my home?
A. Home based business is permitted when they meet the criteria set forth in the Land Development Code. This typically restricts the home based business from generating traffic, customers or employees that do not live on the premises.
Q. Can I have a horse on my property?
A. Animals including horses are governed by chapter 3 (animals and fowl) of the City Code. The number of horses is dependent on land area and setbacks, not zoning.
Q. How many unrelated people can live in one residence?
A. A single family for purposes of occupying a single-family home will allow up to 8 unrelated people.
Q. What kind of signage can I have on my business? What about banners?
A. The sign code provides for signage within the City limits. Banners are permitted on a temporary basis with a temporary sign permit.
Q. Can I have a hot dog or food vending cart around town?
A. Individual stand-alone hot dog carts are not permitted within the City limits.
Q. When do I need Development Review?
A. Development Review (DRC) is required whenever there is new commercial construction, change of use or significant expansion to an existing commercial development. A commercial development includes residential developments, which number 3 units or more or any combinations that makes 3 or more units. A pre-application meeting will not always be required. Contact Planning staff if there are questions.