CHARACTER AREA PLANNING PROCESS
In 2014, the City of Tempe held a public planning process for the Kiwanis / The Lakes [CA7] and Corona / South Tempe [CA8] Character Areas. In 2015, the City will host a public planning process the Apache [CA4] and Central City [CA5] Character Areas. For a list of the public meeting schedules, summaries of public feedback, as well as any related documents, please visit the individual pages for each of the Character Areas:
OVERVIEW [PowerPoint], CITYWIDE MAP + PLANNING PROCESS
CHARACTER AREA PLANNING
Community design principles are typically applied as development occurs on a project-by-project basis. However, greater specificity of the design character, along with land uses, can be developed for smaller areas of the city. Character Areas recognize areas or groups of neighborhoods that contain common design, land use and commercial characteristics distinct from neighboring areas.
Similarities in age of housing, styles of architecture, patterns of development, materials, land use or street patterns, lot size, landscaping, landmarks, social magnets, and/or physical barriers form some of the recognizable differences. Creating this General Plan refinement would take place through development of Character Area plans for specific areas in Tempe.
WHAT ARE CHARACTER AREAS?
Character Areas are areas of the community that have achieved distinctive, recognizable, character
that is different from neighboring areas. These differences may be the result of:
- Topography Papago Buttes, Double Butte, Hayden Butte
- Age + Style of Housing Historic Districts, Lofts, Student Housing, Senior Housing, Post-War
- Built Environment Buildings, Structures, Infrastructure, Roads, Bridges, Utilities
- Retail, Restaurants + Recreational Experiences Changing Hands Bookstore, Oregano's, Tempe Marketplace
- Land Use Patterns Industrial Parks, Research Parks, Strip Malls, Commercial Corners
- Landscape Treatments Arid, Desert, Lakeside Developments, Grassy Knolls, Medians
- Street / Transportation Patterns Light Rail, Station Areas, Bike Lanes, Bus Stops / Shelters
- Open Spaces Regional Parks, Neighborhood Parks, Corporate Parks, Trials, Paths, Canals
- Streetscapes Street Trees, Shade, Medians, Newsracks, Sidewalk Furniture
For more information, please contact Nancy Ryan at 480-350-8096 or firstname.lastname@example.org.