A Community Directed Proposal
Cavalier Hills Subdivisions are identified as a Cultural Resource Area in Tempe General Plan 2030. These areas are considered culturally significant to the history of Tempe, and the General Plan states it is desirable to maintain the character of these areas. Recently, a property owner in Cavalier Hills requested Tempe Historic Preservation Office (Tempe HPO) evaluate the neighborhood and determine if it appears to meet the criteria for historic designation and listing in the Tempe Historic Property Register. Tempe HPO requested the proponent canvass the area to determine the extent of property owner interest. Sixty neighborhood residents signed a petition requesting the city consider establishing the Cavalier Hills Historic District. Accordingly, Tempe HPO produced survey and inventory information verifying the Historic Eligibility of the Cavalier Hills subdivisions for Historic designation and listing.
Over the next few months Tempe HPO will produce a number of neighborhood meetings to explain the benefits of historic designation and the process for listing properties. Upon conclusion of this neighborhood education phase owners will be given the opportunity to decide if they wish to have their property in the Cavalier Hills subdivisions designated Historic and listed in the Tempe Historic Property Register.
The City of Tempe has joined other cities nationwide in recognizing the contribution of historic resources to the character and continuity of a community. Tempe historic property designation applies Historic Overlay Zoning to eligible properties at the request of property owners. The city now requires owners seeking any zoning action to provide a waiver to avoid argument that the application of the requested zoning would constitute a “diminution in value” of the property as defined by recent legislation (Private Property Rights Protection Act, A.R.S. 12-1134.I). Before a district is created, owners will vote their preference by providing the waiver or by taking the option to exclude their property from historic preservation review applicable to historic overlay zoning. The option to exclude property may be submitted to the City within three years after the effective date of the historic designation, and before there is a change in ownership of the property. Participation in historic district designation is the property owners choice.