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Land Development Code

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Zoning Code and Municipal Code

Complete Land Development Code

Land Development Code
Adopted: February 1, 2005
Effective: March 3, 2005; Ordinance No. 1625
Latest Revision: July 5, 2015

Individual Chapters Land Development Code

Chapter I: Zoning Regulations

DIVISION 1: GENERAL PROVISIONS  

Article 1.1: Title and Purpose
  • Section 1.101 Title and Authority
  • Section 1.102 Purposes
  • Section 1.103 Organization of Zoning Code
  • Section 1.104 Applicability
  • Section 1.105 General Rules for Applicability of Land Use and Development Regulations
  • Section 1.106 Official Zoning Map
  • Section 1.107 Rules for Construction of Language
  • Section 1.108 Rules of Transition
  • Section 1.109 Rules for Interpretation

DIVISION 2: LAND USE DESIGNATIONS 

Article 2.1: Single Family Residential Districts 

  • Section 2.101 Purposes
  • Section 2.102 Single Family Residential Districts
  • Section 2.103 Land Use Regulations
  • Section 2.104 Lot Development Regulations
  • Section 2.105 Site Development Regulations, Nonresidential Uses in Residential Districts
  • Section 2.106 Additional Development Regulations
  • Section 2.107 Additional Use Regulations 
Article 2.2: Multi-Family Residential Districts  
  • Section 2.201 Purposes
  • Section 2.202 Multi-Family Residential Districts
  • Section 2.203 Land Use Regulations
  • Section 2.204 Site Development Regulations
  • Section 2.205 Additional Use Regulations

Article 2.3: Commercial Districts 

  • Section 2.301 Purposes
  • Section 2.302 Commercial Districts
  • Section 2.303 Land Use Regulations
  • Section 2.304 Site Development Regulations
  • Section 2.305 Additional Development Regulations
  • Section 2.306 Additional Use Regulations 

 Article 2.4: Heritage Village Center Zoning District

  • Section 2.401 Purposes
  • Section 2.402 Land Use Regulations
  • Section 2.403 Site Development Regulations
  • Section 2.404 Additional Development Regulations
  • Section 2.405 Additional Use Regulations

 

 

Article 2.5: Office Districts

  • Section 2.501 Purposes
  • Section 2.502 Office Districts
  • Section 2.503 Land Use Regulations
  • Section 2.504 Site Development Regulations
  • Section 2.505 Additional Development Regulations
  • Section 2.506 Additional Use Regulations
Article 2.6: Employment Districts 
  • Section 2.601 Purposes
  • Section 2.602 Employment Districts
  • Section 2.603 Land Use Regulations
  • Section 2.604 Site Development Regulations
  • Section 2.605 Additional Development Regulations
  • Section 2.606 Additional Use Regulations
Article 2.7: Public Facility/Institutional District
  • Section 2.701 Purposes
  • Section 2.702 Land Use Regulations
  • Section 2.703 Site Development Regulations
  • Section 2.704 Additional Development Regulations
  • Section 2.705 Additional Use Regulations
Article 2.8: Gateway Districts
  • Section 2.801 Purposes
  • Section 2.802 Gateway Districts
  • Section 2.803 Land Use Regulations
  • Section 2.804 Site Development Regulations
  • Section 2.805 Additional Use Regulations

DIVISION 3: OVERLAY ZONING DISTRICTS 

Article 3.1: Purposes

  • Section 3.101 Purposes
  • Section 3.102 Use of a Planned Area Development Overlay Zoning District
  • Section 3.103 Land Use and Development Regulations
  • Section 3.104 Approval
Article 3.2: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Overlay District
  • Section 3.201 Purposes
  • Section 3.202 Applicability
  • Section 3.203 Development and Notification Requirements within the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Overlay District
Article 3.3: Santan Freeway Overlay District
  • Section 3.301 Purposes
  • Section 3.302 Applicability
  • Section 3.303 Development and Notification Requirements within the Santan Freeway Corridor Overlay District

 Article 3.4: Heritage District Overlay Zoning District

  • Section 3.401 Purposes
  • Section 3.402 Applicability
  • Section 3.403 Development within the Heritage District Overlay District
Article 3.5: Vertical Development Overlay Zoning District
  • Section 3.501 Purposes
  • Section 3.502 Applicability
  • Section 3.503 Land Use and Development Regulations

DIVISION 4: GENERAL REGULATIONS 

Article 4.1: Site Regulations

  • Section 4.101 Encroachments into Building Setback and Interior Building Separation Areas
  • Section 4.102 Projections above Height Limits
  • Section 4.103 Lighting Standards
  • Section 4.104 Outdoor Business Property Storage
  • Section 4.105 Screening of Mechanical and Electrical Equipment
  • Section 4.106 Refuse and Recycling Enclosures
  • Section 4.107 Swimming Pools
  • Section 4.108 Underground Utilities
  • Section 4.109 Fences
Article 4.2: Off-Street Parking and Loading Regulations 
  • Section 4.201 Purposes
  • Section 4.202 Applicability
  • Section 4.203 General Provisions
  • Section 4.204 Number of Parking Spaces Required
  • Section 4.205 Number of Parking Spaces Required for Shopping Center and Regional Commercial
  • Section 4.206 Dimensions for Parking Spaces and Aisles
  • Section 4.207 Parking Access
  • Section 4.208 Driveway Widths
  • Section 4.209 Surfacing
  • Section 4.210 Drive-Through and Take-Out Facilities
  • Section 4.211 Passenger Loading Areas
  • Section 4.212 Screening, Landscaping and Lighting
  • Section 4.213 Parking Space and Aisle Setbacks at Arterial Driveway Entrances
  • Section 4.214 Parking for Persons with Disabilities
  • Section 4.215 Off-Street Loading
  • Section 4.216 Bicycle Parking
Article 4.3: Landscape Regulations
  • Section 4.301 Purposes
  • Section 4.302 Applicability
  • Section 4.303 General Provisions
  • Section 4.304 Gateway Entries
  • Section 4.305 Streetscape Theme Trees
  • Section 4.306 Landscape Maintenance and Enforcement
Article 4.4: Sign Regulations
  • Section 4.401 Purposes
  • Section 4.402 General Sign Regulations
  • Section 4.403 Sign Criteria
  • Section 4.404 Real Estate Signs and Development Signs
  • Section 4.405 Residential
  • Section 4.406 Nonresidential Uses in Residential Zoning Districts
  • Section 4.407 Commercial
  • Section 4.408 Heritage Village Center
  • Section 4.409 Office/Employment
  • Section 4.410 Public Facility/Institutional
  • Section 4.411 Notice of Violation
  • Section 4.412 Removal
  • Section 4.413 Violation, A-Frame Signs
Article 4.5: Supplemental Use Regulations
  • Section 4.501 Applicability
  • Section 4.502 Home Occupations
  • Section 4.503 Residential Day Care
  • Section 4.504 Group Homes for the Handicapped
  • Section 4.505 Place of Worship
  • Section 4.506 Reserved
  • Section 4.507 Farm Stands
  • Section 4.508 Animal Services
  • Section 4.509 Cemeteries
  • Section 4.5010 Non-Traditional Business Uses
  • Section 4.5011 Sexually-Oriented Businesses
  • Section 4.5012 Temporary Uses
  • Section 4.5013 Temporary Structures
  • Section 4.5014 Medical Marijuana Dispensaries and Offsite Cultivation Sites
  • Section 4.5015 Recovery Residence
  • Section 4.5016 Miscellaneous Provisions
Article 4.6: Non-Conforming Uses, Lots, Parcels, Structures and Signs
  • Section 4.601 Purpose
  • Section 4.602 Definitions
  • Section 4.603 General Provisions
  • Section 4.604 Abandonment of Non-Conforming Uses
  • Section 4.605 Repair or Rebuilding of a Damaged Structure

 Article 4.7: Wireless Communication Facilities

  • Section 4.701 Purpose and Applicability
  • Section 4.702 Procedures
  • Section 4.703 Use and Development Regulations
  • Section 4.704 Additional Development Regulations
  • Section 4.705 Required Findings
  • Section 4.706 Miscellaneous Provisions
Article 4.8: Over-The-Air Reception Devices, Large Satellite Dishes, Satellite Earth Stations, and Amateur Radio Facilities
  • Section 4.801 Purpose
  • Section 4.802 Applicability
  • Section 4.803 Use and Development Regulations
Article 4.9: Common Area Ownership and Maintenance
  • Section 4.901 Purpose
  • Section 4.902 Applicability
  • Section 4.903 Requirement

DIVISION 5: ADMINISTRATION

Article 5.1: Planning Administration

  • Section 5.101 Purpose
  • Section 5.102 Town Council
  • Section 5.103 Planning Commission
  • Section 5.104 Board of Adjustment
  • Section 5.105 Director of Planning
  • Section 5.106 Zoning Administrator
  • Section 5.107 Zoning Hearing Officer
  • Section 5.108 Design Review Board
  • Section 5.109 Redevelopment Commission
  • Section 5.110 Code Compliance Manager
  • Section 5.111 Civil Hearing Officer
Article 5.2: Common Procedures
  • Section 5.201 Application Process
  • Section 5.202 Fees and Fines
  • Section 5.203 Pre-Application Review
  • Section 5.204 Neighborhood Meeting
  • Section 5.205 Notice of Public Hearings
  • Section 5.206 Public Hearing Procedures
  • Section 5.207 Findings Required
  • Section 5.208 Administrative Procedures
  • Section 5.209 Ex Parte Communications
  • Section 5.210 Final Decisions
  • Section 5.211 Procedures for Appeals
Article 5.3: Administrative Relief from Development Standards
  • Section 5.301 Purposes and Applicability
  • Section 5.302 Scope of Authority
  • Section 5.303 Procedures and Standards of Review
  • Section 5.304 Appeals
Article 5.4: Use Permits
  • Section 5.401 Purpose and Applicability
  • Section 5.402 Procedures
  • Section 5.403 Required Findings
  • Section 5.404 Expiration; Modifications; Revocation
  • Section 5.405 Appeals
  • Section 5.406 Effective Date of Permit
Article 5.5: Variances
  • Section 5.501 Purpose and Applicability
  • Section 5.502 Procedures
  • Section 5.503 Required Findings
  • Section 5.504 Use Variances Prohibited
  • Section 5.505 Conditions of Approval
  • Section 5.506 Effective Date
Article 5.6: Design Review
  • Section 5.601 Purpose and Applicability
  • Section 5.602 Procedures and Responsibility
  • Section 5.603 Design Review Approval
  • Section 5.604 Appeals of Decisions of the Design Review Board, Redevelopment Commission and Director of Planning
  • Section 5.605 Effective Date and Expiration Date
  • Section 5.606 Enforcement
Article 5.7: Amendments to Zoning Code Text, a Zoning Ordinance or the Official Zoning Map
  • Section 5.701 Purpose and Applicability
  • Section 5.702 Initiation of Amendments
  • Section 5.703 Procedures
  • Section 5.704 Findings

 Article 5.8: Amendments to General Plan Text or Map

  • Section 5.801 Purpose
  • Section 5.802 Initiation of Amendments
  • Section 5.803 Procedures
Article 5.9: Protected Development Right Plan
  • Section 5.901 Purpose and Applicability
  • Section 5.902 Procedures
  • Section 5.903 General Provisions
  • Section 5.904 Expiration Date and Extensions; Revocation

 Article 5.10: Appeals of Dedications, Exactions and Zoning Regulations, Reconsideration of Certain Decisions, and Claims for Diminution in Value

  • Section 5.1001 Purpose and Applicability
  • Section 5.1002 Appeals of Required Dedications and Exactions and of Zoning Regulations Pursuant to ARS Sections 9-500.12 and 9-500.13
  • Section 5.1003 Reconsideration of Certain Town Council Decisions
  • Section 5.1004 Claim for Diminution in Value Pursuant to A.R.S. § 12-1134

 Article 5.11: Annexations 

  • Section 5.1101 Purpose
  • Section 5.1102 Initiation of Annexations
  • Section 5.1103 Procedures
Article 5.12: Enforcement 
  • Section 5.1201 Invalid Permits and Approvals
  • Section 5.1202 Enforcement Responsibilities
  • Section 5.1203 Violation: Notice and Opportunity to Correct
  • Section 5.1204 Violations and Citations
  • Section 5.1205 Penalties
  • Section 5.1206 Habitual Offenders
  • Section 5.1207 Abatement
  • Section 5.1208 Cumulative Procedures and Remedies
  • Section 5.1209 Failure to Provide Evidence of Identity

DIVISION 6: USE DEFINITIONS

Article 6.1: Use Definitions 
 

Chapter II: Design Standards and Guidelines

Article 1.1: Residential Design and Development Guidelines
Article 1.2: Medium High Density Framework Guidelines
Article 1.3: Single Family Attached and Multi-Family Design Guidelines (reserved) 
Article 1.4: Commercial Design Guidelines 
Article 1.5: Employment Design Guidelines 
Article 1.6: Gateway Area Right-of-Way Improvements Standards and Streetscape Design Guidelines 
Article 1.7: Gateway Area – Traditional Neighborhood Design Guidelines, (General) And (Single-Family) 
Article 1.8: Heritage District Design Guidelines 

Chapter III: Subdivision Regulations

Article 1.1: Subdivision Regulations

  • Section 1.101 Purpose and Applicability
  • Section 1.102 Platting Procedure
  • Section 1.103 Submittal Requirements, Preliminary Plat Application
  • Section 1.104 Submittal Requirements, Final Plat Application
  • Section 1.105 Reservation of Land for Public Purpose
  • Section 1.106 Dedication of Rights-of-Way and Easements
  • Section 1.107 Subdivision Improvements
  • Section 1.108 Gated Facility Entrances
  • Section 1.109 Continuation of Streets
  • Section 1.110 Effective Date and Expiration Date
  • Section 1.111 Appeals
  • Section 1.1012 Corrections to Recorded Plats
Article 1.2: Minor Land Division and Minor Subdivision 
  • Section 1.201 Purpose and Applicability
  • Section 1.202 Procedures
  • Section 1.203 Submittal Requirements
  • Section 1.204 Reservation of Land for Public Purpose, Minor Subdivision
  • Section 1.205 Dedication of Rights-of-Way and Easements
  • Section 1.206 Standards
  • Section 1.207 Improvements
  • Section 1.208 Gated Facility Entrances
  • Section 1.209 Effective Date and Expiration Date
  • Section 1.210 Appeals
Article 1.3: Vacation of Streets and Easements
  • Section 1.301 Procedures
  • Section 1.302 Submittal Requirements
  • Section 1.303 Effective Date
  • Section 1.304 Appeals

Article 1.4:  Penalties and Enforcement 

  • Section 1.401 Invalid Permits and Approvals
  • Section 1.402 Enforcement Responsibilities
  • Section 1.403 Violation, Notice and Opportunity to Correct
  • Section 1.404 Violations and Citations
  • Section 1.405 Penalties
  • Section 1.406 Habitual Offenders
  • Section 1.407 Abatement
  • Section 1.408 Cumulative Procedures and Remedies
  • Section 1.409 Failure to Provide Evidence of Identity
     

Glossary of General Terms 

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