Downtown Phoenix Urban Form Project; Form-Based Zoning & Master Plans
The Downtown Phoenix Urban Form Project is a collaborative process to comprehensively revise Downtown zoning—to shape future growth and to help realize the city’s vision for a livelier, more integrated and sustainable Downtown. The City embarked on this project due to heightened development interest: a variety of residential, retail, and office projects were being proposed on vacant sites throughout Downtown. The City’s zoning was out of date and did not ensure that new projects would create an attractive Downtown with shade, pedestrian-oriented streets and quality design. The project seeks to achieve a great Downtown that will be an exciting destination for the residents of Phoenix and the region.
There are five major components of the Downtown Phoenix Urban Form Project: Form-Based Zoning, Circulation Master Plan, Public Space Master Plan, Public Art Master Plan, and Environmental Regulations for Sustainability.
Form-Based Zoning. New zoning regulations are structured around the vision and the unique identity of the many individual Downtown districts. The Zoning sets the rules for what can be built, covering: