High Occupancy Housing (HOH) Plan
Flagstaff’s High Occupancy Housing (HOH) specific plan was adopted by city council in February 2018. The plan proposes Regional Plan amendments and regulatory changes that help ensure that HOH projects are compatible with Flagstaff character, and helps keep large HOH buildings out of existing neighborhoods and historic central Flagstaff. Highlights of the plan include:
• The plan uses the Activity Centers in the Regional Plan to indicate where HOH projects are acceptable: Large HOH projects are encouraged in Regional Activity Centers, and discouraged in Neighborhood Activity Centers, historic neighborhoods, and outside of activity centers.
• A new designation of Historic Activity Centers would apply to most of central historic Flagstaff, where large HOH projects will be discouraged.
• The plan recommends code changes that would require a CUP for HOH projects, and lower heights in community commercial zones.
• The plan recommends incentivizing historic preservation and adaptive reuse of existing, valued buildings.
• A number of goals and policies related to sustainability, public art, alleys and urban patterns and more will help HOH projects to be compatible with Flagstaff's character and aspirations.
It is important to note that the HOH plan will be considered when approving building projects that pass through the zoning map amendment process, but not to those that can be approved by right. So while the HOH plan is a good tool to address compatibility, it is only one of several tools.
Stand Up for Flagstaff considers these recommendations to be steps in the right direction and applauds the City for listening to the community’s concerns about how and where HOH fits into Flagstaff.