Flagstaff's Transect Zoning Code

Flagstaff adopted a new zoning code in 2011. The form-based Zoning Code, which is called the Transect Zoning Code, was added at that time. This adoption followed a comprehensive design study, or charette, of the City of Flagstaff, conducted by city staff with an outside consulting team led by Opticos Design

According to the Form-Based Codes Institute
Form-based codes address the relationship between building facades and the public realm, the form and mass of buildings in relation to one another, and the scale and types of streets and blocks. The regulations and standards in form-based codes are presented in both words and clearly drawn diagrams and other visuals. They are keyed to a regulating plan that designates the appropriate form and scale (and therefore, character) of development, rather than only distinctions in land-use types.

Transect Zoning is Flagstaff's form-based code option. It was designed and adopted to promote sustainable development and protect Flagstaff character by regulation. It is keyed to the Downtown Regulating Plan, which overlays the historic city of Flagstaff (except for La Plaza Vieja).

The Zoning Code Preamble provides an overview of how to use Transect Zoning, including locating which zone and building type is applicable. Section 10-40.40 of the Zoning Code describes each of the Transect Zones and how to use them in detail. Section 10-50 provides a comprehensive list of building types, or forms, that may be used under transect zoning. The entire Zoning Code can be downloaded from this page on the City website.

The Zoning Code is regulatory, and uses a combination of words, pictures and charts in order to provide a clear, complete and consistent application of those regulations.