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  Agenda Item No. H.4.       
Meeting Date: 10/05/2020  
Item Requested By: Steve Boyle
Staff Contact: Steve Boyle
Contact Phone Number: 928-668-0512  
Type of Agenda Item: Public Hearing, Includes Ordinance, New Business
This project addresses the below Priority Area(s) and relates to the listed Specific Initiative(s):
  • Recognize the unique nature of downtown structures and encourage businesses to occupy them while maintaining high aesthetic design standards that promote Western culture.

Public Hearing and Consideration of Ordinance No. 1209, Amending Chapter 14 Zoning Article 14-17 Off-Street Parking and Loading Regulations Section 14-17-2 Off-Street Parking Regulations to Exclude the C-2 Central Business and Decrease all Assembly, Commercial and Industrial Off-Street Parking Regulations by 50%; Amending Article 14-11 Commercial Districts Section 14-11-4 Yard, Height and Area Regulations by Decreasing the Street Side Yard Setback to 0 feet in the C-2 Central Business Zoning District and the Interior Side Yard Setback to 10 Feet when Property is Adjacent to a Residential Zone - Item Tabled to Meeting on November 2, 2020 at 5:30 PM
For the past few years, the topic of parking has come up in various forums dedicated to discussions related to Downtown Wickenburg. The Town has invested tens of thousands of dollars in improvements to off-street parking areas in the downtown with the addition of the Valentine and Coconino lots. During this same time of the parking improvements, the Downtown Redevelopment Plan was being put together and there was discussion of our existing parking code language and how it impacted economic development. While this study was not formally adopted by the Council, it did generate some thought into our own zoning regulations pertaining to parking. There was discussion on how to maximize buildable space while still retaining some area for onsite parking along with discussion about the possibly of eliminating the requirement altogether to create additional economic opportunity while using existing parking areas. 

Staff has spent some time researching the topic of 'regulated parking' and found that the Town of Wickenburg is not alone in the quest to finding parking solutions both in the code and physical improvements. There is a popular growing trend across the Country and world concerning the elimination or minimizing of the arbitrary parking requirements in zoning codes. Staff has prepared an ordinance that intends to address the off-street parking and setback regulations discussed at the September 8th Council meeting. It is staff's opinion that with the adoption of these minimized regulations that it may spur additional investment in the Downtown.
I move to approve Ordinance 1209 amending the off-street parking regulations and setbacks.
Ordinance 1939 Downtown Parking and Setbacks

Form Review
Form Started By: Steve Boyle Started On: 09/23/2020 08:43 AM
Final Approval Date: 09/29/2020


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