FEBRUARY 16 and 17, 2016 COUNCIL MEETING
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SUPPORT FOR GOOD LEGISLATION DERAILED, COSTING SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS THOUSANDS!
Council has been working on changing a state law that requires a registrars stamp (an architect or engineer) for minor, non structural commercial remodels. Brenda Barton sponsored House Bill 2333 which would eliminate the requirement for a stamp on non load bearing construction for tenant improvements in units under 3,000 sq ft. This state requirement has a negative effect on small businesses.
Picture a 500 sq ft office. If you want to divide that office in half with a non load bearing wall, you have to go to an architecht. That adds thousands to the project cost and takes weeks and in my experience it is hard to find an architect that wants to tackle these small projects. We’re talking an improvement that costs hundreds of dollars having thousands in extra costs added. A statewide group of registrars has come out against changing this bill citing safety and liability issues. I’m just not buying it. The small project would still require a permit and building department approval and would also require a commercial contractor to build it. The liability is on the property owner, tenant, and commercial contractor.
Opposing this bill, was Councilmembers Barotz, Evans and Putzova. This puts unnecessary expense on Flagstaff’s small business owners.
NOTE: This item is up for reconsideration March 1st. You can email your SUPPORT FOR HB2333 and HELP FLAGSTAFF’s SMALL BUSINESSES to firstname.lastname@example.org
FUTURE WATER WELLS
$200,000 Well Siting Study. (Approval of the Agreementwill allow Clear Creek Associates to conduct a study to identify the next five (5) well site locations for the City of Flagstaff)
LOCKET ROAD IMPROVEMENT PLANNING
Award the Consultant Services Contract to Peak Engineering, Inc. of Flagstaff, Arizona an amount not to exceed $171,114.00. This is for the redesign of Locket Road. Rebuilding Locket is scheduled for summer of 2017.
An ordinance to enter into a 3rd Amendment to Development Agreement (DA) with Nestle-Purina Petcare Company to extend the agreement and underlying lease for up to 6 months. Purina is planning to add scrubbers to get rid of the odor from their plant. They have received a property tax abatement of about $500,000 per year for quite some time. They are requesting this be continued and they plan to invest $4-$5million in scrubbers to improve air quality.
ZONING CODE AMENDMENTS PASS 7-0
I CHANGED MY VOTE ON C.U.P. AFTER MORE INFO AND PUBLIC COMMENT
This is a perfect example of why Council adopts ordinances in 2 reads. The system worked and I appreciate those that spoke up!
One of my colleagues (Councilwoman Evans) apologized to constituents because they had to come out in opposition. I’M NOT APOLOGIZING FOR LISTENING TO CONSTITUENTS or for the fact that citizens had to come out. I wish they’d come out more often to weigh in on issues. The system and process worked because of the citizen involvement.
A little history on the issue. P&Z recommended and voted in favor of removing the requirement for a conditional use permit (C.U.P) for room and board, renting by the room. Staff recommended the change. It came to council two weeks ago and there was little objection. After it passed there was lots of comments and new info brought forward. As a result, the vote changed from 4-3 to remove the CUP requirement to 7-0 to keep the CUP.
Council will look at the issue of high density housing in the months to come.
PASSES 6-1 with Nabours opposed
Resolution of the Flagstaff City Council supporting Congressman Gosar’s & Senator McCain’s bills to ensure justice for Downwinders exposed to government radiation testing.
TRANSECT ZONING REQUEST
A citizen petition asking for a meeting about transect zoning PASSED 5-2 with Nabours and Oravits opposed.
THE HUB PUBLIC HEARING
Public hearing on The Hub, the Southside student housing project has begun. We heard from City staff and the developer. On February 23rd, 6PM, public comment begins.
APPROVAL OF PAST MINUTES
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