Adaptive Reuse Policies

The following table outlines the adopted policies, applicable tiers and a brief description of policies that can be applied using the Adaptive Reuse Program. Links to each policy statement are found under the "Policy" column. For additional information, call 602-534-7344.

CategoryPolicyEligibility CriteriaDescription
    
Program and Policy Documents (Note: all documents are pdf format)
Program /
Policies
Point of ContactAll TiersP&D has established a point contact for each project who has knowledge and responsibility for the policies and procedures.
Program /
Policies
Community and Economic Development ProgramsAll TiersThe Community and Economic Development Department supports the Adaptive Reuse Program. Several programs could provide professional consultation or financing assistance.
Program /
Policies
Historic Preservation Zoning ApplicationsAll TiersGive priority to adaptive reuse projects when processing HP zoning applications.
Program /
Policies
Historic Preservation Certificate of No EffectAll TiersProvide expedited reviews for adaptive reuse projects by using Certificate of No Effect rather than a Certificate of Appropriateness.
Program /
Policies
Historic Preservation Grant ApplicationsAll TiersAdjusted guidelines for projects eligible for HP bond funds to provide greater consideration to adaptive reuse.
Program /
Policies
Enforcement EffortsAll TiersNSD provides seamless referrals to P&D and extends timeframes for enforcement compliance to business owners when meeting specific criteria.
Program /
Policies
Sustainability PolicyAll TiersEncouragement of resources and processes that support sustainable development for adaptive reuse projects.
Program /
Policies
Sustainability HandoutAll TiersReferences to organizations promoting sustainability efforts.
Program /
Policies
Zoning Adjustment Agendas
 
All TiersReserved one additional space on the Public Hearing Agenda for variances and use permits specifically for adaptive reuse projects.
 
Program /
Policies
Assumed Risk PolicyAll TiersPolicy authorizing concurrent reviews of site, civil and building plans with customer's assumption of risks.
Program /
Policies
Assumed Risk AffidavitAll TiersRequired affidavit acknowledging assumed risk prior to proceeding with concurrent reviews of site, civil and building plans.
Building Life Safety Documents
Building /
Life Safety
Evaluation Report for Building Permits (Policy) (Process)All Tiers - no new square footageIn lieu of building plans, utilize a report sealed by an Arizona licensed architect or engineer certifying the building meets minimum life safety requirements for use in specific occupancy classifications.
Building /
Life Safety
Life Safety IssuesAll TiersPrimary areas of focus and use of International Existing Building Code provide relief from code provisions for new buildings.
Building /
Life Safety
Toilet Fixtures and Type of Restroom FacilitiesAll TiersToilet fixture requirements were reduced in certain occupancies. Additionally, a policy classifies various methods to meet restroom requirements such as a district restroom.
Building Occupancy Documents
Building /
Occupancy
Change of Occupancy & Hazard LevelsAll TiersThe 2012 International Existing Building Code, Chapter 10, the change of occupancy chapter, provides relief in building elements and materials, fire protection and means of egress based on the relative hazard level associated with each occupancy classification.
Building /
Occupancy
B and M Occupancy EquivalencyAll TiersProjects that meet certain criteria do not use the formal plan submittal process for a change of occupancy
Site / Landscaping Documents
Site /
Landscape

Site/Civil Improvements
 

Proportionality Guidelines

All TiersApply proportionality to define the site requirements as related to the scope of the project.
Site /
Landscape
Site Plot Plan OptionAll TiersUtilize Site Plot Plan methodology for simplified site documentation in lieu of a formal site plan submittal.
Site /
Landscape
Combining ParcelsAll TiersA code modification is not needed to combine parcels in certain circumstances.
Site /
Landscape
Combine Landscape and Site PlansAll TiersWhen limited landscaping is required, it may be shown on the site plan in lieu of a separate plan submittal.
Site /
Landscape
Landscape StandardsAll TiersA Planning Commission policy and Zoning Ordinance text amendment outlines landscape requirements proportionate to the scope of the project.
Civil / Traffic Documents
Civil /
Traffic

Site/Civil Improvements
 

Proportionality Guidelines

All TiersApply proportionality to define the site requirements as related to the scope of the project.
Civil /
Traffic
ParkingTier 1Amendment to the Zoning Ordinance to reduce the number of required parking stalls when certain conditions are met.
Civil /
Traffic
Existing DrivewaysTier 1 & 2Allow existing driveways to remain without modification unless on an arterial or collector street. Arterial & Collector streets will be reviewed on a case by case basis by technical review staff.
Civil /
Traffic
Alley AccessTier 1 automatically; Tier 2 & 3 on case-by-case basisAllow use of paved alley
for secondary access.
Civil /
Traffic
Broken Curb, Gutter and SidewalkTier 1 & 2 on case-by-case basisEliminate requirements for repairs to broken curb, gutter and sidewalk if vertical displacement does not exceed 1/2 inch.
Civil /
Traffic
Street LightsTier 1, 2 & 3
on case-by-case basis
An evaluation on the need for streetlights will occur on a case by case basis with personalized assistance from staff in the Street Transportation Department.
Civil /
Traffic
Storm Water Retention
Infill & Redevelopment Retention Policy
All TiersEliminate retention requirements when project does not make existing situation worse. Reduce retention by using alternate methods such pre- vs post.
Civil /
Traffic
Water Meter in DrivewayTier 1 & 2 automatically;
Tier 3 on case-by-case basis
Eliminate need to relocate existing water meters outside of a driveway where driveways do not need to be modified or where water service lines are not being modified.
Civil /
Traffic
Water Line for Sprinkler SystemTier 1, 2 on case-by-case basisA separate water meter is not required for a sprinkler system within certain parameters. The fire line can tap into domestic water line prior to meter.