Hub Update

Construction has begun to move along quickly at the site of the new Hub student housing development in Flagstaff.

Taylor Mahoney, Arizona Daily Sun

After a year of public involvement, the City of Flagstaff has published a draft plan to deal with high occupancy housing projects like The Hub and the Standard and is looking for public comment on it over the next 60 days.

According to a press release from the city, the draft plan describes the history, current influences and potential strategies for addressing future projects. It will not immediately change any development standards and will not impact any current applications that the city has received.

“The draft plan can provide the Council and staff a better framework for making decisions,” said Daniel Folke, the city’s Planning Director. “We see it as a path forward for updating city codes to get better outcomes from these projects. The community wants better design, more community benefits, fewer impacts and appropriate locations for high occupancy housing.”

The High Occupancy Housing Plan is online at, or you can review a hard copy at both city libraries at the reference desk and at the Community Development Counter in City Hall. Comments on the High Occupancy Housing Plan should be submitted to the city by September 27, 2017. Comments can be submitted to: Sara Dechter, Comprehensive Planning Manager, 211 W. Aspen Ave., Flagstaff, AZ 86001. You can also submit comments by email at:

The draft plan will also be reviewed at numerous city board and commission meetings during the 60-day review. A full schedule of when each board will be providing input is on the city’s website at The city will hold office hours, where staff are available to sit down one-on-one or in small groups to go over the content of the draft plan and answer questions. The office hours will be held at both libraries:

  • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Aug. 2, at the East Flagstaff Community Library, 3000 N. 4th St.
  • Noon to 2:30 p.m., Aug. 3, at the Flagstaff Main Library, 300 W. Aspen Ave.

In addition, the city will hold two High Occupancy Housing Plan public workshops during the comment period on:

  • 6 to 8 p.m., Aug. 30, at the Flagstaff Aquaplex, 1702 N. 4th St.
  • 6 to 8 p.m., Aug. 31, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 211 W. Aspen Ave.

The City is also hosting a public meeting on updating the Transect portion of the Zoning Code at 6 p.m. on Aug. 8 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel, 224 S. Kendrick St.


Suzanne writes about education and business. She covers the local school district, charter schools and Northern Arizona University. She also writes the Sunday business features.

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