Flagstaff City Council will have 17 candidates to choose from to fill two open positions on the city’s Board of Adjustments. Council will be making a decision at its July 5 meeting.
The last day to turn in an application for the board was Wednesday. The board is a type of appeals commission that a developer or a resident can go to after a decision made by the city’s Community Development staff on a project or if there is an issue with zoning for a project. A developer or member of the public can appeal any decision made by the Board, within 30 days after its decision, to the Coconino Superior Court.
The makeup of the seven-member board will be important, because Stand Up for Flagstaff and 120 Cottage Place, LLC have filed an appeal of city staff’s approval of The Hub, a 591-bed apartment complex geared toward college students and that is slated to be built on 2.39 acres at the corner of Mike's Pike and Phoenix Avenue.
Stand Up and 120 Cottage Place state in their appeal that city staff failed to apply the city’s Zoning Code properly to the project and that the project is too large and too tall for the area. Most of the buildings in the area are about two stories tall, The Hub would have three and five-story sections. The appeal could come before the board as early as its July meeting.
In its first report on the first iteration of The Hub, city staff agreed that the building was out of scale for the surrounding neighborhood, but met the zoning code regulations and would represent the first of probably many new buildings of that height in the neighborhood.
The 17 candidates for the Board of Adjustments include:
--Ande Burke, a 14 year resident of Flagstaff, who runs her own marketing firm, A.B. Marketing Solutions, LLC.
--Will Carlstrom, a 15-year resident, who is an architect. He served as a project manager and campus architect for Northern Arizona University for five years.
--Patrick Canning, a 14 year resident of Flagstaff and a lecturer at Northern Arizona University. He is also former high school history teacher and recently served as the interim president of the Townsite Community Land Trust. The trust is a nonprofit that is working to repair/preserve four historic homes on Aspen Avenue and Bonito Street and turn them into permanently affordable, owner-occupied homes.
--Guillermo Cortes, a 24-year resident of Flagstaff and vice president of Shephard Wesnitzer, an engineering firm. He served on the Clarkdale Board of Adjustments in the 1990s.
--Jared (J.B.) Dewitt, a 14-year resident, and the manager of marketing for the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra. He is a member of Flagstaff Leadership Program and supports nonprofits such as Friends of Flagstaff’s Future and Local First Arizona, a group that encourages customers to frequent Arizona businesses.
--Donna Hanley, a 19-year resident and retired city planner with a master’s degree in urban planning and public policy.
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--Stephen Jenner, a 45-year resident, who is retired from the U.S. Forest Service.
--David Monihan, a 40-year resident and a project manager for Shephard Wesnitzer. He is a member of the Northern Arizona Building Association and was involved in the last two updates of the zoning code and regional plan as a private individual. He is also a previous member of the Board of Adjustments.
--Kevin Ordean, an eight-year resident and CEO of Roots Composting. Roots picks up compostable waste from customers and turns it into quality compost that is sold back to the public. He is the current vice-chair of the city’s Sustainability Commission.
--Mary Riek, a 14-year resident and employee of W.L. Gore. She has worked with the city on several development projects for Gore and private developers. She has also worked with NAU on the development of student housing and educational buildings in the past.
--Glenn Rink, a 37-year resident and a botanist.
--Richard Rummel, a 12-year resident, who is retired and served three terms on the city’s Historic Preservation Commission.
--Jonathan Schulman, a 38-year resident and former owner of Busters Restaurant.
--Constance Taylor, a 25-year resident and owner of Bellaterra Services, a planning and consulting business for food, culture and agriculture. She is the secretary/treasurer for Flagstaff Townsite Historic Properties Community Land Trust. She has a doctorate in environmental design and planning.
--Susan Thomas, a 43-year resident and retired NAU assistant professor of Practice in Construction Management. She was a member of the Regional Plan 2000 committee and a former project manager for the city of Flagstaff and NAU.
--Susan Weitzman, a 46-year resident and owner/broker of Linton Real Estate.
--Margo Wheeler, a one-year resident. She teaches city planning at NAU. She has served as a planning director in several California cities and Las Vegas.
Editor's note 070116: Guillermo Cortes has withdrawn his application for the Board of Adjustments.