Flagstaff City Council unanimously approved the new Timber Sky subdivision Tuesday.
The 198-acre project is located near the intersection of Woody Mountain Road and Route 66. It will have 1,300 residential units. One hundred of those units will be set aside for “workforce” housing. The price for those units will be permanently set at about $220,000, a level affordable to Flagstaff’s median income families, through a land trust program.
The subdivision will also have to meet the strictest part of the city’s Dark Sky ordinance because of its proximity to the U.S. Naval Observatory.
Walter Crutchfield from Vintage Partners, the firm developing the project, said those lighting restrictions will be incorporated into the homeowners association’s agreements and will be enforced by the HOA for the subdivision.
Council unanimously approved a zoning map change, the annexation of more than 100 acres into the city limits, a development agreement and a block plat for the project at Tuesday’s meeting.
--Council also approved the purchase of kiosk and software for the city’s new parking permit system. The city will purchase 106 kiosks, four sets of enforcement tablets and printers and a software subscription at a cost of $772,000. It will cost an additional $400,000 to install the system and parking signs.
Karl Eberhard, the city’s interim parking manager, said the money for the purchases will first come from the city’s capital financing fund and the general fund. Those funds will be reimbursed by proceeds from the parking system fees. Staff estimates that the program will bring in around $1 million a year and cost $600,000 for upkeep. The remaining $400,000 will be held in reserve for new parking facilities.
City staff hopes to have the new parking system in place and working by May. A marketing campaign with a website, social media outreach, neighborhood meetings and flyers will be implemented before and after the system is installed.
Council approved the program in January as an effort to control parking problems in the downtown and Southside areas. The program allows each neighborhood block to opt into the parking program.
--Council also postponed a second reading of an ordinance that would have purchased right of way along Fourth Street for a new sidewalk. Staff told Council that the property owner decided not to sell the property. The owner and the tenants of the property were concerned about having to shovel and maintain the sidewalk in the winter and about the possibility of losing parking spaces to the sidewalk.
Council postponed the second reading and approval of the ordinance in order to give staff more time to negotiate with the property owners.