After more than a year of delays, the Phoenix City Council on March 29 was set to vote on the “place types” recommendations for the development areas around the metro light rail stations.

Residents of North Central Phoenix are eager to see the plan they put together for the Central and Camelback stop because the area intersects with four historic neighborhoods. Together they formed the Central and Camelback Coalition and came up with the “Urban Historic Neighborhood Place Type.” It was approved by the Alhambra Village Planning Commission a year ago in February with minor changes to the design. It allows for buildings up to five stories in height and the base retail footprint was moved up from 20,000 square feet to 40,000 square feet.

The city’s Planning Commission approved all 17 recommended place types last month after sending the Central and Camelback plan back to the Alhambra Village Planning Committee for one last look.

This is still Phase I of the project. Phases II and III could take up to three years to complete. They deal with Sub-Areas and Urban Design. City officials say the projected end time for those phases is December 2014. In Phase IV, potential rezoning efforts will start.

For results of the March 29 Phoenix City Council meeting, visit and click on “News Updates.”


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