City Council Meeting - FINAL

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Meeting Date: 07/06/2021  
From: Genevieve Pearthree, Planning Development Manager

Consideration and Approval of Final Plat: Request from Rhino Holdings Flagstaff LLC for Sears Redevelopment Final Plat (PZ-21-00025-02), a commercial subdivision containing three (3) lots located at 4800 N. Highway 89 in the HC (Highway Commercial) zone.
Approve the final plat and authorize the Mayor to sign the plat and City Subdivider Agreement when notified by staff that the documents are ready for recording.
Executive Summary:
Sears Redevelopment Final Plat is a 3-unit commercial subdivision located at 4800 N. Highway 89 in the HC (Highway Commercial) zone. The 6.52-acre site is in the northeastern section of the Flagstaff Mall, which includes the former Sears building. The Modified Subdivision Process, which allows the application to go directly from concept plat to final plat, applies to this project because it is creating four (4) or fewer lots.
Financial Impact:
There are no financial impacts affiliated with this final plat.
Policy Impact:
There are no policy impacts affiliated with this final plat.
Connection to PBB Key Community Priorities/Objectives & Regional Plan:
PBB Key Community Priorities/Objectives
Robust Resilient Economy - Grow and strengthen a more equitable and resilient economy.

Flagstaff Regional Plan
  • Policy LU.5.1. Encourage development patterns within the designated growth boundaries to sustain efficient infrastructure projects and maintenance.
  • Policy LU.5.2. Promote infill development over peripheral expansion to conserve environmental resources, spur economic investments, and reduce the cost of providing infrastructure and services.
Has There Been Previous Council Decision on This:
There has been no prior Council decisions made in regard to this application.
Options and Alternatives:
1. Approve the final plat with no conditions.
2. Approve the final plat with conditions.
3. Deny the final plat based on non-compliance with the Zoning Code, the Subdivision Code, and/or the Engineering Design Standards and Specifications for New Infrastructure.
This plat proposes to create three (3) lots and to dedicate public right of way out of a larger 6.52 acre site. This plat is part of a broader process to redevelop the northern portion of the Flagstaff Mall after the closure of the Sears Department Store and Auto Center. The Sears Department Store is now Hobby Lobby, and the Sears Auto Center is now FIIT Nation gym.

This plat will split Parcel 3 (0.98 acres) from the 5.65-acre Parcel 4 (APN 113-28-003H), thereby placing Hobby Lobby and FIIT Nation on two separate lots. The boundaries of Parcel 2 (APN 113-28-003J) will stay the same, while Parcel 1 (APN 113-76-005A) will be dedicated as a Public Right of Way. See page 2 of the final plat for more information.

Parcel 1 and Parcel 2 were created using a Lot Spit/Combination application in 2020 under project number PZ-19-00192-02. Parcel 2 has an approved Site Plan for a Panda Express restaurant (project number PZ-20-00055-01); the project is currently in Civil Plans review.

This plat is following the Modified Subdivision Process per section 11-20.90 of Title 11 General Plans and Subdivision. This process allows subdivision plats that propose no more than four (4) lots to bypass preliminary plat review. The Modified Subdivision Process consists of the following steps, all of which the applicant has completed: pre-application meeting, concept plat, and final plat. Because a preliminary plat was not required, this plat was not heard by the Planning & Zoning Commission, nor was it previously heard by the City Council.
Key Considerations:
Staff approved the Sears Redevelopment Final Plat on June 17, 2021, based on conformance with City Code Title 10, Flagstaff Zoning Code; City Code Title 11, General Plans and Subdivisions; and City Code Title 13, Engineering Design Standards and Specifications.
Community Benefits and Considerations:
The community benefits that this project brings are encapsulated in the Regional Plan goals that it meets, such as promoting economic development.
Community Involvement:
Inform. No public hearings or public outreach are required by either the Zoning Code or the Subdivision Code as part of the Subdivision Plat review process.
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Final Plat
Utility Company Responses
City-Subdivider Agreement


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