Mesa looks at new ‘Quality Development Guidelines’

By Mike Sunnucks | Rose Law Group Reporter

The city of Mesa is looking at approving new design benchmarks and standards for what constitutes a ‘quality development’.

The Mesa City Council will take a look at staff recommendations on new Quality Development Design Guidelines at its December 2nd meeting.

The new standards would apply to residential, commercial and industrial development. They aim to encourage better developments in the city and will be taken into account in land-use and project approvals.

The Quality Development guidelines include encouraging home builders to make garages less prominent in their designs, to offer more architectural variety in projects and to invest more in subdivision entrances.

Home builders and office developers will also be encouraged to make their new projects more pedestrian friendly. Mesa also wants office and commercial developers to engage their buildings more with adjacent streets and for industrial projects to avoid large ‘seas’ of parking.

The city has been conducting outreach meetings with residents, developers and builders on the guidelines. The guidelines will go into effect in February if they are approved by the Mesa Council.

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