Flag passes regs on student developments — with loophole

Nearing completion, the Standard student apartments on West Route 66 is now leasing for the fall semester. (file photo) Nancy Wiechec, Arizona Daily Sun

By Adrian Skabelund | Arizona Daily Sun

Flagstaff City Council gave final approval on several new and stricter regulations on large student-focused housing developments within Flagstaff, but not before carving out an exemption for affordable housing.

The exemptions would mean large developments that normally would be designated as high-occupancy housing and thus go through a higher-than-normal review process could be built with less public oversight if the project met definitions to be considered affordable.

New regulations would require large student-focused developments to go before Council prior to approval, giving the city more leverage to shape how and where such projects are built, and limit the loopholes developers can use to get around them.

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