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Flagstaff to change zoning ordinance to allow for more housing

Flagstaff declared a housing emergency more than three years ago. Since then it’s looked at ways to actually increase the number of available houses. Flagstaff owns about 40% of properties in the city zoned as public facilities, like parks.

The council plans to adopt a zoning resolution later this month that adds residential uses as an option to those city-owned properties.

"I think this amendment is one step forward towards expanding opportunities for housing in Flagstaff." said Zoning Code Manager Tiffany Antol.

One concern for the City Council: whether any houses that go up in the public spaces should be purely affordable or whether they should allow for market rate housing. 

Fronteras Desk senior editor Michel Marizco is an award-winning investigative reporter based in Flagstaff.