P&Z Commission updates Tusayan zoning ordinances

TUSAYAN, Ariz. - On Aug. 28, Tusayan's Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) met to discuss an overview of proposed changes to the town's zoning ordinance.

Initially, after Tusayan incorporated in 2010, the decision was made to adopt the Coconino County Zoning Ordinance. As time progressed, the problems associated with using a county zoning regulation for a small town has become evident. Therefore, according to the staff report, town staff has undertaken the task of revising the zoning ordinance to better suit the needs of Tusayan.

Before the public hearing, eight workshops were held on the topic by council members, the P&Z committee, or both entities together.

The proposed changes under special uses and conditions include, increasing the allowed frequency of special events from three times a year to five and clarifying the length of time a security trailer can remain on a construction site to 12 months.

Changes within the signage section of the ordinance include allowing a visitor information sign in commercial zones and giving property owners six months to remove a sign for a discontinued business. Also, the owner will have the option to remove the sign message and leave the sign structure. Fluorescent signs will be prohibited and the base of any freestanding signs must be landscaped.

Additional provisions from the Design Review Overlay Zone have been added regarding flags and the height of flagpoles and increases in sign area for commercial freestanding signs and wall signs have been added to the new town ordinance.

For a complete listing of proposed changes to the town ordinance, please visit



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