Chandler City Council approves final proposed code amendments 

Feb. 26, 2024
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CHANDLER, Ariz. – During the Feb. 21 Council meeting, the Chandler City Council voted to approve multiple proposed code amendments impacting land use and zoning; property maintenance; sign code; and garbage and refuse. The 30+ code amendments will take effect on March 23. 

These approved amendments work towards achieving goals from the Council’s Strategic Framework, which are: a targeted use of adaptive reuse, infill, mixed-use and redevelopment tools and plans to support the vitality of commercial centers and neighborhoods; high development standards incorporating innovative aesthetics and amenities in our built environment; and a predictable development process based on exceptional customer service to be business friendly. 

Work on these amendments was first presented to the Council in April 2023 with outreach to key stakeholders and the community for input. 

A few of the proposed amendments that reflect the Council’s goals, while addressing neighborhood concerns, include:

  • Reduce setbacks for infill or redevelopment;
  • Establish queuing requirements for online order pick-up windows;
  • Allow the use of buildings constructed of shipping containers, if capable with the character of the surrounding area while adhering to building safety codes
  • Maintain/provide a minimum six-foot-high perimeter wall for new developments abutting residential areas
  • Establish permitted uses for home-based businesses, including hours of operation; these businesses cannot permanently displace required garage spaces, or generate vehicular/pedestrian traffic that would alter the character of the neighborhood, while encouraging on-site parking as much as possible
  • Allow single-family dwellings on multi-family zoned lots that are 12,000 square feet or less.; this amendment also would help preserve historic neighborhoods;
  • Remove setbacks for pools and maximum square footage limits for open-air ramadas
  • Eliminate requirements for on-site parking surfaces to be connected to the garage to reduce the amount of pavement used and provide more landscaping within residential front yards
  • Add definitions to clearly distinguish signage from murals

To view a complete list of approved amendments along with summaries, visit Chandler Code Amendments. For additional questions related to the approved amendments, contact Chandler’s Principal Planner Lauren Schumann.

Media contact:
Stephanie Romero

City of Chandler, Public Information Officer