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In the first quarter of 2014, the City of Tempe is commenced a public planning process for the Kiwanis / The Lakes [CA7] and Corona / South Tempe [CA8] Character Areas. Visit these sites for a complete list of activities and a public meeting schedule:

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Corona / South Tempe








Community Development Overview PowerPoint    Character Areas Map    Character Areas Toolbox Strategies




Community design principles are typically applied as development occurs on a project-by-project basis. However, greater specificity of the design character, along with land uses, can be developed for smaller areas of the city. Character Areas recognize areas or groups of neighborhoods that contain common design, land use and commercial characteristics distinct from neighboring areas.

Similarities in age of housing, styles of architecture, patterns of development, materials, land use or street patterns, lot size, landscaping, landmarks, social magnets, and/or physical barriers form some of the recognizable differences. Creating this General Plan refinement would take place through development of Character Area plans for specific areas in Tempe.



Character Areas are areas of the community that have achieved distinctive, recognizable, character
that is different from neighboring areas. These differences may be the result of:

  • Topography  Papago Buttes, Double Butte, Hayden Butte
  • Age + Style of Housing   Historic Districts, Lofts, Student Housing, Senior Housing, Post-War
  • Built Environment   Buildings, Structures, Infrastructure, Roads, Bridges, Utilities
  • Retail, Restaurants + Recreational Experiences  Changing Hands Bookstore, Oregano's, Tempe Marketplace
  • Land Use Patterns   Industrial Parks, Research Parks, Strip Malls, Commercial Corners
  • Landscape Treatments   Arid, Desert, Lakeside Developments, Grassy Knolls, Medians
  • Street / Transportation Patterns   Light Rail, Station Areas, Bike Lanes, Bus Stops / Shelters
  • Open Spaces   Regional Parks, Neighborhood Parks, Corporate Parks, Trials, Paths, Canals 
  • Streetscapes   Street Trees, Shade, Medians, Newsracks, Sidewalk Furniture



For more information, please contact Nancy Ryan at 480-350-8096 or






Last updated: 3/3/2014 2:34:28 PM