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The Flagstaff City Council Looks To Take An Aggressive Stand Toward Carbon Neutrality

Flagstaff City Council

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The Flagstaff City Council reviewed a draft of the city’s carbon neutrality plan at their Tuesday work session. Staff working on the carbon neutrality plan presented two possible scenarios for the city to get as close as possible to carbon neutrality by 2030. Scenario A was the more aggressive plan, while Scenario B would take a less aggressive approach, reducing some of the goals of Scenario A by half. Much of the discussion involved reducing the need for motor vehicle usage, and how to incentivize alternative modes of transportation among Flagstaff residents to reduce motor vehicle emissions. While many of the councilmembers expressed concerns about this as well as the costs associated with the plan, the majority of council members, including Mayor Paul Deasy and councilmember Austin Aslan, supported the more aggressive Scenario A, with councilmember Aslan saying it was necessary to tackle emissions with “full faith and vigor.” In addition, the council also heard about changes to the zoning code for affordable housing, which would include shifting the median income cutoff from 60-percent to 80-percent or less to be consistent with affordable housing incentives contained in the city’s zoning codes.

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Nicholas Bratcher