Glossary

This page defines some of the most commonly used terms and abbreviations related to historic preservation and Armory Park. A much more extensive list of definitions can be found on the city’s contracted publisher website at this link. Use the directory in the left column or do a quick search for “SECTION 12: DEFINITIONS”. The quotes are essential. There is a huge amount of information here but the site is not very user friendly.

APdS – Armory Park del Sol is the term commonly used to describe the development of recently constructed homes (and the HOA) in the northeast of the APNA area. Residents may elect to become members of APNA.

APHZAB – Armory Park Historic Zone Advisory Board is an official city entity which advises city building officials on matters related to our historic zone. Most changes to the exterior of any Armory Park structure must be reviewed by this board. There is a similar city-wide board which will then make its review.

APNA – Armory Park Neighborhood Association is composed of members who pay a small membership fee, the body authorized by the city to represent and serve the interests of the AP community. It is governed by a Board of Directors elected by association members at an annual meeting.

DRB – The Design Review Board is established to review proposed buildings, structures, landscaping, architectural features, and site plans.  See UDC section 2.2.6.C for more detailed information about the DRB’s power and duties.

HOA – Homeowners Association is the organization created to manage the common interests of its subdivision.

HPAD – Planned Area Development, Historic; AKA PAD(H): a zoning classification which provides for the establishment of zoning districts with distinct regulations as adopted by the Mayor and Council including historic preservation provisions.

HPZ – Historic Preservation Zone. The purpose of the HPZ … designation is to promote the educational, cultural, economic, and general welfare of the community and to ensure the harmonious growth and development of the municipality by encouraging the preservation and rehabilitation of significant historic districts, neighborhoods, buildings, structures, sites, objects, and archaeological resources. These designations are intended to ensure the preservation of significant historic and archaeological resources, and to keep them in active use or management in their historic appearance, settings, and locations. It is also intended that new or remodeled buildings or structures located within HPZs … properties be designed and constructed to harmonize and be compatible with existing buildings and structures within the sites and development zones in order to preserve property values, provide for appropriate future development, and promote an awareness of the heritage of Tucson among both residents and visitors to the community.

HZAB – Historic Zone Advisory Board. Each is an official city entity which advises city building officials on matters related to our historic zone. Most changes to the exterior of any HPZ structure must be reviewed by this board. There is a similar city-wide board which will then make its review. This term applies to the five HPZs established by Tucson code.

IID – Infill Incentive District. The goal of the IID is to encourage sustainable infill development that supports the creation of urban neighborhoods that are pedestrian and transit-oriented.  This is done through addressing barriers to infill development and implementing development incentives. Some protections for HPZs are included.

listserv – This is the Yahoo internet site and communications tool used by AP residents to discuss matters of community interest. The website is at https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/armorypark/info

Mixed Use Development. A project with two or more uses normally found in two or more zones. The most common combination is residential and commercial.

PDP – Preliminary Development Plan. This is a conceptual plan used during zoning cases and i likely to change before a final permit for construction is issued.

PRO – Property Records Online. A City of Tucson website (tucsonaz.gov/pro) with extensive information on properties within the city.

Technical Standards Manual. This is the city manual that outlines rules and procedures for a number of subjects related to property development. The most important in an HPZ is SECTION 9-02.0.0:  HISTORIC PRESERVATION ZONE.

UDC – Unified Development Code. City law that addresses zoning and related matters. It also addresses how HPZs are created or changed.

WUHAB – West University Historic Advisory Board.

WUNA – West University Neighborhood Association. This is the neighborhood north of the city center and west of the university.