The purpose of an Annual Report is to monitor how the Flagstaff Regional Plan continues to reflect core community values and to evaluate how new developments have been approved in compliance with the plan. It is a "progress report" on the Regional Plan's implementation that highlights progress made by all City departments and partnering agencies, as well as identifying and addressing barriers. To achieve this, Comprehensive Planning staff will provide the City Manager and City Council with an Annual Report of Regional Plan-related activities each year.
Objectives for an Annual Report
- Measure the City and County's success in achieving plan goals and policies through metrics that indicate progress toward the region's future vision, such as measuring on an annual basis how indicators have been achieved (see metrics below)
- Identify appropriate strategies to achieve priority goal and policies be pursued under the coming year's budget
- Identify unlisted strategies to be pursued under the coming year's budget
- Document growth trends and compare those trends to plan objectives
- List development actions that affect the plan's provisions
- Explain difficulties in implementing the plan
- Review community indicators (following three pages)
- Review any outside agencies' actions affecting the plan.
Key Insights From 2019 Annual Report
Natural Environment (2,588 MWh Renewable Energy Generated)
Energy consumption for City facilities has remained fairly steady over the last six years while energy generation is showing a decline. The dotted best-fit line shows a decline of approximately 37% over the last 6 years. Renewable energy generation decreased in 2016 and has remained lower due in large part to the combined heat and power (cogeneration) system at the Wildcat Water Reclamation Plant not running. This system likely will not come back online.
A new cogeneration system is expected to be a few years away. 2019's energy generation was down further because there were about 6 weeks in June and July when one of the solar installations at Wildcat was not operational. It has since come back online and is performing well.
All current renewable energy generated by City facility installations are solar. These system's productivity are expected to decline very slowly year after year. So while numbers may continue to trend down slightly, another decline on the order of 37% is unlikely.
Additionally, the City has been purchasing power from the Hoover Dam since late 2017 to add to its renewable energy portfolio. We have purchased 1,415 MWh through the end of 2019.
Built Environment (123,957 Enplanements)
The airport had a record year in 2019. The previous record was set in 2017. The chart to the left shows how minor that high point was compared to the new record in 2019. 2019's enplanement number is 71% higher.
The airport added a second air carrier, United Airlines with twice daily service to Denver. American Airlines also added twice daily flights to Dallas in addition to their existing Phoenix service.
Human Environment ($385,000 Median Housing Sale Price)
After highlighting this measure in 2018's Annual Report, the median housing sale price increased again from $368,000 in 2018 to $385,000 in 2019 (4.6% increase). 2015 shows a low point over the past 5 years. Prices increased 29% between 2015 and 2019.
These numbers only account for homes sold, and are therefore likely more variable than what the same home is actually worth. Therefore the dotted best-fit line on the chart above is a better representation of general price trends. It shows a price increase of approximately 27% over the past 6 years.
Meanwhile, per capita income has only increased 7% in the past 6 years per the American Community Survey's 5-year estimate.
Regional Plan Annual Reports & Presentations
- 2014 Annual Report (PDF)
- 2015 Annual Report (PDF)
- 2016 Annual Report (PDF)
- 2017 Annual Report (PDF)
- 2018 Annual Report (PDF)
- 2019 Annual Report (PDF)