The Mission
 To promote the growth of civic engagement and pride around thoughtful, sustainable, walkable, and inclusive infill development in the Phoenix metro area, with a particular focus on the Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa urban cores.

For(u)m is a membership-based program of Local First Arizona dedicated to furthering diverse, context-sensitive and responsible development through infill, adaptive reuse, preservation, and redevelopment. The program serves as an information exchange that organizes and informs development professionals focused on urban infill projects, advocating for a balanced dialog between residents, city government, and business stakeholders.

For(u)m will inform members with access to critical figures in the planning and development realm in order to educate and raise awareness of the urgency on these issues, and to increase coordinated and expedited response times from the development community. Communication will be through a digital newsletter, social media, and optional social and informational gatherings.

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For(u)m focuses on the following issues to ensure a strong Arizona economy centered around thoughtful and sustainable development. 

  • Pending development projects, both residential and commercial
  • Transportation issues
  • Neighborhood initiatives
  • Reactive anti-development policies
  • Context-sensitive parking requirements for walkable access
  • Adaptive reuse and mixed-use streamlining and preservation
  • Land use issues
  • City-issued RFPs
  • Emerging trends and market opportunities
  • Creative development strategies and solutions
  • Innovative projects in other markets
  • Historic preservation
  • New zoning and code requirements
  • Alternative financing vehicles and lenders
  • Transit-Oriented Development
  • Tax incentives


Contact Us

Interested in learning more? Reach out to our staff with any questions. 

Staff

Advisory Council

Lorenzo Perez, Venue Projects
David Wetta, Wetta Ventures
John Graham, Sunbelt Holdings
Cavin Costello, The Ranch Mine
Joel Contreras, Joel Contreras Design
Ashley Harder, Harder Development