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  • 60-day formal comment period begins on County comprehensive plan

    Oct 21, 2014 | Read More News
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    Pima County Monday released the latest update of Pima Prospers, the county’s comprehensive plan that would set policy for growth and prosperity for the next 20 years.

    The latest version has been sent to surrounding counties, all county municipalities and several state and federal agencies for a state-mandated 60-day comment period.

    The public is encouraged to comment on the latest version of the plan.

    Members of the public can view the plan at www.pimaprospers.com and submit comments directly from the webpage or send the county a letter.

    A hard copy of the draft will also be available at each Pima County Public Library branch by the end of the week.

    Pima County released an initial draft of the plan in April after public meetings and events throughout the county in the Fall of 2013 and Winter of 2014, and a custom built website sought the public’s “big ideas” for the county. The County then solicited more public feedback on the initial draft in May and June, much of which has been incorporated into this latest version.

    Pima County Planning Director Arlan Colton, who along with Carla Blackwell, Development Services Deputy Director, is heading up this countywide effort, along with a local consulting planning firm, said this draft plan is much more than just land use planning; it also takes into consideration all of the issues associated with growth and prosperity, including water, energy and natural resource conservation, infrastructure investments, human capital investments, economic development strategies and quality of life issues.

    “With Pima Prospers, Pima County intends to align, to the maximum extent possible, its annual budget, capital improvement program, and future bonding programs with its comprehensive plan. County actions are taken in full consideration of the plan's vision, goals and themes,” the plan’s introduction states.

    After the 60-day review period expires Dec. 22, Colton’s team will review the comments, make amendments to the draft, and submit it for recommendation to the Planning and Zoning Commission in February. From there it goes to the Board of Supervisors in the early spring for adoption. Both the commission and the board could request revisions that could extend that schedule.

    State law requires the new plan be adopted by July 2015.