Board to outline the public’s role in Pima Prospersby Pima County News on Jun. 13, 2013, under Board of Supervisors, Development Services, Economic Development, Environmental Quality, Health, Natural Resources, Parks & Recreation, Pima County, Southern Arizona, Transportation, Tucson
Pima County’s Comprehensive Plan initiative will begin on June 18 when the Board of Supervisors outlines the Public Participation Plan for Pima Prospers at its regular meeting. Pima Prospers is the project name for the Comprehensive Plan initiative: the update of its 2001 Comprehensive Plan. The State of Arizona requires the County to provide guidelines for effective, early, and continuous public participation in the development and major amendment of the Comprehensive Plan (ARS 11-805).
“The County’s updated Comprehensive Plan will support the Economic Development Action Plan and the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan, allowing businesses to compete and thrive, while maintaining community character,” says County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry.
Citizens will have many opportunities to participate in the Comprehensive Plan initiative including open houses, workshops, community conversations, and via a web-based tool specifically designed for Pima Prospers.
Planning Director Arlan Colton says, “The 2013-2014 Pima Prospers Comprehensive Plan initiative will now address new state-mandated topics like energy, beef up the economic and human needs components and be heavy on public participation—including open houses and social media. We want to hear from residents and businesses as we develop guidelines primarily for unincorporated Pima County’s future.”
Since 1992, the Pima County Comprehensive Plan has provided the primary land use and related policy guidance for the unincorporated County. In 2001, among other changes, the 1992 Comprehensive Plan was updated to consider new land uses throughout the County. The 2001 Plan integrated key aspects of the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan with considerable focus paid to conserving indigenous Sonoran Desert vulnerable species and our cultural heritage.
As a living document, the Comprehensive Plan is scheduled to be amended almost every ten years, but this update will focus less on land use changes and more on key policies including County social service delivery, transportation-oriented development, housing, recreation, economic development, community design, and plan implementation integrated with the county’s budget and capital improvement program.
For more information about Pima Prospers, including links to the Public Participation Plan and the current Comprehensive Plan, visit http://www.pima.gov/pimaprospers/