The Pima County Board of Supervisors has approved the Public Participation Plan for Pima Prospers: the Comprehensive Plan Initiative. The plan outlines how the public can participate in the County’s update of its 2001 Comprehensive Plan.
The Comprehensive Plan Initiative will include typical physical infrastructure elements like roads, water resources, wastewater and newly required elements like energy. In addition, it will integrate economic development elements like employer retention and attraction. The Plan will also address human infrastructure components like health care, parks and recreation, libraries, and public safety.
Pima Prospers will build on existing plans including the Economic Development Strategic Plan, adopted by the Board in November 2012. Pima Prospers also includes a chapter on the Cost of Development with a Fiscal Impact Analysis that exceeds state requirements, and a chapter on Economic Development and Fiscal Viability.
The chapter on Economic Development and Fiscal Viability will describe opportunities in major economic development corridors and employment centers throughout the County. “The goals of this plan will secure our community’s continuing viability,” says County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry. “Our goals include defining a fiscally appropriate land use strategy that takes competitive advantage of assets, as well as bi-national economic opportunities, industry clusters, clean energy, new technology and public/private partnerships.”
Led by The Planning Center in Tucson, the Pima Prospers team includes experts in engineering, environmental planning, and fiscal impact analysis. The Planning Center in Tucson will work closely with the County in the preparation of the Plan and will coordinate public participations events, and The Planning Center/sDC&E from California will assist with strategic plan elements and implementation strategies. Psomas will address engineering elements, ESI Corporation will conduct economic and fiscal impact analyses, RECON Environmental will analyze environmental impacts, and Kaneen Advertising and Public Relations will assist with public outreach throughout the planning process.
County staff from many departments will be lending a hand in this effort as part of the team, and a project guidance team includes volunteer members of the Planning and Zoning Commission, and County department directors who will be charged with implementing the Plan after it is adopted.
For more information about Pima Prospers, including links to the Public Participation Plan and the current Comprehensive Plan, visit http://www.pima.gov/pimaprospers/