Pima County, Ariz. (Sept. 30, 2011) – The Pima County Development Services Department is lending its expertise to the Arizona Planning Association’s annual conference in Tucson this week. On Wednesday, Pima County senior planner Elva Pedrego helped lead a training session, “Board of Adjustment Basics,” aimed at clarifying the role of Boards of Adjustment in the planning and development process. A Board of Adjustment is an appointed body that considers requests for relief from zoning code requirements, such as building setbacks and height, when strict adherence to the requirement cannot be achieved.On Thursday, Betty Stamper, Pima County’s solar power coordinator, presented information on how the public and private sector can work together to expand the use of solar technology and renewable energy in the region. Stamper, in her presentation, “Take a Walk on the Solar Side” Thursday morning, spoke about the Solar One Stop multimedia center and display at the Public Works Building at 201 N. Stone Ave., as well as the www.SolarOneStopAZ.orgwebsite. Both help consumers, property owners, developers and engineers get more information about using solar technology in the region.
On Friday, Pima County Planning Director Arlan Colton is moderating a panel discussion on the Arizona State Land Department’s five-year disposition plan. Arlan is a former member of the State Land Department and remains actively involved in regional planning efforts involving public and private lands, including the Imagine Greater Tucson regional visioning process.
The conference, which ends at noon Friday, brings together hundreds of professionals from throughout Arizona who work in the public and private sectors in land use, planning and development.
Among the topics to be addressed at the 20011 conference, which ends Friday, are habitat conservation, modern streetcar planning, using policy to build healthy communities, micro-climate planning for alternative vehicles and planning for wildlife.
The Arizona Planning Association has 1,100 members. The conference is at the Tucson Westin La Paloma resort.
For information on the conference, call the Planning Association office at (602) 866-7188 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To reach the Arizona Planning Association, go to www.azplanning.org.