Daily Archives: March 7, 2011

Planning Commission to Discuss Phoenix General Plan Update on Mar 9

On  Wednesday, March 9th, the City of Phoenix Planning Commission is holding a regularly scheduled public hearing.  This meeting will be of interest to DVC readers as the first substantive item on the agenda is “Presentation, discussion and possible recommendation on the General Plan Update- Public Hearing Draft.”

The general plan contains the city’s policies on character and design, land use, open spaces, the environment, economics, community services, neighborhood vitality, transportation and growth issues.

The Arizona Legislature has amended the general plan update requirements so that updates for municipalities do not have to be taken to the voters until 2015. However,the City of Phoenix is pushing to fast-track our general plan and wants to send it to voters during the municipal election on August 30, 2011.

Whether you support or oppose the contents of the General Plan, or the fast tracking of its passage, your voice is important. please come at let the Planning Commission know how you feel.


When: P.C. hearing on 3/9/11 at 6:00 pm

Where: City Council Chambers at 200 W. Jefferson.  This is the round building behind the old City Hall

Parking: Surface parking or parking in the garage on 4th Ave.  Turn south off of Washington Street and then take first left into garage.

You should try to get to the Council Chambers close to 5:30 pm to check in and fill out a yellow speaker’s card if you wish to speak or make your position known.


For further information, please call Alan Stephenson at 602-262-4870.

For reasonable accommodations, call Nici Davidson at Voice (602) 495-0256 or the City TTY Relay (602) 534-5500 as early as possible to coordinate needed arrangements.

For more information on the General Plan and the Update process click HERE.  A draft of the plan is available in English and Spanish.

Mayoral Candidate Wes Gullett to Hold Town Hall on Mar 8

NOTE: The Downtown Voices Coalition (DVC) does not endorse any candidates, and invites all candidates to submit information on any town hall question and answer event in which they participate.

What is important is that voters be informed, AND VOTE.


[Source: Paul Barnes, Neighborhood Coalition of Greater Phoenix]

Announcement of a Mayoral Candidate Town Hall Meeting

Many I have talked to feel that Phoenix needs changing and that Neighborhoods, Businesses and Citizens all over the city are being harmed by present policies and direction.

This August, we will be electing a new Mayor.  Wes Gullett is one of the candidates.  He will be holding a town hall style meeting on 3/8/11 as follows:

Mountain View Lutheran Church
11002 S. 48th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85044
Tuesday, March 8th, 2011
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

This event is NOT a fundraiser.  It is an opportunity for you to ask the hard questions on the issues that matter to you and hear the vision for the City of a candidate who could be our next mayor.  As other candidates may schedule similar town hall meetings, we shall endeavor to so inform you.

Please plan on attending on Tuesday, March 8th.  Even if you don’t ask a single question and just listen to others and watching Gullett interact with the crowd, you will have a better basis for voting than you otherwise would have.

In the last Mayoral/Council election only 11% of the city’s voters chose our Mayor and Council persons in the odd numbered districts.  This is a pathetic turnout in any city, never mind in a city the size of Phoenix.  Don’t let 11% of the voters, many driven by special interest groups – decide who your next Mayor will be?  Attend candidate town hall meetings when they are scheduled and then show up to vote.

Please send this email to your friends and members of your associations and Coalitions.

This announcement which should not be construed as an endorsement consistent with the commitment to attempt to advise whenever a mayoral candidate schedules a town hall type meeting.  The first such meeting was held by Greg Stanton.

Thank you,

Paul Barnes

Neighborhood Coalition of Greater Phoenix

FREE Regional Tree & Shade Summit in Downtown Phoenix on Wednesday

Growing Connections: Roots to Branches

Arizona and its communities face challenging problems with diminishing resources. How do communities do more with less? Green Infrastructure is a solution multiplier that provides cost effective solutions to many economic, social and environmental problems. All Arizona communities and businesses have a role in cultivating a healthier, more livable and prosperous future.

Presentations and a Discussion on Cultivating Green Infrastructure

The Regional Tree & Shade Summit will bring together municipal and private sector professionals for a one-day meeting to address the growing importance of regional tree and shade plans and green infrastructure to the long-term sustainability and success of our communities.



Wednesday, March 9, 2011
8:30am – 5:00pm


A.E. England Building @ Civic Space Park
424 N. Central Ave, Downtown Phoenix

Adjacent to Downtown Phoenix Central Station. Light Rail Use Strongly Encouraged


Space is Limited: Register at http://sustainablecities.asu.edu

More information

If you have any questions, please contact Anne Reichman at anne.reichman@asu.edu or call 480-965-2168.


This event is brought to you by: 

  • Arizona Forestry
  • ASU Global Institute of Sustainability
  • City of Glendale
  • City of Phoenix
  • City of Mesa
  • US Department of Agriculture Forestry Service