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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.

The City of Phoenix Needs YOUR Comments on the General Plan Update

[Source: City of Phoenix]

Please take time to review the public hearing draft for the Phoenix General Plan Update:

To date the following Village Planning Committees have taken action:

  • Central City (1/10/11) – continued discussion to 2/14/2011
  • Encanto (1/10/11) – continued discussion to 2/7/2011
  • Laveen (1/10/11) – recommended approval
  • Maryvale (1/11/11) – recommended approval
  • South Mountain (1/11/11) – recommended to deny based on concerns with current schedule

Additional opportunities to share your comments:

Village Planning Committee Meetings

  • Ahwatukee Foothils 1/24/2011
  • Alhambra 1/25/2011
  • Camelback East 2/01/2011
  • Central City 2/14/2011
  • Deer Valley 1/20/2011
  • Desert View 2/01/2011
  • Estrella 1/18/2011
  • North Gateway 1/13/2011
  • North Mountain 1/19/2011
  • Paradise Valley 2/07/2011
  • Rio Vista 1/24/2011

Planning Commission Hearings

  • 2/9/2011
  • 2/23/2011

City Council Hearing

  • 3/2/2011

Your Voice is Needed

The City needs to hear from you!  Please attend one of the hearings listed above or email comments to or send a letter to:

Carol Johnson, Planning Manager
City of Phoenix
Planning & Development Services Department
200 W. Washington Street, 3rd Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85003

City of Phoenix seeks public comments on General Plan Update

[Sourc: City of Phoenix/PlanPHX]

The city of Phoenix has released the public hearing draft for the General Plan Update. This General Plan includes results of the community visioning process, and outlines a transition to a more comprehensive update which incorporates sustainability principles.  It also readopts the existing General Plan elements and the associated goals and policies in their entirety.

The Plan

The document may be viewed at the link below or by clicking on the image:

This General Plan is unique from previous plans in that it serves as a transition plan to a more sustainable future.  It establishes a community vision, assesses the current state, presents scenarios for alternative futures if no action is taken, and establishes a structure for transition strategies.

Due to the number of new concepts that are being introduced, this General Plan does not change existing goals and policies.  Rather, it demonstrates how the existing goals and policies support the community vision and identifies areas where new goals and policies need to be developed.

The existing goals and policies will be readopted as part of this General Plan, and then work will continue to further define the community vision statements, and develop appropriate goals and strategies to achieve them.


Comments may be sent to Carol Johnson, Planning Manager at the following: or

Phoenix Planning & Development Services Department
200 West Washington Street, 3rd Floor
Phoenix, AZ  85003

You may also call Carol at 602-261-8289.

Phoenix General Plan “community dialogue” this Saturday, 3/6

The city’s Planning Department will hold a “Community Dialogue” on its General Plan update 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 6, at Phoenix City Hall, 200 W. Washington St.  Residents are invited to discuss a land-use vision for Phoenix by answering the question “Where do we want to go?”

This is the first of two workshops.  The second, to be held in May, will focus on answering “How do we get there?” by allowing participants to develop action items based on discussions from the first workshop.  The General Plan provides comprehensive direction for the growth, conservation, and redevelopment for all land-use aspects of the city.  The General Plan provides goals, policies, and recommendations for the next 10 years.

For more information on the General Plan Update, send an e-mail, call 602-261-8289, visit the website, and follow on Twitter.

Seating for these workshops is limited.   Contact Carol Johnson at 602-261-8289 to reserve your space.

Planning Department asks: “Imagine Phoenix as the best it can be in 2050. What do you see?”

[Source: City of Phoenix Planning Department] — Phoenix is updating its General Plan — the comprehensive guide for all physical aspects of the city.  The city’s Planning Department asks you to participate in this process to help create the future.

What is a General Plan?  Why do we need to update it?  Why do we need a vision?  View this presentation to learn more.

Question #2: “Imagine Phoenix as the best it can be in 2050.  What do you see?” Provide your feedback by attending a Village Visioning Workshop or e-mailing your comments.

The results of asking Question #1, “What do you value most about Phoenix and why?” from the first set of Visioning Workshops (review/download PDF):

Visit the website.  Follow on Twitter.

Upcoming central Phoenix meeting on the General Plan

Here is the Central Phoenix Village Planning Committee meeting you can attend to voice your opinion on what you like about Phoenix, and what you want to change:

  • Monday, Oct. 12, Emerson Court, School District Board Room (East Entrance), 1817 N. 7th Street,  6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Phoenix seeks residents’ input on General Plan revision

[Michael Clancy, Arizona Republic] — Meetings are taking place citywide to ask citizens what they like about Phoenix, and what they want to change.  The gatherings are the first step in a three-year process aimed at revising the Phoenix General Plan, a document of nearly 500 pages that governs growth and development in the city.  “If you want to have a say in what happens — highways vs. transit, sprawl vs. infill, pollution, parks and open space — then you need to get involved,” said Jim McPherson, a civic activist who has volunteered in the effort.

Carol Johnson, a city planner who is managing the process, said meetings will take place over the rest of the year in connection with local village planning committee meetings.  “We really need to hear from the community about what they want Phoenix to be, and how we can get there,” she said.  “That will define the scope for what we do next.”

Johnson described the general plan as the city’s “long-term guide for the physical manifestation of the city.”  She said development of the revised plan would entail a period of “visioning,” in which ideas and goals are developed, followed by a period of drafting policies and measures, and determining implementation.

The plan could include updated sustainability measures, improved business-development plans, revised historical features, and new benchmarks for infrastructure repairs and upgrades.  In meetings so far, “there is a lot of interest in climate change and the urban heat island,” Johnson said.  “Some people have said the village cores are not working. Others want to see land use and transportation planned in tandem.” She said the plan ultimately would be organized around four subject areas: community, economy, environment and infrastructure.

Catrina Knoebl, a downtown activist, said she expects the process to be worthwhile for the public as well as the city.  “I have found the city absolutely listens to citizens,” she said. “They want to hear what residents have to say.  They are actively reaching out.”  Knoebl said she finds the timing to be advantageous because “we have more people than ever before who are knowledgeable and engaged.”

McPherson agreed the timing is right.  “We have a little bit of breathing room now,” he said.  “With the slowdown caused by the economy, we have some time to do some thinking.” [Note: Read the full article at Phoenix seeks residents’ input on General Plan revision.]