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  • Planning & Zoning Commission recommends Pima Prospers plan to supervisors

    Apr 09, 2015 | Read More News
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    pima prospers The Pima County Planning and Zoning Commission Wednesday voted 9-1 to recommend to the Board of Supervisors approval of Pima Prospers – the 10-year update to the county’s comprehensive plan. Commissioner Armando Membrila voted no.

    Tuesday’s meeting was the second of two public hearings the commission held to discuss the plan with the public; the first was March 25. Commissioners recommended minor changes to the current plan draft; mostly involving land use changes to several regional maps. The latest draft of the plan can be read or downloaded at www.PimaProspers.com (the commission’s recommended changes are in the process of being made and the current plan draft will be updated online as they are completed).

    Supervisors are tentatively scheduled to consider the final draft of the plan May 19. If a supermajority of four board members approves Pima Prospers, it will supplant the current comprehensive plan and become the county’s foundational planning document.

    Pima County Development Services released an initial draft of the plan in the spring of 2014 for public comment, then a second draft in October for a formal commenting period as required by state law. Thousands of man-hours, including involvement from members of numerous county agencies, have gone into drafting and redrafting the plan.

    County staff have incorporated feedback received from hundreds of county residents at dozens of informal public meetings and events, such as the 2013 Tucson Meet Yourself festival, from the formal commenting period, and finally from the suggestions of the P&Z Commission at two study sessions held in January and February.

    The Comprehensive Plan will be used to guide the region’s growth, conservation and community design for decades. It has 10 chapters and five appendixes that cover everything from land use intensity, water conservation and energy policy, transportation infrastructure, economic and workforce development, health services and much more. A robust implementation component also is a part of the plan.

    Pima Prospers seeks to integrate other planning initiatives of the county, including its budget, the Capital Improvement Program, and the County Administrator’s Economic Development Plan, currently under revision.

    If Pima Prospers is adopted, the county will form an Interagency Monitoring Team under the auspices of the County Administrator’s office to guide and monitor plan implementation over the 10-year life of Pima Prospers.

    PIma Prospers website