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  • Board adopts final resolution of Pima Prospers

    Aug 17, 2015 | Read More News
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    Pima ProspersThe Pima County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to adopt the final resolution of Pima County’s Comprehensive Plan Update Initiative, Pima Prospers, after a process of nearly two years.

    It incorporates much citizen and stakeholder input along with a collaboration among many county departments and engagement with other government entities.  

    The Board initially approved the plan after public hearings last spring. Today’s motion also ratifies an executive summary and the final implementation matrix.  The plan is effective immediately.

    Required by state law, Pima Prospers goes well beyond the traditional land-use requirements of a comprehensive plan such as the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan, which remained unchanged, and instead focuses on incorporating action items directly geared toward stimulating Pima County’s economy and bettering the health of the community. 

    “That means making sure workforce needs are met, new corporate investment is welcomed and infrastructure improvements are strategically planned to attract new industry,” said Carla Blackwell, Deputy Director of Pima County’s Development Services Department.

    The updated plan continues to include the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan but now highlights many elements that are not required by the state, such as human service infrastructure and economic development, critical for the County to create a meaningful plan that addresses all aspects of the community.  

    The element on economic development has a direct tie to the County Administrator’s recently adopted 2015-2017 Economic Development Plan. Pima Prospers provides the long-term policy framework for the action items contained in the Economic Development Plan, including protection of Pima County’s defense and aerospace economic base, its building on trade corridors through the Port of Tucson and its partnerships with local entities such as the University of Arizona and Sun Corridor Inc., (formerly TREO) to attract new industries. In addition to creating a suitable environment for large corporations to invest in, Pima Prospers also recognizes the need to meet small business needs and create a positive business climate.

    The plan’s predominant theme is “healthy communities,” including a healthy economy, environment and people, all of which are necessary for a more sustainable plan. The plan’s chapter on Human Infrastructure Connectivity addresses strategies to provide existing and future services related to healthy lifestyles, including services to the aging population, disease prevention, emergency preparedness, animal care, and affordable access to healthy foods. This aspect of the plan also emphasizes the need to invest in workforce training and library services that contribute to the County’s economy, linking back to the economic development aspect of the plan.

    The plan also includes the establishment of a multi-disciplinary team, under the County Administrator, to monitor the progress and implementation of the plan. 

    “The ultimate aim [of Pima Prospers] is implementation, and county staff working with stakeholders and citizens, will work on multiple areas of importance at the same time, over the 10-year lifespan of the plan,” said Arlan Colton, County Planning Director. He added that “Pima Prospers will largely live as an electronic plan on line.  To view the many elements of the plan, visit the plan’s webpage at www.Pimaprospers.com. 

    Pima Prospers began with and was informed by the regional vision put forth by Imagine Greater Tucson in 2012 in a separate public engagement process preceding the county’s planning effort.
     
    Along with Pima Prospers, the Board of Supervisors also unanimously approved an ordinance adopting the first comprehensive revision of the County’s Major Streets and Scenic Routes Plan in decades, a topic frequently mentioned during the public’s participation in the planning process.
      
    This plan identifies Pima County’s major streets and scenic routes and proposes right-of-way widths to bring them into alignment with Pima Prospers corridor planning and growth patterns. The revisions included the reduction of nearly 107 right of-way widths, 11 new routes and deletion of 53 routes, most of which did not exist.