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    That is the vision and the name of Pima County’s Comprehensive Plan update effort. The plan is being shaped – with your help – to guide the region’s growth, conservation and community design for decades to come.

    Here is the first draft of the plan and culmination of work from community meetings, targeted events, community stakeholder meetings and our online MindMixer tool.  Draft goals and policies are included for most sections of the plan. 

    Please review the draft policies and maps below and use the Comment Form to share your feedback. 

    Thank you for your comments on the first draft of the plan!  Staff is working on incorporating many of your ideas and comments into the soon-to-be released second draft.  The updated draft will be published mid-September, and we will also want feedback on this second draft.

    Draft Introduction, Structure, and Special Area Policies

    • Introduction - describes the intent of the plan, the vision and principles behind the plan, what has changed since the last comprehensive plan was updated, population changes in Pima County, and the public comment process so far. 
    • Comprehensive Plan Structure - describes the proposed structure for the comprehensive plan document.
    • Special Areas Policies - lists policies that apply to multiple parcels that share a unique physical feature.  For example, one special area addresses floodplain protection.

    Draft Core Elements

    • Use of Land - proposes goals and policies on such subjects as land use patterns, military airports, revitalization, the natural environment, housing, cultural resources, community design and green building.
    • Physical Infrastructure Connectivity - proposes goals and policies on such subjects as transportation, water resources, energy, wastewater, air quality, recycling, communications, public facilities, arts and culture, trails and flood control.
    • Human Infrastructure Connectivity - proposes goals and policies on such subjects as health care services, public safety, parks and recreation, workforce training, arts and entertainment, library services, animal care facilities and food production.
    • Economic Development - proposes goals and policies on such subjects as promoting economic development, tourism, business climate, and arts.

    Draft Land Use Maps 

    The first draft of the plan shows existing planned land use and possible areas where change might occur, but individual land uses proposed for those parcels are not yet identified.  These areas may change after the review of the first draft, so discussion now is important.  Visit the Land Use Legend to see urban and rural land use categories, allowable zoning districts, and allowable ranges of residential density.

     Ajo-Why San Pedro 
     Altar Valley  Southeast
    Avra Valley  Southwest
    Catalina Foothills  Tortolita
    Central  Tucson Mountains
    Mountain View  Upper Santa Cruz
    Rincon Valley  

    Remember to comment by filling out the online Comment Form.  Together, we can make sure Pima prospers.  Thanks!

    Individual Comprehensive Plan Update Request

    To submit a specific request to revise a Land Use Designation on a piece of property or to add, delete, or revise a Rezoning or a Special Area Policy, please complete the Individual Comprehensive Plan Update Request.  Submit by July 10th for consideration in the next draft due this Fall.  We will continue to accept requests throughout the update process.

    Pima County has completed its first round of public input into the Comprehensive Plan update where hundreds of community representatives and residents participated and provided comments.  The comments have been rated, categorized and summarized in a General Overview, as well as for each individual community as follows.

    Community Conversation Results:

    Catalina Foothills
    Corona de Tucson
    Flowing Wells
    Foothills West - Casas Adobes
    Green Valley
    Healthy Pima
    Picture Rocks
    South Tucson
    Tanque Verde
    Three Points


    The Pima Prospers Guidance Committee representing members of the Planning and Zoning Commission, Pima County departments and County Administration with a statutory and/or policy nexus to Pima County Comprehensive Plan (comp plan), will guide development of the comprehensive plan update and initiative (Pima Prospers) by:
    • Assuring community participation as informed by the engagement of stakeholders through workshops & forums, and major landholders, other jurisdictions, and tribal governments, among others.
    • Integrating innovative planning techniques and concepts into the process
    • Reviewing progress at key milestones for adherence to the plan’s objectives and scope
    • Making sure we build on past successes from the 2001 comp plan update as we strive to meet current and future challenges
    • Making sure every solution has a problem or keep it simple
    A presentation was made to the Guidance Committee on January 22, 2014 that provided an overview of recent public participation activities including community conversations, targeted stakeholder meetings, community events, and the Mindmixer website.
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