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  • Your feedback welcomed online on first draft of Comprehensive Plan update

    May 29, 2014 | Read More News
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    We heard you! And we thank you. Now, it’s time to chat again.

    Based on what you told us at 14 community meetings, Tucson Meet Yourself and other events, and online at www.PimaProspers.com since early last October, we have compiled a first draft of Pima Prospers, the 10-year update of the County’s Comprehensive Plan.

    We invite you to review the first draft and share your feedback at www.PimaProspers.com or to attend any of the 10 open houses in May and June. No formal presentations are planned, but we look forward to discussing the draft with you and gathering your input.

    The draft is also available for review at any Pima County Public Library branch.

    The Comprehensive Plan will be used to guide the region’s growth, conservation and community design for decades to come. It is to be truly comprehensive in nature addressing most services of the County. Our aim is approval by the Pima County Board of Supervisors in 2015.

    This first draft contains a vision and principles, and goals and policies in most of the subject areas (except the financial-based ones) of the plan. Once those are reviewed and modified, we can begin drafting the financial policies and crafting implementation strategies, so it is very important that the goals and policies are correct and complete.

    As for 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 for those parcels will not be identified until the second draft. These areas may change after the review of the first draft, so discussion now is important.

    From the draft:
    “Pima Prospers is to be our plan looking ahead about 20 years into the future. It has been built on the ideas of hundreds of Pima County residents from Ajo to Vail, Catalina to Arivaca Junction, many business and citizen interests in our communities, representatives from the other jurisdictions in the region, and more than one hundred county staff members from many departments. It recognizes our role as a county in our region and in the multi-county region of the Sun Corridor. It recognizes that a significant change in our demographics is upon us and everyone who wants to will play a part in the development of its future.

    “Pima Prospers is based on the belief that we can continue to conserve our cultural heritage and critical wildlife habitat, proactively work to grow our economy and raise our per capita income, and work to improve our existing physical and social infrastructure.”
    We hope to hear from you. Together, we can make sure Pima prospers.

    Pima Prospers Open Houses

    Monday, May 19, 2014
    Pima County Natural Resources Parks and Recreation, 1st Floor Conference Room
    3500 W. River Road
    5:30 to 7 p.m.

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014
    Ryan Airfield, Conference Room
    9698 W. Ajo Way
    6 to 7:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014
    Green Valley Community Performance and Art Center
    1250 W. Continental Road
    10 a.m. to Noon

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014
    Pima County Housing Center
    801 W. Congress St.
    5:30 to 7 p.m.

    Thursday, May 22, 2014
    Golder Ranch Fire District
    3885 E. Golder Ranch Drive
    6 to 7:30 p.m.

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014
    Pima County Health Department
    3950 S. Country Club Road, #100
    5:30 to 7 p.m.

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014
    Picture Rocks Community Center
    5615 N. Sanders Road
    6:30 to 8 p.m.

    Friday, May 30, 2014
    Ajo Ambulance Services
    1850 North Ajo Gila Bend Highway in Ajo
    10 a.m. to Noon

    Monday, June 2, 2014
    Andrada Polytechnic High School, The Commons
    12960 S. Houghton Road
    6 to 7:30 p.m.

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014
    Kirk Bear Canyon Branch Library
    8959 E. Tanque Verde Road
    6 to 7:30 p.m.

    Individuals who attend the open houses can enter their names into a drawing to win tickets to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Titan Missile Museum, Pima Air & Space Museum, Old Tucson, Biosphere 2, and Kitt Peak National Observatory.

    For more information, or for individuals with disabilities who require special accommodations, please contact Lindsey at (520) 885-9009 or by email. Requests should be made as soon as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodations.