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Phoenix City Council approves updated Planphx

Staff~ 3/18/2015

     PHOENIX – The Phoenix City Council approved the draft PlanPHX General Plan during its March 4 Formal meeting. The General Plan Update is a long-term vision for the city of Phoenix shaped by residents and business and property owners from throughout the city. 
     Under the leadership of the City Council, the city’s Planning & Development Department began to update the General Plan back in August 2012. The effort included an appointment of the PlanPHX Leadership Committee by the City Council and the debut of an interactive Web site, myplanphx.com. 
     A major emphasis of the PlanPHX effort was to engage the community and solicit residents’ feedback on their ideas for the future of Phoenix.  Planning & Development staff conducted more than 275 presentations on the General Plan at various community organizations, events and committee meetings throughout the city.  In addition, more than 2,000 residents registered on myplanphx.com and provided thousands of suggestions and comments.  All of the feedback received during the past two years was used to develop the 2015 General Plan. 
     The draft General Plan includes four major sections: vision, community benefits, five core values, and strategic tools. The five core values include: Connect People and Places; Strengthen Our Local Economy; Build the Sustainable Desert City; Celebrate Our Diverse Communities and Neighborhoods; and Create an Even More Vibrant Downtown.  A copy of the approved General Plan is available to read and review online at phoenix.gov/pdd/pz/general-plan-update.
     The draft General Plan has received approval by the Village Planning Committees, the Parks and Recreation Board, Historic Preservation Commission, Planning Commission, PlanPHX Leadership Committee and most recently, the City Council’s Neighborhood, Housing and Development Subcommittee.   
     Now that the Phoenix City Council has approved the General Plan, staff will receive direction from the Council to develop the ballot language and it will be taken to Phoenix voters for approval in the upcoming August 2015 citywide election.