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Maricopa County seeking feedback on Vision 2030 Comprehensive Plan

6/12/2015

Elizabeth Medora
Staff

NORTH VALLEY – The Maricopa County Planning and Development Department is continuing to seek residents’ input on the Vision 2030 Comprehensive Plan. The draft plan is now online.

The Planning Department is working on the second draft of the plan and is inviting residents’ feedback through an online survey. Input should be submitted within the next two weeks so that the second draft of the plan can be assembled. The plan will be completed in several months and will be voted on by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.

Representatives from the Planning and Development Department, as well as District 3 Supervisor Andy Kunasek, presented information about the plan to local residents at a New River meeting on June 1. Approximately 40 residents attended. Those who could not attend the meeting are still welcome to give feedback via online survey, email, or letter.

The Vision 2030 Comprehensive Plan is indeed comprehensive, spanning 158 pages. To make it more user-friendly, the plan is broken down in specific sections. The entire plan is available online at www.maricopa.gov/Planning (click the Vision 2030 button).

The nine elements of the Vision 2030 Comprehensive Plan are:
Land Use
Transportation
Environment
Economic Growth
Growth Areas
Open Space
Water Resources
Energy
Cost of Development

Each of these nine sections is broken down into individual goals and policies. Feedback can be given on these goals and policies, which are numbered and defined within the plan.

The Comprehensive Plan is guided by three Core Principles, as listed in the plan on pg. 4.
1. Decisions should support implementation of Maricopa County’s mission statement and strategic priorities;
2. Maintain a disciplined approach where comprehensive plan policies are understandable, measurable, consistent, practical and promote efficiency. Land use decisions are also based on these factors;
3. Avoid future problems by carefully considering past decisions.

The Maricopa County Planning and Development Department has asked for feedback throughout the creation of Vision 2030. Many residents have submitted comments and suggestions, and as the plan continues through the draft stages, additional feedback is encouraged.

The simplest way to give feedback is through a survey set up for the plan, which identifies each plan element and asks for recommendations on that element. The survey can be accessed at www.maricopa.gov/Planning (click the Vision 2030 Online Survey button). Residents can also give feedback by emailing pdcustomerService@mail.maricopa.gov, faxing a letter to (602) 506-3711, or mailing a letter to Maricopa County Planning and Development Department, 501 North 44th Street, Suite 200, Phoenix, AZ 85008.

To learn more about the Vision 2030 Comprehensive Plan, see www.maricopa.gov/Planning or call (602) 506-3301.