Plan Peoria AZ General Plan 2040 Overview

General Plan 2040 Overview Why Do We Have a General Plan? In Arizona, every city and county is required to prepare and maintain a Peoria general plan. A general plan is designed to serve as the jurisdiction’s “blueprint” for future decisions concerning land use and resource management. Arizona State Law – Arizona Revised Statutes Arizona Revised Statutes, Title 9, Chapter 4, Article 6 requires that communities update their general plan every 10 years. For cities over 50,000 population, such as Peoria, the state requires the general plan to cover a minimum of 17 General Plan Elements. What is a General Plan? The General Plan (the Plan) is designed as a framework for guiding future development, redevelopment, and community enhancement in Peoria over the next 10-20 years, and beyond. The purpose of the Plan is to establish a community vision, along with achievable goals, policies, and realistic implementation strategies. Two key points to remember about the General Plan are that it is comprehensive and long-range. Comprehensive. A general plan covers a wide range of social, economic, infrastructure, and natural resource topics, such as land use, housing, circulation, utilities, public services, recreation, natural resources, and many other topics. Long-Range. General plans provide guidance reaching 20 or more years into the future. To reach the envisioned future, the General Plan includes goals, policies, and actions that address both immediate and long-term needs. The graphic below illustrates the General Plan in comparison to other planning tools. The General Plan is a broad policy document that serves as the foundation for the other planning tools, which get more specific and regulatory as you move up the steps. All plans and zoning decisions must be consistent with the City’s General Plan. An Element is a specific topic in the general plan that discusses relevant planning issues. The 17 Elements required by state law are described in more detail on page 3 of this document. To enhance the readability and implementation of the General Plan, some of the elements have been combined into compatible topics called themes. In addition, the City of Peoria has elected to augment the Plan by adding Optional Elements. The Optional Elements are noted with an asterisk (*) on page 3. For more information visit www.planpeoriaaz.com Inspections, licenses for compliance with approved detailed plans Detailed building floor plans and architectural details for compliance with building codes Compliance with zoning district standards and site layout Specific zoning categories and regulation addressing lot sizes, setbacks, heights and specific uses Foundation of all planning tools, the City’s Vision Statement, and broad policy guidance