Planning and Zoning

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Planning and Zoning

The primary function of planning and zoning is to ensure that projects are developed to government regulations and in accordance with development agreements. Long-range planning is achieved by following the City's General Plan.  As changes and goals occur, the General Plan is periodically updated with input from staff, government agencies, neighboring communities and residents and by law a new plan must be adopted or the existing plan be re-adopted by vote of citizens every 10 years (A.R.S. § 9-461.06). The General Plan is a blueprint for future development and its impact on future growth and quality of life.  The mission of the Planning & Zoning division is to assist staff, officials, citizens and developers by providing accurate information on the City General Plan and development regulations and processes.  A major function of the Planning & Zoning division is to periodically review and incorporate changes to the General Plan as the city changes and grows.  


Geographic Information System (GIS)


Responsible for the City's GIS database, GIS is a geographic information system that integrates hardware, software, and data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information.  The division provides geographic information support for internal and public inquiries.  

The Planning & Zoning Commission is a five-member board appointed by the City Council to hear and recommend action on plan amendments, rezoning, site plans, conditional uses, and preliminary plats.