Tempe launches interactive maps to help public understand General Plan
Amanda Nelson, Public Information Officer
To help residents better understand Tempe’s General Plan 2040 and how it impacts the way the city grows and changes over the next three decades, the city launched new interactive maps showing the plan’s projected land use and residential density. The maps are available online at: http://www.tempe.gov/gp2040maps.
The Tempe City Council will vote on the plan at its Dec. 12 regular meeting, 7:30 p.m. in Tempe City Council Chambers, 31 E. Fifth St. The Council voted Nov. 21 to continue the public hearing on the city’s General Plan 2040 to allow more time for councilmembers to evaluate public comments. If the Council approves the plan, Tempe voters will have the chance to vote on General Plan 2040 in May 2014.
Over the past year, Tempe staff and the General Plan 2040 Community Working Group – a steering committee consisting of 23 community stakeholders appointed by the City Council – worked to update the plan. The process included several public meetings as well as online feedback opportunities to find out what community members want Tempe to look like over the next 30 years. Community feedback was used to guide and update the General Plan 2040, which was taken through four public hearings during the last two months – two Design Review Commission hearings (Oct. 8 and 22) and three City Council hearings (Nov. 7, 21 and Dec. 12).
Since the Nov. 21 hearing, several modifications were made to General Plan 2040 text, modifying the plan’s Land Use and Development, Circulation (Aviation Element), Conservation and Open Space, Recreation and Cultural Amenities Chapters, to address issues raised by residents and business owners during the public hearings. Public comments, staff response and changes may be found at: www.tempe.gov/gp2040changes.
The Tempe General Plan is the overarching policy document for the City of Tempe. It holds the community’s vision for the future and is an expression of how the community wants to grow and change during the next 30 years.
Tempe’s current General Plan 2030 was approved by voters in 2004. Arizona state statutes require each city to adopt a comprehensive, long-range General plan to guide the physical development of the community. On or before the tenth anniversary of the plan’s most recent adoption, the city is required to either re-adopt the existing plan or adopt a new General Plan and take the document back to the ballot for public ratification by majority affirmative vote.