Before getting involved with the development of General Plan 2040, you may want an overview of how the document is used.
The General Plan Is:
• A community vision for 30 years
• A statement of city policy
• A legal mandate
• A framework for more specific planning
• A tool for education and communication
The General Plan Is Not:
• A specific plan for development
• A zoning ordinance
• A master plan
• A Capital Improvement Plan or City Budget
• A static and inflexible document
The General Plan guides how our city looks at development, land use, sustainability, transportation, mass transit, economic development, historic preservation, neighborhood enhancement, open space and recreation, public art and cultural amenities and human services.
The General Plan is used when refining the vision and goals into more detailed plans such as Master Plans. Master Plans identify the programs and projects needed to fulfill what is envisioned in the General Plan and recommend further studies or changes to codes and regulations. Implementation documents provide detailed analysis of specific area or provide the regulatory guidance for development.
For example, the General Plan is referred to when implementing zoning requests, for building permits, for economic development decisions, and when designing roads, parks, paths and public facilities. Master plans and implementation documents form the basis for seeking State or Federal grants, planned capital improvements and/or budget allocations.
Timing and Requirements of Creating General Plan 2040
Arizona State Law has statutory requirements for adopting a General Plan that the City of Tempe and all Arizona cities must follow. The City of Tempe is following those requirements. Tempe also wishes to have substantial public input in this process and has a variety of ways to ensure the community has an opportunity to participate. The city also has created a Community Working Group to help residents have even more representation in the process.
The Approval Process
General Plan 2040 will be created in concert with public comments, the Community Working Group and City of Tempe staff. The process began in September 2012 and will conclude with vote by Tempe residents in the May 2014 Special Election.
Tempe residents who are registered to vote will have the opportunity to cast a ballot regarding General Plan 2040 in May 2014. If the plan is approved, it will be implemented as required by law.