Peoria seeking feedback on draft general plan

 “As we chart our future as a city, this is an important opportunity for our community to lend their voice in transforming Peoria’s future,”

An important part of shaping Peoria’s future starts with residents’ input and ideas.

The addition of new trails to the Peoria trail system, land development, open space preservation and urban redevelopment are just a few of the things being presented for public feedback in the city’s general plan update.

“Peoria’s general plan serves as a road map for growth and development over the next 10 to 20 years, while also providing key decision-making guidance as new issues emerge,” Mayor Cathy Carlat said.

The state mandates that all municipalities have and maintain general plans. A general plan is a community-based document that guides all aspects of growth over the next 10 to 20 years and beyond.

Peoria’s new plan is designed around six livability goals such as healthy neighborhoods and economic prosperity and addresses a multitude of topics such as water resources, land use, housing, transportation and more.

Throughout this update process, public feedback has proven vital in informing the shape and evolution of the new general plan.

On July 18, this year’s round of proposed changes to the general plan were released to the public. Peoria residents are encouraged to review the changes and provide feedback before September 16. The changes will be posted to peoriaaz.gov/planning, where comments can also be submitted. Alternatively, residents can provide feedback by contacting the Peoria Planning and Zoning Department at 623-773-7200 or 8401 W. Monroe Street.

These 2019 amendments then will move forward to public hearings before the Planning and Zoning Commission in October, with final city council action scheduled in November. Ultimately, when completed, the revised general plan will be placed on the fall 2020 ballot for voter consideration.

 “As we chart our future as a city, this is an important opportunity for our community to lend their voice in transforming Peoria’s future,” Carlat said. “I look forward to hearing from even more residents as we enter the next phase of updating this comprehensive document.”