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ABOUT THE
GENERAL PLAN

Learn about the purpose of the General Plan, what topics it addresses, and the steps that are involved in the update process.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE?

The Florence General Plan is the community’s long-range guide for future physical, economic and social development decisions over the next 20+ years. The General Plan contains a vision statement, along with maps, goals, policies, and implementation strategies that address issues such as land use, growth, circulation, parks and open space, and the environment.

WHY UPDATE NOW?

State law mandates that each city and town in Arizona adopt a “comprehensive, long-range general plan for the development of the municipality.” These plans must also be updated and adopted by voters every ten years. The Town of Florence's current General Plan was last ratified by voters in 2011.

WHAT TOPICS

ARE ADDRESSED?

There are both State-mandated and optional “elements,” or topics, that go into a General Plan. State law requires that a General Plan for a community the size of Florence address the following elements:

  • LAND USE

  • CIRCULATION

  • OPEN SPACE

  • GROWTH AREAS

  • ENVIRONMENT

  • COST OF DEVELOPMENT 

  • WATER RESOURCES

To maintain Florence’s innovative and forward-thinking culture, the General Plan may also include additional elements that cover topics such as Economic Development, Housing, Energy, Historic Preservation, and Health and Wellness.

PROCESS & SCHEDULE.

This initial phase of the General Plan Update process focuses on reviewing background information and conducting initial project meetings to develop an understanding of some of the key issues, opportunities, and challenges to be addressed within the update effort.

 

This phase also includes the development of a baseline Community Assessment Report. This report summarizes existing community trends and conditions, provides inventory maps, analyzes projected growth conditions and land demand, within the Town's Planning Area. Please visit the “Review Project Documents” section to view this document.

This cornerstone phase of the project is carried out over the entire life of the project. Efforts within this phase focus on utilizing multiple outreach tools (e.g. interactive online software, social media, community meetings, and youth workshops) to understand community preferences and assist in developing policies that guide the formulation of all draft and final plan documents. Please visit the “Participate” section to learn more about how you can share your input, review the input of others, as well as identify upcoming meetings and events.

This phase begins with establishing the overall structure of the plan and defining the basic framework of the individual themes or chapters that make up the plan. With this framework in place, all of the material developed and feedback obtained during previous phases is consolidated into a complete Public Review Draft of the updated General Plan that includes goals, policies, implementing actions, maps, and illustrations.

The final phase of the project centers on addressing public review comments of the draft plan in order to prepare the Public Hearing Final Draft of the General Plan Update for Planning Commission consideration and Town Council adoption. Once adopted by Town Council, the General Plan Update is anticipated to be placed on the August 2022 ballot for final ratification by Florence voters.

PHASE I:
RECOGNIZE
  • Project Kick-off

  • GPAG Meeting

  • Community Outreach

  • Worksessions

  • Community Baseline Assessment

PHASE II:
ENGAGE

(Continuous)

  • Community Survey

  • Online Engagement

  • Community Workshops

  • General Plan Roadshows

  • Focus Groups

PHASE III:
ENRICH
  • Draft General Plan Elements

  • GPAG Meetings

  • Community Outreach

  • Worksessions

PHASE IV:
ACHIEVE
  • 60 Day Review

  • Final General Plan Development

  • Formal Adoption

  • Voter Ratification