2018 General Plan Update

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General Plan 2018 Vote

On September 20, 2017, the Town Council voted unanimously to adopt the 2018 General Plan Update.  In order to become effective, voters must also ratify, or approve, the General Plan at a general election. The 2018 General Plan will be on the May 15, 2018 ballot. Ballots will arrive by mail around April 25, 2018. 

Review the 2018 General Plan by visiting PlanQC.com

The voter registration deadline for the May 15, 2018 election is April 16, 2018.  Not registered?  Need to update your registration address or information?  Click here  

What is a General Plan  
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About the General Plan Update

The Queen Creek General Plan serves as the Town's road map to guide development, manage growth, and conserve natural resources. The General Plan identifies goals and policies, and integrates plans related to land use, growth area, transportation, parks, trails and open space, environmental planning, water resources and economic development.

State law requires communities to prepare and adopt a General Plan every ten years with input from the community. The current General Plan was approved by voters in September 2008. The 2018 General Plan will be on the May 15, 2018 ballot for possible ratification, or approval. 

Review the 2018 General Plan by visiting PlanQC.com

Plan Vision

Queen Creek is a unique community known for its friendly, hometown atmosphere, and strong sense of agricultural heritage. This culture is woven throughout the community’s neighborhoods, businesses, and recreational opportunities. The Town General Plan provides for a range of land uses and opportunities that are consistent with the desired community character. The strategic vision of the community aims to continue the environment of “convenience of the city, comfort of the country.”

Plan Goals

  1. The Land Use Element identifies how land can be used throughout Town with the goal of maintaining the
    Town’s unique character, effectively managing growth, ensuring employment diversity and economic stability.
  2. The Housing Element strives to provide a diverse range of quality housing options.
  3. The Growth Area Element helps guide development in areas where increased growth is anticipated.
  4. The Circulation Element describes the Town’s transportation system, with the goal of developing a multimodal transportation system for all users.
  5. The Recreation, Parks and Open Space Element strives to develop a quality and comprehensive park, trail and recreation system.
  6. The Environmental Element aims to protect and improve the Town’s environmental health.
  7. The Water Resources Element strives to effectively and efficiently maintain, protect, and preserve water
  8. The Economic Development Element strives to attract private investment, create an entrepreneurial culture,
    position the Town as the agritainment capital of Arizona and plan for and invest in infrastructure that supports economic development.
  9. The Cost of Development Element aims to maintain a consistent level of high quality services for all Queen
    Creek residents.
  10. The Public Safety Element describes how the Town will meet its public safety needs and responsibilities as the Town grows.

Project Timeline

  • May 2016: Project team kickoff
  • June 2016 – December 2016: Research and strategy development
  • December 2016 – January 2017: Education and input (public involvement - Phase 1)
  • February 2017: Land use education and input (public involvement - Phase 2)
  • March: Draft plan is created
  • May 1:  60 day review begins
  • May 11:  Transportation Advisory Committee presentation
  • May 24:  Economic Development Commission presentation
  • June 13:  Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee presentation
  • End of June:  Draft General Plan available online for public input
  • July 12:  Line by line review (public involvement - Phase 3)
  • July: Updated Draft General Plan available online for public input
  • Aug. 9: Final draft plan presented to the Planning Commission (first public hearing) at the Queen Creek Library in the Zane Grey Room
  • Aug. 16:  Work Session presentation to the Town Council
  • Sept. 13:  Final plan is presented to the Planning Commission (second public hearing)
  • Sept. 20: Final plan is presented to Town Council (third public hearing); Town Council votes on presented plan
  • Spring, 2018: outreach regarding vote to ratify the plan
  • April 16, 2018:  voter registration deadline for the May Special Election
  • April 25, 2018:  Ballots arrive by mail
  • May 15, 2018: Election to approve 2018 General Plan Update


Brett Burningham, Planning Administrator

Sarah Clark, Planner II



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