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General Plan

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What is a General Plan  
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About the General Plan

The Queen Creek General Plan serves as the Town's road map to guide development, manage growth, and conserve natural resources. The General Plan contains a vision supported by goals, strategies, and actions to guide Town development, support a sustainable and robust economy, provide quality recreation, and effectively conserve Queen Creek’s natural resources.  It includes the following elements: Land Use; Housing; Growth Areas; Transportation/Circulation; Recreation, Parks & Open Space; Environmental; Water, Economic Development; Cost of Development; and Public Safety.

State law requires communities to prepare and adopt a General Plan every ten years with input from the community. The 2018 General Plan was approved by voters on May 15, 2018. 

You may view the General Plan document and the General Plan Executive Summary by clicking on the links below. Hard copies are available for viewing or purchase at Town Hall. The book can also be viewed at the Queen Creek Library. 

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Visit to learn more about the 2018 General Plan Update process. 

Click here to view the General Plan Fact Sheet. 

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.

The General Plan Amendment Process 

The General Plan Amendment process allows property owners to apply for Major Amendments to the Town's existing General Plan each year. Applications are typically accepted once a year in June (PLEASE NOTE THAT FOR 2018 A REVISED SCHEDULE IS BEING UTILIZED). The criteria for amending the General Plan are established by Ordinance.

After a series of public meetings, the proposed amendments are presented at Public Hearings before the Planning & Zoning Commission and the Town Council. By law, the Town Council votes to approve or deny the Major General Plan Amendments. A super majority vote of 5 Town Council members is required to approve a Major Amendment to the General Plan.   Please visit the Town Calendar to see upcoming meeting dates.t

Click Here for the 2018 Major General Plan Amendment Schedule. 

If you have questions about the General Plan processes, you may contact Brett Burningham at or at 480-358-3097.


Brett Burningham, Planning Administrator

Sarah Clark, Senior Planner


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