2012 General Plan

Author:

Jennifer AlbersPrincipal PlannerCommunity Planning

Summary:

The General Plan is a policy document and guide to where Yuma wants to be in the future and provides comprehensive direction for the growth and development of the City of Yuma.

Last Updated:

1/14/2013

The City of Yuma has completed the 10-year update of the General Plan. After nearly 3 years of staff efforts, public review and comment with 4 open houses and 6 public hearings, the City of Yuma City Council approved the 2012 General Plan and the citizens of Yuma approved the Plan on November 6th, 2012.

The General Plan is a policy document and guide to where Yuma wants to be in the future. It provides comprehensive direction for the growth and development of the City of Yuma. The plan is intended to be both long range and visionary and to provide guidance for actions to be taken in the next ten to twenty years. Building on local conditions, needs and desires and following state guidelines, the General Plan is many things:

  • A local decision about the kind of community, Yuma wants to be.
  • A growth guide that steers development to appropriate locations and away from places where it could harm major community economic assets, such as farming and military operations.
  • A compilation of coordinated plans for land use, roads, parks, fire stations, police facilities and utilities we will need as Yuma grows.
  • A means of support and protection for older, established neighborhoods.
  • And an essential component of the Cityís efforts to attract new jobs to Yuma.

The 2012 update involved public review and comment, an update of the technical aspects of the General Plan, incorporation of City Council directed amendments and a consideration of best practices from around the state.

The City of Yuma Planning and Zoning Commission focused their efforts on developing a Commission Draft of the Plan in early 2011.  Over the course of 3 months, the Commission commented and edited the staff draft, resulting in a more comprehensive document. The draft was then the subject of joint worksessions between the City Council and Planning and Zoning Commission. Following those worksessions and an Open House, the hearing draft of the General Plan was developed. Following public hearings by the Commission in October and November 2011 and City Council public hearings in December 2011and March 2012, the Final Plan, with amendments directed by the Attorney Generalís Office, was adopted by the City of Yuma City Council on June 6th, 2012 and approved by the voters on November 6th, 2012.



2012 General Plan Update Schedule

Calendar
April 14, 2010 Open House #1 (MLK Center)
Develop Staff Draft
September 22, 2010 Open House #2 (Civic Center)
Develop Planning and Zoning Commission Draft
February 23, 2011 Open House #3 (Readiness Center)
Joint Meetings Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council
June 8, 2011 Open House #4 (City Hall)
Develop Final Draft
October 10, 2011 Public Hearing: Planning and Zoning Commission
4:30 PM City Hall Council Chambers, 1 City Plaza
October 24, 2011 Public Hearing: Planning and Zoning Commission
4:30 PM City Hall Council Chambers, 1 City Plaza
November 14, 2011 Public Hearing: Planning and Zoning Commission
4:30 PM Public Works Department, 155 W. 14th Street
December 7, 2011 Public Hearing: City Council
5:30 PM City Hall Council Chambers, 1 City Plaza
December 21, 2011 Public Hearing: City Council
5:30 PM City Hall Council Chambers, 1 City Plaza
March 21, 2012 Public Hearing: City Council
5:30 PM City Hall Council Chambers, 1 City Plaza
November 6th, 2012 General Election
Yes - 64% 11,346 total votes
No - 36% 6,367 total votes

General Plan Team

Construction helmet, plans and wood blocks.The General Plan team is made up of employees from the Community Planning Division of the Department of Community Development.

  • Jennifer Albers, Principal Planner
  • Noah Cullis, Senior Planner
  • Robert Blevins, Principal Planner
  • Nate Broadhead, Assistant Planner
  • Joy Everett, Associate Planner

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Questions? Comments?

If you need more information, have questions or would like to share your comments, please send an e-mail to the General Plan Team.

Other correspondence may be directed as follows:
Mailing Address

2012 General Plan Update
One City Plaza
Yuma, Arizona 85364


Phone
(928) 373-5175

Fax
(928) 373-5176


Various communication devices and methods.

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