Maricopa County is required by state law to prepare a comprehensive plan “to conserve the natural resources of the
county, to ensure efficient expenditure of public funds, and to promote the health, safety, convenience, and general
welfare of the public.” The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors approved the county-wide Comprehensive Plan on October
20, 1997 (rev. August 7, 2002). This plan covers four primary areas, including; land use, transportation, environmental
and economic development. The plan contains very broad, overriding goals and policies in relation to each of the four sections.
This plan seeks to create strong and vibrant communities within Maricopa County by encouraging orderly development while
creating a healthy environment and a healthy economy. By accommodating new growth in areas that can sustain additional
development, the plan endeavors to conserve scarce resources and to build strong communities based on an efficient
transportation system, well-protected environmental resources, and a strong, diversified economy. The plan’s elements
reflect the character of the county’s population, while the policies and implementation tools guide future land use
and transportation decisions.
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