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Friday, April 28, 2017

MyPlanPHX Nearing Halfway Point

PhoenixIn hopes of rejuvenating the City of Phoenix’s General Plan on a yearly basis, MyPlanPHX is halfway through a four-yearlong project giving residents the opportunity to help shape their communities.

The city’s General Plan is a guide that addresses issues including energy, housing, neighborhood, natural resources, transportation and others. Usually updated every 10 years, with the last being approved in 2002, MyPlanPHX is seeking to provide information for the city directly guided by resident answers to two questions: what they love about Phoenix and what their ideas are for Phoenix’s future.

Since meeting monthly with the Laveen and South Mountain Village Planning Committee, village planner Marc Thornton said most resident interest is geared toward building neighborhood parks, preserving the surrounding desert landscape and creating more pedestrian pathways. “This really provides that baseline of what a community wants to see,” Thornton said.

In neighboring Laveen, a mix of honoring the area’s agricultural history along with interest in seeing more modern development sprout up in the area were found with the project’s study.

Since June 2012, the project focused on  community engagement and research before releasing a report last November showing topics and ideas from all villages in the greater Phoenix area. The next step for MyPlanPHX will include a circulation of the General Plan through the rest of the year before going before city council in February.

The South Mountain Village Planning Committee meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the South Mountain Community College Student Union, 7050 S. 24th Street. SMDN

For more information about MyPlanPHX,

visit http://www.myplanphx.com/.

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