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Regional Plan Amendments
Process
The FRP30 is a comprehensive policy document; however, it may be necessary to amend the Plan as time passes to address current market needs or potential for development outside the original parameters of the Plan.

Comprehensive planning staff provides detailed review of proposed plan amendments, and can assist applicants in determining which type of amendment may be required. A regional plan amendment application may be obtained on the Current Planning web page. Planning staff is available to help guide applicants through the amendment process.

Amendments to the FRP30 are categorized as either major or minor, each requiring specific processing steps, as set forth in Title 11, Chapter 11-10 of the City Code. A breakdown of what is considered a major or minor amendment is described below, as well as in the Regional Plan Amendment Processes Table.

Major Plan Amendments

Major Plan Amendment proposals, if approved, are changes that would create a substantial alteration of the municipality’s land use mixture or balance as established in the municipality’s existing General Plan land use element. Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS) require all major amendments to the General Plan to follow the process below.

  • All applications for Major Plan Amendments to the General Plan shall be heard by the Council at a single public hearing during the calendar year in which they are filed. In order to provide sufficient time for comprehensive review of an application for a Major Plan Amendment, the Director shall determine the application date each year for Major Plan Amendment requests. The following typical submittal dates apply:
    April 1st – Pre-application meeting deadline;
    May 1st – Application deadline for completeness review of the application by the Review Authority;
    July 1st – Application deadline for submittal of the final application;
    October – Planning Commission public hearings commence; and
    December – Council public hearing. 
  • Incomplete applications or applications submitted after the July 1st
    deadline established above will not be processed. 

As defined in the FRP30, the following types of proposals require major amendments due to the substantial nature of the change.

Proposed Change to Urban Growth Boundary

  • Any expansion of the urban growth boundary that requires an expansion of utility infrastructure as determined in an utility analysis.  

Proposed Change to Area Types
  • Any change to the boundaries of employment areas to urban, suburban, or rural area types
  • Expanding or changing the boundaries of one area type within the specified acreage thresholds:
    • Urban to suburban greater than 10 acres
    • Urban to rural of any size
    • Suburban to urban greater than 10 acres
    • Rural to suburban greater than 20 acres
    • Rural to urban of any size. 

Proposed Change to Open Space
  • Any reduction to the boundary of land purchased for conservation.

Proposed Change to Activity Centers & Corridors

  • Any commercial activities proposed outside of the activity center and along a corridor that is not contiguous to the activity center
  • Addition of a new activity center (Specific Plan may be needed, see Map 24)
  • Addition of a corridor or Great Street (Specific Plan may be needed, see Map 12)
  • Extension of a corridor or Great Street more than a 1/4 mile in length.

Minor Plan Amendments
Minor amendments to the General Plan may be presented at any time of the year, and may be applied for concurrent to a rezoning request. The minor plan amendment application is available through the Current Planning webpage.

The following types of proposals require minor amendments: 

Proposed Change to Urban Growth Boundary
  • Any expansion of the urban growth boundary if there is no expansion of utility infrastructure as determined in an utility analysis.  

Proposed Change to Area Types
  • Any change from urban, suburban, or rural to employment
  • Expanding or changing the boundaries of one area type within the specified acreage thresholds:
    • Urban to suburban less than or equal to 10 acres
    • Suburban to urban less than or equal to 10 acres
    • Suburban to rural less than or equal to 5 acres
    • Rural to suburban less than or equal to 20 acres.

Proposed Change to Open Space
  • Any expansion of land for conservation.

Proposed Change to Activity Centers & Corridors

  • Any commercial activities proposed outside of the activity center that are contiguous to the activity center
  • Any commercial activities proposed outside of the activity center that are not contiguous to the activity center but are located on a great street or corridor.
  • Development of an activity center or corridor (Specific Plan may be needed)
  • Relocation of an activity center within the same general area
  • Minor adjustments to an activity center of corridor pedestrian shed.
  • Extension of a corridor or great street 1/4 mile in length or less.

Other Proposed Changes

  • Proposed policy or text changes to the General Plan and other land use plans, such as the Open Space Plan, Parks & Recreation Plan, etc.