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Workers construct a home Thursday, April 16, 2020, in the Cottonwood Ranch subdivision in Casa Grande.

CASA GRANDE — City officials say two new homes will have to be built every day from now until 2030 to accommodate all the people expected to move to Casa Grande over the next 10 years.

That was data presented in the city’s new 2030 General Plan this week. Residents were able to review the newly completed draft during an online presentation Tuesday.

The city hosted an online meeting via Zoom and streamed the meeting via YouTube and Facebook Live.

Residents can still send in questions and comments to the city by Nov. 1. Public review comments will be compiled between Nov. 2 and 5.

“We are happy to share with the public our draft plan,” said Paul Tice, the planning and development director. “The purpose of tonight’s meeting is really just to provide the public with some information regarding the General Plan and listen to any input regarding the plan and answer any questions that we can regarding the plan context.”

The online meeting was divided into three parts: Growing Economy, Enhancing Quality of Life, and Environmental Sustainability and allowed for questions at the end of each session.

The General Plan is a document that is required by state law to be updated every 10 years.

During the meeting, Tice discussed some of the city’s emerging community issues such as driving growth through creation of new quality commercial/industrial development and desire to bring new activity in the downtown area.

The 2030 General Plan was also presented to the City Council on Monday evening during a study session.

“We really want to beef up our gateways, that’s the first look at our community,” Councilwoman Mary Kortsen said.

“The housing options — I’m super excited about. I think it’s something that we really need and we’ve been talking about it for so long,” Councilwoman Lisa Navarro Fitzgibbons said.

The presentation also included the major changes between the 2020 and 2030 General Plans such as an evaluation of growth projections to water resource availability and providing additional opportunity for middle density.

According to the presentation, the 2030 document’s Land Use Plan will include 59% of land to neighborhoods, compared to the 2020 General Plan Land, which included 69% dedicated to neighborhoods.

According to the Casa Grande General Plan’s website, the city estimates that over 26,000 new residents will locate in Casa Grande between 2015 and 2030. To accommodate upcoming residents, almost two new houses will be built every day between now and 2030.

On Jan. 4 the council will vote on adoption and scheduling the General Plan for a public vote. In May of 2021 the public will vote at a special mail-in election.

The first planning commission public hearing will be held on Nov. 19.

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Gabrielle Olivera is the Casa Grande reporter at PinalCentral, covering government, schools, business and more.

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