Florence Library and Community Center

FLORENCE — The town of Florence is currently in the process of updating its General Plan and is seeking the public’s input.

Open houses will be held 2-4 p.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday (today) in the Ruggles Room of the Florence Library and Community Center at 778 N. Main St. This will be an open house-style meeting, so residents are free to arrive at any time and stay as long as they like.

Can’t make the in-person meeting? An online virtual public meeting will be open through Aug. 22, 2021. Visit the project website at https://www.florencegpupdate.com/participate to learn more and to share your thoughts on the future of the town.

As part of this comprehensive General Plan update, the town is seeking feedback on proposed land use scenarios. Land use informs zoning, which then dictates what is actually built in Florence. Community feedback is vital to establishing a long-term planning approach that will become the cornerstone of the town’s new General Plan. The public will also have the opportunity to learn about key takeaways from the Community Assessment that was completed in 2020.

The existing General Plan was previously updated and approved by voters in Florence in 2012. The General Plan acts as the guiding document for the future development of the town over the next 20 years. The document itself contains a community vision supported by goals, policies and implementation measures to address town issues and growth. For more information on the General Plan process, what it entails and how to get involved, visit the project website at https://www.florencegpupdate.com.

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Mark Cowling is the county reporter for PinalCentral and covers the town of Florence, San Tan Valley and the surrounding area. He can be reached at mcowling@pinalcentral.com.