Residents are starting to receive their mail-in-only ballots to vote on their 2030 city of Casa Grande General Plan. The plan is required by state law to be updated once every 10 years. If adopted, it will help to shape and manage Casa Grande’s future growth and water resource management, sustainability and conservation for the next 10 years. The General Plan will not increase taxes and is not a school bond or tax increase issue.

Return ballots now through May 18. This is a special election by mail only, with no polling place. Once your ballot is completed, you can return it by mail or drop it off to one of the many Pinal County Elections ballot drop boxes.

Visit the following resources online to learn more: City General Plan: CasaGrandeAZ.gov; Casa Grande City Elections: CasaGrandeAZ.gov/city-special-election; Pinal County Elections: PinalCountyAZ.gov/vote.

Casa Grande is a city that is rich in history and resources and offers a natural economic environment developed or created through well-planned developments. These are supported by a safe and self-sustaining mix of neighborhoods that are diverse in people, housing, education and employment centers. This is all reinforced by a network of transportation choices and open spaces.

The plan represents 18 months of hard work with resident engagement and input through public meetings and workshops. Together, a land use plan was created for our community for the next decade and beyond. The new plan incorporates elements of water resources, conservation and recycling. It expands our industrial land use areas and seeks to revitalize our downtown by allowing for greater mixed land use including new higher density residential developments. It identifies business corridors along Pinal, Florence, Cottonwood, Trekell, I-10 and I-8, which also allows for greater mixed land use. Looking to the future, the plan identifies needs for electric vehicle charging stations, advocates for enhancement of our trail system and beautification of our city entrances.

The guiding principles used in this plan were based on public input and included:

  • Preserving our rural and agricultural heritage while allowing urbanization to occur in appropriate locations.
  • Strengthening our city position as the industrial and commercial center of Pinal County.
  • Increasing housing diversity and supporting in-fill development.
  • Creating a sense of arrival at all major city entrances.
  • Linking all land use decisions to available water resources to ensure long-term viability and environmental sustainability for growth and development.
  • Fostering a land use pattern that is multimodal in nature and contributes to an active transportation system that includes walking, bicycling, vehicles, mass transit and electric autonomous vehicles.

A “yes” vote for the General Plan would have the effect of allowing these provisions to be implemented while a “no” vote would have the effect of keeping the policies of the current 2020 General Plan in place.

Make your voices heard and return your ballot by May 18.

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Craig McFarland is mayor of Casa Grande and co-chair of the General Plan Committee. Written in conjunction with Robert Miller, chairman of the Casa Grande Planning and Zoning Commission, and Jackie Guthrie, co-chair of the General Plan Committee.

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