General Plan

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What is a General Plan?

A general plan is essentially a community’s “blue print” for land use and development; it serves as the basis for rational decisions regarding a community’s long-term development. The general plan expresses the community’s development goals and embodies public policy relative to the distribution of future land uses, both public and private. The policies and programs of the general plan are intended to underlie most land use decisions. Preparing, adopting, implementing, and maintaining a general plan serves to:

  • Identify the community’s land use, transportation, environmental, economic, and social goals and policies as they relate to land use and development.
  • Provide a basis for local government decision-making, including decisions on development approvals.
  • Provide residents with opportunities to participate in the planning and decision making processes of their community.
  • Inform residents, developers, decision makers, and other cities and counties of the ground rules that guide development within the community.

The Your Voice, Our Future General Plan

The Your Voice, Our Future General Plan was created and reviewed by residents during a multi-year process. The Plan was ratified by voters on November 8, 2016 and can be found online  here(PDF, 6MB).

Inside the Your Voice, Our Future General Plan

The Your Voice, Our Future General Plan is made up of goals, policies and actions on topics important to the community:

  • Safety
  • Natural Beauty
  • Family Friendly
  • Complete Community
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Transportation
  • Cultural Resources
  • Water Resources
  • Clean Environment
  • Land Use
  • Development and Design
  • Community Services and Utilities

In total, 25 goals and 77 policies identify Oro Valley's envisioned future and a path to get there. To help make Oro Valley's vision a reality, the Plan also includes 162 action items.

General Plan Map

Town of Oro Valley General Plan Land Use Map(PDF, 5MB)

The Land Use Map shows the proposed general uses of land within Oro Valley. It is the official Oro Valley policy on how land is distributed or set aside for different uses. The Land Use Map in this Plan was revised from the previous version with help from the Your Voice, Our Future Development Committee. Most of the designations on the map remain the same. During the map revision process, residents recommended changes to the map be handled through the plan amendment process, due to the robust public engagement involved in a formal application. As such, it is anticipated that changes to the map will occur during the lifespan of this Plan.