The Citizens' Growth Management Initiative gives local voters a strong voice in
how their communities grow. It will help protect Arizonan's natural heritage and
taxpayers' pocketbooks. Its a balanced, comprehensive approach that requires
establishment of growth areas defined by boundaries, preservation of natural areas and
neighborhoods, and the protection of our air and water. The Citizens' Growth Management
Initiative requires that developers pay the full costs of facilities required by new
developments. Under the Citizens' Growth Management Initiative:
- Local citizens vote on their communitys growth management plan and any major
- Cities and counties must establish growth areas defined by boundaries outside of which
new development and services will be limited.
- Developers must pay the full cost of roads, schools and other public facility needs
created by their new developments.
- Plans must assure that growth is consistent with air and water quality standards, as
well as ground and surface water availability.
- Plans must protect neighborhoods and open space, and road projects must be reviewed for
growth impacts by the city, town, and/or county affected.
- Rezonings and extension of new public services are limited if plans are not adopted on
- Counties have the needed authority to control wildcat subdivisions (lot splits that do
not meet minimum standards for subdivisions).
- The Arizona State Land Department must comply with local growth management plans to the
maximum extent allowed by the Enabling Act and Constitution. It bars service extensions to
state lands outside of growth boundaries.
- Repeals prior legislative language restricting growth management and hindering local
control of land uses.
For information, call 602/254-8581 statewide and 520/792-6589 in Tucson, or go to www.az-cgmi.org.
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