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Title: High Growth Counties: Opportunities for Pinal County


1
High Growth Counties Opportunities for Pinal
County
  • Pinal County Comprehensive Plan

Curt Dunham AICP Partners for Strategic Action,
Inc. Comprehensive Plan Update Consultant
2
Peer Counties Qualifications
  • Rapid growth over past 20 years
  • Impacted by one or more rapidly growing metro
    areas
  • Urban/agricultural/open space interface
  • Preservation issues
  • Bedroom community/commuting issues

3
Peer Counties Identified
  • Polk County, Florida
  • Cobb County, Georgia
  • Arapahoe County, Colorado

4
Polk County, Florida
  • County between Orlando and Tampa
  • Long established agricultural area (citrus)
  • Interstate 4 corridor (I-4)
  • Population 550,000
  • 2,010 square miles Floridas fourth largest

5
Polk County, Florida
6
Polk County, Florida
7
Polk County Current Issues
  • Addressing transportation travel patterns
  • No dedicated funding source to address
    transportation issues
  • Prevent becoming a bedroom community
  • Create jobs near people

8
Polk County Good Decisions
  • Updated Comprehensive Plan to include sub-areas
  • Economic development is tied to land uses
    consultants used have economic development
    expertise
  • Planning to create a better mix of land uses and
    bring services and jobs near residential areas

9
Polk County Preserving Agriculture
  • Strong public desire
  • Developed Polk County Land Stewardship Program
    a consortium of different interests
  • Alliance built between agricultural interests and
    environmental interests

10
Polk County - Transportation
  • Travel patterns Interstate, Disney World
  • Just entered into an agreement with Orlando
    transit to tie into and provide new
    transportation services

11
Polk County Economic Development
  • County not able to do much and not asked to
  • Include economic elements in land use planning
  • Support private non-profit Central Florida
    Development Council

12
Polk County - Collaboration
  • Coordinate with other agencies through regional
    Municipal Planning Organization
  • Developed a county/city managers alliance that
    meets monthly
  • Much stronger collaboration to preserve long-term
    water supply

13
Polk County In Hindsight
  • Should have developed a dedicated funding source
    for infrastructure and roads
  • Now working a lot more closely with other
    governmental entitiesthis should have happened
    sooner

14
Cobb County, Georgia
  • Suburban Atlanta area
  • Bedroom communities
  • Historic areas (created from Cherokee County,
    originally part of Cherokee Indian Nation)
  • Interstate 75 Corridor (I-75)
  • 600,000 of 670,000 residents are not within
    municipalities (unincorporated county)
  • 340.2 square miles

15
Cobb County, Georgia
16
Cobb County, Georgia
17
Cobb County Issues
  • Regional transit and commuting
  • Need to expand transit and make better regional
    connections of the roadway system
  • Redirect growth
  • Protect green space

18
Cobb County Good Decisions
  • Installed a sewer system for the entire county in
    the 1980s except where growth would be
    discouraged. Used infrastructure as a growth
    management tool and to protect water resources
  • Use of Community Improvement Districts to fund
    transportation projects
  • 4.1 million bond passed to begin to purchase
    green space

19
Cobb County Issues
  • Small farms to residential
  • Industrial areas along I-75 are starting to
    change
  • Growing Latino population
  • Attempting to develop employment centers to
    balance growth (residential, employment,
    commercial)

20
Cobb County Economic Development
  • Counties in Georgia have similar powers as
    cities
  • Incentives
  • Economic development department
  • Very active in working with other entities and
    organizations, such as chambers of commerce, in
    attracting firms and jobs

21
Cobb County - Collaboration
  • House Bill 489 mandates intergovernmental
    cooperation
  • Developed service delivery strategy to minimize
    duplication and improve effectiveness

22
Cobb County In Hindsight
  • Voted down mass transit in 1970s still paying
    for it!
  • High costs of doing it now
  • Communities that did join have very high quality
    development around stations
  • Lack of mass transit systems added to commuting
    problems and congestion

23
Arapahoe County, Colorado
  • Denver Metro Area
  • 35 urban,65 rural (urban population to the
    West, rural population to the East)
  • Interstate 70 Corridor (I-70)
  • Population 550,000
  • 803 square miles

24
Arapahoe County, Colorado
25
Arapahoe County, Colorado
26
Arapahoe County Issues
  • State Land Department changing the rules
  • Urban Growth Boundaries under constant attack
  • Total dichotomy of attitudes between West and
    East County

27
Arapahoe County Good Decisions
  • Worked to develop Urban Growth Boundary
  • Developed and stuck with Land Development Code
  • Use sub-area plans to plan for specific issues
    and needs

28
Arapahoe County Agricultural Preservation
  • No dedicated funding
  • Public desire to maintain
  • No re-zoning of agricultural land
  • Use special districts they have held up well

29
Arapahoe County Economic Development
  • Not much of a role and not much pressure to do so
  • Support the South Metro Chamber of Commerce
  • Streamlined review process

30
Arapahoe County - Collaboration
  • Use a referral process
  • Proposal within 2 miles of any governmental
    entity are referred for review

31
Arapahoe County In Hindsight
  • Should have completed Land Development Code
    sooner
  • Should have drafted plans to deal better with the
    changeover in leadership that will undoubtedly
    occur
  • Need to work to unify urban interests in the west
    with rural interests in the east

32
Opportunities for Pinal County
  • Stronger advocate for economic development
  • Integrate land uses with economic development
    concepts
  • Agricultural preservation
  • Open space preservation

33
Opportunities for Pinal County
  • Regional transit
  • Improved communication and collaboration
    unifying communities
  • Creation of job centers to lessen commuting
  • Creation of dedicated funding sources and
    proactive fiscal policies

34
Opportunities for Pinal County
  • Develop plans that will withstand change
  • Act now, hesitation is very costly
  • Learn from others and make reasonable assumptions
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