The Town of Florence Planning and Zoning Commission is conducting two public hearings for the consideration of two Major Amendment applications to the Town’s 2020 General Plan. To promote increased public participation, the meetings are being held in two locations.
The first special meeting is being held on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 in the Anthem at Merrill Ranch Sun City Union Center in Florence, located at 3925 N. Sun City Blvd., in Florence. The second special meeting is being held on Thursday, October 4, 2012 in the Town Hall Council Chambers, located at 775 N. Main Street. Both meetings are held at 5:30 p.m.
After listening to the details of each of the proposed Major Amendments to the Town’s General Plan, the Planning and Zoning Commission will make recommendations for approval or disapproval and forward their recommendations to the Florence Town Council. The Florence Town Council will hold a public hearing and determine final actions at their meeting held on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. in the Town Hall Council Chambers located at 775 N. Main Street, unless otherwise noticed.
The Town’s 2020 General Plan is a critical planning and policy tool used to encourage smart growth and sustainable development practices. In this year’s Major General Plan Amendment (MGPA) cycle, the Town is processing two Town initiated requests. The first application (PZC-20-12-MGPA) requests to update the 2020 General Plan in order to be in compliance with Senate Bill 1598, more specifically to have the Town’s General Plan include map and text updates that reflect sources of currently identified aggregate resources. This request also intends to modify the language for the Land Use Overlay Areas section of the Land Use Element within the 2020 General Plan by creating and defining a new Aggregate Resources (AR) Overlay.
The second Town initiated MGPA application (PZC-21-12-MGPA) involves amending the Master Planned Community (MPC) land use designation and applying the MPC land use designation to the site known as the North End Framework Vision Plan study area, which is now also known as the Territory Square project area. Specific modifications are being proposed to the MPC text to allow for further flexibility in regards to its use and implementation, such as allowing for more than one master developer in a MPC and allowing a MPC to be matched with an alternative, hybrid zoning designation such as that being proposed by the new Territory Square Zoning District.
The public is encouraged to attend these hearings to learn more about and provide feedback on each Major General Plan application. For more information, please contact the Town Community Development Department at (520) 868-7575.