Planning & Zoning

Department Overview
The Planning and Zoning Department oversees all aspects relating to both short-range and long-range planning and development in the Town of Carefree. The General Plan 2030 was updated in 2012, which outlines the general policies for development in the Town. The Zoning Ordinance, Town Code, Subdivision Ordinance, and Building Code provide the local regulations.

General Zoning Criteria
Design guidelines (see the documents list below) were established to give guidance on new commercial, new residential, and mountainside projects. They outline the general zoning criteria and other policies regarding the character of development in the Town. Prior to developing a property, applicants are encouraged to discuss the project with Town Staff to ensure the project and process comply with all applicable regulations.

Development Approval
Certain developments require approvals from different  review boards or the Town Council, depending on the use, size, scope, and location, depending on Town regulations.  The members of the Planning & Zoning Commission also serve on the Development Review Board and Board of Adjustment.