General Plan Update

General Plan Overview


Cities and towns in Arizona are required to establish a General Plan and update it every 10 to 15 years. The previous Town of Carefree General Plan 2020 was last updated in 2002, and the updated Town of Carefree General Plan 2030 was ratified by voters recently on November 6, 2012. It outlines the Town's vision, goals, and objectives for future growth and development. It is a conceptual plan for evaluating existing development conditions, making forecasts, and outlining broad policies that Town will use to implement its vision through other more specific plans and measures. Some of the more specific measures include the Zoning Ordinance (PDF), Proposed Capital Improvements, Transportation Plan, and development guidelines.

 *The Town will soon embark on a General Plan Update as required by the State. Please circle back for more information as this process unfolds* 
A hard copy of the General Plan 2030 (PDF) may be viewed at Town Hall for free or purchased for $30 to recoup copy fees. If you have any questions, you may call the Planning and Zoning Staff at 480-488-3686 or visit the Carefree Administrative Offices, located at 8 Sundial Circle.

State Requirements


Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS) and Growing Smarter Legislation (1998, 2000) require cities and Towns to adopt general plans as policy documents for guiding long term local planning and development. ARS also require that general plans be updated, replaced, or re-adopted every 10 to 15 years through a public process that allows for citizen and public agency comments to be considered and incorporated into the Plan. Carefree’s general plan already contains the elements required by state regulations; however, it is anticipated that some parts will be refined or expanded. A list of the required general plan elements are:
  • Circulation
  • Cost of development
  • Environmental
  • Growth areas
  • Land use
  • Open space
  • Public services and facilities
  • Water resources