Planning & Zoning
The Planning and Zoning Division oversees all aspects relating to both short-range and long-range planning and development in the Town of Carefree. This responsibility includes managing and implementing the Town’s General Plan. General Plan 2030, which was last updated in 2012, outlines the general policies for development in the Town. The Zoning Ordinance, Town Code, Subdivision Ordinance, and Building Code provide the local regulations. The Town is currently embarking on its next update, General Plan 2040, as required by statute.
A hard copy of 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.
Certain developments require approvals from different review boards such as the Planning and Zoning Commission, Development Review Board, Board of Adjustment, and/or the Town Council, depending on the type of proposal. The members of the Planning & Zoning Commission also serve on the Development Review Board and Board of Adjustment. 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.
Special Projects/Projects of Interest, in essence, are long-range planning efforts that address the vision, values, and goals of Carefree, typically as it pertains to its physical development. Often these Special Projects are in association with the Economic Development Division to assist with Economic Development initiatives that will ultimately help diversify and enhance the community's ability to provide core municipal services.
A key component to such efforts is community outreach at every level of the planning process. Often times key stakeholder groups made up of interested citizens, property owners, and local businesses are formed to provide staff and/or consultants feedback and direction based on their perspectives and roles in the community. Staff encourages a meaningful public participation and engagement process for all projects, plans, and implementation programs.
Working in conjunction with the Stakeholders, Town Boards and Commissions, and Town Council, special projects currently underway can be viewed HERE