Gilbert Edition - January 2020

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State law requires municipalities to oer an updated general plan—a broad planning guideline for a city or town’s development goals—at least every 10 years and have it approved by voters. Gilbert last updated its General Plan in 2012, and the town has continued to mature since then. Here is how that has aected the draft of the new General Plan. BU I L DS F I NAL

RE S I DENT S ’ CONC ERNS Before writing the 2020 General Plan, the town surveyed residents to get a picture of their priorities. In the survey, the town asked what values from the 2012 plan are in need of increased attention. Here are residents’ responses: Sense of community and neighborhoods 59% 49% 47% 43% 41% 37% 34% 31% 28% Fiscally sustainable Vibrant and dynamic businesses Diverse recreation opportunities Excellent educational opportunities Ecient transportation Cultural amenities Enduring architecture Environmental leader

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SOURCE: TOWN OF GILBERT COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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POPU L AT I ON Gilbert’s rapid population growth is expected to continue through build-out.

2010 208,453

2020 est. 280,000

2030 est. 335,000

SOURCES: U.S. CENSUS BUREAU, TOWN OF GILBERTCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Townwill ask voters’ approval onGilbert’s direction Residents get nal say as proposed 2020 General Plan appears on August ballot Over the century of its existence, Gilbert has transitioned from an agrarian town to one with thriving business districts that include major developments, such as Rivulon. (Isabella Short/Community Impact Newspaper)

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BY TOM BLODGETT

elections for mayor and two Town Council seats. While a General Plan may seem less important than who the town’s lead- ers are, those elected will look to the General Plan with each decision they make. “It is our blueprint for growth for the next 10 years to 30 years,” Gilbert

Planning Division Manager Eva Cutro said. In sta-prepared documents for council, each action for consideration refers back to how that particular issue ties to a General Plan goal. The plan itself covers 17 catego- ries, from land use to conservation,

Gilbert residents will get their last, best chance this summer to aect the town’s direction in the nal stage of its build-out. The town’s 2020 General Plan goes before voters for approval—as required by state law—as part of the Aug. 4 primary election ballot, along with

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