Phoenix, Ariz., Mayor Greg Stanton, City Council members and community members launched planPHX, an interactive way for Phoenix residents to decide how the city grows and changes during the next 10 years through their involvement in the update of the city's general plan, such as planning for neighborhoods along the light-rail line.
A community-centered initiative, planPHX involves an interactive website, a community-member powered steering committee and public forums all for residents to submit their “big ideas” to city leaders and planners.
“This is your city, your community, your neighborhood and we want your ideas to make it great,” Stanton said. “How Phoenix looks in the next 10 years, a happening downtown, light-rail expansion, it’s going to depend on you. Let’s work together to be a part of Phoenix’s history and future.”
Phoenix last updated the city’s “general plan,” a blueprint of how Phoenix will grow and change in a 10-year timespan, in 2002. This year, planPHX will construct the general plan by answering questions like “What do you love about Phoenix?” and “What’s your big idea for Phoenix’s future?” to help the city plan to conserve elements that residents value and work to create the elements residents want. The goal of planPHX is to “conserve, create and connect” Phoenix’s future with ideas from the community.
Additionally, planPHX will offer residents along the city’s light-rail line the opportunity to work with the city on plans for their neighborhoods to reinvent planning and maximize investment in the light rail. Five transit districts along the metro light rail are the focus and will serve as a new, livable model for urban development in Phoenix.