Make Marana 2040

PRESS RELEASE: 2019 General Plan 60-day Public Review Underway

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MARANA – Now’s your chance to review Marana’s 2019 General Plan and provide additional input. The 60-day review cycle is open until September 27, 2019, and you can review the document at www.MakeMarana2040.com.

As a rapidly growing community, Marana is developing ideas for your town’s future with the 2019 General Plan – Make Marana 2040.

Make Marana 2040 is the Town’s General Plan document and the primary tool that will be used to guide and manage future growth of our community. It includes the Town’s vision, goals, and policies for guiding future growth based on previous input from you, our residents.

The plan is grouped into three themes:

  • Built Environment – includes the physical features that create an attractive, efficient, and well-balanced community;

  • People and Community – includes goals and policies that create a greater sense of community and culture, fostering a higher quality of life for residents and visitors; and

  • Resources and Sustainability – seeks to balance growth and development with the need to protect and conserve natural resources to support a healthy environment for generations to come.

The possibilities for Marana are endless. Your input will help shape our community to ensure a great quality of life now and for future generations.

If you have questions or comments, please contact Cynthia Ross, Senior Planner, at cross@maranaaz.gov or 520-382-2651.

Make Marana General Plan 2040 Open House Overview

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The second and final set of open houses for the Make Marana 2040 General Plan were held on June 19 and 20, 2019 at 6:00 PM.  The June 19th open houses was held at the Marana Municipal Complex and the open house on the 20th was held at the Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library. The objectives for this set of open houses were to:

  • Provide an update on the General Plan process and themes;

  • Present some of the major updates from the 2010 General Plan; and

  • Receive feedback on the draft goals and policies.

What Happened?

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A total of 60 people attended the two open houses. Upon arriving, each attendee was asked to identify on a map, generally, where they live or work in Marana. This was done to see what areas of the town were represented in the open house. Attendees at the June 19th open house were widespread, but primarily reside in the area within and surrounding Downtown, including the Gladden Farms and San Lucas subdivisions. Attendees at the June 20th open house were mostly from communities along Silverbell Road, such as Continental Ranch.

The open house began with a short presentation informing attendees of the status of the General Plan Update, the organization of the General Plan, and the results from the first three workshops, and some of the important updates from the 2010 General Plan. After the presentation, the meeting concluded with an open house format in which attendees could view banners related to the three General Plan themes, as well as the draft Future Land Use Map, Circulation Map, and goals and policies. Comment cards were made available for any comments that attendees had throughout the open house.

View the open house brochure that was distributed at the meeting.

 

Manager's Message: Enjoy the summertime in Marana

Marana Town Manager Jamsheed Mehta provided this Manager’s Message to the Marana News and Explorer News.

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Free music is a feature of the Star Spangled Spectacular.

School is out, the temperature is rising and summer is upon us! At the Town of Marana, we look forward to the summer months because there is so much to do in our community. 

Celebrate our nation’s birthday this Fourth of July at Marana’s Star Spangled Spectacular. This annual event at Crossroads at Silverbell District Park (7548 N. Silverbell Road) has become a regional draw, attracting thousands of people from around the community and beyond. 

Because of the large crowds, we have been working hard to create a safe environment for everyone. This year, the entirety of the park will be fenced, and members of the public will enter through designated entrances. With the exception of diaper bags, a clear bag rule has been instated, and bag checks will be conducted upon entry. 

We are excited about our line-up of entertainment. Our musical acts span a wide variety of genres, including country, pop, ’90s alternative, grunge and classic rock. To learn more about our musical attractions and much more, visit our website at MaranaEvents.com

In addition to our signature events, we love providing smaller community experiences to our residents. We have three free movie showings throughout the summer, including “A Wrinkle in Time” this Saturday, June 15, and “A Dog’s Way Home” on July 20. Both events will be held at the Ora Mae Harn Park pool (13250 N. Lon Adams Road). On Aug. 17, we move from the pool to the Marana Heritage River Park Splash Pad (12375 N. Heritage Park Drive) for a showing of “Hotel Transylvania.” 

The pool at Ora Mae Harn Park, the Marana Heritage River Park Splash Pad and the Crossroads at Silverbell District Park Splash Pad are open every day for the summer, and all three amenities are free of charge. 

Our events aren’t just about entertainment. We also encourage civic engagement. On June 19 and 20, we will hold our “Make Marana 2040 General Plan Update” community open houses. These open houses provide opportunities for the public to review the draft of the Make Marana 2040 General Plan and provide feedback. Community input is an essential part of developing a plan that serves our community. To learn more, visit MakeMarana2040.com

Our Animal Services Division has much to offer during these summer months, including free microchip clinics. We are partnering with No Kill Pima County for a free microchip clinic on Saturday, June 23 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Marana Community Center (13250 N. Lon Adams Road.) 

Sports Camps for kids are new this summer.

Sports Camps for kids are new this summer.

Marana Parks and Recreation has a wide variety of programs for every age and interest. There are several camp options, including art camps, horse camps and sports camps. Teens looking for something to do during the day should check out our “Teen Extreme Day Camp Adventures.” Participants get to attend trips to a Diamondbacks game, Big Surf Waterpark, and Arizona Zipline Adventures. 

We have day trips for our seniors as well. There are two trips left to Mt. Lemmon, and a steamboat trip on Canyon Lake. Our senior center has a wide variety of activities, including games, physical fitness classes and arts and crafts. 

Are sports your thing? We have open gym for basketball and pickleball, with our pickleball league starting up in July. For our youngest residents we have the “Tots & Me Story Art” classes and the “Nature to You: Youth Garden Education Series.” 

To learn more about all our recreation programs, visit MaranaAZ.gov/recreation.

It may be hot, but that doesn’t mean you have to hide inside! There is something for everyone in our community. Whether you want to hone your skills, attend a festival, or participate in civic engagement, Marana has plenty of options for you. 

Jamsheed Mehta is the Marana Town Manager.

Make Marana 2040 Open House Overview, with future dates

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The first set of open houses for the Make Marana 2040 General Plan were held on April 10 and 11, 2019 at 6:00 PM.  The April 10th open houses was held at the Marana Municipal Complex and the open house on the 11th was held at the Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library. The objectives for this set of open houses were to:

  • Provide an update on the General Plan process and themes; and

  • Present the Workshop 1-3 results.

What Happened?

A total of 14 people attended the two open houses. Upon arriving, each attendee was asked to identify on a map, generally, where they live or work in Marana. This was done to see what areas of the town were represented in the open house. Attendees at the April 10th open house were widespread, with a majority residing in Gladden Farms.  Attendees at the April 11th open house were mostly from communities along Silverbell Road, such as Continental Ranch.

The open house began with a short presentation informing attendees of the status of the General Plan Update, including the Map Atlas, the organization of the General Plan, and the results from the first three workshops, which will inform the development of the General Plan Update.

After the presentation, the meeting concluded with an open house format in which attendees could view boards and banners related to the General Plan themes, Map Atlas maps, and the draft Future Circulation map. Comment cards were made available for any comments that attendees had throughout the open house.

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There’s still time to participate!

Interested in attending the next workshop? Mark your calendars!

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Marana Town Talk Episode 7: Chamber legacy, General Plan Update, Cape Chase Adaptive Fun Run

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Town of Marana has released its seventh episode of "Marana Town Talk", a local government podcast that balances education and entertainment with thoughtful commentary on local current events. 

Communications Manager Vic Hathaway and Communications Specialist Brad Allis kick off the episode with outgoing President/CEO of the Marana Chamber of Commerce Ed Stolmaker (4:00). Ed talks about his impacts on the community and his plans after retirement, before handing the mic over to incoming President/CEO Audra Winters, who tells us what her plans are for the upcoming year. Next, they sat down with Senior Planner Cynthia Ross (11:45) to discuss the 2040 General Plan Update, and how the public’s involvement can make a difference in their community. Finally, they spent some time with Recreation Coordinator Kevin Goodrich (19:40) to talk about Cape Chase and other modified recreation experiences for participants with special needs.

Make Marana 2040: Map Atlas

Make Marana 2040: Third round of workshops complete, survey now open

Thank you to all who were able to attend and participate at Workshop #3. Your input is very much appreciated and necessary to make the Marana 2040 General Plan your own. Below is a summary of the input we received at Workshop #3. If you were unable to attend, there is still time for you to participate. Click the button to take a brief survey and provide your input.

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Workshop Overview

Download the workshop overview pdf.

The third and final set of community workshops for the Make Marana 2040 General Plan were held on January 23 and 24, 2019 at 6:00 PM.  The January 23rd workshop was held at the Marana Municipal Complex and the workshop on the 24th was held at the Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library. The objectives for this set of workshops were to:

  • Provide an update on the General Plan process;

  • Present the Workshop #2 results; and

  • Receive input on policy alternatives.

What Happened?

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A total of 26 people attended the two workshops. Upon arriving, each attendee was asked to identify on a map, generally, where they live or work in Marana. This was done to see what areas of the town were represented in the workshop results. Attendees at the January 23rd workshop were primarily from the communities surrounding Downtown Marana. Attendees at the January 24th workshop were more wide spread throughout Marana, with the majority of residing in communities along Silverbell Road, such as Continental Ranch.

The workshop began with a short presentation informing attendees of the status of the General Plan Update, as well as the results from the Transportation Planning Exercise and Scenario Planning Exercise conducted during Workshop #2. Attendees then worked individually on a Policy Alternatives Exercise. This exercise involved a worksheet listing a series of alternative policies covering 7 General Plan topics:

  • Economic Development

  • Land Use

  • Environmental

  • Arts and Culture

  • Housing

  • Downtown

  • Transportation

Participants reviewed each policy and marked “Yes” if they like the policy, “No” if they do not like the policy, or “Revise” if they want to edit the policy. Participants also had the opportunity to recommend a policy not listed on the worksheet. The results of this exercise are detailed on the following pages.

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Make Marana 2040: Second round of workshops a success for General Plan update

 
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Workshop Overview

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The second set of community workshops for the Make Marana 2040 General Plan were held on December 12 and 13, 2018 at 6:00 PM. The December 12th workshop was held at the Marana Municipal Complex and on the workshop on the 13th was held at the Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library. The objectives for this set of workshops were to:

  • Discuss the Map Atlas;

  • Identify transportation priorities; and

  • Develop land use alternatives.

What Happened?

19 people attended the two workshops. Upon arriving, each attendee was asked to identify on a map, generally, where they live or work in Marana. This was done to see what areas of the town were represented in the workshop results. Attendees at the December 12th workshop were primarily from in Dove Mountain and Continental Ranch. Attendees at the December 13th workshop were largely located west of I-10.

The workshop began with a short presentation informing attendees of the status of the General Plan Update, as well as an overview of the Map Atlas. Participants then split into groups to complete two exercises focused on transportation infrastructure and future development. The exercises and results are described on the following pages.

Exercise 1 – Transportation Planning

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In the transportation planning exercise, each group of participants identified where transportation improvements in Marana should occur. Each group was provided a red marker and various colors of yarn used to represent different transportation improvements.

With the red marker, participants identified future intersection improvements, overpasses / underpasses, and I-10 interchanges. Most improvements were identified near existing I-10 interchanges. A new overpass was identified across the Santa Cruz River near Airline Road and new I-10 interchanges were identified at Moore Road and Avra Valley Road eastward.

Next, future roadway improvements and expansions were identified using one-inch pieces of orange yarn. Each inch of yarn represented one mile on the map. Most groups focused on roadway expansions connecting Dove Mountain Boulevard to I-10. Other expansions were noted at Avra Valley Road and Tangerine Road.

Participants then replaced five of their orange yarn pieces with five one-inch red yarn pieces. The red yarn pieces indicate improvements that should be prioritized. There were mixed results with the red yard, including improvements to Tangerine Road, Twin Peaks Road, and Cortaro Road.

Using yellow yarn, the groups identified new transit corridors throughout the town. Most groups created a circulating transit system through Dove Mountain and connecting the Town Center area, Gladden Farms, and the Marana Regional Airport, as well as Bus Rapid Transit routes along I-10.

Lastly, groups were provided blue yarn to locate future trail corridors. These were identified along Tangerine Road, along the Santa Cruz River, through Dove Mountain, and connections into the Saguaro National Park and Ironwood National Monument.

Photos of the complete Transportation Planning exercise results are shown on the following pages.

Exercise 2 – Scenario Planning

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The second exercise involved scenario planning in two focus areas: the Marana Regional Airport and the Tangerine Corridor. Both focus areas were gridded into one-inch squares at a scale of 1” = ¼ mile, with each square representing 40 acres. Each group was provided a set amount of LEGO® bricks of various colors, each representing a different land use type as follows:

n 10 yellow bricks for low density residential units (1 du/a or 40 dwelling units)

n 15 orange bricks for medium density residential (5 du/a or 200 dwelling units)

n 5 brown bricks for high density residential (10 du/a or 400 dwelling units)

n 10 red bricks for commercial

n 3 blue bricks for employment

n 8 yellow flowers for community parks

The quantity of bricks was based on future growth projections and assumptions for Marana. Residential bricks were able to be swapped for an equal number of dwelling units. Additionally, four yellow flowers could be swapped for a green brick representing a community recreational facility.

Groups were asked to plan where each brick should be placed within the focus areas. Participants were allowed to stack bricks to increase density and intensity of uses, as well as draw future roadway connections to their envisioned developments. Following is a summary of each groups’ results.

Group 1

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Group 1 envisioned development on the north side of I-10 near Tangerine Road. The area was comprised of commercial along the highway corridor, high density residential next to the commercial, and then lower density residential further removed from the interstate. A community recreational facility was placed along Tangerine Road placed next to commercial and high density residential .

Employment bricks and a commercial brick were placed near the Marana Regional Airport, envisioning this area as an employment hub.

Group 2

Participants in Group 2 focused most of their commercial uses along Tangerine Road east of I-10. Most residential uses are located in the Tangerine Corridor Focus Area, transitioning from higher densities nearest to I-10 to lower densities westward near Dove Mountain.

This group also clustered development east of the Marana Regional Airport with a mix of employment, commercial, and medium to high density residential uses, as well as a community recreational facility.

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Group 3

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Group 3 scattered developments across the two focus areas, with the most clustered activity located along Avra Valley Road east of the Marana Regional Airport. This area features a mixed-use center with employment uses nearest to the airport.

The Tangerine Corridor Focus Area contains clusters of medium- to low-density residential subdivisions north of Tangerine Road, near the Moore Road alignment. There are three individual mixed-use centers spread through the focus area, as well as a community recreational facility.

Group 4

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Group 4 created a commercial district east of the Marana Regional Airport, along with a community park. Additionally, this group created a high-density activity hub in the Tangerine Corridor Focus Area, with the highest densities and intensities of uses near the Tangerine Road / I-10 interchange. This cluster of development features two high-intensity commercial districts, a community recreational facility, and three community parks intertwined with high-density and medium-density residential districts within a mile radius of each other. Residential densities decrease as they get farther away from the activity hub.

Make Marana 2040: Third round of workshops seek input from the public

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Building a town or city isn’t just an idea. Be a part of building your own community with the Town of Marana General Plan 2040. 

Town of Marana is hosting the third round of Marana 2040 General Plan public workshops on Wednesday, January 23 at the Marana Municipal Complex, and on Thursday, January 24 at Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library.

Attendance is not required for both nights. Participants can choose between the two options to attend.

Attendees will have the opportunity to provide their input on a variety of policy alternatives relating to future growth, housing, transportation, parks and recreation, services, and the environment.

Interested in seeing the results of the first workshop and survey? Click here.

Interested in seeing the results of the second workshop? Click here.

Visit the official Make Marana 2040 project website.

Make Marana 2040: Second round of workshops seek input from the public

Building a town or city isn’t just an idea. Be a part of building your own community with the Town of Marana General Plan 2040. 

Town of Marana is hosting the second round of Marana 2040 General Plan public workshops on December 12 at Marana Municipal Complex and on December 13 at Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library. Attendance is not required for both nights. Participants can choose between the two options to attend.

For the second round of workshops, attendees will have the opportunity to provide their input on future growth and development in Marana through interactive scenario planning and transportation planning exercises.

Interested in seeing the results of the first workshop and survey? Click here.

Make Marana 2040: Your input is needed!

 
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Town of Marana is currently working on the General Plan 2040 update, and your input is needed. For those who were unable to attend the first set of workshops, you can still participate by taking the survey.  The survey will be available through November 4th, 2018.

View the survey results from the first set of workshops.

Make Marana 2040: First round of workshops a success for General Plan update

 
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View the PDF version of this report.

Project Background

How can Marana preserve and enhance its existing qualities while reaching its fullest potential as a community? That’s one of many questions to be explored as part of the process of updating Marana’s General Plan (Learn more about the Marana 2040 General Plan).

Town of Marana hosted the first Marana 2040 General Plan public workshops on Wednesday, October 3 and October 4 to solicit feedback from community members on their vision for Marana’s future.

Workshop Overview 

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The first set of community workshops were held on October 3 and 4, 2018 at 6:00 PM. On October 3rd, the workshop was held at the Marana Municipal Complex and on the 4th the workshop was held at the Wheeler Taft Abbett Library. The objectives for this workshop were to: 

  • Inform attendees about the basics of what a General Plan is and how it is used;

  • Engage the public in developing a vision for Marana; 

  • Identify issues affecting the Town and opportunities to capitalize on; and 

  • Locate key assets and challenges geographically that make Marana unique. 

What Happened? 

A total of 43 people attended the two workshops. Upon arriving, each attendee was asked to sign-in by providing their name and email to be added to the project eBlast list for future project notifications and updates. The attendees were also asked to identify on a map, generally, where they live or work in Marana to see what areas of the Town are being represented in the workshop results. Attendees at the October 3rd workshop used red dots, and are dispersed across the Town of Marana, between Gladden Farms, Dove Mountain, and Continental Ranch. Attendees at the October 4th workshop used blue dots, and are mostly north of Tangerine Road and west of Interstate 10, with some dispersed along the eastern edge of the Town. 

The workshop began with a presentation featuring a broad overview of what a General Plan is and the update process, and included four exercises to gather community input that will help guide the General Plan update. These exercises and the results are described and summarized on the following pages. 

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Exercise 1 – Survey 

A series of 20 survey questions regarding various topics related to the Town of Marana were asked throughout the presentation. Participants were able to provide their responses using an electronic polling device. Below are highlights from the survey results. 

  • Most participants (25%) have lived in Marana for less than one year, and 44% live in the northwest portion of Marana, which is north of Avra Valley Road and west of Interstate 10. 

  • A majority of participants (59%) are not familiar with the current 2010 Marana General Plan. 

  • Over 90% of respondents rated Marana’s housing quality as average or better. 

  • Most participants, 32% rated the diversity of housing in Marana to be above average, but also identified a wide spectrum of housing they would support, of which mixed-use housing received the most votes with 22%. 

  • Marana’s recreation and open space system was highly rated, with 85% of participants rating Marana’s overall park facilities average or better and 90% of participants rating the quality of trails and pathways as average or better. 

  • Retail shopping in Marana is viewed as roughly average in Marana, with 42% of respondents rating it as such, but 45% of respondents rated dining and entertainment as below average. 

  • The top 3 things participants like about Marana are housing (22%), the location outside the Tucson metro area (19%), and outdoor open spaces and trails (15%) 

  • The top 3 things participants think need to be improved are dining (25%), jobs (19%), and shopping (17%). 

  • 61% of respondents would like to see the Town grow more in the northeast portion of Marana, which is north of Avra Valley Road and west of Interstate 10. 

  • Respondents identified Marana’s best asset for the future as opportunities for growth and business development (24%), and the biggest threat to Marana’s future as a lack of jobs (28%). 

View the workshop survey results.

For those who were unable to attend the first set of Workshops, you can still participate by taking the Survey.  Survey available through November 4th, 2018

Exercise 2 – Visioning 

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The second exercise involved developing a Vision Statement for the Marana 2040 General Plan. A Vision Statement reflects what community members value the most about their community and the shared aspirations for their community. The Vision Statement should be inspirational and set the tone for the General Plan’s goals and policies. 

The purpose of the Visioning Exercise was to develop a Vision Statement to guide the General Plan and the future of the Town. During this exercise, participants were asked to individually create a Vision Statement using a worksheet that had two ‘fill-in-the-blank’ options, and one “Create Your Own” Vision Statement option. The participants were given a series of values, assets, adjectives to complete this exercise, but were also able to come up with their own words. Once completed, the participants formed small groups to write one vision statement that best reflected their ideas about Marana’s future. 

The fill in the blank examples provided were as follows:

Option 1

  • Marana promotes a/an [adjective]                    quality of life that is built on [values]                ,                     , and                   . We pride ourselves with having [assets]                  ,                  , and                     that respond to our diverse needs. The Town will grow in a manner that ensures that new growth and development improves our community and retains our shared values.

Option 2

  • Marana in 2040 is recognized as a/an [adjective]                ,                     , and                   place to live, work and play. Our community, with its [assets]                  ,                  , and                   provides [future assets]            ,               , and                   and is a preferred regional and national destination.

Option 3

  • Create Your Own

Top Vision Statement Descriptors

Following are the top terms that were used to describe the Town of Marana as part of participants’ vision for the community’s future: 

Adjectives

  • Vibrant

  • Family-Oriented

  • Active

  • Unique

Values

  • Sustainability

  • Sense of Community

  • Stewardship

  • Community Spirit

Assets

  • Quality Neighborhoods

  • Open Space

  • Jobs

  • Housing

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The following provides the results from each of the small groups. For the fill-in-the-blank options, words filled in by the groups are shown in ALL CAPS.

  • Marana promotes a VIBRANT quality of life that is built on COMMUNITY SPIRIT, STRONG FAMILY, and SENSE OF HERITAGE & TRADITION. We pride ourselves with having A DOWNTOWN, OPEN SPACE, and QUALITY NEIGHBORHOODS & SCHOOLS that respond to our diverse needs. The Town will grow in a manner that ensures that new growth and development improves our community and retains our shared values.

  • Marana promotes a VIBRANT quality of life that is built on SUSTAINABILITY, INTEGRITY, and INCLUSIVENESS. We pride ourselves with having QUALITY NEIGHBORHOODS, ENTERTAINMENT, and JOBS that respond to our diverse needs. The Town will grow in a manner that ensures that new growth and development improves our community and retains our shared values.

  • Marana promotes an ACTIVE quality of life that is built on STEWARDSHIP. We pride ourselves with having OPEN SPACE, and NIGHT-TIME SKIES that respond to our diverse needs. The Town will grow in a manner that ensures that new growth and development improves our community and retains our shared values.

  • Marana promotes a FAMILY-ORIENTATED quality of life that is built on SENSE OF COMMUNITY, COLLABORATION, and SUSTAINABILITY. We pride ourselves with having HOUSING, QUALITY NEIGHBORHOODS, and SCHOOLS that respond to our diverse needs. The Town will grow in a manner that ensures that new growth and development improves our community and retains our shared values.

  • Marana in 2040 is recognized as an ATTRACTIVE, UNIQUE, and VIBRANT place to live, work and play. Our community, with its JOBS, ENTERTAINMENT, and CULTURAL RESOURCES provides COMMUNITY SPIRIT, SECURITY, and SENSE OF HERITAGE & TRADITIONS, and is a preferred regional and national destination.

  • Marana promotes an UNIQUE quality of life that is built on COMMUNITY SPIRIT, INCLUSIVENESS, and UNITY. We pride ourselves with having OPEN SPACES, VIEWS, and TOWN SERVICES that respond to our diverse needs. The Town will grow in a manner that ensures that new growth and development improves our community and retains our shared values.

  • Marana in 2040 is recognized as an ENGAGING, CONNECTED, and INNOVATIVE place to live, work and play. Our community, with its NATURAL RESOURCES, HOUSING, and NIGHT-TIME SKIES provides JOBS, ENTERTAINMENT, and QUALITY NEIGHBORHOODS, and is a preferred regional and national destination.

  • Marana promotes an ENGAGED CONSCIENTIOUS quality of life that is built on STEWARDSHIP, SUSTAINABILITY, and SENSE OF COMMUNITY. The Town will grow in a manner that ensures that new growth and development improves our community and retains our shared values.

Exercise 3 – Issues and Opportunities

The third exercise allowed participants to brainstorm specific issues and opportunities they feel are important to address in the General Plan Update process. In this exercise, participants were asked to write issues on pink index cards and opportunities on green index cards. The issues and opportunities were then sorted into one of six categories: Economic Development, Housing, Land Use, Parks & Recreation, Transportation, and Public Services and posted on a board for viewing.

Top Opportunities

  • Quality housing

  • Open spaces and natural resources

  • Opportunity for trail connectivity

  • Room for growth

  • Development of Downtown

Top Issues

  • Water quality & quantity

  • Lack of public transportation

  • Lack of housing diversity

  • Lack of entertainment, retail, and dining

  • Lack of development north of Twin Peaks and west of I-10

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Exercise 4 – Asset Mapping

The last exercise was a Mapping Exercise where participants were given a set of red, green, and yellow stickers and were asked to identify positive assets in Marana with a green sticker, areas that need to be improved with a red sticker, and a defining characteristic of Marana with a yellow sticker on a map of the Town. The stickers were then numbered with corresponding notes as to what they are referring to.

The following are highlights from this exercise:

Yellow Results

  • Tortolita Preserve

  • Saguaro National Monument

  • Tucson Outlet Malls

  • Gladden Farms

Green Results

  • Parks, open space, and trails

  • Opportunities for Downtown development

  • Roadway improvements

  • Senior center

Red Results

  • Congested interchange at Cortaro Road

  • Road connectivity

  • Flooding from Santa Cruz

  • Water contamination

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Make Marana 2040: First round of workshops seek input from the public

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Building a town or city isn’t just an idea. Be a part of building your own community with the Town of Marana General Plan 2040. 

Town of Marana is hosting the first Marana 2040 General Plan public workshops on Wednesday, October 3 at 6:00 p.m. at the Marana Municipal Complex, and on Thursday, October 4 at 6 p.m. at the Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library.

The General Plan Project team will present the Town’s past and current planning efforts, and an overview of current and emerging planning trends.  The workshop will also include interactive exercises to identify Marana’s vision, community values and future opportunities, which will help with the development of a vision statement for the community.

INVITATION

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